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El Cajon Invites Chaldeans to Join Concerts on the Green
By Sam Yousif :: Sunday, April 6, 2008 :: 86133 Views :: Health & Fitness, Living & Lifestyle, Community & Culture

California, USA - The El Cajon Community Development Corporation (then known as Downtown El Cajon, Inc.) has been looking for a novel way to build their downtown community.  Hoping to tap into the business creativity, entrepreneurship, and community family spirit of the Chaldean community, the organizers invite Chaldeans to join their concert series along with other residents of El Cajon.

The 13th Annual Concerts on the Green is a free weekly summer concert series featuring live music for all ages that beings Friday, May 23, 2008 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on the Prescott Promenade in Downtown El Cajon. Opening night of the 2008 Concerts on the Green will feature the Rockabilly sounds of The Stilettos. The concerts are free to the public.  Concerts on the Green 2008 is offered every Friday evening through September 5.

Working on a tight budget, the group was miraculously able to pull off live performances on the central Prescott Promenade during the Friday lunch hour. The occasional performances started small, attracting some 25 or so people each Friday noon during the few summer weeks the programs were offered. But thus was born the original Concerts on the Green in Downtown El Cajon.

With the addition of new shops, restaurants and modern townhomes in Downtown El Cajon, Concerts on the Green began to quickly grow in both size and scope. The event was moved to Friday evenings to make it more convenient for people to attend and to make better use of the new outdoor dining opportunities being found along Main Street.

Still free to the public, more varied performers and those of greater stature were being presented. Quality sound systems and a professional stage were purchased. Crowds began to grow. Before long, Concerts on the Green became a highly popular weekly musical event presented all summer-long. Today, Concerts on the Green attracts on average more than 500 people each week, with some performances bringing more than 1,000 people to Downtown El Cajon on a Friday evening.

The family-oriented Concerts on the Green features top entertainers in a friendly park setting every Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. From blues to rock, and jazz to swing, there is something for every type of music lover.

Chaldean families are encouraged to bring a picnic, or enjoy dinner at one of several fine restaurants now open on Main Street in Downtown El Cajon.

2008 Concerts on the Green Schedule:

  • May 23: The Stilettos (Rockabilly)
  • May 30: Stars on the Water (Tropical Rock)
  • June 6: Eve Selis (Roadhouse Rock)
  • June 13: Sue Palmer (Boogie Woogie)
  • June 20: Breez’n (Variety)
  • June 27: The Cathryn Beeks Ordeal (Rock)
  • July 11: The Cat-illacs (Rock & Roll)
  • July 18: Theo & the Zydeco Patrol (Zydeco)
  • July 25: The Screamin' Primas (A Tribute to Louis Prima)
  • August 1: The Hayriders (Country)
  • August 8: The Corvettes (Doo Wop & Motown)
  • August 15: Bill Magee (Blues)
  • August 22: The Coolrays (Beach Boys Tribute Band)
  • August 29: The Variations (Big Band)
  • September 5: The Mar Dels (Dance)

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.