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National Family Volunteer Week Gets Chaldeans More Involved
By Huda Metti :: Monday, November 19, 2007 :: 28609 Views :: Government & Society

California, USA - November 20th is National Family Volunteer Day. What better time to teach Chaldean children about charity and volunteering? Here are some ideas to put the whole family in the charitable spirit.

Adopt a Grandparent' and visit a local retirement home. The Chaldean community has a long and important tradition of respecting and caring for elders.  Chaldeans in California often visit The Good Samaritan Retirement Center and Chaldean in Michigan visit the Chaldean Manor Senior Home.  Both centers provide plenty of opportunities for Chaldeans to share their time and comfort others.  Toddlers can come along to provide company and lots of hugs. Chaldean children can visit with residents and put on plays or skits, bring small crafts, or simply visit and reminisce. 

The Chaldean American Ladies of Charity in Michigan have a well organized calendar of senior assistance.  Families can contact the Ladies of Charity and assist their efforts in hosting senior games, dinners, and sing-along sessions. 

Chaldean churches are always hosting various activities to assist those less fortunate than us.  Chaldean churches are bursting with ways Chaldeans can volunteer their time and talent to help others.  Every Chaldean church across the globe is hosting clothing, food, and toy drives.

The Chaldean Federation of America in both California and Michigan is in need of weekend data processors to help adopted refugee families. 

The possibilities of getting involved and helping others in the Chaldean community is limitless.  

St. Joseph, MI USA

St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church
2442 E. Big Beaver Rd.
Troy, MI 48083
Tel: (248) 528-3676
Fax: (248) 524-1957

Congregation Organizer:
Rev. Michael J. Bazzi

Church Constructing Pastor:
Rev. Sarhad Y. Jammo

Current Pastor:
Msgr. Zouhair Toma

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Ayad Hanna

 Current Pastor: Msgr. Zouhair Toma

Msgr. Zouhair Toma (Kejbou) was born in Telkaif, Iraq in 1947.  He was ordained a priest in Baghdad, Iraq in 1968, and accepted his first assignment to serve the community of Baquba.  The Monsignor’s leadership skills and organizational talents along with his mastery of theology were immediately evident.  He later assisted Sts. Peter and Paul in Al-Salehia, and St. George in New Baghdad.

In August, 1978 Monsignor Toma was called to serve the growing community of persecuted Chaldeans finding refuge in Australia.   Being the fist Chaldean priest to arrive in Australia he quickly established a parish for the Chaldeans in Sydney to serve their social and spiritual needs.  The parish was named after St. Thomas the Apostle and built a rectory. 

In 1989, for his incredible work he was granted the title of Monsignor, Chaldean Patriarchal Vicar for Australia and New Zealand.  Continuing his passionate work to serve the Chaldean community the Monsignor moved the Parish Center to a more accessible location and built a large church campus featuring a modern community center, residence quarters, and administrative offices in 1995. 

In 2003, Monsignor Toma added a magnificent church to replace the previous one in order to serve the fast growing community and also opened two other centers.  The first was Our Lady Guardian of Plants in Melbourne, and the second was Mar Addai the Apostle in Auckland, New Zealand.  Mar Addai in New Zealand included two very large churches along with rectories and community centers.  Overseeing the Patriarchal Vicariate for 28 years, he managed to inspire six more priests to help minister to the fast growing Chaldean community. 

In August 2006, Monsignor chose to assist the St. Thomas the Apostle Diocese in the U.S. as more Catholic churches were being built in America and address the growing need.  On October 2006, Monsignor was incardinated and appointed Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Troy.