Weekly Newsletter-November 29, 2022

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,
November 29, 2022

Dear Parishioners,

1. Holy Qurbana

8:30 am: Holy Qurbana in Malayalam 

8:30am: 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. November Highlights

  • Parish Hall Renovation Update: So far 135 families have contributed. Some families are paying in installments. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. Please click the link to see the names of the donors: Parish Hall Renovation Special Collection
  • Annual December Christmas Caroling: Each parish council ward rep will collaborate with ward members to arrange for this year's caroling. Achan will not be able to join. Please inform achan if you are inviting any Catholic priest(s) to assist with caroling.
  • Didache Course: This is a beautiful opportunity to grow and learn different aspects of our Catholic faith. It is a 2 year online course. Those who are interested, please contact: Silvy Cham, Joel Kuzhippillil or Elizabeth Antony (Deena). Click the link to view the flyer: Didache flyer
  • St. Vincent De Paul Christmas Raffle: Please assist the St. Vincent De Paul members with the raffle as this is their biggest fundraiser to help the less fortunate, both in the USA and in India.
  • Donut Sponsors for CCD students: This is a great opportunity to celebrate your CCD child's birthday or any special occasion. There is a sign-up sheet in the parish hall. For a contribution of $200 for one Sunday, you can provide the kids with their favorite donuts. Thanks to all those who have already sponsored.
  • Parishioners' financial statements: A statement of your charitable contribution to our church is available in the church narthex, please take time to pick it up. Thanks to Cyriac for putting together the statements. Our church has $25,500.00 typically in monthly expenses. Please consider these expenses when you make your monthly donations. The minimum suggested donation per family is $100/month and for those who have retired, the suggested donation is $50/month.
  • IPTF Update: Our parish is set to host the regional level IPTF in July, 2023 (14th-16th). 
  • Parishon.net: Per our diocese's recommendation, we are going to implement a new software portal called "Parishon.net" in 2023 for all our parish needs such as accounting, records management, letters, payments, etc. Tomy Kallarackal has agreed to help in 2023 for accounting. Bobby Johnson has agreed to work on Parishon.net.
    • Our present accountant, Cyriac Thomas will render any help he can provide till March, 2023. Parish council members will be helping with the implementation, but we will need more volunteers to support this software. Those who are interested to volunteer, please contact achan at the earliest.

3. December Highlights

  • First Friday adoration: We will have adoration from 10:00 am till 7:00 pm. Please participate and plan to attend at least an hour. "All the good works in the world are not equal to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass because they are the works of men; but the Mass is the work of God. Martyrdom is nothing in comparison for it is but the sacrifice of man to God; but the Mass is the sacrifice of God for man."
    - St. John Vianney, Cure d'Ars
  • Ecumenical Christmas Choir on Saturday, December 3rd: All those who are interested to participate in the choir, please contact Vincent Valiaveettil. Please click the link to view the flyer for the Kerala Ecumenical Christian Fellowship Christmas Carol 
  • The Parish Level Diocesan online Dei Verbum Bible Quiz competition will be held on Sunday, December 4th. The topic: St. John's Gospel. All parishioners are encouraged to participate. 
  • Welcome Bishop Mar Joy Alappat: We will have a reception for our diocese's new Bishop Joy Alappat on Sunday, December 11th. There will be only one Holy Qurbana at 10:00 am though there will still be CCD at 8:30 am. Sorry for the inconvenience.
  • Upcoming Marriage Preparation Course:

    Dates: Friday, December 9th - Sunday, December 11th

    Please encourage youth and young adults to register for the Marriage Preparation Course.

  • Christmas Flowers: Those who are interested in sponsoring the Christmas flowers, please contact the trustees.
  • The Resident Retreat for High School and Young Adults: The retreat will be from December 16th - 18th. Hey everyone! Join us for “Encounter” a retreat hosted by our parish for High School and Young Adults (two separate tracks).
    This retreat will be led by young adults across our diocese along with Fr. Kevin Mundackal. The weekend will be filled with Holy Qurbana, adoration, amazing talks, small groups and games, including a tournament! 
    We need sponsors to meet the expenses for airfare for the leaders who are flying in and also for the music ministry. Please consider sponsoring.
    Venue: Camp Copass - 8200 E. Mckinney St., Denton, TX 76208
    Please click to view the flyer: Encounter Retreat Flyer
  • Confession times: December 19th - 22nd confessions can be heard after the Holy Qurbana. For December 21st - 23rd, confessions will be heard from 6 pm till 8 pm. Please make use of this opportunity to prepare for Christmas.
  • Christmas Holy Qurbana timings: Saturday, December 24th Malayalam Holy Qurbana will be at 5:30 pm and the English Holy Qurbana at 8:00 pm. Sunday, December 25th Holy Qurbana will be at 8:30 am.

4. 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.
  • First Holy Communion on Saturday, May 13th will be presided by Bishop Emeritus Jacob Angadiath. Parents, please mark your calendars.
  • Dei Verbum Diocesan Bible Quiz: Semi-Finals will be on Saturday, February 11th, 2023 and Finals on Saturday, May 20th, 2023.
  • Inter Parish Talent Fest (IPTF): Our parish is set to host IPTF in July, 2023 (14th-16th). The General Coordinator will be Charly Angadicheril along with the Assistant Coordinators, Jeevan James & Janet Josey. Parish level Coordinators are Raju Kattady and Sherly Shaji.

5. Safe Environment Weekly News: Healing from Childhood Trauma - Practical applications

When interacting with a child who may have experienced trauma (events that are frightening, dangerous or violent for the child, or a loved one, since a child's understanding of safety depends on the safety of their caregivers) it is important to take a multi step approach described in the attached link. Click to read this week's article: Healing from Childhood trauma

6. Housekeeping Updates

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

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

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

8. Inter Parish Talent Fest (IPTF) 2023

Our parish is set to host IPTF in July, 2023 (14th-16th). The General Coordinator will be Charly Angadicheril along with the Assistant Coordinators, Jeevan James & Janet Josey. Parish level Coordinators are Raju Kattady and Sherly Shaji.

9. The Sacrament of Marriage

Young adults planning to get married, please register for the Marriage Preparation Course.

  • Upcoming Marriage Preparation Course:

    Dates: Friday, December 9th - Sunday, December 11th

    Please encourage youth and young adults to 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.

10. 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

11. 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. 

12. 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.

13. Senior's Ministry

The Seniors' Ministry have resumed their activities. Anyone who is 55 years old and above are welcome to join this ministry. Please contact James Thomas at (214) 991-7640, Jokutty (214) 507-9892, Elcy Philip (214) 418-3431 or Annamma Paul (214) 802-3386.

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. 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.

18. 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.

19. 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

20. 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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