Weekly Newsletter-January 16, 2024

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,
January 16, 2024

Dear Parishioners,

1. Holy Qurbana Schedule


8:30 am: Holy Qurbana in Malayalam. No CCD and no 10:30am English Holy Qurbana.


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

Friday: Eucharistic adoration from 6:00 pm to 6:50 pm, followed by St. Jude's Novena and Holy Qurbana. Confessions from 5:pm - 6:45 pm.

Saturday: Holy Qurbana at 8:30 am, followed by the Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

2. January 2024 Updates

  • Vincent De Paul Society raised $44.690 through Christmas raffle and would like to express gratitude to everyone who supported the cause.
  • James Achan administered the oath of office to our 2024-2025 Parish Council Trustees- Tomy Nelluvelil, Kuriachen Mannanal, Sunny Kochuparambil & Mathew John-on Sunday, January 14, 2024. Secretary Mini Vilangolil and Assistant Secretary Lissamma Xavier, along with all other Parish Council members, were welcomed. May God bless them as they serve our parish.
  • The first new parish Council meeting is scheduled for January28, 2024.
  • On Sunday, January 21,at 10:15am, there will be an Annual General Body Meeting/Poduyogam to approve 2023 accounts. The 2023 accounts will be presented, and then transitioned to the new Parish Council Trustees. Please note, there will be only one Holy Qurbana at 08:30am, no CCD or 10:30am Holy Qurbana.
  • Those who are interested to sponsor St. Sebastian's feast, please contact Achan.
  • We have started to use Parish On Net in our Church office.
  • The IPSF parish-level competition schedule is on the church notice board. Please click the link to view the church competition dates. Please contact Mrs. Biji Edwards, (214) 455-6133, or Mr. Cherian Churanadu, (214) 729-2132.
  • We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our Trustees, Jimmy Mathew, Tomy Joseph, Charly Angadicheril & Jeevan James for your invaluable assistance over the past 2 years. Your dedication has been instrumental in the success of our endeavors. Thanks to Secretary Molly Varghese and Assistant Secretary Janet Josey for your assistance. We also appreciate the collaboration of all the parish council members, who have been an integral part of our achievements.
  • Sincere gratitude to Moncy Valiaveedu, Jojo Thomas and George Nellikunnel for your ongoing support in maintaining our church website and Newsletter.
  • A sincere acknowledgement to Emmanuel Kuzhippillil for his commitment in keeping up with Fire Department inspection and maintenance, elevator service, Fire Sprinkler system etc. Your diligence ensures the safety of our community.
  • Those who wish to join our altar servers, please contact Joshy Varghese: (214) 912-2445.
  • For year-end financial statements, please contact Trustees.
  • Those who have not received Chicago Diocese Bishop's Appeal envelope, please get it from the Trustee's office. Kindly cooperate. 
  • 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 

    • There will be a retreat for middle school and high school students on March 2nd and 3rd Saturday, Sunday, led by Fr. Melvin Mangalath, Chicago Youth Director, and his team. Please mark your calenders and plan to attend.
      • Marriage Prep Courses: Fr. John Melepuram, Diocesan Family Apostolate Director - (215) 808-4052.
      • 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.
    • Join us for a transformative one-day Catholic Marriage enrichment conference tailored for young couples! Experience a day of enrichment in faith, marriage and parenting at our Church on Saturday, April 27, 2024, from 8am to 5pm. For details and registration, click the link: Together in Christ. Please contact Jokutty & Nancy: (214) 507-9892.

    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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