Hye M’rtsoom Program Held in Watertown

Hye Mrtsoom 2017

ACYOA Juniors gathered over Memorial Day weekend at St. James Church of Watertown, MA, for the 42nd annual Hye M’rtsoom program. The parish hosted 306 participants from 20 parishes across the Diocese for a weekend of worship, sports, and fellowship.

The Rev. Fr. Arakel Aljalian, pastor of St. James Church; Yn. Natasha Aljalian; and St. James youth minister Maria Derderian worked alongside dedicated community members to ensure the success of the weekend. Events were held at the St. James Church’s Charles Mosesian Cultural and Youth Center, and participants were housed with local families. Kathryn Ashbahian, the Diocese’s associate of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, was present throughout the weekend.

After the morning service on Saturday, the participants gathered in the gym and heard an inspiring message by former Boston Celtic member M.L. Carr. He shared his love of basketball and community, all the while inspiring the teenagers with his encouraging attitude.

Halfway through the sports, participants gathered in the kitchen to make more than 300 sandwiches for Pine Street Inn, a Boston shelter that serves the area’s homeless population. Once the sports concluded for the day, participants headed home for dinner with their host family and then returned to St. James for an evening dance and other activities.

On Sunday, May 28, Fr. Aljalian celebrated the Divine Liturgy and delivered a sermon focused on the weekend’s theme, “We Are One.” He emphasized the importance of working together as an Armenian Christian community across the Diocese. On Sunday evening, participants gathered at St. James Church for dinner and an awards ceremony, and later enjoyed dancing to Armenian and American music.

Everyone gathered for a farewell breakfast on Monday before heading back to their parish communities.


ACYOA Central Council Awards

The Abp. Tiran Nersoyan Service Award was given to Isabelle Akian from Fair Lawn, NJ, as an ACYOA Junior who has served the Armenian Church with the same humility and compassion as the late founder of the ACYOA.

The Abp. Tiran Nersoyan Leadership Award was given to Lucas Ferraro from Framingham, MA, as an ACYOA Junior who has taken on leadership roles within his ACYOA chapter, and has approached those roles with Christian love, understanding, and patience.

The Abp. Tiran Nersoyan Vision Award was given to Shahe Der Torossian from Watertown, MA, as an ACYOA Junior who has established programs that incorporate one or more of the five circles of the cross (education, worship, service, witness and fellowship), and who has made a lasting impression on her ACYOA chapter.

The ACYOA Junior Chapter “A” Award was given to the chapter of St. Peter Church of Watervliet, NY, for its work as an ACYOA Junior organization that has done its best to create an atmosphere conducive to Christian love, education, and service.

Individual Sports Awards

Beginner Tavloo
2nd Place – Lucas Ferraro (Framingham, MA)
1st Place – Katiana Sarkissian (White Plains, NY)

Beginner Chess 
2nd Place – Michael Connors (New Britain, CT)
1st Place – Lauren Dadekian (Fair Lawn, NJ)

Advanced Tavloo
2nd Place – Alec Maserejian (Watertown, MA)
1st Place – Michael Manoukian (Cambridge, MA)

Advanced Chess
2nd Place –  Jacob Naroian (Watertown, MA)
1st Place – Edward Naroian (Worcester, MA)

Girls Ping-Pong
2nd Place – Adi Najarian (Fair Lawn, NJ)
1st Place –  Sophia Naroian (Worcester, MA)

Boys Ping-Pong
2nd Place – Michael Nargizian (Fair Lawn, NJ)
1st Place –  Nareg Dabaghian (Fair Lawn, NJ)

Team Sports

Girls Basketball
2nd Place – Holy Trinity (Cambridge, MA)
1st Place – St. Leon A (Fair Lawn, NJ)

Boys Basketball
2nd Place – St. Leon B (Fair Lawn, NJ)
1st Place St. Leon A (Fair Lawn, NJ)

2nd Place – Holy Martyrs A  (Bayside, NY)
1st Place – Holy Trinity (Cambridge, MA)

Sportsmanship Awards
Boys – Lucas Ferraro  (Framingham, MA)
Girls – Katrena Daldalian (Watertown, MA)

Overall Champion

St. Leon – Fair Lawn, NJ

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