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      May 09, 2008
 

Historical Celebration

Catholic Diocese of St. Peter the Apostle
for Chaldeans & Assyrians
1627 Jamacha Way, El Cajon, CA 92019 • Tel: (619) 579-7997, Fax: (619) 588-8281
May 9, 2008
Diocesan Announcement

To all the clergy and faithful of the Catholic Diocese of St. Peter the Apostle for Chaldeans & Assyrians, and to all clergy and faithful of the Assyrian parishes and missions who requested merger with our Diocese.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

            In the midst of the painful news of our people in Iraq, and the wounds of our Church among the challenges of the present situation, the mercy of God sends us aid and comfort, which is the movement of ecclesial Unity, whose fruits are now ripe for harvest. Thus the clergy and faithful of the Assyrian parishes and missions who have publicly requested fullness of communion with the Catholic Church and living union with the Chaldean Church by their entrance into the Chaldean Catholic Dioceses in which they reside have submitted, on March 17, 2008, an official request for the fulfillment of this intention.

            In these past three months, we have lived together in mutual interaction and ecclesial and brotherly union, between all the clergy and all the children of these Dioceses, having shared our liturgies, spiritual activities, youth movements, and seminars for deacons.

            The most obvious element which has aided this Church Unity movement was the general meeting of the clergy on the Friday of the Confessors, March 28, 2008, in the Cathedral of St. Peter in San Diego, on which a Catholic Profession of Faith was recited publicly before the altar of the Lord, and a mutual acceptance of Church Unity was accomplished within the one Catholic Diocese of St. Peter the Apostle.

            After consultation with the highest competent authorities of our Catholic Church, attending to their directives and in total adherence to Canon Law, with great joy we are inviting you all, clergy and faithful, responding to the will of the Lord for the unity of his disciples, to join us in the public gatherings and ecclesial ceremonies within which we will celebrate the grace of full communion, on the days of Saturday and Sunday, May 10-11 2008, according to the following program:

Saturday, May 10th, 12 PM – Celebration of Unity at St. Thomas Church in Turlock.

Saturday, May 10th, 5 PM – Consecration of St. Matthew Church in Ceres.

Sunday, May 11th, 10 AM – Holy Qurbana at St. Matthew Church in Ceres.

- Episcopal Curia of the Catholic Diocese of St. Peter the Apostle for Chaldeans & Assyrians

 

Msgr. Felix Shabi, Chancel1or
Of the Catholic Diocese of St. Peter the Apostle for Chaldeans and Assyrians

 

 

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