Patriarch Welcomed Back to Iraq

A message from the office of Bishop Francis:

This past week the Prime Minister of Iraq welcomed our Patriarch, His Beatitude Mar Louis Raphael Sako, on his return to Baghdad. In welcoming the Patriarch, the Prime Minister stressed the importance of his presence and role in Baghdad and Iraq.

This is welcome and joyful news for the Chaldean Catholic Church and in thanksgiving for the return of the Patriarch to Baghdad after several months of issues, this weekend’s Masses will be offered for the Church, Her shepherds, as well as the country of Iraq.

Bishop Francis Celebrates Mass for Those with Special Needs

Embracing Inclusivity:
Celebrating Mass for Those with Special Needs

On Tuesday, April 9, His Excellency Bishop Francis celebrated Mass at St. Joseph Church for all those with special needs in our community, which was graciously put together by the Office of Life. The Mass served as a reminder of the importance of creating spaces where everyone feels valued and included in worship. 

Bishop Francis’ overall message to all was that now more than ever, we need to celebrate those with special needs, regardless of their inabilities. He emphasized that the presence of God is in each and every one of those individuals. 

For most of the attendees, the Mass was more than just a religious service; it was a profound expression of belonging and acceptance within the Chaldean community. There is something extremely special about these individuals being able to experience the fullness of their faith by celebrating Mass in a welcoming and loving environment. 

Thank you to the Office of Life for their dedicated efforts in organizing the Special Needs Mass this year! Their commitment to inclusivity and compassion has created a space where everyone, regardless of ability, feels welcomed, supported, and valued. Through their efforts, they were able to bring our community together for an evening of worship, fellowship, and fun! To learn more about the Office of Life and their mission and impact in our community and beyond, please visit

To see photos from the Mass and fellowship, click below. 

Dignitas Infinita – New Vatican Document Lists ‘Grave Violations’ of Human Dignity

The Vatican’s latest document “Dignitas Infinita”, took five years to complete and reflects on a world that is grappling with evolving moral and ethical challenges. This document reaffirms the Church’s commitment to the sanctity and dignity of every human life. This document emphasizes the Church’s unwavering stance on defending the vulnerable – all over the world. To read more about this document, click below. 

Divine Mercy Sunday

Divine Mercy Sunday: Embracing the Boundless Love of God

In the bustling rhythm of the Easter season, there emerges a day of profound significance for all Catholics – Divine Mercy Sunday. This day always falls on the second Sunday of Easter, and reminds us of the unfathomable depths of God’s mercy towards us. 

Rooted in the visions and spiritual encounters of Saint Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun who lived in the early 20th century, Divine Mercy Sunday unveils the extraordinary love and compassion of Jesus Christ for all humanity. Through her writings and revelations, she documented her encounters with Jesus, who urged her to spread the message of His mercy to the world. 

The main focus on Divine Mercy Sunday should be that God’s mercy knows no bounds. It extends to ALL, regardless of sin or circumstance, offering forgiveness and redemption to those who seek it with repentant hearts. Central to this devotion is the Divine Mercy Chaplet, a prayerful meditation on the passion and death of Jesus, invoking His mercy upon the whole world. 

The essence of this day resonates deeply with the core teachings of Christianity – love, forgiveness, and mercy. It reminds us that even in a world marked by division, strife, and brokenness, that no sin is too great to be forgiven by God and no soul is too lost to be redeemed. Pope John Paul II once said, “There is nothing that man needs more than divine mercy.”

The Divine Heart of Jesus, pray for us! 

St. Faustina, pray for us! 

St. John Paul II, pray for us!