If You Believe

Reflection on Lazarus Friday

By Diane Zoura

Have you ever been through a tough time in your life? Do you feel like you have been praying and praying, but God has been delaying his response? In the Gospel, we learn about Lazarus being raised from the dead. Martha and Mary, Lazarus’ sisters had gone to Jesus to let Him know that Lazarus was sick. Jesus did not go to Lazarus right away. By the time Jesus got there, Lazarus had already passed away. Martha and Mary told Jesus that if he had been there earlier, Lazarus wouldn’t have died. Jesus knows God and he knew that God will take care of him. God does everything for a reason; His timing is perfect. If Jesus had gotten there earlier, He wouldn’t have been able to perform the miracle and he wouldn’t have shown the world the power of God. When we have faith in God, we allow God to work through us and ultimately give Him glory.


Condolences for His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV Catholicos Patriarch

Condolences for

His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV Catholicos

Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East


Diocesan Holy Week Schedule

See the Mass time and Events Schedules for the Parishes of St. Peter Diocese

Southern Vicariate

St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Cathedral
1627 Jamacha Way
El Cajon, Ca 92019
Phone: (619) 579-7913

March 28 - Palm Sunday Vigil (Saturday)

4:30 pm - Ramsha (Vespers)
5:00 pm - Mass in Chaldean

March 29 - Palm Sunday 

8:00 am - Mass in Chaldean and Arabic
9:30 am - Mass in Chaldean and English
11:15 am - Hosannah Procession
11:30 am - High Mass in Chaldean
4:30 pm - Mass in English

March 30, 31 and April 1 - Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week

4:30 pm - Absolution and Communion Rites

April 2 - Passover Thursday

4:30 pm - Washing of the Feet followed by Holy Mass
7-8:30 pm - Liturgical Vigil
8:30 pm - Gospel of the Passion
9-11 pm - From the Garden to the Cross Prayer Vigil in English

April 3 - Passion Friday

5pm-12am - Ramsha followed by homily and procession with the Holy Sepulchre, then vigil with chant and prayers. Confession is available throughout the night

April 4 - Saturday of Light

4:00 pm - Mass in Chaldean and Arabic
6:00 pm - Mass in Chaldean and English in both the Cathedral and the Hall
8:00 pm - Mass in Chaldean and English in both the Cathedral and the Hall
10:00 pm - High Mass in Chaldean in both the Cathedral and the Hall

April 5 - Easter Sunday

8:00 am - Mass in Chaldean and Arabic
9:30 am - Mass in Chaldean and English
11:30 am - High Mass in Chaldean
4:30 pm - Mass in Chaldean and English

April 6 - Memorial of Emmaus

11 am - Mass in Chaldean. No evening Masses. 


Hidden Wounds

Reflection on the Basilica Hymn for the Sixth Sunday of Sawma

Article by Fr. Andrew Younan

For more reflections on the Basilica Hymns of each season, purchase Perpetual Jubilee: Meditations on the Chaldean Liturgical Year  on 

The Divine Physician

There are many occasions in this world to be surprised, and many times when we meet with something completely unexpected. We have seen, in the past few weeks, that we can find many wonderful, positive things in the world around us that God created. His own glory is shown in the things he has made. But the reality of surprise has a dark side as well. While we marvel at the beauty of God and his works, we are shocked at the ugliness of human sin.


Constituting the Kingdom

Volume 2 of the Chaldean Pillars is now available worldwide on

The next installation of His Excellency, Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo's series, Constituting the Kingdom is now available to the faithful. This next edition provides a Chaldean Exegesis of the New Testament and is a great resource for anyone wanting to learn more about Scripture from a Chaldean perspective. 


Following the Shepherd

Reflection on the Gospel Reading for the Sixth Sunday of Sawma

Article by Father Raymond Sarkis

What a link is there between the spiritual blindness and Jesus the shepherd? It is the concept of one being a follower! The Gospel of this Sunday, the sixth of Lent, talks about Jesus and His disciples who were on the way to the peak, to Jerusalem. None of the crowds or the disciples, nor the Jewish authority realized the meaning of following Jesus’ steps to Jerusalem. They cannot see through their hearts why it so important to be led by Him. Jesus is almost there to die for them, but nobody figures out why their life and ours shall be directed by Him. Was Jesus able to fix the blindness of their hearts? He had succeeded only with those who were simple-hearted! He was able to fix those who surrounded their life to Him. They hoped that He is the one who is going to change their own life forever.


The Spiritual Vineyard

Reflection on the Basilica Hymn for the Fifth Sunday of Sawma

Article by Fr. Andrew Younan

For more reflections on the Basilica Hymns of each season, purchase Perpetual Jubilee: Meditations on the Chaldean Liturgical Year  on 

Reflection on Life

It is possible to describe an average person’s day thus: he wakes up in the morning to talk radio playing on his alarm clock, showers and prepares for the day, eats breakfast quickly or in the car, drives to work listening again to the radio, works vigorously all day with perhaps a short lunch, returns home the same way he got to work, has dinner, if he is lucky, with his family, sits in front of the television for a few hours to relax, then goes to sleep and starts over again the next day.


"I Gave It Up"

Taking a different look at fasting during Lent

“I can’t have that, I gave it up.” These are the words heard at least once if not more during ones Lenten journey.While fasting comes in different forms and “giving up” our favorite foods or luxuries are always beneficial, I chose to take on a different perspective for Lent this year. Instead of making this Lent about myself and what I wanted to give up, my group of friends and I came together and chose to make this Lent about each other. Each one of us chose a different name and were responsible for keeping that person in our prayers the entire Lent, whether it included praying a specific novena for that person or attending a weekly mass, the focus became someone else, rather than ourselves.


Diversion v. Recreation

Two different kinds of pleasure with two very different ends

Article by Sister Tarbytha Mariam

     There is a common misconception that diversion and recreation are the same thing. The words are used interchangeably to describe what people do in their free time. They are synonymous with such things as playing sports, going to the movies, shopping, listening to music, even eating. All these things are done to relax after a strenuous day of work, or to get a person’s mind off of whatever it is they do not want to think about. However, diversion and recreation were not always thought of as the same thing. In fact, they were two very different things, but they became synonymous because they both lead to pleasure. Yet there are many different types of pleasure, and not all of them are good and some are better than others.[1] The pleasures of diversion, when they are sought in excess, lead to vice, while the pleasures of recreation not only keep virtue, but make acting in accord with it more pleasurable. In order to understand how this is possible, it is helpful to see the difference between diversion and recreation. Once diversion and recreation are placed in their proper categories, it will be much easier to assign the proper activities that go along with each one.


Halfway There

Palgu - The Middle of Lent

It is midday. I’m driving home from the park with my two toddlers in the back seat, and I hear words that will invoke terror into any sleep-deprived parent:

“I’m hungry.”

I remember that I packed some crackers on my way out of the house. I promise said crackers to both children before double checking that they actually made it into the car. Rookie mistake. Seconds later I realized the package of crackers are actually on my kitchen counter. Next to my forgotten coffee. I decide the truth is best in all situations, and inform the children that they will not be getting crackers.



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Western United States

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