Weekly Announcements from St. Thomas the Apostle Syro Malabar Forane Catholic Church, Dallas, Texas.
1. Confession schedule for Saturday, December 18
Fr. Joshy and Fr. James Nirappel will be available for confession during the following times in the church on Saturday, December 18th.
9:45 am - 12:00 pm
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
2. Christmas Holy Qurbana Schedule
The Christmas Holy Qurbana schedule for this year is as follows:
Friday, December 24th (Christmas Eve Vigil)
5:30 pm (Malayalam)
7:45 pm (English)
9:30 pm (Malayalam)
Saturday, December 25th (Christmas Day)
8:30 am (Malayalam)
3. Christmas Flowers
If you would like to sponsor flowers for the Christmas Eve Holy Qurbana, please contact the Trustees or write down your request in the book available in the parish hall.
4. 10 year Church Consecration Anniversary Celebration
We celebrated the 10 year anniversary of our church consecration on December 12th. Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath celebrated the Holy Qurbana along with our parish priest James achan, previous parish priest Fr. Joji Kaniampadi and Fr. Joshy.
We also celebrated 25, 40 and 50 years of wedding anniversaries. We thank the choir team, parish council members, Sunshine Videos - Benny John, Lincy Thalakulam and the liturgy team for preparing for this event.
The pictures for this event can be downloaded from the church website under Media -> Photo Gallery
Website for our church: https://www.syromalabarchurchdallas.org/
5. Mathru Jyothi - Charity Event
The Mathru Jyothis is planning for a charity event this Christmas for shelter homes. Those who would like to participate in this event can either bring a gift bundle of a throw blanket, jacket of any size, socks, cap/beanie OR pay $25. The collection box will be in the hall for the next two Sundays. Cash can be donated to the MJ reps. Hope you all will participate and make it a great success.
6. Christmas Carol 2021
This year, due to the current pandemic situation, Christmas carols will be held for those families that specifically request for caroling to come to their home. Please reach out to your respective ward representatives and coordinate appropriately.
7. 2021 Annual Pledge
The letter with your year to date contributions to the church was sent earlier this month. If you haven't received it, please contact the Trustees. If your spouse's name is missing in the statement, please contact the parish office. If you are not registered in our church, you will not be receiving a statement. Please contact James achan to register.
Please give your annual pledge or yearly contributions to the church by the end of December. Even if you haven't pledged this year, please send your contribution. The church has monthly expenses which include a bank loan, utility bills, maintenance costs (church, parish hall, rectory and surroundings), clergy expenses and insurance. In order for us to meet these expenses, a monthly contribution of $100 per registered family is humbly requested. If you have any financial difficulty in contributing, feel free to contact James achan.
8. Annual Diocesan Appeal
The Annual Diocesan Appeal envelopes received from the Diocese of Chicago were distributed. The Annual Diocesan Appeal provides essential operating funds that will directly impact the lives of people throughout the diocese with programs, services and ministries that reach beyond the scope of any individual parish. This can only be made possible by the collective contributions from the faithful. Please contribute to the best of your abilities.
9. In-person CCD starting on Sunday, January 9th
CCD will be in-person (in the parish hall) starting on Sunday, January 9th, 2022.
10. Solemn First Holy Communion on April 30th
Next year's solemn First Holy Communion will be celebrated on April 30th, 2022.
11. Parish Hall Police Monitoring during events
The safety of hosts and participants during the events in the parish hall was discussed during the Parish Council meetings on August 15th and October 10th. Based on the discussion, there will be police monitoring during events.
12. Inter Parish Sports Festival 2022
The registration for IPSF has begun. Please register at the link below:
If anyone would like to sponsor one of our St. Thomas teams, please contact the coordinators, Mr. Binish Mathew and Mrs. Tessy Thomas. Our parishioners could definitely use all the encouragement and support from our church.
13. Sunday Holy Qurbana Schedule - 8:30 am and 10:30 am Holy Qurbanas will be live streamed
During this Covid-19 pandemic, there will be an additional Holy Qurbana on Sundays at 7:00 am.
Sunday Holy Qurbana Schedule:
8:30 am: Holy Qurbana in Malayalam
10:30 am: Holy Qurbana in English
8:30 am and 10:30 am Holy Qurbanas will be live streamed.
Note: Those attending Holy Qurbana are required to follow social distancing guidelines, wear masks and sanitize their hands inside the church.
14. 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.
15. 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, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
16. 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.
God Bless You.
Fr. James Nirappel