At the beginning of 2014, all of us at ICIN would like to wish you a Happy and Peaceful New Year.
We would also like to thank all our supporters for their generous help last year. They can be assured that their donations were specifically targeted where the need was strongest.
On the 1st of December, we had our bi-annual musical event; an evening of musical celebration and readings followed by a buffet dinner. The event was a huge success on all levels with an impressive number of attendants who enjoyed themselves to the full. A perfect way to start off the blessed season.
As most of you know, this evening was the brainchild of Mr Joe Bahoshy who dedicated a good few months of preparation and hard work to see it to the successful event it was. Joe’s involvement began from the seed of an idea, to choosing the right pieces and reading extracts, training and coordinating between the various performers, ending with conducting the grand finale.
Thanks to Joe’s leadership and determination, and the dedication of all the musicians, the readers and the Pafties and to all of those who, in different ways, gave generously “The Christmas Celebration” managed to raise nearly £14000.
For more details of the night, please click on the following links:
Full Program and list of participants
The Chairman’s words
Pictures and Videos
The Pafties: Close harmony songs
Prince Charles told a reception of Middle East Christians including ICIN’s own trustee, Dr Suha Rassam, at Clarence House of his work to promote understanding between Christianity and Islam and said bridges between Christians and Muslims were being deliberately destroyed by people with a vested interest and that he was “deeply troubled” by the plight of Christians in the region.
He said this affected Arab Christians in countries such as Syria, Iraq, Palestine and Egypt, as well as those from other Arab countries. "Christianity was literally born in the Middle East and we must not forget our Middle Eastern brothers and sisters in Christ," he added. Prince Charles said Christians now accounted for 4% of the population in the Middle East and North Africa – the lowest concentration in the world.
(A full report may be found on www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/18/prince-charles-christians-middle-east-crisis)
At the Reception, Dr Rassam gave His Highness a resume of the plight of Iraqi Christians and the work of ICIN to help those in need inside Iraq and the neighbouring countries.
It is with deep sorrow that the Marmarchi Family announce the passing of their beloved Mother on Friday 22nd November, to be reunited again with her husband Dominic. Melena has been privileged to live a long, happy and healthy life. Melena was the proud mother of her beloved two sons Adil and the late Basil.
She is grandmother to Layla, Laith, Jamil, Taymoor and Fadi. Most of them were at her bedside at the end which must have given her great peace and tranquillity in her last moments.
Melena was also lucky to see so many of her great grandchildren Talia, Emile, Dominic, Marcos, Leon, Fabio, Basil, Gabrielle, Tatiana, and Dany.
To start the festive season, we hope that you will join us for a musical evening in aid of ICIN where you will enjoy Christmas carols and close-harmony songs from our talented ICIN Ladies Choir and the Pafties. In addition, there will be organ solos and flute accompaniments performed by close supporters of ICIN.
The concert will be followed by a Grand Iraqi Buffet.
Date: Sunday 1st December 2013
Time: 7 :30pm
Venue: St Margaret’s of Scotland Church
130 St Margaret’s Road,
Twickenham TW1 1RL (opposite St Margaret’s Station)
The memorial mass for Suhail was well attended by family and friends. Many of those who filled the church gathered for a meal afterwards. The good gathering was in itself a tribute to Suhail.
Thank you to all attendees.
Father Bernard Winn, the parish priest of the church of St Christopher’s in Cheam, has kindly accepted ICIN’s request to offer a 6-month memorial mass for the repose of the soul of the late Suhail Michael this November.
As many of you already know, Suhail was ICIN’s treasurer since 2007 and one of its founding members.
All are Welcome.
Date: Saturday 9th November 2013
Venue: St. Christopher's Catholic Church
The Wales Charity Event day organised by the Iraqi Christian Association in Wales to raise funds for ICIN was a great success. It was attended by over 60 people and raised £1600 for ICIN projects.
A big thank you to ICAW for organising the event and to all the supporters and attendees.
ICIN trustees are truly thankful for the following letter of condolences from Father Khalil Jaar of Messengers of Peace - Jordan.
Suhail was an advocate of ICIN’s main activity in Jordan; the educational aid program for the displaced Iraqi children. Father Khalil’s prayers and the prayers of the Iraqi students for his soul are greatly appreciated.
Please click here to view Father Jaar’s letter.
With great sadness, ICIN reports the passing away of one of its founding members, Suhail Michael RIP, on Friday 31st May 2013. In Suhail, ICIN lost a leading active trustee, treasurer and relentless campaigner for the Iraqi poor and disadvantaged. He will be greatly missed.
His funeral and a Requiem Mass will take place on Friday 14th June 2013 at St Christopher's Catholic Church, 59 Tabor Gardens, Cheam SM3 8RU at 11:45am. This will then be followed by a small and simple family service at North East Surrey Crematorium, Lower Morden Lane, Morden, Surrey, SM4 4NU.
The family invite guests to join them in celebrating Suhail's life at the Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom Downs, Surrey, KT18 5LQ.
His family request that instead of flowers, a donation is made to ICIN in Suhail's memory. The following is a message in the family's own words
Dad was so passionate about ICIN. From its inception in 2007 he campaigned tirelessly for the displaced Iraqi Christians and over the years helped to raise thousands of Pounds to help make their lives more comfortable and to provide education for the young.
In honour of our father my family would request that instead of flowers you make a donation to the charity which was so close to his heart.
With great sadness, Iraqi Christians in Need reports the passing away of one of its founding members, Suhail Michael RIP, on Friday 31st May 2013. In Suhail, ICIN lost a leading active trustee, treasurer and relentless campaigner for the Iraqi poor and disadvantaged. He will be greatly missed.
His funeral and a Requiem Mass will take place on Friday 14th June 2013 at St Christopher's Catholic Church, 59 Tabor Gardens, Cheam SM3 8RU at 11:45.
May the Lord grant him eternal rest and let perpetual light shine upon him.
ICIN is saddened by the passing of Mrs Suad Yousif. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. Suad was herself a recipient of one of ICIN's aid programs and recently sent a letter commending ICIN's work. May she rest in peace.
Her family request that instead of flowers or cards, a donation is made to ICIN in Suad's memory. There is a facility below to donate to ICIN in memory of Mrs Suad Yousif.