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Chaldeans in Michigan Quake on the Lake
By Sam Yousif :: Sunday, July 13, 2008 :: 49078 Views :: Article Rating :: 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

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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.