And Assyrians In The United States
St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Cathedral
1627 Jamacha Way , El Cajon , CA
Phone (619) 579-7913 - Fax (619) 588-8281
Fr. Michael J. Bazzi,
Pastor - Fr. Michael J. Bazzi, born in Telkeppe ,
Iraq in 1938 and ordained a priest in 1964. From 1964 to 1972, he
served in Telkeppe as an assistant pastor and youth director. In
1969 he published a book in Arabic titled Telkeppe: Present and
Past . In 1972, he received a scholarship for further study in
Rome . He studied for two years in the Lateran University and
received a master's degree in pastoral theology and two diplomas,
one in mass media and the other in group dynamics.
the United States on June 20, 1974, he taught Scripture for five
years in Oshkosh, Wisconsin (Greenbay diocese). He published two
books in English, The Pentateuch (1976) and Matthew's
Good News (1978). From Wisconsin he moved to Michigan, where in
1979 he established Mar Addai Chaldean Catholic Church in Oak Park.
Then, in 1981, he established St. Joseph parish in Troy, Michigan.
In 1983 he moved to Los Angeles, where he served as pastor of St.
Paul parish in Montrose. On Sept. 1, 1985, he moved to San Diego and
became assistant pastor at St. Peter parish. He became its pastor
after the death of Fr. Kattoula in 1987.
taught the Aramaic language at Cuyamaca College since 1989. During
this time he published several introductory textbooks on modern and
classical Aramaic. He also published a guidebook, Chaldeans:
Present and Past, and an edition of the Divine Liturgy with
parallel Aramaic, Arabic, and English columns. He also has
established youth and adult Bible study groups and directed Saturday
catechism classes for more than 600 students a year.
Polis P. Khammi - Msgr. Polis was born in Batnaya, near
Mosul, Iraq in 1934. He entered Simon Peter Seminary of the Chaldean
Patriarchate of Babylon in Mosul it 1950 and was ordained a priest
in 1961. He was appointed to teach the Chaldean language in Seminary
for one year. Afterward, he served in parishes of the Diocese of
Alqosh near Mosul. He was ordained a Corbishop for the diocese of
Alqosh on February 11, 1999.
in the United States of America on December 12, 2006 and is now
working and fulfilling his priestly duties at St. Peter's Chaldean
Dec. 6, 1973:
Fr. Peter Kattoula was assigned as the first pastor of the newly
established St. Peter Chaldean Catholic parish.
Sept. 10, 1983:
A new church building was dedicated. The church (8369 sq. ft.)
has a capacity for more than 600 people.
Fr. Ibrahim Ibrahim was assigned as assistant pastor. He served
for six months.
Nov. 30, 1984:
Fr. Jacob Yasso was assigned as assistant pastor for three
Sept. 1, 1985:
Fr. Michael J. Bazzi became co-pastor. Then, after the death of
Fr. Kattoula on March 20, 1987, Fr. Bazzi was installed as
pastor of St. Peter parish.
Nov. 29, 1989:
Grand opening of the new church hall.
Dec. 14, 1993
through Sept. 17, 1994: Fr. Kamal W. Bidawid was
assigned as assistant pastor.
May 21, 2002:
St. Peter parish became the seat of the new diocese. Since then
it has been called St. Peter Cathedral.
Nov. 28, 2002:
Fr. Felix Al-Shabi was assigned parochial vicar at St. Peter
Jan 17, 2003:
Grand opening of St. Peter Cathedral rectory.
SCHEDULE of MASSES and ACTIVITIES
4:30 p.m.; Chaldean & Arabic Mass 5:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. Mass (Chaldean & Arabic); 9:30 a.m.
Mass (Chaldean & English); 11:00 a.m. Morning Prayer in Aramaic; 11:30 a.m. Mass
(Chaldean); 4:30 p.m. Mass (Chaldean & English)
Masses and Vespers:
(Winter) Monday - Friday 4:30
p.m., Vespers 4:00 p.m.
(Summer) Monday, Wednesday - Friday 5:00 p.m., Vespers 4:30 p.m.
(All weekday Masses in Chaldean
Adoration of the
Fridays 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Family Rosary and Eucharistic Adoration:
Fridays 7:00- 8:00 p.m. at the Good Samaritan Retirement Center
Confirmation, Confession and Marriage:
STUDIES and YOUTH GROUPS
Bible Study: Mondays
7:00-9:00 p.m., September - May
Study: Tuesdays 7:00-9:00
Tues., 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Bible Study for Adults:
Thursdays 7:00- 9:00 p.m.
B.A.S.I.C. Junior High
Youth Group: Fridays
6:00-8:00 p.m in the Educational Center
Fountain of Love:
Every other Wednesday from 6:00- 8:00 p.m.
RELIGION SCHOOL (C.C.D.)
Preschool, Grades K- 8:
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon (English)
Council: First Tues.
of the month, 7:00 p.m.
Heart Ladies of Charity & Mass:
Mon., 4:00 p.m.
Heart Sodality: First
Fri. of the month, 9:30 a.m.
Mary - Mother of Mercy: Wednesdays 5:15-
Mary - Mother of Grace: Thursdays 5:15- 7:00 p.m.
Group (Mothers of Ministry Sharing):
Tuesdays 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Columbus: Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, 8:00
p.m.- 9:00 p.m. in the
Council: Every 1st Tuesday of the month
Chaldean & Arabic:
Fri., 6:30- 8:30 p.m.
Children's Choir: 5:00- 6:30pm