Weekly Newsletter-June 28, 2022

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

  St. Thomas the Apostle Syro-Malabar Forane Catholic Church

Weekly Announcements
June 28, 2022

Dear Parishioners,

1. St. Thomas Feast Day (Thirunnal) June 24th - July 4th

On June 24th, we commenced our Novena Qurbana for the St. Thomas Feast.

Schedule for Thirunnal

Monday, June 27th - Thursday, June 30th, 8:30 am: Holy Qurbana followed by Novena.

Friday, July 1st, 5:00 pm: Kodiyettu, followed by Holy Qurbana in Malankara Rite and Ladeenju.

Saturday, July 2nd, 5:00 pm: Holy Qurbana followed by Ladeenju.

Sunday, July 3rd, Parish Feast Day

8:30 am: Holy Qurbana

The 8:30 am Holy Qurbana is only for those who are not able to attend the evening Rasa Qurbana. All parishioners are kindly requested to attend the 4:00 pm Holy Qurbana.

4:00 pm: Holy Rasa Qurbana, Ladeenju and an outdoor procession.

Monday, July 4th, 8:30 am: Holy Qurbana, followed by the Office for the Dead. We will be commemorating all the departed parishioners from our parish, followed by Kodiyirakkam.

Since no sponsors have come forward to sponsor the Thirunnal, it has been decided by the Parish Council members to collect at least $100/family to meet the Thirunnal expenses. Please kindly support with your contribution. You can write a check and submit it to your ward representatives or the trustees.
Please click the links below to see the Thirunnal Program details for each day.

St. Thomas Feast (Thirunnal) Flyer - Front Page

St. Thomas Feast (Thirunnal) Flyer - Back Page

*2023 St. Thomas Parish Feast: Those who are interested in sponsoring, please contact the trustees.

2. Vacation Bible School (VBS) for Pre-K to 8th graders

This year's Vacation Bible School (VBS) will be held from July 11th - July 14th from 5 pm to 8:30 pm, which will be hosted by the St. Thomas Youth Group.
VBS Fee per child  - $45
There will be a table set up in the narthex after the Holy Qurbana for VBS registration. Registration ends on July 10th. Please contact Don Joseph, Andrew Mathew or Jeevan James for further details.
Below is the link to the registration form. Please complete the registration as soon as possible. 
If any high school or college students are interested in volunteering for VBS, please contact Andrew Mathew. 
For any other questions, please contact: 
Andrew Mathew: (469) 925-6259
Silvy Chamaparampil: (201) 679-1585
Joel Kuzhippallil: (214) 868-9098

3. The Eucharistic Revival

The Eucharistic Revival: The USCCB announced that the years 2022, 2023 and 2024 are designated for this Eucharistic revival in all American Catholic churches. All the faithful are invited to be part of this Eucharistic Revival experience.

Let us all make use of this opportunity to renew our experience in the Eucharistic presence of the Lord.

Please click on the link below to read the details of Pastoral Letter 35, The Eucharistic Revival

The Eucharistic Revival

4. CCD Registration for 2023

Next year's CCD registration is from July 1st - July 31st. 

Online registration link (Will be active only on July 1st) 2023 CCD Registration form

Please contact:

Silvy Chamaparampil: (201) 679-1585
Joel Kuzhippallil: (214) 868-9098

5. Holy Land, Europe & Marian Trip

The following trips will be happening this year.

  • Holy Land trip, August 20th - 30th.
  • Europe trip, September 11th - 26th
  • Marian trip, October 2nd - 17th

Those who are interested, please contact Mathew Thomas (Jose) for further details @ (214) 714-0833.

6. Safety concerns

Several parishioners have voiced their safety concerns to achan and the trustees in the wake of increased mass shootings recently in the US. It was decided in the Parish Council meeting to have a safety officer at the front of our church on all Sundays from 8 am to 12 pm. This will continue untill the next General Body meeting. All parishioners are encouraged to enter the church in through the front door, but upon exiting, you may use the front or side doors.

7. Inter Parish Sports Festival (IPSF) 2022

Important safety updates 

Clarification on underaged youth participation in IPSF events:

Clarifications were requested regarding the travel and accommodations of underage (below 18 years) youth during IPSF. It is the sole responsibility of parents to arrange transportation/travel and stay of all their underaged participants.

During their stay and activities in Austin, all underaged students should have a parental or SE approved adult volunteer supervisor with them. If they don't have their parents' supervision, the parents of the underaged participants should clearly name the SE approved adult supervisor selected for their child and communicate the name of the supervisor to the event coordinators. It is possible that multiple students have one adult supervisor, but the parents should communicate this in writing to the event coordinator. Please ensure the safety of all children during this event.

If you have any questions and/or concerns, please reach out to the IPSF coordinators. Mr. Binish Pampackal @ (972) 799-6855
and Mrs. Tessy Changankerry @ (469) 618-1715.

8. "Reading the Bible" plans, make it a Family Reading Plan this Summer

Please make an effort to read the entire Bible. You can choose to read it in 100 days, 180 days or even 300 days. Everyone is encouraged to take up this challenge to read the entire Bible.

Please click the link to follow the relevant Bible reading plans

Read entire Bible in 100 days

Read entire Bible in 180 days

Read entire Bible in 300 days

For any questions, please contact James Perumbillikunnel @ (972) 303-1890 (Home)

9. Adult Bible Study

Adult Bible study classes have been resumed after a brief pause due to the COVID pandemic. It is now held every Sunday after the 10:30 am Holy Qurbana in the CCD classroom, which is led by Mr. Mathew (Mathew Sir). Everyone is encouraged to participate.

10. Mathru Jyothis

Our parish's Mathru Jyothis have resumed their activities after a brief pause due to the COVID pandemic. All mothers are encouraged to participate and support this ministry. To help with Mathru Jyothis activities, please contact:

 Lisa Kochuparambil: (214) 336-4340

 Shirely Shaji: (214) 287-2051

 Enat Earnest: (469) 688-0201

 Ancy Mathew: (972) 953-6369

11. Senior's Ministry

As you all know, our parish's Senior Ministry activities were on hold during the COVID pandemic. The ministry has resumed their activities. Anyone who is 55 years old and above are welcome to join this ministry. The next meeting will be held on July 10th after the first Holy Qurbana.

12. The Sacrament of Marriage

Those who are planning to get married need to contact Achan at least 6 months before the marrriage, especially if either party belongs to a non-Catholic Christian Community.

Upcoming Marriage preparation course (Pre-Cana) dates are below:

July 15 - 17th

For more details, please email familyapostolate.chicago@gmail.com


Fr. Paul Chalissery - (919) 749-7175
Mr. Jose Prakash - (954) 540-7286

13. Sacrament of Holy Communion and Confession for the home bound

The Sacrament of Holy Communion and Confession are available for those parishioners who would like to receive, but are unable to attend mass due to injury, illness or advanced age. Please put in a written request in the log book kept in the trustee's parish office.

14. House blessings, Baptism & Marriage Information

If you are interested in scheduling a Baptism, Marriage, House blessing or would like to get a certificate/letter, please put in a written request in the log book kept in the trustee's office. Please include the date, time of request, your address and phone number.

15. Access to Church, Parish Hall, CCD rooms & Founder's building

To access/use the church, parish hall, CCD rooms or the Founder's building, please put in a written request in the log book kept in the trustee's office. Please include the date, time of request, your address and phone number.

16. Parking

Please park only in the designated parking areas on the church compound. Do not park in the fire lanes, since it is a parking violation and an inconvenience for others.

17. Include Registration Number to write checks to the church

Please include your church registration number in the check as part of the memo when you write checks to the church. The registration number for your family is available in the October 2021 statement that was sent to you. If you still do not know your registration number, please contact James achan.

18. Church Bookings

For church bookings, non-parishioners will be able to book the church 12 months in advance of their event date based on availability. Parishioners on the other hand will be able to book any time prior to their event based on availability.

19. Address, Phone number, or Email Change

If your address has changed, please contact your ward Representatives/Secretary/Trustees/Parish Vicar via text message or email to change the address in the church database.

If your phone number/email or spouse's phone number/email changes, please provide the new contact information to update the church directory.

Emails: Vicar@syromalabarchurchdallas.org, trustee@syromalabarchurchdallas.org, secretary@syromalabarchurchdallas.org

20. Prayer Ministry

If you have a prayer request, please contact the prayer ministry leaders, Mary and Michael Kallarackal at (201) 563-0727. Everyone is welcome to join the prayer ministry and also to be part of the intercessory prayer sessions. Please contact the prayer ministry leaders if you would like to join the ministry.

21. Safe Environment News: Church in the Media

The following is a program and service of The National Catholic Risk Retention Group Inc. - VIRTUS Online

As caring adults, we can create a safer world when we work together as a community. This includes maintaining an awareness of the behavior of all adults within our programs and ministries, including our own.

At times it can feel as though any good news regarding the Catholic Church is overshadowed by headline stories of child sexual abuse in our Church, and the way that leadership of the Church has at times ignored the issues facing them. While the majority of reports received by dioceses remain historical in nature, current instances of abuse within our Church (and within society in general) also still occur.The failure of someone in any leadership to act appropriately adds more harm to an already terrible situation and can re-victimize survivors who have already suffered so much. Whenever a new report of sexual abuse within the Church comes to light, whether current or past abuse, the Church's painful history with this issue is in the headlines again.

Protecting God's children for Adults. Please click the link below to read this week's article:

Church in the Media

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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