Parish Priest’s Message from the “Key” Newsletter – 9 October 2011
A big thank you to all of you who have been pray-ing for those in the local abortion clinic. I wish to share with you a moving message from Geri Urrutia:
“This morning during our regular prayer and counsel-ing, we had two couples turn away. One couple went in with a stroller and their 8-month-old daughter, but came down in a matter of 10 minutes with tears stream-ing down the mother’s face. “I can’t do this. Thank you for being here.” Dad was pleased and happy, too. The other couple came with their young son in a stroller. While I talked to you, mom said to the father, “See, I don’t think we should be doing this. Let’s go.” The father thanked us and said, “If you weren’t here, we would have just gone up and had the abortion. Thanks. All the prayers are spilling over.”
God bless all of your who have been participating in the 40 days of prayer. You’re making a difference. Let us never discount the power of prayer, nor take our actions for granted. Ours is to pray and leave the rest to God.
This coming week, we begin counselor training for our domestic violence hot-line. If you’re interested, this will be the last opportunity to sign up for the current session. Please contact me by mid week.
Unique to the Armenian Church is the Feast of the Holy Translators. This week we commemorate the men who translated and passed along the faith to us. From Mesrob Mashdots to Nersess Shnorhali, these saints were the ones who brought us the message of salvation and hope as expressed through our Lord Jesus Christ.
The spirit of the Translators is very much alive in the work we do at our parish. Most notably in our efforts via epostle.net. Please be supportive of this powerful ministry with your donations and prayers.
~ Fr. Vazken
This message is elaborated at www.youtube.com/armodoxy
*The “Key” is the weekly newsletter of the St. Peter Armenian Church, Glendale, CA – Jesus asked the Disciples, “Who do YOU say that I am?” Peter responded “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” Jesus promised the Keys to the Kingdom for this profession of faith. (Mt 16) At the St. Peter, Glendale Parish, our faith and actions are based on that same profession of faith. It is the Key that opens the doors to our journey as Christians…