On December 14th St. Paul Assyrian Chaldean Catholic church will be hosting a Christmas Party. Tickets are $30, but children under 5 get in for free. For tickets and more info call Odisho (818-421-1109) and Carlo (818-266-2600).
Pope Francis’ style and ongoing reforms are intended to encourage Catholics to be more missionary, in order to bring the Gospel to all people, said Archbishop Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State.
“It’s very easy to work with Pope Bergoglio. There is a lot of agreement, and this is great hope for the future,” Archbishop Parolin said.
He emphasized the Holy Father's desire for reforms that “show the true face of the Church,” Vatican Radio reported.
The First Communion children of St. Peter Cathedral and St. Michael's have come together to put on a Christmas Play for the two parishes during the month of December. The children have been preparing for the play since early November and are well on their way to having a great production. The first performance will take place on Friday evening, December 13 at 7pm in St. Peter Cathedral. The second performance is scheduled for Monday, December 23 and will follow a lecture to be given by His Excellency, Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo on the meaning of Christmas.
Islamists Said to Have Seized Orphanage in Historic Christian Town
Damascus, December 02, 2013
Islamist rebels have broken into St. Thecla Orthodox Convent in Maaloula near Damascus and held Mother Superior Pelagia Sayyaf and a number of nuns hostage, according to local sources.
The Syrian Arab News Agency is reporting that the rebel militias also committed acts of vandalism in the town's neighborhoods and around the convent, attacking locals and targeting them with sniper fire.
Vatican City, Dec 1, 2013 - The Pope’s Sunday Angelus message for the start of Advent focused on the importance of hope during the liturgical season dedicated to preparing for Christmas.
“For the great human family it is necessary to renew always the common horizon toward which we are journeying. The horizon of hope! This is the horizon that makes a good journey,” Pope Francis said on Dec. 1 to the crowds in St. Peter’s Square.
The Chaldean Institute for Mesopotamian Studies is holding its Annual Session of Theological Studies this year on The Chaldean Renaissance: Flowing from the Altar. The courses, offered in St. Peter Diocese for the past seven years takes place during the last liturgical season of the year, the Crowning of the Church (Kulal Etta). The courses are open to all the faithful and the lectors and shamashe are especially encouraged to attend. The first session took place on Wednesday, November 6, 2013. His Excellency, Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo gave the lecture that evening on the Chaldean National and Ecclesial Identity.
On Friday evening at 7PM, St. Peter Cathedral was packed with parishoners who had gathered for a special Prayer Service. The community came together to pray for children suffering from cancer, especially a child of one of St. Peter's regular parishoners, Julia Garmo. The prayer service was lead by Fr. Andrew Younan who spoke briefly in the beginning about Julia's condition as well as other children in the community suffering from cancer. He then lead the church in praying the Rosary.
His Excellency, Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo, celebrated Mass on the First Sunday of the Crowning of the Church on November 3, 2013 at St. Mary's Assyrian-Chaldean Catholic Church in San Jose. The youth who were on The Resurrection Retreat that same weekend eneded the retreat by attending Mass at St. Mary's as well. The church was packed with parishoners and youth, making this First Sunday of the Crowning an especially beautiful one.
Seventy youth from six different parishes in St. Peter Diocese gathered in San Jose on the weekend of November 1-3, 2013. The occassion was the first ever Diocesan Retreat, a retreat open to all the youth of St. Peter Diocese. The Resurrection Retreat was fascilitated by the Seminarians of Mar Abba the Great and the Workers of the Vineyard. Fr. Michael Barrota of St. Mary's Parish as well as Fr. Andrew Younan from St. Peter's Cathedral were also present on the retreat. Thanks to these beloved clergy, confession was made availalbe to the youth during the retreat. Through the different talks, activities and small groups, the retreatants were able to draw closer to Christ as well as come together as a community.