This month, a group of missionaries will travel to Lebanon to give medical and spiritual aid to displaced Christians who have been forced to leave their homes due to wars and persecution. The team, led by Fr. Fadi Philip, a Chaldean Catholic priest and the pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Warren, Michigan, will visit displaced families throughout the region to give them much needed medical and spiritual support. In addition to Fr. Fadi, the team includes five medical doctors: Ranin Paolus, M.D.; Maha Bishara, D.M.D.; Sara Alsakka, Michael Haddow, D.M.D.; and Rand Touma, M.D. who are part of the MERCI project.
They are documented as the first Chaldean wedding on American soil. George and Susie Essa exchanged vows inside a Lebanese church on November 22, 1922 in Detroit. “They had a very small wedding,” said Samira Essa speaking about her in-laws. “There were not many Chaldeans at all living here,” chimed in Peter Essa, the only son of George and Susie.
They have been capturing images of couples for years, some for decades. We asked local photographers to share with us some of their favorite photos and explain why each was sentimental.
Chaldeans are known for their extravagant and large gatherings, especially when it comes to those associated with weddings. Not long ago, they celebrated the tenetha, word, where the fiancé’s and fiancée’s family came together to give their promise that they’re committing to each other. That celebration was followed by an elaborate engagement party, a henna party, the wedding rehearsal, and the blessing of the couples’ bedroom. Next came the wedding and the after-wedding party.
As engagement season continues, many couples will find themselves planning their wedding and preparing for an evening that is sure to bring lots of love, food, and dancing. Wedding planning comes with many details and intricacies that almost always take precedence over being concerned about being able to keep up with traditional Chaldean dances.
With Valentines marking the middle of the month and just coming off the holiday season and New Year’s Day, there are and will be many newly engaged couples. Proposals are very popular from Thanksgiving through Valentine’s Day. According to WeddingWire.com, included in the top 10 most popular days to propose are Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Day. So, now there are weddings to organize. Local wedding and event planners shared what was vogue in 2017 and what is expected to trend in 2018.
Honeymoon is a concept that dates back to the fifth century in European cultures when time was measured in moon cycles. Couples were provided with a “moon,” approximately one month’s worth of mead which is an alcoholic honey wine. The idea was for couples to drink it together to help form sexual intimacy.
The beautiful, blushing bride is often what first pops into our minds when we hear the word “wedding,” but the handsome and eager groom plays an equally valuable role in the wedding process. Event planners Lawrence Yaldo and Andrew Keina from Top that Table, Dalia Atisha, CWPTM from The Event Planner, Inc., Suhair Kallabat from Eventfully Yours, and June Abro and Lauren Waterstone from A June Event shared their favorite tips for grooming the groom for the big, celebratory day.
With a lifelong passion for hockey, it was only a matter of time before Jason Shaya carried his passion into his broadcasting career. While Shaya’s broadcasting career started in 1983 when he was only 17 years old, it was only after receiving his broadcasting career that he realized he wanted to be a sports caster.
Continuing the long standing tradition, University of Michigan’s Chaldean American Student Association (CASA) chapter is hosting their tenth annual Live From Babylon event. Live From Babylon is U of M CASA’s largest fundraiser of the year. Members of every CASA chapter are invited for a night out in Ann Arbor to enjoy food, entertainment and networking.
As we dedicate the February issue to being our Annual Wedding Guide, we presented a series of wedding related questions for this month’s Chaldean on the Street.
It’s January and that means a BIG Happy New Year to you all. Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? We want to know. Our roaming reporter Halim Sheena caught up with some Chaldeans on the Street to ask them.
The Chaldean Iraqi American Association of Michigan honored Bishop Ibrahim Ibrahim on November 30 at a dinner at Shenandoah Country Club. More than 600 people were in attendance as Bishop Ibrahim was honored for his moral, spiritual and financial support of Shenandoah throughout its history but most especially during the difficult economic times.
The Eastern Catholic Re-Evangelization Center (ECRC) once again hosted their annual Gather and Give Fundraising Dinner. This year’s theme was the Fruits of ECRC. The event was hosted at the Shenandoah Country Club in West Bloomfield on October 26. The evening featured a raffle and silent auction that showcased an array of baskets and prizes, including a private dinner with Father Anthony for up to 20 people catered by Chef Carl Hakim and a Tigers game with Father Pierre.