The final performance of Between the Moon and the Star
In preparation for Christmas, the St. Peter Cathedral and St. Michael's Choirs put on the beautiful performance of Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo's play, Between the Moon and the Star. The last night of the play took place on Friday, December 19, 2014 at 8pm. The packed auditorium was filled with young families and the many parishoners of both parishes. At the end of the night, His Excellency, Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo congratulated the choir and actors for their hard work, as well as all of the crew members who helped make the play possible.
by Fr. Andrew Younan
The text is available below in Chaldean.
If our Lord can make of bread his holy Body,
How much can he make of people?
Bread, his Flesh; in man, his Spirit:
He pours out his love as on Passover Thursday.
50th Anniversary of the Priestly Ordination of
Bishop Sarhad Y. Jammo
The Holy Father, Pope Francis sent his congratulations on the occasion of Bishop Sarhad Yawsip Jammo’s 50th Anniversary of Priestly Ordination. The text is below, with a partial translation from the Latin by Prof. Msgr. Michael Magee.
Between the Moon and the Star takes place at Steele Canyon High School
On Thursday evening, December 18, 2014, a beatiful Christmas play was performed at Steele Canyon High School. The play was written by His Excellency, Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo, with music composed by Luay Yousif, while all of the costume design and direction was done by Sr. Veronica Mariam. Titled, Baynath Sahra l-Kawikhwa, the play gives the Chaldean perspective on the Nativity Story through its beautiful music and moving dialogue.
St. Nicholas visits the Chaldean children of El Cajon
On Wednesday, December 17, St. Peter's held their annual toy drive. The event was from 3-7pm, during which 1,500 gifts were distributed. The hall was split into three major sections, a carnival, a wheel of fortune and pictures and gifts with St. Nicholas. Hosted by the Seminarians of Mar Abba the Great, the evening was a great success and something that everyone in attendance enjoyed. A special thanks goes out to all the groups, associatoins and young people who helped make the evening possible.
By Sister Gabrielle M Gniewek
“Prepare the way of the Lord!”
The words of John the Baptist serve as a rally cry, or slogan for the militant faithful to march to, heralding the liturgical coming of Christ, and eventually His second coming.
Every rite in the Church has its differences in spirituality. The Chaldean Church traditionally prepares the way of the Lord by observing a special fast or period of prayerful devotion during the 9 days preceding Beyth Yalda. This is because the whole of Subara is structured to focus on the parallels between the coming of both Jesus and John the Baptist, but the last 9 days of Subara are a time dedicated specially to deepening one’s relationship with Mart Maryam. Each of the 9 days signifies one of the sacred months she carried the Christ in her womb, and who better to learn from how to prepare the way of the Lord, than she who so intimately carried Him during the first leg of His earthly journey?
St. Michael's Catechism School prepares for Christmas
On Saturday December 13, 2014, to end off the 2014 St. Michael catechism year before Christmas break, a beautiful Christmas Pageant was held at St. Michaels Church. There, different classes performed Christmas songs, hymns and plays as their parents joyfully watched. Bishop Sarhad Yawsip Jammo, along with other clergymen, applauded the great performances given.
St. Mary's holds their annual Christmas Charity Concert
On Sunday, December 7, 2014, Saint Mary’s Assyrian Chaldean Catholic Church celebrated the birth of the little child born in Bethlehem, our Savior Jesus Christ in a spectacular performance at its fourth annual Christmas Charity Concert. The standing room only concert hall filled with over 400 enthusiastic guests were treated to a mesmerizing performance by the combined Drama and Choral group of 65 members, with as young as 4 year-olds singing and chanting to everyone’s delight.
Meditation on the Basilica Hymn of the Third Sunday of Subara (Advent)
Three new deacons ordained as well as 42 new lectors and servers blessed
On Friday evening, December 12, 2014, over 40 men and women were blessed as lectors and servers, followed by the ordination of three new Deacons. The Mass began at 6:30pm in St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Cathedral and was celebrated by His Excellency, Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo. Many of the clergy of both St. Peter Cathedral and St. Michael Chaldean Catholic Church as well as St. Paul Assyrian-Chaldean Church were in attendance to support the members of their faithful who were blessed or ordained that evening. Of the total 45 men and women who presented themselves, 3 were ordained Deacons,and 21 men and 21 women were blessed as Lectors or Servers.
Fr. Andrew Younan
For someone with a healthy conscience, lying is a very difficult thing. Simply saying something untrue is so blatantly wrong that it’s impossible to hide from the heart. In fact, even someone with a bad conscience might avoid lying because it’s so easy to get caught in a lie. Easier to hide, both from oneself and from others, is a half-truth. To say something technically true, but only tell part of the truth, is much more harmful because it is much harder to detect, and more often than not, the hidden half of the truth is the most important – why else would someone want to hide it?
Unity is one of the primary goals that Jesus had for his Church. He prayed, “that they may all be one.” But this is only half the truth – in fact, it is only half of this verse. The whole verse is: “that they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me” (John 17:21). For Jesus, unity is not the whole story. He wants us to be one as he and the Father are one, so that the world may believe the Father sent him. Unity is not an end in itself. It must be combined with love and the Gospel – in other words, true Unity requires Goodness and Truth. If it is without these, it is a false unity.