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Mother and Daughter Fashion Show Extravaganza Announced
By Mother of God Church :: Wednesday, April 2, 2008 :: 127205 Views :: Article Rating :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment, Community & Culture, Chaldean Churches

Michigan, USA - Mother of God Chaldean Catholic Church in Southfield, Michigan holds there 3rd annual Mother & Daughter Fashion Show Dinner Extravaganza.  “We want to celebrate the value and bond between mothers and daughters,” says Nadira Kannu, event chairwoman and Mother of God parish council member.  “All communities and cultures rest in the hands of mothers and daughters.  They sacrifice so much for their family and community.  They guide us and give us hope.  It is only fitting that we acknowledge how much we love them.”

Organizers of the event are also seeking nominations for the "Mother of the Year" essay contest.  Their theme this year is "Mama, No One Can Take Your Place". Writers can nominate any special ‘mother’ in their life including their own mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, niece or a friend.

Submission deadline for the event is Sunday, April 20, 2008. The essay should be a maximum of 800 words. All submissions should include your nominee’s name, address and telephone number as well as your own contact information. You can mail your essay or drop it off to: Mother of God Church, 25585  Berg Rd. Southfield, MI,48034 Attention: Linda or e-mail the essay to MotherOfGodChurch@yahoo.com
 
The winning Mom will be an honored and recognized guest at the 3rd Annual Mother and Daughter Fashion Show Dinner Gala, on May 7th at Shenandoah Country Club.  The winner and essay writer will also receive complimentary tickets to the event.
 
The fashion show gala will be held on May 7, 2008 at Shenandoah Country Club in West Bloomfield, Michigan. Doors open at 5:30 and the fashion show will start at 8:00 p.m. in the evening.  The party will include full course gourmet meal, door prizes, gifts, raffles, dinner show, guest speaker, contest games and more.  Tickets for the event are available at the bargain of only $40.

“We anticipate having well over 500 mothers and daughters to this event,” says Kannu.  “The previous years we sold out in matter of weeks and because of the event is so popular many in the community wanted a bigger venue so more people could attend.  This year we decided to move the show to a bigger place.”

The event also invites families to consider placing their own announcement in the event booklet.  Special praises, memorials, poems, pictures, or messages to loved ones are strongly encouraged.  Businesses interested in advertising can also e-mail MotherOfGodChurch@yahoo.com.  Advertisement space is only $25 for a quarter page; $50 for half page; $100 for a whole page.

For photos of the previous Mother Daughter shows visit the Community Photo Album on www.CHALDEAN.org.

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St. Thomas, MI USA

St. Thomas Chaldean Catholic Church
6900 Maple Rd.
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Tel: (248) 788-2460
Fax: (248) 788-2153

Founding Pastor:
Rev. Hanna Cheikho

Current Pastor:
Rev. Frank Kalabat

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Jirjis Abrahim

Rev. Emmanuel Rayes, Retired  


Rev. Frank Kalabat
 

Rev. Frank Kalabat was born in 1970 in San Diego, California and entered St. Francis Seminary of San Diego, California.  The admission to the Catholic seminary made him the first born U.S. Chaldean to enter an American seminary.  In 1992, Fr. Kalabat continued his studies at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan.  In July 1995, shortly after graduation he was ordained as priest by His Excellency Bishop Ibrahim N. Ibrahim.  

Fr. Frank chose Mother of God Parish in Southfield, MI. as his first assignment serving the Chaldean community as an associate pastor for half a decade.  In 2001, Fr. Kalabat was elected to serve as Pastor of St. Tomas Parish in West Bloomfield, Michigan where he remains today.   

Rev. Jirjis Abrahim

Rev. Jirjis Abrahim was born in Telkaif, Iraq in 1942. Upon graduation Fr. Abrahim was admitted to St. Peter Chaldean Seminary in Baghdad, Iraq.  After a decade of studies and numerous degrees, Fr. Abrhim was ordained a priest in 1967.  He chose to continue ministering in Baghdad, Iraq.  There he was appointed the headmaster of the catechism at Mother of Sorrows Cathedral.  Fr. Abrahim also assisted St. Therese Church in Baghdad until 1978.  Afterward he was asked to assist St. Joseph Church in Baghdad and was appointed Parochial Vicar from 1978-1992. 

In 1992, Fr. Abrahim was called upon to assist the growing Chaldean population in Michigan.  Upon his arrival he was assigned to St. Joseph Church in Tory, Michigan.  Two years later Fr. Abrahim was asked to become the pastor of a Parish community in Windsor, Canada  where he remained the parish pastor until 2001.

Continuing demographic changes in Michigan required Fr. Abrahim to return to St. Joseph Parish in Tory as a Parochial Vicar, where he remained until 2006.  In 2006 he was elected to St. Thomas Parish as Parochial Vicar in West Bloomfield, MI. where he currently serves the Chaldean community.

 

Rev. Emmanuel Rayes

Rev. Emmanuel Rays was born in Araden, Iraq in 1930.  He studied at St. John Dominican Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood in 1954.  The Chaldean catholic ambassador ministered in northern Iraq from 1954-1963, in Syria and Lebanon from 1963-1980, and in the United Stated from 1980 to the present day.
 
Form 1980-1983, he was appointed associate pastor at Mother of God Parish in Southfield, Michigan.  From 1983-1989 he served as pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Detroit, Michigan.  During the early 1990’s he ministered to the Chaldean community in Farmington Hills and was at St. Joseph Parish in Tory where he was Parochial Vicar until 2000.

Although Fr. Rayes retired in 2001, he remains active in serving the community.  He is the author of many articles in Arabic and is the editor-in-chief of the Al Mishal and Al-Tariq magazine.  He has translated and continues to translate many books from French and English into Arabic.