Domestic Violence Work – The “Key” Message


Parish Priest’s Message from the “Key” Newsletter – 29 January 2012
To Heal the Pain and Grow in Love
WALK for Domestic Violence on February 13
In an effort to bring awareness and end the problem of domestic violence, we’re organizing a candlelight march and vigil on Monday, February 13, 2012. Under the auspices of our Primate, Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, a task force has been organized and has been actively addressing domestic violence issues within the community for several months.
“The Armenian Church,” said Archbishop Derderian, “must be seen as a compassionate and safe haven for the abused, and at the same time, the Church must educate the com-munity about responsible living, with dignity and respect for all.”
The first activity of the Task Force is a walk and service on the feast of the Dedication of our Lord Jesus Christ (Diaruntarch) on February 13. We will assemble at our parish at 4:00PM and walk to the St. Leon Cathedral (5.5 miles). We will walk under the banner “Violence Hurts; Love Conquers” to bring attention to the  problem of domestic violence that often goes unreported because of cultural stigmas. At the cathedral, special prayers and services to bless the families will be offered.
I’m calling upon all of our parishioners, along with their families, to participate. Please check out our web-site for more information. ~ Fr. Vazken
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*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…
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