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Chaldean Justice League Offers Chaldean Application Assistance for Digital TV Box Converter
By Ray Yono :: Thursday, February 14, 2008 :: 39930 Views :: Chaldean Justice League

USA - Chaldeans in America will be forced to purchase new electronic devices by Feb. 18, 2009 if they want to continue receiving television signals.  The move to “high definition” television is spurring the economy itself as families are forced to purchase converter boxes, subscribe to cable or satellite services, or buy expensive new televisions. 

Outrage over entertainment and manufacture industry lobbyists forcing the entire country to practically throw away their perfectly working TV sets has the U.S. government feeling a bit guilty.  What does that mean for the Chaldean household?

Millions of $40 government coupons are now available to help owners of low-tech televisions buy special converter boxes for older TVs that might not work after the switch to digital broadcasting.

The converter boxes are expected to cost between $50 and $70 and will be available at most major electronics retail stores. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration is accepting requests for two $40 coupons per household to be used toward the purchase of the boxes.

Chaldeans who have satellite or cable service won't need a box.

Congress, in ordering the transition to digital broadcasting, set aside $1.5 billion for the coupon program, which will fund 33.5 million coupons and other costs.

The first 22 million coupons will go to all households that request them. That includes a residence that gets cable service for one television but has a spare TV that still uses an antenna, for example. The rest of the coupons, however, are meant only for those who do not subscribe to a pay-television service. Nielsen Co. estimates that 14.3 million households, or about 13% of the 112.8 million total television households in the nation, rely on over-the-air television broadcasts for programming. 

The Chaldean Justice League is working to ensure that all Chaldean households are able to participate in the coupon program by assisting Chaldeans in submitting an approved application and assuring they receive their two $40 coupons.

Julius Abbu, Chaldean Justice League HDTV Converter Coupon project manager is working to create an online application for Chaldeans interested in receiving their rebate. “It is unfortunate that some Chaldeans will miss out because of the language barrier.  That is where CJL jumps in to help.  We fill out all the government forms, ensure the rebate was received, and even assist Chaldean families in purchasing the correct converter boxes for their homes.  The cost to Chaldean families is absolutely zero.  By taking advantage of this community service Chaldeans can save $80 when forced to purchase their HDTV converter.  We do ask they consider making a donation to the CJL or a Chaldean organization of their choice in the name of CJL,” Abbu said. “We will also be visiting different Chaldean community centers and churches helping folks on the spot.  Chaldeans can also e-mail ChaldeanJustice@yahoo.com if they have questions or concerns.”

Chaldeans across America will be able to visit the Chaldean Justice League community web page on www.chaldean.org and fill out the online application and receive their $80 coupon application by Monday, Feb. 25, 2008.  

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.