Community Members Rally to Make Christmas Merry

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Community Members Rally to Make Christmas Merry

Christmas was made brighter for hundreds of needy community members thanks to the efforts of many Chaldeans.

Response was overwhelming to a call from the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce to help 10 refugee families with great needs. Some $40,000 was raised in cash and gift cards and a slew of gifts were donated in just a few weeks. One family brought in bags and bags of wrapped presents from the guests at their Christmas party. Thanks to the response, the chamber was able to help a total of 13 families.

A dozen West Bloomfield women got together and threw a party for needy refugees on November 30 at Bella Banquet Hall (see Events Page for pictures).

The Chaldean American Ladies of Charity held their annual Christmas Story Time event for more than 100 Chaldean kids. Held this year at Holy Martyrs in Sterling Heights, the children welcomed Santa and participated in arts and crafts.
Members of the Chaldean American Student Association (CASA) helped the Jaycees spread holiday cheer on December 15 at Meijer in Rochester Hills. Underprivileged children received gift cards and with the help of volunteers shopped for Christmas presents for relatives and themselves.
That same day, delivery trucks made a surprise visit to the Hannawa family to provide an “Extreme Christmas Makeover.” The family’s father, Samir, was gunned down on November 7 outside an auto repair shop in Detroit in a crime that remains unsolved. Yatooma’s Foundation for the Kids and Art Van partnered to deliver a refrigerator-sized box for each family member filled with gifts; groceries; sleds and scooters; food and assistance from Kroger and help with living expenses such as three months of paid rent and utilities to get them through the winter months.

Synod Will Select New Patriarch
Pope Benedict XVI has convoked a Synod of bishops of the Chaldean Catholic Church for January 28 in Rome. The aim of the Synod will be to elect a successor to His Beatitude Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly, Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, whose resignation was accepted by the Holy Father on December 19.

Patriarch Delly, 85, was elected Patriarch of the Chaldean Church on December 3, 2003, succeeding the late Patriarch Raphael I Bidawid. He was created a Cardinal Bishop by the Pope on November 24, 2007. On that occasion Pope Benedict was said the gesture demonstrated his “spiritual closeness and affection” for Iraqi Christians.

The Holy Father has appointed Archbishop Jacques Ishaq as administrator of the Chaldean Church pending the election of the patriarch.

On the Path
Andrew Seba took a step closer to priesthood on December 15 when he was ordained a Transitional Deacon in the Chaldean Catholic Church at a mass at St. George. He is pictured here kneeling before Bishop Ibrahim N. Ibrahim, covering his ears to signify shutting out the noise of the world and his obedience to the Bishop through the Holy Spirt. Deacon Seba will be ordained as a priest this summer. Proud parents are Atheer and Lubna.

Shenandoah Picks New Board
Joe Abro was the top vote-getter in Shenandoah Country Club’s recent elections. Also elected to the Board of Directors, in order of votes received, are: Rodney George, Andrew Ayar, Isam Yaldo, Faiq Konja, Frank Jonna, Kal Najar, Jeffrey Denha and Francis Boji.

Be a Mentor
High school and college students can earn community service hours while making a big difference in someone’s life by becoming a mentor to an Iraqi refugee. E’rootha is pairing Big Brothers and Big Sisters with middle school-aged students who are struggling academically. The goal is to foster strong friendships and build communication about personal issues as the students adjust to American social norms.
Mentors are required to attend training sessions. The program begins on January 23 and takes place every Wednesday from 3-4:15 p.m. Learn more at erootha.org.

Step On Up!
Auditions for “A Night of Chaldean Comedy” are set for February 18 at the Farmington Manor. All actors must be at least age 18 to participate in the show, which will benefit the Chaldean Community Foundation. The variety show is being presented on May 23-24 by Sky’s the Limit Productions and Manna Chaldean Productions.
Learn more about auditioning at SkysTheLimitProductions.net or call (877) 785-7763.

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