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.
CHRISTIAN REFUGEE FUNDRAISER: SILENT AUCTION
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.
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.
WELCOME HOME JULIA
August 17th, 2014 at Ski Beach there will be a fundraiser for our very own Julia Garmo. It is a Volleyball tournment to not only welcome home Julia from her treatments in New York but an event that will help her continue to pay for her treatments. To know more about Julia and her story, continue to read:
GROWING IN FAITH
From Monday, August 4th, until Friday, August 8th, 2014, St. Mary's parish hosted a Vacation Bible Study for children ages 4-12. A blessed time was had, with parents, church youth, and clergy helping the children to grow in their faith while having some constructive fun. The parish was further blessed on Sunday, August 10th, by a three song performance by the VBS children after Mass. God bless the children, and their parents, and grant them the wisdom to grow in their faith in Jesus Christ, our Lord and savior.
PRAY FOR IRAQ
On August 3rd, 2014, H.E. Mar Bawai Soro celebrated the Holy Offering at St. Mary parish with the intention of the persecuted Christians and other people of Iraq offered up. After Mass, in the church hall, Bishop Mar Bawai informed the congregation about the situation of our brothers and sisters in Iraq as well as other insights he had gleamed from his visit to Iraq. God have mercy on all the persecuted in Iraq, the Middle East, and all over the world.
CRISIS IN IRAQ; ASKING FOR HELP
Our homeland is under siege, and our brothers and sisters in Christ are wailing and crying for help to the international community. What is largely being ignored by the mass media is genocide against Christians, Kurds and even Muslims who disagree with ways and tactics of the extremist group, ISIS.
SILVER ANNIVERSARY OF PRIESTHOOD
August 6th 2014, Fr. Noel Gorgis celebrated his 25 year silver anniversary as a catholic priest serving throughout the world. He celebrated this special day with mass. Other clergy and close friends surprised him with a little get together afterwards.
Fr. Noel Gorgis has impacted the world in his many achievements and continues to do the same as his priesthood continues to do the same.
THE WORDS OF THE CARDINAL HIMSELF
During the 7th Sunday of the season of the Apostles, His Eminence Cardinal Leonardo Sandri gave a homily during his visit to the Chaldean Catholic Diocese of St. Peter the Apostle. Click the link below to watch the entire homily.
ST. MATTHEW JOINS PROTEST TO STOP IRAQI GENOCIDE
Worldwide Protest in Northern California in their efforts to stop the genocide in Iraq. Please stand with us in solidarity to be the voice for those being persecuted by ISIS attacks in Iraq; the event is August 2nd, 2014.
Cardinal Leonardo Sandri Ends His Visit With Our Lady
After the Mass, His Eminence, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, along with all the clergy who were present as well as a select group of faithful went to the church Hall to enjoy a short lunch. The Cardinal was escorted to the hall by the Knights of Columbus where he was greeted by all those who were invited to the luncheon. During the meal, His Eminence was thanked on behalf of the Parish Council by Zuhair Kachel, followed by Shamasha Aziz Razoki on behalf of all the Shamashe and Shamashyatha. He was then addressed by Fr. Andrew Younan who spoke of the tragic events that have ravaged our homeland, Iraq. Recalling a visit he took to Iraq this year, the first and probably last of his life, Fr. Andrew spoke of the power and grace he felt from visiting the holy sites that were the birth of the Chaldean Church and the tragic loss our people are facing in losing their country to war and violence. However, he ended by speaking of the New Babylon which is the Chaldean Church as she is thriving outside of Iraq and of the bright future there is for those churches, especially here in St. Peter Diocese.
Cardinal Leonardo Sandri Visits St. Peter Cathedral
On Sunday, July 27, 2014, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches in the Roman Curia, visited St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Cathedral in El Cajon. His Eminence arrived at the Cathedral for Slotha d-Sapra d-Khoshaba (Sunday Morning Prayer) at 11am. It was a great honor and joy for all of those who were present to enjoy such a beautiful visit from His Eminence.
PRAY FOR THE PERSECUTED
Thousands from all over San Diego County gathered in prayer for persecuted Iraqi Christians at the Civic Center in El Cajon on Friday, July 25.
Elected officials, community leaders and Christian leaders of all denominations united in support of Christians who have fallen victim to the violence that is spreading across Iraq. Dignitaries in attendance included El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells, El Cajon City Council, His Excellency Bishop Mar Sarhad Jammo, Skyline Church Pastor Dr. Jim Garlow, Foothills Church Pastor Mark Hoffman, and more.
DEACON ANKIDO SIPO AND DEACON SIMON ESSHAKI
On the Feast of Mar Abba the Great, Friday, July 18, 2014, two seminarians from the first Chaldean seminary outside of Iraq were ordained Deacons. The ordination took place at St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Cathedral in El Cajon. Watch the entire ceremony on kaldu.org by clicking read more.
ANKIDO SIPO AND SIMON ESSHAKI ORDAINED DEACONS
July 18, 2014, on the feast of Mar Abba the Great, two seminarians, Ankido Sipo and Simon Esshaki, were ordained Chaldean Deacons by Bishop Sarhad Yawsip Jammo at St. Peter's Cathedral in San Diego. They are the first deacons to be ordained within the Seminary of Mar Abba the Great.
HOLY HOUR AND DEACONATE ORDINATION
Please join us on Thursday at 7p.m. at St. Peter's Cathedral for a holy hour dedicated for the two seminarians, Ankido Sipo and Simon Esshaki, who will be recieveing the sacrament of Holy Orders on Friday.
The deaconate ordination will be on Friday at 6p.m. at St. Peter's Cathedral. Both seminarians are American born Chaldeans.
COMPETITIVE SPORTS AT YOUTH CONVENTION
On July 5th, 2014, all churches met at Mar Abraham Church in Arizona to begin the day with Morning Prayer. Attached to Morning Prayer was a speech that Bishop Sarhad Y. Jammo about unity and how we together have to soar like an eagle. After the prayers and the speech, everyone joined together for breakfasted hosted by Mar Abraham church.