Article by St. Matthew Church parishoner
On Saturday, May 4th, 2013, His Excellency, Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo began his pastoral visit to our Parish with the Consecration of the grotto of our Lady of Grace ceremony. Our Marian devotion in honoring our Blessed Mother of God will surely be remembered as a day of new beginning for our Parish. Offering the flowers the kids brought to our Holy Mother was a sentiment that only a father could see its authenticity. Mar Sarhad, our beloved spiritual father and Bishop did indeed see, for the fruit of his labor could never have manifested more explicitly than seeing the sheer joy in each child that came to him so to receive a blessing.
St. Paul Church of North Hollywood
First Communion celebrations were held at St. Paul Assyrian Chaldean Catholic Church of North Hollywood on Sunday June 9. 2013. Eleven boys and girls received the Eucharist for the first time from the hands of our spiritual leader H.E. Bishop Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo who was accompanied by Fr. Noel Georges. They were welcomed by the pastor, Chorbishop Samuel Dinkha, deacons, and the church council members.
On Saturday, June 8, 2013, 156 children received their First Holy Communion at St. Michael Chaldean Catholic Church. The 90 boys and 66 girls were split into two groups, with the first group receiving at 11AM and the second at 6PM. The two Masses were celebrated by His Excellency, Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo at 11AM and Mar Bawai Soro at 6PM.
The feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus took place on Friday, June 7, 2013. The feast is commonly celebrated on the first Friday of the month of June. At St. Peter Cathedral, the Sacred Heart of Jesus sodality celebrates their feast day as they do every year. Starting the wednesday before the feast day, the sodality holds a retreat for its members for a few hours each day. The retreat includes Adoration of the blessed Sacrament where they offer their prayers and other devotions, as well as guest speakers. The final day of the retreat is a celebration of the feast day, Mass is celebrated at 11AM followed by a luncheon.
First Holy Communions are taking place all over St. Peter Diocese during May and June. On June 1, 2013, the First Communicants of St. Peter Cathedral received their First Holy Communion. The group of 187 children was split up into two groups, with the first group of 96 children receiving at 9:00AM and the other group of 91 children receiving at 12:00PM. The Masses were celebrated by Bishop Mar Bawai Soro and His Excellency, Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo.
On Friday, May 24, 2013, a group of 15 young people headed up to St. George Monastery for the Artist Retreat. The retreat is based on the Acts 3 passage when Peter and John heal the cripple at the Beautiful Gate of the temple. The title of the retreat, "The Gate Called Beautiful: A Retreat for Artists", comes from this passage. The retreat was lead by Fr. Andrew Younan and was a refreshing experience for all the artists who attended. Through the different talks, the retreatants were able to gain a deeper understanding of how their art is an imitation of nature. The quiet and peaceful atmosphere of St. George Monastery made it the perfect environment to connect with God through the different talks and personal time the retreatants had to work on their art.