Weekly Newsletter-October 25, 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 25, 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

  • We are celebrating a 10 day rosary in our church from Friday, October 21st to Sunday, October 30th. Hence, there will be no morning Holy Qurbanas on Monday, October 24th through Thursday, October 27th. There will be Holy Qurbana at 7:00 pm followed by a rosary on all days with the exception of Saturday and Sunday when we will have Holy Qurbana at 8:30 am followed by the rosary.
  • We will have All Saints Day for CCD students on Sunday, October 30th. Parents, please dress your children as saints.
  • Parents of CCD students will have a meeting on Sunday, October 30th at 10:30 am in the parish hall. Please plan to attend.
  • Diocesan Dei Verbum Bible quiz:  All three levels of the Bible Quiz will be conducted online, the same as last year, using the Speed Exam site.
    CCD children will register with their class teacher.
    Adults, please provide your name with the registration fee to Silvy Cham or Joel Kuzhippillil.
    A registration form is kept in the church narthex for your convenience.
    All candidates must enroll at their parish with a registration fee of $10.
    The last day to enroll is November 6th.
    The Bible Quiz Account Login (Speed Exam) instructions will be sent later.
    Participants must get a score of at least 80% to go to the next level of the quiz.
  • Safe Environment Training for all CCD students: As part of the Children and Youth Safe Environment Program, your child in grade K-12th will be presented with a program entitled “Empowering God’s children” in which the Safe Environment Team will present a safety lesson to the children, with a grade appropriate video component, along with a hands-on activity during their CCD class. 
    The material is designed to better equip your child to know their rights, recognize their boundaries and to empower them to protect themselves when safe adults are not immediately available, while being ultimately safer.
    We encourage parents to discuss with their children about this session in the upcoming days. 
    Safe environment training for our CCD students is led by Jeeva Raju, Jins Mathew and Libby Varghese.
  • Parish Hall Repair: We received $54,427.00 from 114 families*. Thank you for your generosity. All families are encouraged to give $500, which can be paid in installments. (*Please note the amended amount, as there was a typo error in the last newsletter)
  • 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.
  • All new parishioners from 2020 - 2022 who have not responded to the New Parishioner's Gathering invitation, please RSVP to achan or our trustees before Sunday, October 30th. We would like to get a head count.

3. November Highlights

New Parishioners Gathering: All parishioners who have joined our church from the years 2020 – 2022 are invited for a get together on Saturday, November 19th from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. 

4. December Highlights

The Parish level Diocesan online Dei Verbum Bible Quiz competition will be held on Saturday, December 4th. The topic: St. John's Gospel. All parishioners are encouraged to participate.

There will be a resident retreat for high school and youth from December 16th - 18th. Parents, please encourage your youth to attend this retreat and get enriched spiritually. 

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! Register using the Google form: Registration Form

Please click to view the flyer: Encounter Retreat Flyer

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

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: Modeling Good Behavior Everyday

Let us all remember this: One cannot proclaim the Gospel of Jesus without the tangible witness of one's life. ~Pope Francis

For adults, living out the message of Christianity is a way of life. It is not only words, but also actions. It permeates the presence of each person so that what remains after an encounter is reminiscent of the “odor of sanctity,” said to have been emitted from the saints who led lives of extraordinary holiness. For example, after an encounter with another person, our presence, good deeds and kindness leave a pleasant odor behind, leaving the people we speak to feeling good about themselves and their life. When we act in this way, we become “manna personalities” defined as “divinely supplied spiritual nourishment.” We feed others through nourishing them with our good words, actions and deeds.

Please click the link to read this week's article: Modeling Good Behavior Everyday

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: Bible quiz Malayalam and Bible quiz English

(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

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. Please contact James Thomas at (214) 991-7640, Jokutty (214) 507-9892, Elcy Philip (214) 418-3431 or Annamma Paul (214) 802-3386.

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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