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Statement from the Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of Saint Peter the Apostle

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.”

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Men's Retreat

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  November 7-9, 2014, there wil be a retreat for men (ages 20 and older) where they will encounter Christ on a spiritual journey held at St. George Monastery. On November 7th, the men who sign up will gather at St. Peter Cathedral at 7 PM to carpool to the monastery. The retreat will conclude on Sunday the 9th after 4:30 PM Mass.

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At the Gate of God

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. 

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Bringing Hope to a Hopeless Situation

A Cry for Help

IMG954178With 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.

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Good and Faithful Servants

David Stephen and Royal Hannosh Ordained Deacons

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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. 

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An Hour of Adoration

IN DEDICATION FOR DIACONATE ORDINATION

   Please join us tonight at St. Peter's Cathedral from 7pm-8pm for a public Holy Hour dedicated to seminarians David Stephen and Royal Hannosh. This is a very important time of prayer for them since this Friday they are to recieve Holy Orders and be ordained Transitional Deacons by the laying of hands of His Excellency Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo. This is a monumental moment for our church since they are the 3rd and 4th seminarisna to be ordained to the Transitional Diaconate this year as the final step before they're PRiestly ordination next year. Please come tonight and support them in prayer in front of the Holy Eucharist. 

Bishop Sarhad meets with Senator Anderson

Protect those under attack in Iraq

  Bishop Sarhad met with Senator Anderson. They spoke about the protection of Iraqi Christians today. SJR 17, a resolution that would draw attention to and demand assistance for Iraqi Christians displaced by ISIS, passes the State Assembly 

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Half a Million!

ICRF FUNDRAISER

   The Knights of Columbus Mar Toma Council #10981 on behalf of the Chaldean Catholic Diocese of St Peter the Apostle in El Cajon, CA has established the Iraqi Christian Relief Fund to assist Iraqi Christians who are facing a horrific and violent persecution and possible extinction in Iraq and the surrounding regions.

 

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Mar Toma Knights tries to Impact World

CHRISTIAN REFUGEE FUNDRAISER: SILENT AUCTION

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    The Knights of Columbus Mar Toma Council invites you to attend a fundraiser benefitting refugees in Iraq on Wednesday, August 27 from 7 to 9p.m. at St. Peter’s Cathedral Church Hall. 

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A March for Peace

FIGHTING ISIS IN THE U.S.

   On Tuesday, August 19 2014, Hundreds of Chaldeans in San Diego and other community members marched for peace this week to honor persecuted Iraqi refugees. The peace march took place from Saint Michael’s Chaldean Catholic Church to downtown El Cajon, with the crowd proclaiming: “We are N” to show support for our fellow Christians in Iraq dying for what they believe in. Attendees from throughout the community carried banners, crosses, and photos of children dying in Iraq while ISIS takes over their homeland. 

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