Weekly Newsletter-May 17, 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
May 17, 2022

Dear Parishioners,

1. Holy Qurbana Schedule


8:30 am: Holy Qurbana in Malayalam and CCD in the Parish Hall

10:30 am: Holy Qurbana in English


Tuesday to Thursday: Holy Qurbana at 8:30 am

Friday: Adoration and St. Jude Novena at 6:00 pm followed by Holy Qurbana at 7:00 pm

Saturday: Holy Qurbana at 8:30 am followed by the Blessed Virgin Mary Novena

Note: Those attending Holy Qurbana are requested to follow CDC guidelines to protect yourselves and others.

2. CCD 

CCD Day and Graduation of 12th graders: May 22nd

Our CCD day and graduation will be held on May 22nd. Let's get together to congratulate and pray for the Class of 2022 as they complete their Faith formation classes and start their college journey. The following is the schedule for the day:

  • 8:30 am – 10:00 am: CCD Class. This will be the final closure day where teachers will give out exam papers/marks. Following that, every class will have their own plans for a small celebration in the class. Respective teachers will share the details with the kids.
  • 10:30 am: Holy Qurbana in English for the CCD kids.
  • 12:00 – 1:30 pm: CCD Day and Graduation – Class of 2022 along with recognition of the top performers in every class.
  • There are (29) 12th grade CCD Graduates this year. Please take this opportunity to congratulate and also keep them in your prayers so that they can grow deeper in their faith as they enter their next phase in life.

  • Ann Thomas                         
  • Benson Giji                         
  • John Luke                     
  • Tony Roy
  • Andrew Mathew                   
  • Briana John                         
  • Luke Bose                     
  • Vimal Sebastian
  • Ashlyn Augustine                 
  • Bronia John                         
  • Neelima Stepp
  • Alvin Mathew                       
  • Cecil George                       
  • Niles Sebastian
  • Augustine Gigi                     
  • Isaac James                         
  • Nia Joby
  • Anna Thomas                       
  • Joshua Valiaveedu               
  • Olivia Joseph
  • Alaina Sunny                         
  • Joanne Sebastian                 
  • Salena Jacob
  • Allen Francis                         
  • Jude Jolly                             
  • Tomson Giji
  • Ashly Michael                       
  • Jewelin Sunny                     
  • Teresa George                                                                                              

Lunch will be provided. For any questions, please contact the CCD coordinators: 

Silvy Chamaparambil (201) 679-1585

Jilson Mathew (972) 979-9454

Joel Kuzhipallil (214) 868-9098

3. "Reading the Bible" plans

Please make efforts 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).

4. Survey for Synodality.

The Synod on Synodality is a two-year process of listening and dialogue that began with a solemn opening in Rome in October 2021. The word “Synod” has its origins in Greek and means “Coming Together” or “Traveling Together”. The Synodal process will conclude in 2023 with the 16th Synod of Bishops that will be held in October 2023. This is truly historic in the sense that it has never been done before. Pope Francis wants us to be a “listening church” gathering feedback from every Catholic, which is why this is a 2-year process. Pope Francis invites the entire Church to reflect on a theme that is decisive for it's life and mission: “It is precisely this path of synodality which God expects of the Church of the third millennium.” The Synod on Synodality will focus on three themes: Communion, Participation and Mission. You can find more details at https://www.synod.va. Each one of us who are members of this parish, have a unique opportunity to provide feedback to the Pope.
Please take a moment to respond to the survey using the link below. We will consolidate your responses and submit a report from our parish to the Diocese of Chicago. 

5. Diocesan Bulletin

Please remember to pray for all our seminarians, especially for Deacon Joel Pius, as he prepares for his priestly ordination which will be held on May 28th. Please take a moment to look into the Diocesan Bulletin to know more about various activities in our Diocese. Click here for the Diocesan Bulletin 

6. 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.

7. Senior's Ministry

As you all know, our Parish's Senior Ministry activities were on hold during the pandemic. They will resume their activities on Sunday, June 5th after the first Holy Qurbana. The meeting will start at 10:00 am in the parish hall.

Anyone who is 55 years old and above are welcome to join this fun filled meeting. Lunch will be provided.

8. Parish Council

There will be a Parish Council meeting on Sunday, May 29th at 12:00 pm.

9. Marriage Preparation Course (Pre-Cana) 2022

Upcoming Marriage preparation course dates are below:

May 25-27th

July 15-17th

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


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

10. Wedding Anniversary

All couples from our parish who are celebrating their 25th, 40th or 50th wedding anniversaries in 2022 are invited to contact the trustees before May 29th.

11. St. Thomas Feast Day (Thirunnal)

The St. Thomas Thirunnal will be celebrated from July 1st to July 3rd this year. We are looking for both single and group sponsors for the Thirunnal. If you are interested to sponsor, please contact the Trustees (Kaikkarans).

12. Few things to note… 

  • Parents should be cognizant and pay close attention regarding their children's dress attire while attending church. Active sports wear is not encouraged to be worn while attending church services.
  • Please do not leave any tissues or water bottles in the pews. This is essential to maintain a clean and hygienic environment of the church premises.
  • Please remember to not fold any pages in the Holy Qurbana books and please put away the Holy Qurbana books properly after use.
  • Please remind children who have not yet received Holy Communion to cross their arms when coming up to receive the blessing.

13. Parish Accountant

We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Josekutty Thekekkara and Cyriac Thomas for their services in accounting the parish books during the past year. Josekutty Thekkekara agreed to work for a year. Since that year is complete, the parish council has recommended Cyriac Thomas to continue in his stead. Therefore, James achan has appointed him as the new accountant.

14. Sacrament of Holy Communion and Confession for the homebound

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.

15. Church premises benches

Four benches in front of the Parish Hall are worn out and need to be replaced. If anyone is interested to sponsor the benches, please contact the trustees.

16. Steubenville Retreat

There will be a Steubenville Retreat for High School students from ages 14-18 on June 24-26th in Irving, TX. If anyone is interested in registering or needs to know more information regarding this retreat, please contact Leslie Thomas. There will be a table in the narthex with the information.

WHO: Youth Participants (14-18 years old)
WHEN: June 24 - 26, 2022
WHERE: Irving Convention Center
Initial Lone Star Registration Form for Participants & Chaperones 

The Lone Star Steubenville Conference is a weekend for teens filled with great talks from Catholic speakers, small groups, Holy Mass, adoration, music and community fellowship. The conference is held at the Irving Convention Center and all chaperones and participants will be staying at a local hotel close to the convention center.

We will be registering together with the seven other parishes in our Southern Region, so spots will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. To secure your spot, you must fill out the initial registration form and send the deposit or registration cost along with the completed form. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Leslie Thomas @ (214) 709-3664.

17. 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.

18. 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.

19. 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.

20. 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.

21. Inter Parish Sports Festival 2022

On July 11, 2021 after the Holy Qurbana, Mr. Binish Pampackal and Mrs. Tessy Changankerry were nominated as IPSF Coordinators.

They had the IPSF kick-off in the church followed by several meetings, coaching and parish level competitions in our parish hall.

The 1st IPSF competition is the Cricket Tournament. The tournament will be on May 28-29th @ Round Rock Austin. Please support the teams with your presence and prayers.

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.


Download IPSF Souvenir Cover Design Competition Flyer

Hello Everyone,

Are you creatively inclined with a penchant for transforming thoughts, ideas and themes into designs? Well, we've got the perfect opportunity for you. The IPSF 2022 Souvenir Committee is organizing a cover page competition open to all members of the participating parishes. The cover page should be based on any one of the following:
-Inter Parish Sports Fest (IPSF)
-United we stand, divided we fall
-Christian brotherhood
-The pilgrim Church
-Role of family in religious education

Send your entries, one per participant, to info@ipsfaustin.com by May 31st. Entries received after this date will not be considered. Include the following in the subject line of the email: 'IPSF 2022 Souvenir Cover page Contest.' Please include your name in the email as well.

Participants will receive a cash prize and stage recognition at the opening ceremony.

We'd love to see you contribute your creativity to this design and wish you the best!

IPSF 2022 Souvenir Team

22. 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.

23. 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

24. 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.

25. Safe Environment News: Communicating your concerns matter

The following is a program and service of The National Catholic Risk Rentention 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.

Communicating your concerns is a critical element of the Protecting God's Children program. This means we communicate to the right person or place when we see or hear something that looks suspicious, questionable, inappropriate, unsafe, abusive or that simply makes us feel uncomfortable. Whether it is inappropriate behavior or suspected abuse, it is important to address concerns, and we should always err on the side of caution to protect children and youth. Please click to read: 

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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