Important Message From the Parish Council – Update on St. Mary’s Measures Against the Spread of Corona Virus

Parish Council Chairman, Michael Hollis

Dear St. Mary Armenian Church Faithful,

There have been several communications forwarded to our parishioners from the Catholicosate, and the Western Diocese. Additionally, we have received Federal and State guidance, and local Health Orders that we must follow. As Parish Council Chairman I want to reiterate their statements and be specific about how we are implementing their guidelines/orders at St. Mary.

In accordance with local, state and federal guidance we urge our faithful to exercise caution and avoid public contact and large crowds. Unfortunately, that prohibition extends to our church activities.

Consequently, all gatherings at St. Mary Church have been cancelled or postponed. This now includes our Thursday evening Lenten Vigil (Hsgoom) services.

Additionally, Sunday morning Badarak, while not canceled, will not be open to parishioners. This extraordinary measure is to keep us compliant with the recent Orange County Heath Orders. This practice is being implemented by all other churches in Orange County who wish to stay compliant with the law and not subject their congregation to unnecessary medical risk. Later this week, the Western Diocese will be sending out a link for you to partake in Sunday’s Badarak online. We highly encourage everyone to participate online so that our faithful do not have to forgo Soorp Badarak to keep safe.

If you have any questions or need spiritual assistance, please don’t hesitate to call or email us. The church phone number is (949) 650-8367 and our email address is

We will be posting updated information, here on our website and on our Facebook Page, as soon as it becomes available; and continuing to send email updates, as necessary.

I am also asking for you to disseminate this information throughout the community; not only by forwarding this email, but by making phone calls to family and friends. Not everyone is on our mailing or voicemail list but it is important that they be made aware of our present operating restrictions.

The church leadership urges you to follow the above instructions and stay united in heart and spirit. Lend a helping hand if you can – especially to elderly and individuals with a higher risk to serious illnesses who need our help the most during these trying times. Finally, together let us seek the Lord’s intervention to overcome these turbulent times.


Michael Hollis
Parish Council Chairman

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