Weekly Newsletter-February 20, 2024

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,
February 20, 2024

Dear Parishioners,

1. Holy Qurbana Schedule


8:30 am: Holy Qurbana in Malayalam and CCD

10:30 am: Holy Qurbana in English


Monday (During Lent Season): Holy Qurbana at 8:30 am, followed by Stations of the Cross.

Tuesday through Thursday (During Lent Season): Holy Qurbana at 8:30 am, followed by Stations of the Cross.

Friday (During Lent Season): Eucharistic adoration from 6:00 pm to 6:50 pm, followed by St. Jude's Novena, Holy Qurbana and Stations of the Cross. Confessions from 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm.

Saturday (During Lent Season): Holy Qurbana at 8:30 am, followed by Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Stations of the Cross.

2. February 2024 Updates

  • The 50-Day Lenten Season started on Ash Monday. Ward prayer meetings will be held during Lent. Your participation and co-operation are kindly requested. 
  • There will be a retreat for middle and high school students on Saturday, March 2nd and Sunday, March 3rd, led by Fr. Melvin Mangalath, Chicago Youth Director, and Fr. Roy Joseph.  Parents, please encourage your children to make use of this opportunity, especially during the Lenten Season.
    • There will be only one Holy Qurbana on Sunday, March 3rd.
    • Children will have special opportunities for confession on Saturday, March 2nd.
    • Parents and others are kindly requested to consider contributing to the expenses of this retreat if possible. Please include "Retreat" in the memo section of your check. 
  • Payment for the parking lot project is due by February 29, 2024. We kindly request your cooperation and prayers as we aim to complete the project before our Parish Feast/Perunnal.
    • Please get in touch with our Kaikkarans (Trustees) if you are available to assist with the parking lot project.
  • The First Holy Communion for the children is on Saturday, May 18th.
  • The crying room and chapel are designated for parents attending with small children. Others, please use the main church for Mass on Sundays and special occasions.
  • The General Body approved to proceed with the parking lot construction project and raise the needed funds. The estimated cost for the 100-space parking lot exceeds $500,000.
    • Those families who haven't yet contributed to Parish Hall and Church construction are expected to contribute more to this project.
    • The rest of the families are requested to contribute a minimum of $1,000 or above for this project.
    • Those contributing $3,000 or more towards this project would have their names written on the designated parking spots, and those sponsors who prefer not to display their names also have that option.
      • There are other things to consider along with the parking lot project; create a walkway in front of the church for the feast procession, place a signboard with visible mass timing, and a playground. We request this year's Thirunnal sponsors to consider the possibility of sponsoring either a signboard or a walkway. 
        • Please include your church registration number in the check as part of the memo when you write checks to the church. 
        • Church/Parish Hall Booking: To secure a booking for the church or parish hall for various purposes, individuals must complete the necessary form from the parish trustees' office.
        • For year-end financial statements, please contact the Trustees.
        • If you choose to make church payments via Zelle, please email 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 

        • 2023 Youth Camp for High School Students will be held from March 8th - 11th at 576 Sabine Creek Ranch, Royse City, TX 75189. The registration cost is $170 per participant. It is open to register now.
          • We kindly request parents to step forward as volunteers.  
          • For more details or to register, please contact: Akshay Michael: at (469)-465-7455 or Jeevan James: at (972)-375-8763.
          • Marriage Prep Courses: Fr. John Melepuram, Diocesan Family Apostolate Director, at (215) 808-4052.
            • March 15th - 17th, 2024 in Dallas. For more details, please contact: Jokutty & Nancy, at (214) 507-9892.
            • Please click the link for details on all upcoming Marriage Preparation courses for 2024
            • 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.
            • Mark your calendars for the 2024 Lenten retreat on March 22nd,23rd, and 24th. Fr. Sunil Aenekatt VC from Divine Mercy Healing Center in New Jersey will be leading the retreat.
            • Join us for a transformative one-day Catholic Marriage enrichment conference tailored for young couples! Experience a day of enrichment in faith, marriage, and parenting at our Church on Saturday, April 27, 2024, from 8 am to 5 pm. For details and registration, click the link: Together in Christ. Please contact Jokutty & Nancy, at (214) 507-9892.
            • Seize the unique opportunity to participate in the 2024 Syro Summit: "Christ is our Hope," designed for youth aged 21-35, in Baltimore from June 27-30. Ensure your early reservation and become an integral part of this enriching experience. For details about this event, please click Syro Summit 2024.
            • St. Thomas Feast Day (Thirunnal): The main Thirunnal will be celebrated from Friday, July 5th through Sunday, July 7th. 

            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.
            • The IPSF parish-level competition schedule is on the church notice board. Please click the link to view the church competition dates. Please contact Mrs. Biji Edwards, at (214) 455-6133, or Mr. Cherian Churanadu, at (214) 729-2132.
            • There is an IPSF sign-up sheet in the Narthex for volunteering.

            5. Eucharistic Revival Updates

            6. Safe Environment Updates

            7. Additional Church related information

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

            God Bless You
            Fr. James Nirappel

            Church Main Office (972) 240-1100

            Kaikkarans (Trustees):
            Antony Nelluvelil (972) 533-7399
            Kurian Mannanal (972) 741-0103
            Mathew John (Raju) (214) 417-6717
            Sunny Kochuparambil (972) 365-9506

            Parish Council Secretary & Asst. Secretary:
            Mini Joseph Vilangolil (972) 896-2515
            Lissamma Xavier (Asst. Secretary) (817) 657-4427

            Liturgy Coordinator:
            Jose Paul (972) 589-0434

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

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