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From Babylon to El Cajon

Chaldean community participates in the Annual Mother Goose Parade

04On Sunday, November 23, 2014, the 68th Annual Mother Goose Parade took place on Main Street in El Cajon. As custom every year, the Knights of Colombus Mar Toma Coucnil participated in the event with their own float and banners. The "Ziggurat of Ur of the Chaldeans" represented the Mesopotamian civilization and was a testament to the large Chaldean community that lives in El Cajon. 

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Treasures of the Chaldean Liturgy

Shamashe training takes place at St. Michael Chaldean Catholic Church

02On Monday, November 24th, His Excellency Bishop Sarhad Yawsip Jammo of the Chaldean Catholic Diocese of St. Peter the Apostle held a normal training of the Shamashe of St. Peter and St. Michael Chaldean Catholic Churches. The gathering it usually takes place at St. Michael’s Chaldean Church at 6:00pm.

His Excellency gave a lecture in which he discussed His Beatitude Patriarch Sako’s proposed “revisions” of the Official Reform of the Chaldean Mass.

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Putting the Fun into Fundraising

Dodgeball tournament fundraiser held for new seminary

01Saturday November 22, 2014, many young girls and boys gathered at Hillsdale Middle School for a friendly dodge ball tournament in order to raise money for the new seminary. A group of seminarians was also present at the event and even joined in. 

Valhalla Youth for Truth was kind enough to organize this event and make sure everything went by smoothly and sufficiently so that everyone could enjoy it to the best extent. Endless laughs and fun times were exchanged as the youth joined together to eventually raise a total of $1045 dollars all together.

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Modern Exodus

How ISIS is erasing Christians in the Middle East

Two years ago Jalal Yako, a Syriac Catholic priest, returned to his home town of Qaraqosh to persuade members of his community to stay in Iraq and not to emigrate because of the violence directed against them. “I was in Italy for 18 years, and when I came back here my mission was to get Christians to stay here,” he says. “The Pope in Lebanon two years ago had established a mission to get Christians in the East to stay here.”

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Freed From Slavery

Meditation on the Basilica Hymn of the Third Sunday of the Crowning of the Church

In Conclusion

What does the liturgy save for the end? In this final week of the liturgical year, what is the image that we use to conclude and summarize all that we have reflected upon, from Advent until now? What is our conclusion, our ultimate goal in the life of grace? St. Paul tells the Corinthians the following: “I feel a divine jealousy for you, for I betrothed you to Christ to present you as a pure bride to her one husband.” (2 Corinthians 11:2). The final image of the liturgical year, the ultimate reflection of our life in Christ, is that of the heavenly Bridegroom Jesus Christ and his bride the Church. No image is so abundant in Scripture – in both the Old and New Testaments – and so intimate and intense in its expression of how deep and dear is our union with God through Jesus Christ. St. Paul, again, writes to the Ephesians regarding the relationship between husbands and wives; how wives should honor their husbands as the Church honors Christ; how husbands should love their wives as Christ loves the Church and gave himself over for her; but his conclusion in this section shows that he is not merely giving practical advice to the married: “This is a great mystery, but I speak in reference to Christ and the Church.” (Ephesians 5:32).

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Local Chaldean Family Relieved at Obama's Action on Immigration

One local Chaldean family is breathing a giant sigh of relief after hearing President Obama's speech Thursday. San Diego 6 introduced you to Nesreen Daud and her family last week.  Nesreen was facing deportation to Iraq ... until now.

Daud and her family walked into the office of local Chaldean leader Mark Arabo last week pleading for help.  Daud had received a final judgement from a federal judge ordering her to be deported three days before Christmas.  On Thursday night, the family gathered in Arabo's office to watch Obama's speech.

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10 Very Interesting Facts About the Catholic Church You Probably Didn't Know

How much do you know about the Catholic Church?

1.    Vatican City has the highest crime rate in the world! With a population around 500 people and a little over one crime per day, the Vatican crime rate is above 100 percent, per capita. Although the fact is shocking it should be remembered that the Vatican is about one square mile in size, and has nearly 20 million visitors annually. Most of the crimes are pickpockets, purse snatching and other petty offenses done by outsiders.

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Knights Donate $2 Million for Middle East Refugee Housing

Refugee child in Ankaway, Erbil at the opening of his tent_Catholic News Agency. Credit: Maria Lozano.The Knights of Columbus is putting more than $2 million toward new homes for Iraqi and Syrian refugees fleeing violence, and not a moment too soon, said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “We have tens of thousands of refugees in this area [Northern Iraq] who have been driven from their homes at the point of a gun. Many of them are sleeping outdoors, in hallways, three, four families together in a Christian school. And winter is coming,” Anderson told CNA in a Nov. 20 interview.

“So we have to provide something for them on a more permanent basis because this isn’t going to be solved in the next few months or maybe even in the next few years,” he continued. “What we don’t want to have happen is people being born and dying in huge refugee camps, like what’s happened to the Palestinians, for example. So it’s important that we take some action.”

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Islamic State Burns Bibles

Orders Christians to pay tax

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has ordered the 23 Christian families that remain in Ar-Raqqah, Syria, to pay a tax of $535 if they wish to avoid expulsion from the city.

Located in north-central Iraq, the city of 220,000 is now the capital of the Islamic State, which has organized the burning of Bibles and other Christian literature, according to a report from the Fides news agency.

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Chosen to Rescue

Chaldean Exegesis of the Old Testament

The first of the Chaldean Pillars series has been published and is now available on Amazon.com. Written by His Excellency, Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo, it offers a Chaldean perspective on the Old Testament. As stated in the introduction, "This book will aid the Chaldean faithful, and potentially many others, in realizing their call to be both the beneficiary of Christ’s grace and the specially tuned heralds of his universal redemption." The following book in the series will offer the Chaldean perspective on the New Tetament.

Just in time for the holiday season, this book will be a wonderful gift for loved ones and friends who wish to deepen their understanding of Scripture. 

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