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St. Mary’s Parish

Assyrian Church of the East - Los Angeles

To all the Faithful and Caring People.

The Assyrian Church of the East, St Mary’s Parish, will be holding a special prayer on Friday February 27th 7:30pm at St Mary’s Church located on 5955 Lindley Avenue, Tarzana, in support of our brothers and sisters who have been eradicated from their homes located in the northeast part of Syria, namely the 35 Assyrian villages on both sides of the Khabur River. Hundreds of families have been displayed. Over 150 men, women, children, elderly and clergy have been captured by ISIS. Let us all unite our efforts in support of our brothers and sisters.

We are also asking everyone to call the White House on Thursday, February 26, 2015. (202)456-1111 or (202)456-1414. When calling use following statement:

“Hello, My name is [First Name, and Last Name], and I live in [City, State].

I am calling about the recent attacks that occurred this week on the Assyrian Christians in Syria by the so called terrorist group ISIS.

In this raid, ISIS militants abducted at least 150 Assyrians, mostly women and children, and have threatened to execute them if the Kurdish militias in the region do not release several ISIS militant prisoners.

Please, Mr. President we beg you to continue to stand as a leader on human rights. We cannot now stand by idly and watch at these people are pushed from their indigenous lands as a result of  our past actions. It is incumbent on the United States to act affirmatively on behalf of the survival of the Assyrian people in their homeland.

I thank you for your time.”

For those of you who would like to donate to support the displaced, please go to theAcero.org or make a donation at any of our church offices. The Assyrian Church has immediately sent $50,000 from our US parishes, and is in the process of sending $50,000 more within the next 10 days.

Please support our cause.

Cor-Bishop Father George Bet Rasho

 

A reflection on the season of Sowma


"Perhaps it is one of the signs of the times
that we live in, a time filled with all sorts of demands on personal time and activities, or perhaps it is just the human condition, but for whatever reason we often seem to be unprepared when The Sowma Season approaches us. So we tend to brush it of and go on with our daily routine.
The season of Sowma which use to be one of the most important seasons in the lives of our ancestors has practically become distinct in the lives of so many today and a burden to others. This is the exact reason why the effect of the resurrection (Easter), which is the epic of our faith has depleted in our lives.
There is no sign of it as we go about our daily lives. So without preparation which includes reflection on our personal faith, cleansing, repentance and spiritual strengthening Easter becomes just another commercialized festival focused on chocolate Easter bunnies, colorful eggs, elaborate dinner invitations and just another day of fun.
We need a more fitting way to herald Christianity's primary feast - the Great Feast of Easter.
It is time to reclaim the season of Sowma. This year I urge you to decide to observe Sowma and not let it pass us by in a blur!
The season of Sowma is a very personal journey along a path of spiritual growth.
When we commit ourself to fasting, praying, reading of the word and actively participating in church services showing our desire to take on the life of Christ for the sake of the Gospel and in imitation of Christ's time of prayer in the desert.
Sowma should be a time of conversion, a chance to examine our lives through prayer, fasting, and charity, and to conform ourselves to the life of Christ.
The season is full of rich traditions and prayers which you can pull together into your own unique Lenten Devotions.
Cor_Bishop Father George Bet-Rasho

 

MIA KHATEH 2015

Sunday January 11th

Holly Mass at 10:00am Followed by

Doukhrana D’ Mar Zaia and St Mary’s Annual MIA KHATEH
Come join us in this exciting and wonderful tradition of PALATA D’ SLEEWA
You might be the one that God will choose this year.

 

ASSYRIAN FESTIVAL 2015 Sat June 6 & Sun June 7

https://www.facebook.com/Adbook2015

It's that time of year again! Time for me to ask for your continued support for your church and your community.
St. Mary's 2015 Food Festival is only months away and I'm here again seeking your continued patronage for our ad book.

St. Mary's Parish invites you to participate in our exciting Ad Book. We're asking you to support the Assyrian Festival by purchasing a Personal or Business Ad in our Sponsor Book.

We are excited to offer you our Sponsor Book, which will be distributed during the Festival to more than a thousand people.

Personal Ads: Write a Personal Message to your child, parents, relatives, Business Professional... 

If you have a favorite picture of your family, parents, relatives or Church (we have pictures of Assyrian Churches in Iran & Iraq), a personal page would be perfect way to share the picture as well as the memory. The Personal Ad page is $100.

Business Ads: Take advantage of an excellent opportunity to promote your business or profession to the community. In addition your ad will also be placed on the Church website for 6 months FREE and may be viewed from any computer with an Internet connection.

Business Ads fees:
1/4 page $75
1/2 page $150
Full page $250 Black & White 
Full page $450 Color
Back Page SOLD
Inside covers $750
Please order your ad today! The sooner you purchase it the sooner it will be viewable on our site. The final day to place an ad is May 1, 2015.

Let each one do just as he has resolved in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7)

 

January 2015

Friday January 2nd, 2015

Doukhrana D’ Mart Maryam Qadishta

Holly Mass at 6:30pm Followed by Doukhrana

For more information, please contact the Church Office (818)996-5173

Sunday January 11th

Holly Mass at 10:00am Followed by

Doukhrana D’ Mar Zaia and St Mary’s Annual MIA KHATEH
Come join us in this exciting and wonderful tradition of PALATA D’ SLEEWA
You might be the one that God will choose this year.


Sunday January 25th

DOUKHRANA D MAR ESTAPANOUS

Commemoration of St Stephen Protomartyr

Holy Mass at 10:00am followed by Doukhrana served by Cor-Bishop Father George & all Deacons


Baouta d’Ninwayeh

The Rogation of the Ninevites begins on Monday January 26, 2015 according to the Assyrian Church of the East calendar.

Abstinence and fasting for the 3 days is canonical for all members and observers of the tradition and faith.

BAOUTA d' NINWAYEH Rogation of the Ninevites

Monday - Wednesday Prayers 4p.m. and Holy Qurbana @6p.m.

 

Thursday Qurbana at 10 a.m.

Let us also during these 3 days; perform alms, good deeds and pray for our brothers and sisters who are enduring persecution in today's Nineveh city, North Iraq.

Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time: "Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you."

Jonah obeyed the word of the LORD and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very important city—a visit required three days. On the first day, Jonah started into the city. He proclaimed: "Forty more days and Nineveh will be overturned." The Ninevites believed God. They declared a fast, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.

When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust.

Then he issued a proclamation in Nineveh:

"By the decree of the king and his nobles:

Do not let any man or beast, herd or flock, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink.

But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence.

Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish."

When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he had compassion and did not bring upon them the destruction he had threatened.

Jonah 3: 1-10

 
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Events Calendar

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Thu Mar 05 @07:30PM -
Parish Advanced Bible Study
Fri Mar 06 @07:00PM - 09:00PM
Friday School / Assyrian Men and Women for Christ Bible Study / Assyrian Class
Mon Mar 09 @08:30PM -
Parish Youth Bible Study
Tue Mar 10 @09:30PM - 11:00PM
St' Mary's Parish Live TV Program
Wed Mar 11 @07:00PM -
Parish Adult Bible Study