Bishop Daniel Updates Diocese
on Response to the Pandemic
This week, Diocesan Primate Bishop Daniel issued an important update on the church's ongoing response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
To digest the main points, the following measures will be in effect at churches across the Eastern Diocese until April 9, 2020 (Holy Thursday):
Starting immediately, clergy will conduct the Holy Badarak on Sundays—but only in
front of an empty sanctuary. No worshippers will be permitted to enter the churches during the service, and people are urged to stay home. The clergy will pray for all the faithful.
For the time being, baptisms will only be done in emergency cases (for example, where a child is seriously ill). Marriage ceremonies will not be conducted.
For funerals, only the graveside service will be done.
For the time being, at the urging of experts in the health professions, Diocesan clergy are directed to refrain from home visitations.
Many municipalities are now forbidding visitors of any kind, even clergy, from visiting nursing homes and hospitals. Faithful are encouraged to stay in contact with clergy via phone and social media. Clergy will always be ready to speak and pray with you.
People are asked to regularly check in (via phone and social media) on vulnerable people in your community: the elderly, the sick, single parents, recent immigrants, and others that need support.
People are urged to observe every precaution recommended by government agencies.
Further updates, and instructions regarding Holy Week and Easter celebrations, will be issued in the coming days, and as the situation develops.
These measures have been adopted in consultation with His Holiness Karekin II, the Diocesan Council, Diocesan clergy, official health authorities, and the expert medical professionals of the Armenian American Health Professionals Organization (AAHPO). The Diocese will remain in continuous contact with these for the duration of this situation.
Bishop Daniel’s directive concludes:
“We fully recognize the unprecedented nature of these measures, which leave all of us uneasy…. In addressing concerns involving health, obedience to law, and urgent spiritual necessities, ideal solutions do not always present themselves. What is certain in this time, as always, is the attentive presence of Almighty God, our Lord Jesus Christ. We place our trust in his infinite love for humanity, and his limitless mercy and compassion. By the power of the Holy Spirit, we pray that our Lord will compensate for the frail steps we are taking, and have mercy on us. ‘For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, love, and soundness of mind’ (2 Timothy 1:7).”
**copied from the March 19, 2020 E-Newsletter of the Eastern
Diocese of the Armenian Church of America**
ALL FEBRUARY AND MARCH
ARMENIAN CULTURAL EXHIBIT at RACINE LIBRARY
******CLOSED FOR 3 WEEKS*****
The Daughters of Vartan, Hripsime Chapter, have set up a display about Armenian culture at the Racine Public Library, 75 Seventh St. It can be found by the reference desk. Come and check out some of their unique books, artifacts, and information about the country, history and traditions. Hours are Mon - Thurs 9 am -8 pm, Friday and Saturday 11 am - 4 pm, closed on Sundays.
SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 2020
ARMENIAN COOKING CLASS - 9 AM
***CHANGED TO MARCH 28!***
This year there will be 9 cooking classes at St. John’s Church (7825 W. Layton Avenue, Greenfield). The class on March 14 will cover “Armenian Vegetarian Dishes: eech, tabouleh, squash boreg”. This is a hands on cooking class where you taste what you have prepared when you are done. Class fee is $20 per session. Make sure to RSVP to Harry Cherkinian at or Jan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Other classes on April 18, May 16 and June 13.
SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 2020
ARS PALM SUNDAY LUNCHEON
Please join us for a Palm Sunday Luncheon following Deacon service at 11:00 AM
at St. Hagop Church Hilda Soultanian Hall (4100 N. Newman Rd, Racine).
SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2020 9:00AM
ARMENIAN COOKING CLASS
This year there will be 9 cooking classes at St. John’s Church (7825 W. Layton Avenue, Greenfield). The class on April 18 will cover “katah and choreg”. This is a hands on cooking class where you taste what you have prepared when you are done. Class fee is $20 per session. Make sure to RSVP to Harry Cherkinian at or Jan at email@example.com.
Other classes on May 16 and June 13
TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
RECEPTION & PROGRAM to Commemorate the Armenian Genocide
Commemorate the 105th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide at the Wisconsin State Capitol, Madison. The event will be in the North Hearing Room (new location!). The purpose of this yearly event is to thank the Wisconsin State Assembly and State Senate for adopting Armenian Genocide Resolutions which designate April 24 of each year as “Wisconsin Day of Remembrance for the Armenian Genocide of 1915 to 1923”.
We also hold this event to continue to educate and promote awareness of Armenia and Armenian issues. Please join us and ask your state representatives and senators to attend. For more information, contact Ani at , 414-238-5113. If you are able to make a baked good or mezze for the reception, or would like to sign up for a ride to Madison that day, please let her know!
FRIDAY APRIL 24, 2020
ARMENIAN GENOCIDE JOINT COMMEMORATION SERVICE
(more information to come)
The Joint Commemoration service for the Armenian Genocide of 1915 will be held at St. John Church (7825 W. Layton Ave.). The four Armenian churches of Southeastern Wisconsin (as well as St. George and St. Paul in Waukegan, Illinois) will gather to celebrate in prayer the Saints of 1915. Contact Ani at for more information.
SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2020
LULEH KEBAB LUNCHEON
The St. Hagop Auxiliary invites you to a luleh Kebab luncheon at 12:00, at St. Hagop Church (4100 Newman Rd., Racine). They will be serving luleh kebab, hot dogs, pilaf, green beans. Donations welcome.
(This event was rescheduled from March 29th)
SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2020 9:00am
ARMENIAN COOKING CLASS
This year there will be 9 cooking classes at St. John’s Church (7825 W. Layton Avenue, Greenfield). The class on May 16 will cover “Pakhlava - traditional and contemporary”. This is a hands on cooking class where you taste what you have prepared when you are done. Class fee is $20 per session. Make sure to RSVP to Harry Cherkinian at or Jan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Final class on June 13.
SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2020 12:00pm
ARF MARZBED GOMIDEH ARMENIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY LUNCH
Join us for the ARF's annual May 28 Armenian Independence Day celebration with a luleh kebab, pilaf and salad lunch. 2020 marks the 102nd anniversary of the first republic of Armenia’s independence.
For more information contact Zohrab at .
Pins are still available which you can order from this website.
If you have questions click on the link:
email@example.com or stop by the office after church.
Purchase THE PROMISE on Blu-ray/DVD
Survival Pictures is donating 100% of the proceeds from home release sales of The Promise to organizations devoted to Armenian Genocide education initiatives. By following these two links (for Amazon and iTunes), sales and proceeds can be redirected to the designated Armenian charities. Purchasing it without using these links will NOT provide the same benefit. Hopefully you were able to see this at the theaters and can add it to your home library!
Retiree Club at St. Mesrob’s in Racine, WI, every Thursday from 1-3:30pm.
Contact Armen for more info.
A message from the Armenian Relief Society
In view of the attacks on September 30, 2016, on Armenian populated areas of Aleppo, which resulted in the death of five members of that already stricken community, the Armenian Relief Society expresses its deep sorrow, extending its condolences to their families.
To this end, we appeal to our community and friends to take part in our ongoing humanitarian efforts with contributions to the ARS Syrian-Armenian Relief programs. Your participation, at this hour, is essential to keep the momentum of our emergency relief efforts to a community which must, with all means, survive these tragic circumstances.
For donations, please visit: https://www.classy.org/campaign/ars-syrian-armenian-relief-fund/c97739
Thank you for your continued support of this ongoing effort.
Tax deductible contributions can also be sent to:
ARS Racine Soseh Chapter
4100 N. Newman Rd.
Racine, WI 53406
Fellowship is held after every service in our church office (no steps to climb!) Please stop by afterwards for a cup of coffee and home-made snacks. Feel free to bring a snack to share, if you like.
Please remember to pay your membership dues.
Dues must be paid by December 31, 2020
**All donations and dues are tax deductable.**
Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org