Weekly Newsletter-December 5, 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,
December 5, 2023

Dear Parishioners,

1. Holy Qurbana Schedule


8:30 am: Holy Qurbana in Malayalam and CCD.

10:30am: Holy Qurbana in English.


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

Friday: Eucharistic adoration from 6:00 pm 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, followed by Eucharistic adoration, Benediction and talk by Bro. Sam Varghese. Kindly plan to attend.

2. December 2023 Updates

  • Kerala Ecumenical Christian fellowship of Dallas Christmas Carol was conducted on December 2. Thanks to Vincent Valiaveetil for coordinating and to all those who participated in the Carol.
  • From Dec 1 to December 24 is a favorable time for Christmas preparations. Let's utilize this period to spiritually prepare ourselves to welcome Jesus into our hearts.
  • On all Mondays in December, we will have an 8:30am Holy Qurbana.
  • We will be celebrating the Feast of Immaculate Conception on December 8. Those who would like to be Presudhenthis, please contact our Trustees.
  • On December 9 at 10:00am onwards we will be putting Christmas lights and putting up the Christmas Tree. Please consider volunteering for this.
  • Join us for a Young Adults meeting on Sunday, December 10 at 12:00 noon. Kindly participate.
  • All church pledges for 2023 need to be received by the church office by December 17 to be included in the 2023 financial statement.
  • All the home bound who wish to receive confession and Holy Communion during this Christmas season, please contact James Achan, so arrangements can be made before December 20.
  • Christmas Holy Qurbana: On Sunday, December 24,there will be an 8:30 am Qurbana in the morning. There will be no 10:30am Qurbana, no CCD. Christmas vigil Qurbana will be at 5:00pm. On Monday, December 25, Christmas day Qurbana will be at 8:30am.
  • 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. Kindly support. Please click the link to view SVDP Raffle Flyer
  • The results of September 10 parking lot and San Thome Life Center project opinion survey results are posted on the church notice board.
  • We need a parking lot and a place to play for our kids, so please co-operate.
  • 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 

  • 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
    • 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.
  • 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.

    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.
    • 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

    As an employee or a volunteer within your diocese or organization, there may be times when you need to communicate via technology 
    with children and youth within your ministry or program. Please click the link to view this week's article on Social Media

    7. Additional Church related information

    Mathru Jyothis, Senior Ministry, Adult Bible Study, Prayer Ministry, Church and Hall Bookings, Sacraments for home bound, 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):
    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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