Brother Faris Najor took his first vows as a Capuchin on Friday July 21. Community members are asking all to continue to pray for him as he is a blessing to our community. Bishop Francis was in attendance and they allowed him to make his vows in Aramaic!
Bishop Francis posted on Facebook on July 22 that he was able to witness him take his vows. “I pray for him and his order to continue giving witness to the evangelical counsels by living them,” said Bishop Francis. “I ask you too to pray for religious life in the church to grow whether it be for me or women.”
Praying with Detainees
Bishop Francis Kalabat held a prayer service on Thursday July 13 with the inmates in Youngstown. These are the Chaldean men and women detained by ICE and set to be deported. He was given special permission by the Warden to visit the location and offer mass services.
Wayne County Treasurer Eric R. Sabree is pleased to announce that his office has accepted payments and donations from private donors to help taxpayers save their homes from property tax foreclosure by paying off their 2014 taxes, it was announced. Captain Jays Care & Share Foundation donation is $15,359.41 to support this cause. Sheik’s foundation partnered with Life for Relief and Development in this effort and they will contribute $5,000 for a combined total contribution of $20,359.41.
Survey Engages West Bloomfield Residents
The Greater West Bloomfield Cable Communications Commission (GWBCCC) recently launched an online survey to capture feedback from residents within its viewing area, which includes West Bloomfield, Keego Harbor, Orchard Lake and Sylvan Lake. The survey can be accessed at www.gwbcable.org, July 10 – August 15. Residents from all four communities are represented on the 12-member Cable Communications Commission, which serves as a resident advocate with cable providers and oversees programming for Civic Center TV – Comcast channels 15 and 915, AT&T channel 99, and civiccentertv.com. To encourage participation, the GWBCCC is offering an opportunity for those who complete the online survey to enter a drawing for retail and restaurant gift cards.
Herman Spirit Award
Renna Sarafa was awarded the Herman Spirit Award from her classmates for her enthusiasm, positive attitude, and pride in her class at Marian High School.
The CN Goes to Lourdes
The Chaldean News makes its way to Lourdes. Christen Jamoua traveled with a copy on the Mother of God Pilgrimage with Fr. Pierre Konja.
Faith and Fun
ECRC hosted another summer Vacation Bible School (VBS) camp this year. They hosted three weeks at two churches, Mother of God and St. Thomas. The 3-hour daily camp consisted of lessons about God and faith in four stations: Imagination Station, Games, KidVid, and Bible Adventures.
This year’s theme was “Makers Fun Factory”.
“God is Always with You” was the phrase the crew leaders shouted out as the kids responded “Wow God!”
Britanny Hamama started attending VBS when she was just 5-years-old and about to enter Kindergarten. Today, at 20, she is the Co-Director of VBS for ECRC along with Mariam Hajjar. “This theme is about how God created us and that we truly have a purpose,” said Hamama. “This year’s theme tought the kids that he created all of us with a purpose, that He is with us and that He has a plan for us in our dark times and in our good times.”
Unemployment in Detroit Sinks
Preliminary numbers released by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics show that Detroit’s unemployment rate is 7.5% for the month of May, the lowest the city has seen since December 2000, when the rate was 6.1%. The unemployment rate is down nearly a full point from April’s rate of 8.4%. When Mayor Duggan took office in January 2014, the city’s unemployment rate was 17.6%. Since that time, there are 18,000 more employed Detroiters. In April and May alone, there are 2,400 more employed Detroiters.
Wayne State introduces 100 Iraqi Students to the U.S.
One Hundred Iraqi students, who are part of the Iraq Young Leaders Exchange Program, will participate in a four-week summer exchange program that brings English-speaking students to the U.S. Students will have the opportunity to learn about leadership development, civic rights and responsibilities, community engagement and respect for diversity. WSU was selected by World Learning to host the orientation.
The Spirit of Flying
Matt George, with the support of his family and coworkers, has diligently worked in his career to reach new heights. After nearly two and half years, George has been selected to be a pilot for the commercial airline, Spirit.
University of Michigan to offer free tuition
The University of Michigan will offer free tuition to in-state students whose families make less than $65,000 per year. Starting in January 2018, all students whose families meet the criteria, including current and future in-state U of M students, will be eligible to receive free tuition. The income figure is based on the family’s total income, including the student.
MIT Media Lab Disobedience Award
Congrats to Mona Hanna-Attisha and Marc Edwards on receiving MIT Media Lab Disobedience award!!! They were chosen from a group of 7826 nominees! The prize is $250,000, which they have refused to accept and will instead be donating it toward the #flintwatercrisis.
Congrats also to the finalists who were also recognized at the event, Professor James Hansen, pioneer of climate change research, the Water Protectors of Standing Rock, and the founders of Freedom University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Deportations Temporarily Blocked
Latest update as of print date July 26. Judge Goldsmith has ruled in favor of the injunction motion brought forth by the ACLU and Code Legal Aid, blocking the deportation of Iraqi nationals that are currently detained. All Iraqi nationals now have three months to seek counsel and file the necessary motions in immigration court. This applies to ALL Iraqi nationals with a final order of removal, not just those that have been detained. Once the proper motions have been filed, the stay of deportation will remain in effect.