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Father Parsegh (Basil) Sousanian with the Armenian Catholic Parish Community of Our Lady Of The Assumption (Sydney) and The Holiest Hearts of Jesus and Mary (Melbourne) welcome you to the 11:00am Sunday Mass (Surp Badarak). Participate in the Armenian Liturgy and afterwards for refreshments and church events. All are welcome. Please invite and bring along family and friends.


 From Fr. Basils' desk...

Քահանայապետին շնորհաւորագիրը Հոգեւոր Տիրոջ 25 ամեակին

Առ Գերերջանիկ Տէր

Ներսէս Պետրոս ԺԹ. Թարմունի

Կաթողիկոտ Պատրիարք Հայոց Տանն Կիլիկիոյ

Քու կեանքիդ մօտալուտ երջանիկ եղելութիւններուն առիթով, Գերերջանիկ Տէր, այժմէն իսկ կը հրճուինք եւ մեր այս պաշտօնական գրութեամբ ջերմօրէն կը խնդակցինք քեզի հետ: Արդարեւ, յառաջիկայ օգոստոս ամսոյն 15-ին կը կատարուի 50-երորդ աստուածապարգեւ տարեդարձը՝ որով Քրիստոսի քահանայութեան բաժնեկից եղար, իսկ փետրուար ամսոյն 18-ին՝ 25-երորդ տարեդարձը քու եպիսկոպոսական ձեռնադրութեանդ:


April 2015 newsletter


Message from His Holiness Pope Francis to Our Patriarch

Your Beatitude
Nerses Bedros Tarmouni,
Catholicos and Patriarch of Armenians of the house Cilicia.


On the occasion of the impending approach of the most momentous period in your life we join you to congratulate you and celebrate with you your 50th anniversary of priesthood on 15 August and on the 18th of February the 25th Anniversary of your ordainment as Bishop.

With immense pleasure and interest we noted the entire picture of you missionary work and achievements from the days of your initial studies in Rome right through the days in Egypt and when you were elected Patriarch in 1999.

May these brotherly greetings be a support to you and our blessing so that you may continue to carry on the heavy task placed upon your shoulders by the apostle Peter.


April 2015 newsletter



Palm Sunday 29.3.2015

On this day the blessing of the olive branch will take place in the church backyard at 10.45 am after which the procession, into the Church. After the Holy Mass the whole congregation will take part in the procession around the church premises as per usual. We ask all our parishioners to be punctual and take part in this most important feast of the church.  

Holy Thursday 2.4.2015 (Washing of The feet ceremony)

The washing of the feet ceremony will take place at 6.00 pm, and immediately after, at about 7 pm, it will be followed by the Holy mass. Parents who wish to have their children volunteer for this ceremony to contact the Church as soon as possible. After the Holy mass, will be serving fish and chips from our canteen area. It will be great to see you all there in great numbers.

Good Friday 3.4.2015

The burial of Christ ceremony will take place at 6 pm on Good Friday, This is our Holiest day in the Church’s calendar and let us all get together and relive the death and burial of our Lord Jesus Christ our savior; Let it be another occasion for all of us to ponder over the meaning of His death on the Cross. There is no doubt that it will help us deal with our own crosses in our life time.

After the Burial ceremony, we will be screening a new film in the Church hall; the ladies Auxiliary will be serving the usual traditional yummy falafel, so let us see you all there as we expect it to be a very interesting family gets together within our beloved church.

We ask our Parishioners, who wish to bring wreaths or flowers for the funeral of our lord, to do so by Wednesday or Thursday at the latest.

Easter Sunday 5.4.2015

The Holy mass of the Resurrection will be at 11.00 am; Let the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus renew our faith and let us allow his light shine upon us as a family, and let it also illuminate our path and the paths of our loved ones right throughout our lives.

Immediately after the Holy mass we will be retiring to the church hall so that we can exchange the Happy Easter wishes with each other and also to partake and share some tea and coffee together. There will also be Easter egg competition and the overall winner will receive an appropriate prize for his effort. The rules of the competition will be set on the day.

Easter Monday 6.4.2015

On Monday 9.30 am, I will be saying prayers at the Rookwood cemetery. After the prayers, we will proceed to our Church where I will say the holy mass for the Dead; It is our tradition to pray and honor our beloved departed; and to pray for them on the occasion of the resurrection of our Lord is not only important but it is also indicative of the depth of faith we have in God and in our Lord the savior.


Centenary Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide

The commemoration will be held on Friday 24th April at the Sydney Town Hall at 7.00 pm.

It is therefore the duty of every Armenian to make an effort and attend this most sacred event in the Armenian Calendar, as it marks the passing of 100 years of the terrible calamity that befell the Armenian nation, where 1.500.000 million of our people perished at the hands of the barbarous Ottoman government of 1915.  It is our sacred duty to attend.

Armenian liturgical mass at St Mary’s Cathedral

An Armenian liturgical Holy Mass will be jointly celebrated by all the Armenian Churches in Sydney at St. Mary’s Cathedral on 2nd May 2015 at 11.00am for the souls of the victims of the Armenian Genocide.

Once again we stress the importance of attending this Holy Mass to pray for the souls of our ancestors who perished, whilst being subjected to the most inhumane and atrocious methods of torture and humiliation, a heinous crime perpetrated by the Ottoman government of the day.

This Special Mass will be televised so that the general public and the world can see and realize and become aware of the calamity that was inflicted upon our forefathers in 1915.


Central Bank of Armenia issues coins on Armenian Genocide centennial  

Armenian Genocide 100 yr coin issueArmenian Genocide 100 yr coin issue

Saint Gregory of Narek
Doctor of the Universal Church

Pope Francis
has declared Armenian poet and monk, Saint Gregory of Narek, a Doctor of the Universal Church.   23-Feb 2015

Saint Gregory of Narek “Doctor of the Church”

On Monday 23rdd February 2015, the official Vatican paper “Osservatore Romano”, has reported that His Holiness, during his meeting with Cardinal Angelo Amato on 21st of February 2015, has accepted the recommendation of the synod of cardinals and bishops that Saint Gregory of Narek be proclaimed Doctor of the Church.

His Holiness Pope Francis, in the very near future, will officially make this announcement of Honoring Our Saint Gregory of Narek, according to Vatican sources.

This is not only a great honor for our Church but also for all Armenians, especially as it will coincide with the centenary of the Armenian Genocide of 1915.


Khatchi Janabar - Stations of the Cross
every Friday from 20th February 2015 at 7.30pm

Reconciliation - available everyday during Lent

Mid-lent Function (MICHINK) - Ladies Auxiliary organising Michink on Wednesday 11 March 2015. Holy Mass at 10.30am

Looyce Armenian School - open doors 7th February, register your child.

Dedication to the Armenian Genocide and the events from 1900 to 2015
Saturday, March 14, 2015 6:00pm

Dedicated to the Armenian Genocide and the events from 1900 to 2015 Dedicated to the Armenian Genocide and the events from 1900 to 2015

Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday) - Holy Mass

Vatican Basilica
at 10:00
Mass for the faithful of Armenian rite

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary commemoration of the GENOCIDE. Mass in armenian rite con celebrated by the Pope.

CLICK on above for DETAILS
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary commemoration of the GENOCIDE.
Mass in Armenian rite con celebrated by the Pope.


Monsignor Sarkis Ouzounian 70th Anniversary

Monsignor Sarkis Ouzounian
Dear Parishioner,
On Sunday 22nd March 2015, immediately after Sunday Holy Mass, the Church of Sydney will be celebrating Monsignor Sarkis Ouzounian 70th Anniversary of priesthood and 93rd Birthday. We are organizing a luncheon party for him in the church hall. Those who wish to participate in this celebration may contact me to book their tickets. Unfortunately we can only fit a limited number of tables in the hall and we recommend you move fast to secure your tickets. Ticket $35.00 pp
Monsignor Ouzounian is the founder of our church and has served our community well over many years; so let us get together and give him a well-deserved recognition and celebration on this very important milestone in his life.


Church leaders with the Prime Minister

On 17 October 2014, the members of the Conference of Bishops and Representatives of the Middle Eastern Apostolic Churches in Australia and New Zealand met with the PM, the Honourable Tony Abbott, in his office in Sydney.


The conference represents: The Maronite, the Melkite, the Antiochian Orthodox, the Syrian Catholic, the Syrian Orthodox, the Coptic Catholic, the Coptic Orthodox, the Chaldean Catholic, the Ancient Church of the East, the Armenian Catholic, and the Armenian Apostolic Churches.

Church Leaders with Prime Minister Tony Abbott

(Read Press Release )


The Armenian Genocide Education Website Australia


1915 - 2015

What is Genocide ?
The Armenian Genocide Museum

The Armenian Genocide
The majority of Armenian Diaspora communities were formed by the Genocide survivors.

Tsitsernakaberd + Genocide Memorial + in Yerevan, capital of Armenia
+ Genocide Memorial +
in Yerevan, capital of Armenia


Pope Francis intends to commemorate
100th anniversary of Armenian Genocide 1915
in Yerevan, Armenia

Pope to celebrate Mass marking 100th anniversary of Armenian genocide

Pope Francis accepts invitation to visit Armenia - 21-09-2014



“The Armenian Catholic Church is a welcoming missionary Catholic Community, nurturing its people in faith and service (Spiritual and Social), support the continued use of the Armenian language and cultural integration and seeking to reflect and share the compassion of Jesus Christ with our community and beyond.”

Fr Basil

Fr. Parsegh (Basil)



Catholic Church - Vatican
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Looyce Armenian School

 St. Gregory's Armenian School

Highlights of the inception of
St Gregory's Armenian School
as aspired by the totality of the
Armenian Catholic Community

 Armenian Genocide 1915

The Armenian Catholic Church Commemorating 100 Years of Genocide

Click here for Armenian Genocide 1915 details

Central Bank of Armenia issues coins on Armenian Genocide centennial  

Armenian Genocide 100 yr coin issueArmenian Genocide 100 yr coin issue


How Komitas preserved Armenian folk music
In the 1990s, the duduk found its way into movie soundtracks, radio playlists and record collections of the west. Yet as Cara Rosehope writes, the music of Armenia’s national instrument might never have survived the Armenian genocide were it not for Komitas—a priest, musician, composer and so much more.


"I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me."

Jesus I Trust In You.


Saint Gregory of Narek
Doctor of the Universal Church

Pope Francis has declared Armenian poet and monk, Saint Gregory of Narek, a Doctor of the Universal Church.   23-Feb 2015



Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop - Australia's first saint 17-Oct-2010

Australia's First Saint

St Mary of the Cross

17 Oct 2010

"We must teach more by example than by word"

(Mary MacKillop 1867)


Fr. Parsegh (Basil) front row in the middle with Mother Teresa of Calcutta
The young Fr. Parsegh (Basil) front row in the middle with Mother Teresa of Calcutta


Why Armenia dominates the chess world


Fr Basil with Pope Francis - 2014


Armenian Genocide 1915

1915 Armenian Genocide

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Looyce Armenian
Catholic School
Armenian Catholic Community Association Rosa Mystica
Prayer Groups
Fr Parsegh with
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Contribution’s towards Lanjik Parish Church in Armenia

The Armenian Catholic Archbishop Nishan Karakeheyan of Armenia had recently written to Fr Basil Sousanian, requesting financial aid to help structurally repair the badly affected church in the village of Lanjik; it is our intention to make a positive response and provide the needed funds which are estimated to be in the vicinity of US $15,000.00;

We, therefore ask our parishioners who are able and capable to assist and contribute towards this worthy cause to contact Fr Basil as soon as possible. You may also, if you so wish send your contribution by cheque in favour of:

Armenian Catholic Church
P.O. Box 315, Lidcombe NSW 1825
(official receipt will be issued for all contributions)                                 Lanjik Parish

Lanjik is near the town of Maralik, north west Armenia. It is 38 kms south from Gyumri, heading towards Yerevan. Lanjik Map

Your HELP  is needed ... make a difference, donate to a worthwhile cause through your local church or club

Hayatsan All Armenia Fund

I Love Armenia

Annual Dinner Dance Hayastan All Armenian Fund
Annual Dinner Dance
15 November 2014
Presented courtesy of Armenian Ministry of Diaspora

The purpose of the Fund is to Help Armenia by initiating particular projects all over Armenia with contributions by ALL Armenians from around the world.
Visit the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund website for details

Khachkar (Kha - ch - kar)
Khachkar or Cross-Stone is a unique Christian Armenian national art

or Cross-Stone
is the unique manifestation of Christian Armenian national art which in its Christian form and type has no other equivalent in the world.

It constitute an integral dimension of Armenian sculptural art; with their high artistic standards and strong national character, occupies a worthy position in the treasury of international art.

Khachkars are also an expression of the Christian faith and high aesthetics taste of the Armenian nation, nation that was first to officially adopt the Christian faith in the year 301 of Our Lord Saviour.

In the deep respect and commemoration of the Khachkar by the International community, a Khachkar was placed in the front entrance of the Main Hall of the United Nations in New York.

Armenian medieval cross-stone unveiled in Vatican with participation of President of Armenia 20-09-2014


The Origins
of Khachkar

Khachkar commemorating Armenian Genocide unveiled in Versailles

Armenian Khachkar unveiled in Rome

Armenian Khachkar to be unveiled in Malta

Cross-stone in memory of Armenian Genocide victims unveiled in Neuwied, Germany - Oct 22, 2011

Vocations Question Vocations Invite

+ Vocations +
Make this your special year.
Discuss with me your intentions.
Let me answer your questions.
Call me anytime. Fr Basil.

Fr Basil


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