Chaldean Assyrian Youth Convention
Procession Morning Prayer Friday, 04, 2008
St. Mary’s greeted
all churches in the morning, introducing the planned
events for the convention and then hosting a fruitful
breakfast. They followed with a beautiful Morning Prayer
that involved the participation of every convention
Our beloved Mar Sarhad Jammo spoke briefly about
the beauty of uniting the youth and he encouraged us to
continue to go above and beyond in every aspect of life.
After prayers and introductions, we were split into two
large groups, those younger than 18 went off to one
side, and those above 18 went to another. There were two
planned lectures for each group for the afternoon, and
two workshops that followed.
The first workshop for the 17 and younger was led by
Julius Bercasio and was titled Peer
Pressure. The second was about The Call
of Christ held by Fr. Andrew Younan.
For those 18 and older, the first workshop was about
relationships with one another and with God, led by
Brian & Rosie, titled Seek & You Will Find.
The second was a powerful lecture by Jimi Netniss
about the power of Mass and its purpose, titled Why Should We Come to Mass.
This was an incredible discussion about the reasons for
joining and participating in weekly mass, and the reason
mass is vital to our lives.
Upon the conclusion
of workshops and lectures, the churches of our St.
Peter’s Diocese piled into several buses to Treasure
Island in San Francisco to watch and enjoy the
fireworks. The buses did a mini-tour of San Francisco
before taking us to the magnificent church of St.
Ignatius where we held Evening Prayer. The architecture
of the church was fascinating, and Our Beloved Bishop
explained features of the church that relate back to
early traditions found in mass and their significance.
We then had the opportunity to cross over the famous
Golden-gate Bridge, covered entirely by fog but still an
incredible sight to see. We took in the beauty of San
Francisco and continued our journey over the grand Bay
Bridge before heading to Treasure Island. Despite the
cold winds and drop in temperature, dinner was served
and singing and dancing went on until the fireworks
began. After an exhilarating day, the group returned to
their rooms to rest up for their big day of sports.
Photo Album of Welcome Night -
Thursday, July 03, 2008