Weekly Newsletter-October 31, 2023

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,
October 31, 2023

Dear Parishioners,

1. Holy Qurbana Schedule


8:30 am: Holy Qurbana in Malayalam 


Tuesday through Thursday: Holy Qurbana at 8:30 am.

First Friday: Eucharistic adoration from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, followed by St. Jude's Novena and Holy Qurbana. Confessions from 6:05 pm - 6:40 pm.

Saturday: Holy Qurbana at 8:30 am, followed by the Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Eucharistic adoration and a talk led by Bro. Sam Varghese till 10:30 am.

Note - Holy Qurbana Intention Request: If you would like to offer Holy Qurbana, there is a Holy Qurbana intention slip kept in the church narthex. Please complete it and submit it to James achan.

2. October 2023 Updates

  • First Friday, November 3rd: We will have adoration from 10:00 am till 7:00 pm. Please plan to attend.
  • 2024 -2025 New Parish Council: It is time to form a new Parish Council for 2024-25. The nomination form is available in the trustees' office. Those who are interested, please collect the form and submit it to James achan by 6:00 pm on October 31st. South Garland, Sunnyvale and Murphy (including Murphy, Wylie and Sachse) wards will have 2 representatives (one male and one female) from each ward. The other wards such as North & South Mesquite, North Garland (including North Garland and Richardson), Rowlett, Plano (including Frisco) and Arlington will have one representative from each ward.
  • If you're interested in participating in the Adult Bible Quiz (Dei Verbum), please get in touch with Sr. Maria Thegumthottam (682) 248-8751 or Joel Kuzhippillil (214) 868-9098.
  • If you choose to make church payments via Zelle, please email to 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 

  • Saturday, November 11th: There will be a CCD teacher's training program from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Saturday, November 25th:  The New Parishioners Gathering will be held on Saturday, November 25th at 5:00 pm. All members, who have registered since November 2022 - 2023 are invited to join this gathering. Please contact the trustees before November 12th.
  • Diocesan High School Youth Conference (Torch) from December 26th - 29th in Houston.
  • Marriage Prep Courses: Fr. John Melepuram, Diocesan Family Apostolate Director - (215) 808-4052
    • November 17th - 19th in Philadelphia. For more details, please contact:
    • Jake Chacko: (267) 312-2634 or email: jakester174@gmail.com
    • Dr. Manoj Abraham: (717) 439-2985 or email: drabaraham@gmail.com 
    • December 1st - 3rd in New York. For more details, please contact:
    • Mr. Boban: (631) 553-6617
    • Fr. Johnsty Thachara: (630) 202-2989 
    • December 15th - 17th in Houston. For more details, please contact: 
    • Mr. Tomy Arackal: (713) 398-0567
    • Fr. Johnykutty Pulissery: (916) 803-5307
    • March 15th - 17th, 2024 in Dallas. For more details, please contact:
    • Jokutty & Nancy: (214) 507-9892
    • Fr. James Nirappel: (443) 414-2250
  • 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.

    4. IPSF 2024: Inter Parish Sports Festival

    • IPSF 2024 in Houston: Cherian Churanadu and Biji Edward have been appointed as coordinators for IPSF.
    • IPSF Registration: All those who are interested to register for church level completions, please click the IPSF Registration link.
    • There is an IPSF sign-up sheet in the narthex for volunteering.

    5. Eucharistic Revival Updates

          To view the monthly Newsletter and Zoom meeting link, please click here.

    6. Safe Environment Updates

    Positive experiences promote development and wellness among children and adolescents. Parents and professionals alike have long recognized youth participation in sports as a potentially positive experience, especially regarding physical, social and emotional development.

    Please click the link to view the article: Keeping youth safe in sports

    7. Additional Church related information

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

    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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