On Monday, July 24, Most Rev. Francis Y. Kalabat, Bishop of our diocese, celebrated the annual St. Anne Novena Mass at the Basilica of Ste. Anne in Detroit. Every year, the basilica celebrates a ten-day Novena event, with each day of prayer associated with a different ethnic group important to Detroit. Night seven of the novena welcomed our Chaldean community.
Following Mass, the novena to St. Anne was prayed while a statue of St. Anne was processed around the church. As always, a very big thank you to Ste. Anne de Detroit for welcoming our community each year to celebrate mass with them!
On July 1, the Chaldean community gathered at Mother of God Cathedral in Southfield, Michigan, as Fr. Namir Narra was ordained to the priesthood.
A graduate of Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Father Narra was ordained through the laying on of hands and the invocation of the Holy Spirit by the Most Rev. Francis Y. Kalabat, Bishop of St. Thomas the Apostle Chaldean Catholic Diocese.
Father Narra will serve as parochial vicar at St. George Chaldean Catholic Church in Shelby Township, Michigan. Please keep him in your prayers as he begins his new journey as a priest!
To view photos from the ordination, please click below.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION & ROSARY PRAYER FOR THE SICK & AFFLICTED - JULY 13, 2023
In honor of the six apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fatima, which occurred on the 13th of every month between May and October, our Diocese has encouraged everyone to attend Eucharistic Adoration for one hour and to pray the Holy Rosary. Each month is dedicated to a different cause.
This month, please join us on Thursday, July 13, in praying the Rosary for the sick and afflicted.
Come, sign up for Adoration, and pray the Rosary at any of our parishes chapels: https://calendly.com/adorationchapels
• Holy Martyrs Church – 9 am to 9 pm
• Mother of God Cathedral – Open 24 Hours
• Our Lady of Perpetual Help – Open 24 Hours (The Eucharist is not exposed)
• St. George – Open 24 Hours (Code 5673 LORD)
• St. Joseph Church – Open 24 Hours
• St. Thomas Church – 11 am to 10 pm (inside the church)
• Mart Mariam Church – Open 24 Hours (Code 5673 LORD)
Please take a picture, tag the Diocese on their social media at @chaldeandiocese, and use the hashtag #Rosaries4TheSickAndAfflicted to share your prayers with everyone.
Contact the Chancery with any questions at (248) 351-0440 or email us @ [email protected]
بركة القربان وصلاة الوردية المقدسة
على نية المرضى والمتضررين
١٣/ تموز /٢٠٢٣
تكريماً للظهورات الستة للسيدة العذراء مريم في فاطيما ، والتي حدثت في الثالث عشر من كل شهر ابتداء من أيار وحتى تشرين الأول ، تشجع أبرشيتنا الكلدانية الجميع على حضور ساعة السجود (بركة القربان) لمدة ساعة واحدة وصلاة الوردية المقدسة. تخصص هذه الصلاة على نية مختلفة في كل شهر.
لذا ندعوكم للأنضمام معنا والصلاة في هذا الشهر على نية المرضى والمتضررين
وذلك يوم الخميس المصادف ١٣/تموز/٢٠٢٣
يرجى الضغط على الرابط لتسجيل الزيارة وللصلاة في أحدى أبرشياتنا الكلدانية: https://calendly.com/adorationchapels
• كاتدرائية أم الله – مفتوحة 24 ساعة
• كنيسة الشهداء – مفتوحة من 9 صباحا الى 9 مساء
• كنيسة القديس مار توما – مفتوحة من 11 صباحا حتى 10 مساءا (بركة القربان ستكون داخل الكنيسة)
• كنيسة مار كوركيس – مفتوحة 24 ساعة
• كنيسة أم المعونة – مفتوحة 24 ساعة (القربان المقدس غير مكشوف)
• كنيسة القديس يوسف – مفتوحة 24 ساعة
• كنيسة مريم العذراء – مفتوحة 24 ساعة
أذا أمكن يرجى أخذ صور ونشرها على وسائل الأعلام التابعة للأبرشية على chaldeandiocese ، واستخدام الهاشتاغ # Rosaries4TheSickAndAfflicted
إذا كان لديكم أي سؤال يرجى الأتصال على الرقم 0440-351 (248) أو راسلونا على البريد الإلكتروني [email protected]
Our Diocese, with the support of Bishop Francis Kalabat, is excited to announce the Chaldean Catholic Homeschool program. There has been an increasing demand from the families in our community to start a program through the church that will allow them to educate their children at home. The Homeschool Association Committee is excited to roll out this initiative in the Fall of 2023. The ultimate goal for this program is to eventually create a homeschool hybrid program that will launch in the Fall of 2024.
Further, there will be two identical information nights for parents to come and learn more!
June 20th, 2023 at 7pm at Mother of God
June 21st, 2023 at 7 pm at Holy Martyrs
For more information about this exciting new program, please go to chaldeanchurch.org/homeschool.
The Feast Day of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is a significant event in the liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church. This feast day, which falls on the Friday after Corpus Christi, is dedicated to honoring the compassionate and merciful heart of Jesus Christ. It is a time for us to reflect upon the divine love and grace that flows from the heart of our Savior to us.
The origins of this feast day can be traced back to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, a French nun, who claimed to have received private revelations from Jesus during the 17th century. According to her accounts, Jesus revealed his burning heart as a symbol of His never ending love for humanity. He expressed His desire for a feast to be established in honor of his Sacred Heart, emphasizing the need for repentance, adoration, and devotion to Him. In 1856, Pope Pius IX established the Feast of the Sacred Heart as obligatory for the whole Church, to be celebrated on the Friday after Corpus Christi.
The Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus holds profound spiritual significance for Catholics. It serves as a reminder of the depth of God’s love for us, as shown through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. The Sacred Heart is a symbol of divine mercy, compassion, and forgiveness, inviting believers to embrace and reflect those virtues in their daily lives. It calls for a personal encounter with Jesus Christ, deepening one’s relationship with Him and fostering a spirit of devotion and adoration.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us!
On April 4, 2023, Mother of God Church held the Chrism Mass, a significant Mass during holy week for Catholics across the world. The Mass was celebrated by Bishop Francis Kalabat, along with all diocesan clergy. Bishop Kalabat blessed the holy oils used for various sacraments in all parishes.
The holy oils blessed by Bishop Kalabat during the Chrism Mass are essential to several sacraments in the Catholic Church. The Oil of Catechumens is used during the sacrament of baptism, while the Oil of the Sick is used to anoint the sick and the dying. The Oil of Chrism, which is a mixture of olive oil and balsam, is used during the sacraments of confirmation and ordination, as well as in the consecration of altars and churches.
The Chrism Mass is also an opportunity for the priests to renew their commitments to their vocation. During the Mass, they renew the promises they made during their ordination, which include a promise of obedience to their bishop and a commitment to celibacy.
The Mass was a powerful reminder of the significance of the sacraments in the lives of Catholics and the role of the church and clergy in nurturing their spiritual journey.
Easter Message 2023
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
On this Easter we peer into the tomb with bewilderment: it is empty! Death no longer has victory over us, rather the Resurrection of Jesus Christ has triumphed and defeated death! This is our central hope and belief as Christians and why Easter is the holiest holiday for Christians around the world.
After reflecting upon our sins throughout this Lenten season, we now reflect upon the mercy and love of God the Father, who wishes for nothing more than for us to walk out of the darkness of our sins, our fears, our anxieties, and to walk with Him each and every day in the joy and peace of His everlasting light.
The Church is your beacon of light in these continuously trying times for Christians throughout the world. According to various research studies, Christianity is currently the most persecuted religion in the world. It is becoming more and more difficult to follow Jesus Christ and His Catholic Church, especially in a world that is viewing Christianity in an ever increasing hostile manner, and that includes right here in our very Diocese as well.
Remain strong in Christ and stay close to your Mother, the Church, my brothers and sisters, and She will guide you and your families, just as She has done in the past 2,000 years, to Christ. This is how we find Jesus in these dark and difficult times: by gathering and praying together as a community of believers in the Chaldean Church that is dedicated to being your home and that guiding light that will lead you to that victory over darkness and death.
Your Church is working tirelessly to bring you and your families Jesus. This Easter join me in giving thanks to almighty God for the many blessings that He has bestowed upon the Diocese with various new and exciting projects and initiatives that will work to better serve your families: the first Chaldean Catholic preschool outside of the Middle East; the blessing of Mar Eliya Retreat Center this past October; and the campaign to renovate Our Lady of the Fields Camp to host more programs to bring Jesus to today’s youth and future generations to come.
The Church is on fire with the Holy Spirit and has no intention on slowing down anytime soon. This is your home; your community, my brothers and sisters. The Church is where we will find the peace, joy, mercy, and love of God. We will always preach the Good News of the Resurrected Jesus, no matter the circumstance.
Your Faithful Servant and Shepherd,
† Mar Francis Y. Kalabat
Bishop of the Chaldean Diocese
of St. Thomas the Apostle