Meditating on the life and example of Saint Luke
On the last Thursday of every month, the Mary Queen of Saints prayer group gathers at St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Cathedral for a public Holy Hour. The service begins at 7pm with Ramsha (Evening Prayer), followed by a reflection on a chosen Saint. This month, the Saint focused on was Saint Luke.
During his reflection, Andrew Hermiz pointed out how much attention Saint Luke pays to promises by comparing Zachariah and his unwillingness to believe the angel to Our Lady and her openess to God's will. Andrew emphasized the importance of keeping our promises to God, especially since he is a God who always keeps his promises.
Displaced Christians in Kurdistan
Erbil, Iraq, Oct 30, 2014. - Christians who were forced from their homes in northern Iraq by the Islamic State this summer are a people whose soul is being destroyed, said a priest who visited Kurdish Iraq, where many have taken refuge.
Stories From Iraq
"We had only one choice: face death or leave," says Sister Luma, a nun of the Dominican order who left her hometown of Qaraqosh, Iraq's largest Christian town, in August -- one of roughly 50,000 Christians who fled ISIS's advance on the ancient town.
North California Retreat
A liturgical Renaissance - Day 1
In a spirit full with love for our church, Chaldean and Assyrian youth groups from North California and San Diego met in a retreat on Friday10/24/2014 to know more about our rich Chaldean and Assyrian liturgy.
We started our first day with welcoming everyone and do some ice-breaking activities. And after that we had some free time to know more about each other and then we went to bed.
The Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, Mgr. Bernardito Auza, calls for the prevention of new massacres by the Islamic State
The UN needs to react to “the escalating, ruthless phenomenon of international terrorism” by “urgent[ly] re-enforc[ing] of the international juridical framework of a multilateral application of the responsibility to protect people from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, crimes against humanity and all forms of unjust aggression.”
October 22, 2014
The clergy and faithful of St. Peter Diocese gatehered at St. Peter Cathedral today in order to hear the statement issued by the Eparch regarding the Patriarchal decree released earlier today. After praying Ramsha together and attending Mass, His Excellency, Mar Bawai Soro, read the statement. The text is available below, along with the audio.
On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, His Beatitude, Patriarch Louis Sako, issued a decree stating that: “the following monks and priests shall be suspended from practicing priestly ministry.” This refers to nine of the priests of St. Peter Diocese. We want the faithful of our Diocese to know that we have made an official Appeal to the Holy Father, Pope Francis, so that the faithful are not deprived from the priestly channel of grace to which they are entitled, in accordance with Canon 16 of the Eastern Code, which states: “The Christian faithful have the right to receive assistance from the pastors of the Church from the spiritual goods of the Church, especially the Word of God and the Sacraments.”
THE CHALDEAN LITURGY
A comprehensive study of the Chaldean Liturgy, written by Bishop Sarhad Yawsip Jammo, from the structure of the Liturgy of the Hours to the Liturgical Year, including a historical and analytical study of the Anaphora of Addai and Mari, as well as all of the sacraments.
A Cry for Help
With the severe and barbaric actions of the Islamic State (ISIS) toward the Christian and minority population of Iraq, innumerable phone calls and emails began pouring into the parishes of St. Peter Diocese. The pleas were all the same, that the persecuted refugees be able to leave Iraq and join their families in the United States. In response to the thousands people begging for help, St. Peter Diocese responded by accepting their request and began to collect names of individuals who desire to leave Iraq. Each of the forms collected included names of sponsors who live in the United States and are willing to assist in settling the refugees. A group of over twenty volunteers gathered in the St. Peter Cathedral Rectory to collect and digitize the thousands of forms pouring in from all over the country. After 12 days and over 100 hours, the final total of Chaldean Christians desiring to leave Iraq numbered at 54,760. In addition to this, another 15,000 names were collected in earlier stages, bringing the list total close to 70,000.
David Stephen and Royal Hannosh Ordained Deacons
On Friday evening, September 12, 2014, just two months after St. Peter Cathedral witnessed the first ever deaconate ordination of two of its first seminarians, the faithful were blessed to witness the deaconate ordinations of David Stephen and Royal Hannosh. The Cathedral was packed with family, friends and loved ones as well as a number of clergy, deacons and lectors who all gathered to in support and love of their new deacons.