Weekly Newsletter-November 14, 2023

Weekly Announcements: St. Thomas the Apostle Syro Malabar Forane Catholic Church
4922 Rosehill Road, Garland, Texas 75043

  St. Thomas the Apostle Syro-Malabar Forane Catholic Church

Weekly Announcements,
November 14, 2023

Dear Parishioners,

1. Holy Qurbana Schedule


8:30 am: Holy Qurbana in Malayalam 

10:30 am: Holy Qurbana in English.            CCD :08:30am


Tuesday through Thursday: Holy Qurbana at 8:30 am.

Friday: Eucharistic adoration from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, followed by St. Jude's Novena and Holy Qurbana. Confessions from 6:05 pm - 6:40 pm.

Saturday: Holy Qurbana at 8:30 am, followed by the Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, followed by Eucharistic adoration & Benediction talk by Bro. Sam Varghese. Kindly plan to attend.

2. November 2023 Updates

  • All those who are interested to participate in the upcoming Annual Ecumenical Christmas Choir, please contact Mr. Vincent Valiaveetil.
  • Thank you to all those who have sent nominations for 2024-25 Parish Council. Since there are multiple nominees from three wards, we will select Parish Council members for the following wards on Sunday, November 19th,2023, in the Parish Hall. Members from these three wards are to attend and should be present on time:

    •    Sunnyvale Ward @09:50am.
    •     North Garland Ward @ 10:00am.
    •     Murphy Ward @10:10am.
  • On Sunday, November 19th,2023 at10:30 am, in the Parish hall, Santhome Life Center Project team will be explaining the project.  Please plan to attend to learn about the project details.
  • On Sunday, November 19, 2023,at 11:45 am in the chapel, we will have a meeting for parents, whose children are receiving the most Solemn Holy Eucharist.
  • We will have a New Parishioners Gathering on Saturday, November 25th. All the members, who have registered in 2023 are invited to join this gathering. All senior youth (College students) will be having a gathering on November 25th. The Senior Youth gathering and the New Parishioners gathering will take place together. The gathering will start with Holy Qurbana at 5:00pm. Please give us a headcount to arrange food. Please contact the trustees at the earliest.
  •  On Sunday, November 26, 2023, at 12:00 noon, we will have a Parish Council meeting.
  • We will have a General body meeting on Sunday, December 3rd at10:00am. Hence, there will be only Holy qurbana at 08:30am, and there will be no CCD and no 10:30 am Qurbana. All the heads of the families are requested to attend this meeting as it pertains to the future of our community. The main topic of discussion for the meeting are the parking Lot project and the Santhome Life Center Project. Please include this intention in your daily family prayers for the meeting to go smoothly.
  • Annual Bishop's appeal envelopes have arrived from our Diocese, kindly contribute and co-operate.
  • If you choose to make church payments via Zelle, please email to payst.thomasgarland@gmail.com. In the email, include the purpose of the payment and your parish account number. This information will assist in identifying your payment and streamline the accounting process. 

3. Upcoming Events 

  • Diocesan High School Youth Conference (Torch) from December 26th - 29th in Houston.
  • Marriage Prep Courses: Fr. John Melepuram, Diocesan Family Apostolate Director - (215) 808-4052
    • November 17th - 19th in Philadelphia. For more details, please contact:
    • Jake Chacko: (267) 312-2634 or email: jakester174@gmail.com
    • Dr. Manoj Abraham: (717) 439-2985 or email: drabaraham@gmail.com 
    • December 1st - 3rd in New York. For more details, please contact:
    • Mr. Boban: (631) 553-6617
    • Fr. Johnsty Thachara: (630) 202-2989 
    • December 15th - 17th in Houston. For more details, please contact: 
    • Mr. Tomy Arackal: (713) 398-0567
    • Fr. Johnykutty Pulissery: (916) 803-5307
    • March 15th - 17th, 2024 in Dallas. For more details, please contact:
    • Jokutty & Nancy: (214) 507-9892
    • Fr. James Nirappel: (443) 414-2250
  • For individuals seeking registered marriage, either here or in India for visa purposes, it is necessary to obtain prior approval from the Bishop of the diocese as per the Bishop's Synod directive. Please contact your vicar.

    4. IPSF 2024: Inter Parish Sports Festival

    • IPSF 2024 in Houston: Mr. Cherian Churanadu and Mrs.Biji Edward have been appointed as coordinators for IPSF.
    • There is an IPSF sign-up sheet in the narthex for volunteering.

    5. Eucharistic Revival Updates

          To view the monthly Newsletter and Zoom meeting link, please click here.

    6. Safe Environment Updates

    Positive experiences promote development and wellness among children and adolescents. Parents and professionals alike have long recognized youth participation in sports as a potentially positive experience, especially regarding physical, social and emotional development.

    Please click the link to view the article: Keeping youth safe in sports

    7. Additional Church related information

    Mathru Jyothis, Senior Ministry, Adult Bible Study, Prayer Ministry, Church and Hall Bookings, Sacraments for home bound, etc. Please click the link to view additional church information.

    God Bless You
    Fr. James Nirappel

    Church Main Office (972) 240-1100

    Kaikkarans (Trustees):
    Jimmy Mathew (972) 951-7304
    Charly Angadicheril (817) 296-8255
    Tomy Joseph (469) 951-6639
    Jeevan James (972) 375-8763

    Parish Council Secretary & Asst. Secretary:
    Molly Varghese (214) 912-7663
    Janet Josey (Asst. Secretary) (551) 482-5529

    Liturgy Coordinator:
    Jose Paul (972) 589-0434

    Parish Vicar:
    Fr. James Nirappel (443) 414-2250

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