The Women of the Holy Trinity Armenian Church are pleased to host the Women’s Guild Central Council’s Saintly Women’s Day celebration on Saturday, April 16, 2016, for the Massachusetts and Rhode Island parishes of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern). This year’s Saintly Women’s Day will honor Saint Mary, the Holy Mother of God (Asvadzadzin), Queen of Heaven. The day’s program, which will take place in the Church Sanctuary and church complex of Holy Trinity Armenian Church, will begin at 10:15 a.m., with Coffee and the Welcome (in Johnson Hall), followed by a Church Service at 11:00 a.m. (in the Sanctuary), and the Luncheon and Program at 12:00 noon (in the Charles and Nevart Talanian Cultural Hall). The Guest Speaker is Sister Bridget Haase, OSU.
“We look forward to celebrating Saintly Women’s Day with our sister parishes as we look to the faith of Saint Mary, the Mother of God, through the eyes of modern women,” states Fr. Vasken A. Kouzouian. “Our luncheon speaker is a woman of faith who has changed the lives of people living both in the poorest of countries, as well as in the wealthiest. Sister Bridget’s talk will be about living our faith wherever life takes us.”
Luncheon Is By Reservation Only
Donation is $35.00 per person, with a RSVP deadline of Monday, April 11, 2016. Reservations should be made through each parish’s Women’s Guild or church group. For further information or to make individual reservations, please contact Cathy Minassian at email@example.com, or 617.947.1795. Reservations/payment may also be made online. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program (CASP) and The Vanadzor Old Age Home in Armenia.
Honoring Saint Mary, Holy Mother of God
The Saintly Woman honoree, Saint Mary, chosen by God for her humility and purity to be the mother of Jesus, the promised savior, is venerated by the church as the Holy Mother of God (Asdvadzadzin), and is the highest ranking saint. Together with her saintly and noble parents, Joachim and Anna, and her husband, Joseph, Saint Mary belongs to the small group of the immediate forerunners of Jesus Christ. Her picture with the Christ child in her arms adorns the main Altar of all Armenian churches. The Armenian Church celebrates five major feasts of Saint Mary: Conception of the Virgin Mary (December 9), Nativity of the Virgin Mary (September 8), Presentation of Saint Mary at the Temple (November 21), the Annunciation (April 7), and the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (nearest Sunday to August 15).
About our Guest Speaker: Sister Bridget Haase, OSU
The Luncheon Guest Speaker, Sister Bridget Haase, is a member of the international Ursuline Order, founded in 1535 by St. Angela Merici in Brescia, Italy, an educator, author, speaker and storyteller. Her religious vocation was sealed at a high school senior retreat at the Cenacle Retreat House in New Orleans, LA. As an educator, Sister Bridget has taught students who embodied the marvels of southern hospitality in Louisiana, the cliffs and rivers of Missouri, the corn fields of Illinois, and the wide Texas sky. She felt at home for many years with the mountain folks in the hollows of Appalachia and the villagers in the hills of Mexico. During the famine of the late 1980’s, she ministered in the desert of Sudan, East Africa, feeding starving children. She lived in Senegal West Africa, in an international Ursuline community with sisters from seven different countries of origin where she learned not only French, but the language of the heart. She was an infant and toddler early educator in an HIV/AIDS daycare center in Mattapan, Massachusetts, and witnessed firsthand the ravages of this disease. In Massachusetts, she serves on the spirituality team of The Boston Home, a long-term care facility for 96 residents living with multiple sclerosis and other neurological diseases. She co-hosted, from 2010 to 2015, “Spirit and Life,” a weekly radio show on the Relevant Radio Network. As a speaker, Sister Bridget gives days of reflection, individual talks, and parish missions across the United States. As an author, she is a regular contributor to Living Faith: Daily Catholic Devotions, and is always thinking about new approaches to the spiritual life. As a storyteller, Sister Bridget is known as “Sister Storyteller,” for local schoolchildren ages 3-4. Sister Bridget has received numerous Awards and recognitions for her work.