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Chaldean Church Sports League (CCSL) Fall 2008 Games
By Tommy Hanna :: Friday, September 12, 2008 :: 29430 Views :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment, Chaldean Church Sports League, Chaldean Churches

This is an open tournament which means any age or sex can compete.   Registration for the any or all three games is available online October 1st.  Players will have 1 month to choose a church to represent and join the opening game orientations on Sunday, November 2nd at Mother of God Church upper community hall in Southfield, Michigan beginning at 7 PM. 

Depending on the number of players registered the location, date, and time will be published at the November 2nd meeting as well as online. 

The games will be played as a tournament with each player earning points for advancing.  Individual medals along with cash and gift prizes will be awarded to top players and random game competition winners.  Prior to each match, players will choose a ticket from a bag.  The player that chooses the gold ticket and defeats his opponent has the opportunity to win cash and / or gift prizes.  

The church that earns the most points will receive a championship trophy with the names of the team players engraved. 

The tournament entry fee is $25 and must be paid at day of orientation.  Stay tuned to CCSL for more information. 

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.