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Chaldeans in Michigan Quake on the Lake
By Sam Yousif :: Sunday, July 13, 2008 :: 27584 Views :: Sports, Art, and Entertainment

Michigan, USA - In a few more days Chaldeans will be able to enjoy a unique, high-energy water sports festival for the Summer of 2008.  Chaldeans in southeast Michigan are eagerly looking forward to the APBA Inboard Hydroplane Races in Oakland County.  “My whole family is going to be there,” says Abraham Sandeha of Novi.  The 15 year old teenager has been on water skis since the age of nine says his mother.  The event will take place between White Lake and Waterford townships at the Pontiac Lake State Recreation Area. 

Chaldeans attending the event will be treated to high-speed excitement of professional hydroplane boat races, the 2008 event will also feature one of the premier international waterski and wakeboard competitions…the Malibu Open. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Malibu Open features the top slalom skiers, jumpers and wakeboarders in the world. The Malibu Open has traditionally been the event where major world records have been set in seven of the nine years.

Over the past 8 years, “Quake on the Lake” has gained a reputation as one of the premier summertime events in/around Oakland County, Michigan.  It has become a “must attend” national event for North American Inboard Hydroplane owners and drivers and since its inception; over 250,000 people have witnessed world-record racing performances from the top teams in the business.  In the last 8 years, there have been 15 American Power Boat Association (APBA) records set in 5 different racing classes on Pontiac Lake, making it one of the fastest one-mile race courses in the country.

The 9th Annual “Quake on the Lake” APBA Inboard Hydroplane Races featuring the 10th Annual “Malibu Open” will begin on July 18 and run until July 20.  The schedule is listed below:

Friday, July 18 (Cost is FREE)
7 a.m. - 1 p.m. Malibu Open Men's/Women's Slalom
Men's Jump Qualifying Rounds
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. APBA Inboard Hydroplane "Hot Lap" Challenge
4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Women's Wakeboard Preliminaries
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Men's Wakeboard Preliminaries

Saturday, July 19
Admission - $8 / Children (5-12) - $4 / 4 and under- FREE
Special Weekend Pass - $15 / Special Children's Weekend Pass - $7

7 a.m. - 11 a.m. Mens/Womens Slalom/Mens Jump Elimination
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. APBA Inboard Hydroplane Races 
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. WWA Mens/Womens Wakeboard Final
Dusk Fireworks

Sunday, July 20
7 a.m. - 11 a.m. Mens/Womens Slalom Finals / Mens Jump Finals Noon - 5 p.m. APBA Inboard Hydroplane Races 

Pit Passes $10
Witness all the "behind scenes" action firsthand.  See the inboard race boats close up and personally meet race teams.  Guests are reminded that they must have closed-toed shoes to access pits.

Discount coupons are available at: 
Local Budweiser retailers
Kowalski Kowality Markets
Suburban Ford of Waterford
T&C Federal Credit Union
Joe Lunghamer Chevrolet/Buick/GMC
Szott Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge
Skier’s Pier
Guido’s Premium Pizza (in Waterford and Independence Township)
REMINDER:

Guests are reminded:
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets
Absolutely NO alcohol allowed in
Coolers will be inspected

Send in your top digital photos to info@chaldean.org

Sacred Heart Parish, MI USA

 

Sacred Heart Parish
310 W. Seven Mile. Rd.
Detroit, MI 48203
Tel: (313) 368-6214
Fax: (313) 891-0132

The parish was established by Rev. Jacob Yasso in 1973

Rev. Jacob Yasso

Rev. Jacob Yasso was born in the village of Telkaif, Iraq.  After completing high school he was recruited to Rome and Urbaniana University where he completed his Masters Degree in philosophy and Theology.  Fr. Yasso was ordained a priest in 1960 and served the Diocese of Mosul, where he worked in the public school system. Fr. Yasso was also asked by the Patriarch to teach at the Patriarchal Seminary in Baghdad, where he served as administrator, professor of philosophy and religious life, and rector of the minor seminary. 

In 1964, Fr. Yasso was appointed to the United States to serve the growing Chaldean community in Detroit.  There he served as the 4th Pastor of Mother of God Parish.  .  In 1972, the Patriarch charged Fr. Yasso with building a new parish for the Chaldeans in Detroit.  In taking great pains to care for the community Fr. Yasso accelerated the development of a new church and community center.  In 1975, Fr. Yasso completed the development of Sacred Heart Parish in Detroit and shortly thereafter he added the Chaldean Center of America in 1980, 

A few years later in 1982, Fr. Yasso was asked to assist the late Fr. Kattoula at St. Peter’s Church in San Diego, CA.  Before long, Fr. Yasso was once again recruited to Rome to study new Canon Law of the Church.  While in Rome Fr. Yasso completed his third Masters Degree in Church Law, making him the only Chaldean priest trained in Canon Law. 

In 1988, the Patriarch and Vatican authorities asked Fr. Yasso to travel to Canada and establish a parish and community center.  While there he served as a Tribunal Judge for the Archdiocese of Toronto.  Four years later Fr. Yasso returned to Sacred Heart church in Detroit to help care for the remaining Chaldean community residence in the Detroit area.  To this day, Fr. Yasso continues to serve as the parish pastor creating activities and advising the City of Detroit on community related matters. 

Fr. Yasso is a member of the International WYCLIF Bible translators, since 1975, and has completed the translation of the New Testament from Greek and Aramaic into Arabic and spoken Chaldean.   The publication of his scholarly work is set to be released soon.