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Chaldean Flag Day: May 17th
By Sam Yousif :: 79010 Views :: Article Rating :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment, Community & Culture

The Chaldean Flag serves to express the Chaldean identity and heritage. After long and purposeful discussions relevant to the Chaldean cultural identity the internationally celebrated Chaldean artist Amer Hanna Fatuhi in Beth Nahrain-Iraq was commissioned to create a community flag. 

After a number of proposed submissions the flag was approved by leading Chaldean community organizations.  Groups like the Chaldean Cultural Center, the Chaldean Union Democratic Party, Chaldean National Congress, and Chaldean Democratic Forum, along with other Chaldean cultural, educational, and social Organizations voted unanimously.  The flag has since been registered by international bodies and the United State of America on Oct. 27, 1997. 

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Chaldean Mother's Day Fashion Show Dinner
By Huda Metti :: 141 Views :: Article Rating :: Living & Lifestyle, Sports, Art, and Entertainment, Community & Culture

Michigan, USA - Tickets sold out in less than a few days to the highly anticipated event.  Over 300 Chaldean women gathered at Mother of God Chaldean Church Hall in Southfield, Michigan for the 2nd Annual Mother’s Day Fashion Show Dinner.  The event was held on Friday, May 4, 2007 and began at 6 p.m. in the evening.  The event organized by the Our Chaldean Ladies Social group of the Chaldean church holds a number of special activities targeting Chaldean women. 

The annual fashion show event helps to raise funds to help Chaldean causes around the world and all proceeds of the event go directly to the Chaldean community.  The highlights of the evening were two incredible fashion shows and the ability to receive or win gifts totaling close to $10,000.   However, winning rave review was the “Pure of Heart - ‘To be Admired not Desired’ Fashion Show,” hosted by fashion stylist Patrice Konja and produced by Remon Jiddou.  The performance sponsored Nahla's Place, This is Me, and Platinum Salon, of Birmingham, Michigan. 

(Access to all photos of the event are included for registered members of the community website)

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World Renowned Chaldean Composer Retires
By Guest Reporter :: 17 Views :: Article Rating :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment

North Carolina, USA - Hippocrates said, "Art is long, life is short," but he didn't know Albert Chaffoo. The symphony conductor's far-reaching artistic influence has stretched through a life of nine decades and shows no signs of ceasing any time soon.

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Author and Artist Paul Batou Shares His Last Thoughts on Iraq
By Ann Bahri :: 38602 Views :: Article Rating :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment

California, USA –  Mesopotamia was once known as the greatest civilization on earth. But invasions, wars and sanctions have lead to the destruction remarkable civilization. Author and internationally renowned artist Paul Batou shares his thoughts, and insights about the destruction of Mesopotamia in his book, My Last Thoughts on Iraq.

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Chaldean Rapper TIMZ Squares Off With Chuck Norris on Fox News
By Rita Abro :: 94 Views :: Article Rating :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment

California, USA - Chaldean rapper TIMZ (Tommy Hanna), has caused a national stir with his latest award winning nomination for best 2006 Hip Hop Album at the San Diego Annual Music Awards.  The candid American born rapper was recently featured on Fox News in a face-to-face discussion with Chuck Norris regarding his scorching debut CD titled “Open For Business.”  TIMZ takes on Chuck Norris as he brings to light America’s missteps in the Iraqi War and their cultural ignorance of the region. 

TIMZ lyrical criticism of the Iraqi war infused with Middle Eastern hip hop rhythms and hypnotic beats hopes to crush stereotypes of Middle Easterners.  The entrepreneur lays out a 14-track collection that has propelled the University of San Diego graduate to the national spotlight.   “TIMZ captures the perseverant lifestyle of Chaldeans,” says Ranya Semmo.  “I love his work.  He is brilliant, full of energy, and hits you with a very powerful message.”

(This article contains both TIMZ music video and the Fox News Interview which require the flash plug0in)

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Miss Oakland County Pageant Holds Competition Trials
By Sam Yousif :: 47 Views :: Article Rating :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment

Michigan, USA - The Miss Oakland County Scholarship Program is now accepting application forms for both pageants.  The Miss Oakland County Pageant is a local preliminary to the Miss Michigan’s Pageant, and is set for Saturday, July 14, 2007. This is affiliated with the Miss America Organization. The winner will advance to the state Miss Michigan’s pageant to be held in Muskegon, June 2008.

No entry fee is required for the Miss Oakland County pageant, which is a preliminary to Miss Michigan and Miss America pageants. The deadline to enter is Friday, May 11, 2007.

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2006 Chaldean Chy Cup Championship Results
By Sam Yousif :: 41 Views :: Article Rating :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment

Michigan, USA - They crisp coldness of the night kept all but, the die hard fans of the Chaldean Chy Cup Championship.  The game held in Birmingham, Michigan’s Grove’s field Saturday November 11, 2006.  The 26th Annual Chy Cup Bowl brought the best two flag football teams of the 2006 years.  Stadium lights blared across the field as the underdog of the evening team Black, led by Roy Sitto took the field against defending team White, led by Joey Jonna. 

The heat of the competition quickly warmed the stadium as team Black walked on the field with two season losses against White.  Team White confidently strolled onto the field as two time Bowl champions and defeating Black twice in the season.  The game seemed all but inevitable as to the two faced one another. 

However, sports fans that faced the cold were treated to an intense night of a dog fight game. 

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Gibson Receives Award for Apocolypto
By Rita Abro :: 11 Views :: Article Rating :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment

California, USA - Chaldeans felt the same glow of appreciation when Mel Gibson brought the Aramaic language to the forefront.   “A brilliant man whose action and deeds speak for him, better than he speaks for himself,” says UC college film critic Ann Kassa.

Controversy and anger has followed Gibson since his successful work on the Passion, which grossed nearly a billion dollars.  “He is seen as a clear and competitive threat by legacy studios in Hollywood,” says Kassa.  “Gibson is not a card carrying culture destroyer like the other studios.  Just the opposite.  This man seems to be on a mission to revive and bring dignity to people through his brilliant works.  Plain and simple he is a threat to Hollywood’s monopoly and he doesn’t hang around their clubs to be brainwashed.”

Kassa’s theory may not be off mark as Gibson completes his latest project titled "Apocalypto.” - a movie completely done in Mayan-dialect set to hit the theaters in early December of 2006.  

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Bring on the Bratwurst and Beer – Chaldeans Join in on German Festival
By Rita Abro :: 12 Views :: Article Rating :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment, Community & Culture

California, USA – Chaldeans on America’s west coast have long enjoyed the cross cultural celebrations.  “I love meeting new people, tasting the different foods, and learn about their history,” says Angie Keto, 21, a pre-med. college student at UCLA.  “My entire family, uncles, aunts, cousins, and second cousins make it a family event. We lived for about six years in Germany when my family fled Iraq.  The German culture, food, passion, and drive is wonderful.”

La Mesa's annual Oktoberfest will take over the downtown village area this weekend. The three-day ode to all things German, including lederhosen, polka and oom-pah-pah bands, is expected to attract around 150,000 visitors.

“The Oktoberfest has been going on for 33 years,” said Andy Phemister, communications director for the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce. “It's a great way to get started on Christmas shopping.”

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Chanelle Shamoun Helps Notre Dame to Victory
By Rita Abro :: 30 Views :: Article Rating :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment

California, USA -- The Warner Tennis Center hosted the girls’ tennis competition where Chanelle Shamoun won twice in doubles for Notre Dame. 

The major showdown brought Viewpoint and Notre Dame face to face in one of the seasons most anticipated girls’ tennis match-ups. 

“The girls’ tennis team put up an impressive performance against Viewpoint,” says Notre Dame fan Jill Ridell.  “I am a big supporter of the Notre Dame girls tennis team and it was an exciting match.  Both Brittany Peiffer and Chanelle Shamoun played fantastic.”

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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.