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2009 ECRC Awake My Soul Spiritual Concert
By Neda Ayar :: Friday, September 12, 2008 :: 55427 Views :: Religion & Spirituality, ECRC, Chaldean Churches

Michigan, USA - St. Joseph Chaldean Church in Troy, Michigan will host the 2009 ECRC Awaken My Soul Spiritual Concert. 

Part I of the two day concert begins on Friday, September 26 at the campus of St. Joseph.  Part II begins the very next day. 

The concert will feature top America Christian bands along with internationaly renowned Arabic Chrisitan singers like Tony Melendez on Friday and Nabiha Yezbeck on Saturday, Middle Eastern food, theater performances, 24 hour confessions, faith filled workshops, spiritual gifts, and more. 

There will be something fantastic for everyone of all ages.  Tickets can be purchased from any Chaldean church in Michigan or by visiting www.ecrc.us.

Neran Karmo, ECRC Director shares the upcoming ECRC event and activity highlights:

You are invited!!

Welcome to the 2008-09 season at the Eastern Catholic Re-evangelization Center [E.C.R.C]!

We are blessed at ECRC to offer you a fresh start.   As we continue to walk side by side in our spiritual journey, we learn together in the joy of fellowship.  If you have been with us, or you are new to our programs, we invite you to step in.  We are joyfully waiting for you!!

Although we took a break throughout the summer months from weekly classes and monthly programs, we were not lazy! 

Many were blessed by Vacation Bible School summer camp.  The camp was attended by 180 kids and made possible by over 80 dedicated volunteers. 

The young adults of our community participated in two Kairos retreats; one for the 18-24 age group and another for the 25-30 age group.  

New friendships were made and the faith of all was nourished and ignited during World Youth Day in Sydney , Australia; It was a fruitful summer indeed! 

The mission of Re-evangelization is our goal from the beginning!  Our offerings provide food for our spiritual journey. 

Weekly study programs include Journey Through the Bible, Bible Study in English and Arabic, and Theology classes in which we explore the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and Sacred Scriptures.  Experience any of the programs and discover the richness, beauty and treasure of our Catholic Faith, in both English and Arabic languages.

This year E.C.R.C is very excited to bring you a new concept of learning – workshops.  A workshop is a series of educational sessions.  Small groups of people meet together over a short period of time to concentrate on a defined area of interest. 

The first workshop will be presented by His Excellency Bishop Ibrahim Ibrahim who will be with us for four weeks beginning Oct. 1st to take us on a journey through the history of the Chaldean Church .  

To help us celebrate The Year of St. Paul – designated from June 2008 – June 2009, Dr. Martin Brenner will lead us beginning Oct. 2nd   In the Foot steps of St. Paul. 

Upcoming workshops throughout the year include: Apologetics, Bible Characters, and Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women [ENDOW] Program. 

Parents – we invite you!  Bring the youth to be part of building a faith based community.  The whole family will be nourished by the Truths of our faith so we can lead a life filled with the Lord’s precepts. 

High school and junior high students are invited to participate in the Chaldeans Loving Christ [CLC] Program held weekly at St.  Thomas.

Our weekly Eucharistic Adoration and Mass is vital to our mission.  We are committed to bring our labor to Him so we can be encouraged in our work for the Glory of His name. 

Don’t miss our second Spiritual Conference “Awake My Soul 2008” at St. Joseph Church on September 26 & 27. Both nights will be concluded with spiritual concerts performed by Tony Melendez [in English] on Friday and Nabiha Yezbeck [in Arabic] on Saturday. Get tickets and bring the whole family!!

With more than 20 programs annually, E.C.R.C is blessed with committed, zealous lay people who oversee all these activities.  I ask you to join us in prayer for their love and dedication to evangelize. This work of God is rooted to bring souls to Christ with their “Yes!”

Visit our website at www.ecrc.us to view all programs - or obtain our updated 2008-2009 brochure.   

You are invited to be part of this circle of Love and Service.

Be ready to be surprised by the Lord!!

St. Joseph, MI USA

St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church
2442 E. Big Beaver Rd.
Troy, MI 48083
Tel: (248) 528-3676
Fax: (248) 524-1957

Congregation Organizer:
Rev. Michael J. Bazzi

Church Constructing Pastor:
Rev. Sarhad Y. Jammo

Current Pastor:
Msgr. Zouhair Toma

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Ayad Hanna

 Current Pastor: Msgr. Zouhair Toma

Msgr. Zouhair Toma (Kejbou) was born in Telkaif, Iraq in 1947.  He was ordained a priest in Baghdad, Iraq in 1968, and accepted his first assignment to serve the community of Baquba.  The Monsignor’s leadership skills and organizational talents along with his mastery of theology were immediately evident.  He later assisted Sts. Peter and Paul in Al-Salehia, and St. George in New Baghdad.

In August, 1978 Monsignor Toma was called to serve the growing community of persecuted Chaldeans finding refuge in Australia.   Being the fist Chaldean priest to arrive in Australia he quickly established a parish for the Chaldeans in Sydney to serve their social and spiritual needs.  The parish was named after St. Thomas the Apostle and built a rectory. 

In 1989, for his incredible work he was granted the title of Monsignor, Chaldean Patriarchal Vicar for Australia and New Zealand.  Continuing his passionate work to serve the Chaldean community the Monsignor moved the Parish Center to a more accessible location and built a large church campus featuring a modern community center, residence quarters, and administrative offices in 1995. 

In 2003, Monsignor Toma added a magnificent church to replace the previous one in order to serve the fast growing community and also opened two other centers.  The first was Our Lady Guardian of Plants in Melbourne, and the second was Mar Addai the Apostle in Auckland, New Zealand.  Mar Addai in New Zealand included two very large churches along with rectories and community centers.  Overseeing the Patriarchal Vicariate for 28 years, he managed to inspire six more priests to help minister to the fast growing Chaldean community. 

In August 2006, Monsignor chose to assist the St. Thomas the Apostle Diocese in the U.S. as more Catholic churches were being built in America and address the growing need.  On October 2006, Monsignor was incardinated and appointed Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Troy.