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Father’s Role Very Important Says Chaldean Pediatrician, Author, and Researcher
By Amer Hedow :: 9 Views :: Article Rating :: Health & Fitness

California, USA - The American Chaldean Father spends over 15 hours a day at work.  That leaves little time for the family.  “I have to work this hard.  How am I going to feed my family, pay the bills, or be able to afford the stuff my children want or need,” says Waseem Bokus, a grocery store owner in the heart of San Diego.   “I know I should spend more time with my children but what can I do?”

Chaldean fathers unable to find employment in corporations have few alternatives.  Either they create their own business or join day laborers in Southern California.  The difficult situation takes it toll on the Chaldean family and the impact may be more severe then most Chaldean families can tolerate.

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Chaldean Greg Acho Lends a Nurturing Hand
By Evon Elias :: 128321 Views :: Article Rating :: Health & Fitness, Religion & Spirituality, Business & Finance, Government & Society

California, USA - In the life of every being that walks this planet, there is a purpose that is to be fulfilled before their time here is complete. Whether it be carrying out a career that may change the lives of many, creating a family of his own and protecting them, or just living a life that is alive with faith, hope and love… every mission is unique. It is vital in life to have confidence in understanding that the value of every accomplishment and deed done, be it big or small, is still so very great. For it is in the words of the Blessed Mother Theresa who proclaimed that, “Little things are indeed little, but to be faithful in little things is a great thing.”

Over in The Golden State, better known as California, a great man by the name of Gregory Acho is believed to have found what so many seek: their calling in life. But this calling, this purpose he prays to fulfill successfully, is not for his own pleasure, but is for people in his community that he yearns to reach out to and help by leading them to an improved stage in their life.

Acho, 30, founder of Conscious Contact, Inc., a non-profit sober living organization (rehabilitation clinic) are helping Americans overcome the strenuous process of staying sober. Acho adds that it is not as simple as it sounds, just “staying sober” or fighting an addiction, but that it is “[much] deeper than that. We provide support for each person to look within themselves and make contact, Conscious Contact, with who and what they have always been.” 

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Breastfeeding Versus Formula Feeding
By Amer Hedow :: 59851 Views :: Article Rating :: Health & Fitness

Tired of hearing Chaldean grandparents fuss over the health differences among American Chaldean and Iraqi Chaldean babies?  Do you find it odd that babies from war torn Iraq tend to be healthier than their Chaldean American counterparts?  In a country with so much freedom and prosperity it wouldn’t seem to make sense.  However, the facts are in and much of the health differences can be attributed to mothers who breastfeed versus moms that don’t.

Chaldean mothers in second and third world countries are have little choice in regards to choosing to nurse their infant or provide commercial formulas.  That may have been a blessing in disguise for Chaldean mothers.  More data continues to prove that breastfeeding is by far the best choice for a baby.  All the while, formula manufactures continue to come under scrutiny over their chemical products and the lack of comparative health benefits.    

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Marathon Runner Janie Shina Refuses to Stand Still
By Paul Isso :: 110497 Views :: Article Rating :: Health & Fitness, Living & Lifestyle, Community & Culture

Michigan, USA - Chaldean-American Janie Shina, 24, of West Bloomfield, Michigan is counting on the generosity of the Chaldean community.  Shina has been called on a mission to run a marathon to help fight cancer.  The longtime Cancer Society volunteer felt it was time to take on a fraction of the challenge that cancer victims face daily. 

Shina, describes an incident in which she felt she was “called” to help.  “Before the New Year, I wrote down the things that I wanted to accomplish during 2007, and running the marathon was one of them,” said Shina.  “And a week later, I received a letter from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Cancer Society requesting volunteers. Gods works mysteriously…this was my calling.”

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Self-Esteem, Confidence, and Empowerment Key for Chaldean Girls says Dr. Dalia Issa
By Rita Abro :: 19 Views :: Article Rating :: Health & Fitness, Career & Education

Michigan, USA - Dalia Issa has been counseling others since she was a teenager.  “Growing up with five sisters made me a natural for this career,” says Dr. Issa.  “I was the oldest and since my parents had a hard time understanding the American culture and the language I often took charge.  When my younger sisters had questions I had to balance the social issues, our Chaldean customs and culture, and the peer pressure they were feeling.”

Dr. Issa is partner in a family coaching center in Bloomfield Hills.  The firm has over six partners, twenty associates, and a staff of nearly forty.  With revenues toppling ten million the group is considered one of the more influential experts in parental training.

“There is no other occupation that impacts society more than parenting.  The role of a parent and family is the nucleus of a community, a culture, a nation.  When I worked as a family psychologist it surprised me that there really were no formal courses or instruction for parents to deal with contemporary issues.  I started the firm with a handful of friends and colleagues and we have been growing ever since,” says Issa.  

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Southeast Michigan Walgreens Flu Shot Locations
By Ziad Bitti :: 2 Views :: Article Rating :: Health & Fitness

Michigan, USA --Chaldeans will be able to get flu shots from nearby convenient stores.  Walgreens will offer flu shots for free or discounted rates for customers.   

Chaldeans who have Medicare Part B and are not a member of an HMO, can present their Medicare card. There will be no charge for the flu shot.  Walgreen’s will submit a claim to Medicare on your behalf.  For those wishing to pay the cost for a flu shot will be $25 and the cost for a Pneumonia shot will $40.

The dates and times for each store are listed below. Please note dates and times may change so please contact the particular store directly to confirm.

For the convenience of our readers we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions relating to the flu in this article as well.   Chaldean Healthcare Professionals will soon be announcing health fairs touring southeast Michigan Chaldean community centers.  Dates are not final at this time and will soon be announced. 

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Infant Formula Poses High Risk Health Dangers
By Rita Abro :: 13 Views :: Article Rating :: Health & Fitness, Living & Lifestyle

Chaldean mothers ought to strongly consider the high risk of obesity, diabetes, and weaker immune systems for babies that are not breast fed.  In light of the ongoing research that shows synthetic chemical baby formula is riskier than breastfeeding the world trade health organization is challenging multinational companies to stop considering profit over health. 

The marketing efforts to get second and third world countries hooked on baby formula products have quadrupled.  However, some countries are not buying into the scam and putting pressure on the corporations. 

“Convenience, modernization, playing on ignorance and fear is the way they do it,” says Dr. Hannaa Bedawid, a Chaldean pediatrician.   “The companies are using marketing and trying to make it seem as if it is shameful to breastfeed your child.  I applaud countries like China, Malaysia, Israel, and the World Health Organization to standing up against corporate greed.”

Companies are being charged with illegal marketing, racketeering, vastly insufficient quantities of the essential vitamins, and suppressing studies and reports revealing the dangers of baby formula.  One of the larger corporations, Abbott Laboratories, has recalled hundreds of thousands of fake liquid ready-to-feed infant formula.

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A Chaldean Father’s Age May Contribute to Autism
By Rita Abro :: 16 Views :: Article Rating :: Health & Fitness

New York, USA - Older Chaldean mothers often worry that their age will affect their pregnancy, and the birth of their baby. It doesn't help to see the medical term 'elderly primagravida' on your notes, (meaning older, first time mother) and some Chaldean women feel that extra tests and interventions are used because of their age.

Chaldean trends of marrying and having babies between the ages of 18 – 25 are being lost to the cultural assimilation of Western society. 

 Chaldean couples continue to flirt with the concept of having children at later ages.  While many often thought the danger solely rested with the woman, no research says men having children later in life is equally dangerous.  Men who wait increase the chances for offspring with autism.

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Chaldeans Bowling Toward a Cure
By Sam Yousif :: 47051 Views :: Article Rating :: Health & Fitness

Michigan, USA - Chaldeans are helping in the fight against Leukemia and they need your support.   Join friends and family as the community rallies to raise funds to help those suffering from Leukemia.   Event organizer and passionate advocate, Christine Loussia has been remarkably committed to educating the Chaldean community about cancer, Leukemia, and other terrible ailments. 

Loussia is on a mission to help the Chaldean community better understand Leukemia and build a comprehensive bone marrow database that will save eventually lives. 

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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.