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Chaldeans in Michigan Quake on the Lake
By Sam Yousif :: Sunday, July 13, 2008 :: 39039 Views :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment

Michigan, USA - In a few more days Chaldeans will be able to enjoy a unique, high-energy water sports festival for the Summer of 2008.  Chaldeans in southeast Michigan are eagerly looking forward to the APBA Inboard Hydroplane Races in Oakland County.  “My whole family is going to be there,” says Abraham Sandeha of Novi.  The 15 year old teenager has been on water skis since the age of nine says his mother.  The event will take place between White Lake and Waterford townships at the Pontiac Lake State Recreation Area. 

Chaldeans attending the event will be treated to high-speed excitement of professional hydroplane boat races, the 2008 event will also feature one of the premier international waterski and wakeboard competitions…the Malibu Open. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Malibu Open features the top slalom skiers, jumpers and wakeboarders in the world. The Malibu Open has traditionally been the event where major world records have been set in seven of the nine years.

Over the past 8 years, “Quake on the Lake” has gained a reputation as one of the premier summertime events in/around Oakland County, Michigan.  It has become a “must attend” national event for North American Inboard Hydroplane owners and drivers and since its inception; over 250,000 people have witnessed world-record racing performances from the top teams in the business.  In the last 8 years, there have been 15 American Power Boat Association (APBA) records set in 5 different racing classes on Pontiac Lake, making it one of the fastest one-mile race courses in the country.

The 9th Annual “Quake on the Lake” APBA Inboard Hydroplane Races featuring the 10th Annual “Malibu Open” will begin on July 18 and run until July 20.  The schedule is listed below:

Friday, July 18 (Cost is FREE)
7 a.m. - 1 p.m. Malibu Open Men's/Women's Slalom
Men's Jump Qualifying Rounds
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. APBA Inboard Hydroplane "Hot Lap" Challenge
4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Women's Wakeboard Preliminaries
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Men's Wakeboard Preliminaries

Saturday, July 19
Admission - $8 / Children (5-12) - $4 / 4 and under- FREE
Special Weekend Pass - $15 / Special Children's Weekend Pass - $7

7 a.m. - 11 a.m. Mens/Womens Slalom/Mens Jump Elimination
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. APBA Inboard Hydroplane Races 
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. WWA Mens/Womens Wakeboard Final
Dusk Fireworks

Sunday, July 20
7 a.m. - 11 a.m. Mens/Womens Slalom Finals / Mens Jump Finals Noon - 5 p.m. APBA Inboard Hydroplane Races 

Pit Passes $10
Witness all the "behind scenes" action firsthand.  See the inboard race boats close up and personally meet race teams.  Guests are reminded that they must have closed-toed shoes to access pits.

Discount coupons are available at: 
Local Budweiser retailers
Kowalski Kowality Markets
Suburban Ford of Waterford
T&C Federal Credit Union
Joe Lunghamer Chevrolet/Buick/GMC
Szott Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge
Skier’s Pier
Guido’s Premium Pizza (in Waterford and Independence Township)
REMINDER:

Guests are reminded:
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets
Absolutely NO alcohol allowed in
Coolers will be inspected

Send in your top digital photos to info@chaldean.org

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.