Weekly Newsletter-October 4, 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,
October 4, 2022

Dear Parishioners,

1. Holy Qurbana 

8:30 am: Holy Qurbana in Malayalam

8:30 am: CCD

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 Novena to our Mother of Perpetual Help
Note: Those attending Holy Qurbana are requested to follow CDC guidelines to protect yourselves and others.  

2. October Highlights

  • Mathru Jyothi Updates:

    We made $9,002.00 profit from our Onam Charity Project. First of all, we want to thank God, for His mercy and grace on our charity project. It was a huge success because of each one of you. The Mathru Jyothis officials appreciate all those who contributed with their time, talent and money. It could not have been possible without our church family’s generous support, including our James achan and trustees.
    We will be taking applications for the housing project till October 29th.
    Housing project application criteria:

    1. Application letter from the individual/family
    2. Must have minimum land to build a house
    3. Letter from parish priest
    4. Money will be paid in installments only
    5. Plan and estimate from contractor once selected
    Preference will be for single mothers with children, individuals with chronic illness like cancer, heart disease and not able to support their family.

    We will have a lucky draw, if there are more than one deserving applicant after the review of applications is complete.

  • Parish Hall Repair: Received $46,101.00 from 92 families. Thank you for your generosity. All families are encouraged to give $500, which can be paid in installments.
  • High School youth will have their first social gathering next Sunday, October 9th after the second Holy Qurbana.
  • We will have our 10-day Rosary from October 21st - 30th. Please plan to attend.
  • The CML Platinum Jubilee Celebration will be held at St. Alphonsa Church, Coppell on Saturday, October 22nd.
  • We will celebrate Mission Sunday on Sunday, October 23rd. 
  • Online Mission Quest Bible Quiz will be held on Sunday, October 30th at 6:00 pm IST, under the guidance of the Major Archiepiscopal Curia of the Syro Malabar Church.

3. November Highlights

New Parishioners Gathering: All who have joined our church from the years 2020 - 2022 are invited for a gathering on Saturday, November 19th. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend. In order to get the proper headcount, please RSVP as soon as possible.

4. December Highlights

There will be a resident retreat for high school and youth from December 16th - 18th led by Fr. Kevin Mundackal.

Venue: Camp Copass - 8200 E. Mckinney St., Denton, TX 76208.

Parents, please encourage your youth to attend this retreat and get enriched spiritually. There will be a registration fee to meet the expenses for the retreat.

5. 2023 Highlights

  • Please mark your calendars as we will hold a high school and youth camp from March 10th - 13th, 2023 at 576 Sabine Creek Ranch, Royse City, TX 75189.
  • Lenten Retreat led by Fr. Mathew Asariparambil for all parishioners from March 24th - 26th. Please plan to attend and get enriched spiritually.
  • Dei Verbum Diocesan Bible Quiz: Semi-Finals will be on Saturday, February 11th, 2023 and Finals on Saturday, May 20th, 2023.
  • IPTF will be in July, 2023.

6. Safe Environment Weekly News: Virtual Boundaries

Our lives are made up of a series of relationships - including relationships between family members, colleagues, peers, acquaintances, mentors, friends, and others. Every healthy relationship requires a series of boundaries, which can be imagined as lines that separate one person from another. Boundaries can be physical, emotional, behavioral, and spiritual, and they differ depending on the relationship and that relationship's context. Considering that more than ever, people are using technology to work, communicate, visit and even distance learn; many questions surface about how to maintain appropriate boundaries, particularly those between adults interacting with minors, and how to monitor everything.

To access this week's news, please click on the link: Virtual Boundaries

7. Major Archiepiscopal Mission Quest Bible Quiz

Greetings from the Department of Faith Formation!
Under the auspices of the Major Archiepiscopal Curia of the Syro Malabar Church’s Catechetical Commission (SMCC) and the Syro Malabar Mission (SYMM) office, an online Bible Quiz program called Mission Quest will be held on Sunday, October 30th at 6:00 pm (Indian Standard Time). Please share it with your church groups. Please see the attached brochures for more information about this online program. To access the flyer, please click the link: Malayalam Mission QuestEnglish Mission Quest.

(Please note that the Diocesan Dei Verbum Bible Quiz competition will be held as scheduled on December 4th)

Fr. George Danavelil (Director) & Fr. Joby Joseph (Assistant Director)

Department of Faith Formation

8. Housekeeping Updates

Please refrain from stapling or sticking any flyers on parish hall walls or glass doors. We expect your understanding in this matter.

9. The 3rd Diocesan Dei Verbum Competition ( Bible quiz)

For details, click the link Diocesan Dei Verbum Bible Quiz 2023

10. Inter Parish Talent Fest (IPTF) 2023

Our parish is set to host IPTF in July, 2023. The General Coordinator will be Charly Angadicheril along with the Assistant Coordinators, Jeevan James & Janet Josey.

11. The Sacrament of Marriage

Upcoming Marriage Preparation Course. It’s an ONLINE Program.

Dates: Friday, October 7th through Sunday, October 9th.

Young adults planning to get married, please register for the Marriage Preparation Course.
Please email familyapostolate.chicago@gmail.com for the registration.

For more details, please contact:

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

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

12. Mathru Jyothis

All mothers are welcome to help and support this ministry. To help with Mathru Jyothis activities, please contact:

Lisa Kochuparambil: (214) 336-4340

Sherly Shaji: (214) 287-2051

Enat Earnest: (469) 688-0201

Ancy Mathew: (972) 953-6369

13. Parish Hall Repair and Renovation Updates

As per the decisions made during the General Body meeting on July 24th, the following areas of work will be repaired and renovated:

  • Parish Hall exterior and interior painting
  • Roof leak repair
  • Kitchen remodeling
  • Restrooms repair (both upstairs and downstairs)

Work began on Monday, August 22nd. To help fund the cost of this project, each family is encouraged to give $500. Please write in the memo “Parish hall repair”. We need your prayers and financial support. 

14. Adult Bible Study

Adult Bible study classes have resumed after a brief pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is now being 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.

15. Senior's Ministry

The Seniors' Ministry have resumed their activities. Anyone who is 55 years old and above are welcome to join this ministry. 

A 3-day camping event has been scheduled for the group on October 14th - 16th.

Venue: Sheppard Air Force Base, Whitesboro, TX, near Lake Texoma.

16. 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.

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. 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 or the trustees.

20. 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.

21. 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

22. 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

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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