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Chaldeans4Life 40 Days of Prayer Vigil Kick-Off
By Sam Yousif :: Tuesday, September 23, 2008 :: 64901 Views :: Health & Fitness, Living & Lifestyle, Government & Society

Michigan, USA – The Church of Transfiguration in Southfield, formerly St. Michaels hosts the Southfield 40 Days for Life kick-off campaign.  The 40Days for life team invites the public to join the prayer effort as the prayer group gathers at 6:45 p.m. today, Tuesday, September 24th to help put an end to abortion. 

From September 24 - November 2, our community will be one of more than 170 cities in 45 states joining together for the largest and longest coordinated pro-life mobilization in history -- the 40 Days for Life campaign.

40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life effort that consists of:

40 days of prayer and fasting, 40 days of peaceful vigil, and 40 days of community outreach.  Chaldeans4Life help lead the effort in the Chaldean community.  Group leaders say the are praying that, with God's help, their groundbreaking effort will mark the beginning of the end of abortion in our city -- and throughout America.

Chaldeans interested in becoming part of the growing movement are encouraged to take a stand for life. 

While all aspects of 40 Days for Life are crucial in our effort to end abortion, the most visible component is the peaceful prayer vigil outside the local abortion facility. You can help make a life-saving impact by joining our local vigil out front of the:

WomanCare Abortion Facility
28505 Southfield Rd.
Southfield, MI 48076

Located 1/4 mile south of 12 Mile Rd on the West side of street.

There are a number of new names on the list of pro-life leaders who've graciously offered kind words about 40 Days for Life. The comments come both from well-known names in pro-life circles as well as emerging leaders who bring new perspectives to this important work.

The list now includes:

  • Norma McCorvey, the "Roe" of Roe v. Wade
  • Lou Engle of The Call
  • Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life
  • Wendy Wright of Concerned Women for America
  • Matt Lockett of Bound4Life
  • Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America
  • Mathew Staver of Liberty Counsel
  • Joseph Farah of WorldNetDaily.com

To see the entire list CLICK HERE.  

Chaldeans unable to join the kick-off meeting are still encouraged to particpate.  E-mail info@chaldean.org to learn more about the Chaldeans4Life and how to be a part of the 40 Days for Life campaign.   

To learn more, sign up for specific vigil hours, or let us know how you feel called to serve God in this effort, please contact the local 40 Days for Life leadership team at 40DaysSouthfield@gmail.com or 248-548-1767.

Get the latest updates sign-up for updates and prayer requests using the 40daysforlife.com web page, and browse through the rest of this site to find out how you can help make a lifesaving impact as part of our local 40 Days for Life campaign.

Chaldeans can also Sign up to participate in our local 40 Days for Life vigil by clicking the "Vigil Schedule" link at the web page.

To learn more about the 40 Days for Life campaign please visit http://www.40daysforlife.com/southfield

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.