Weekly Newsletter-September 13, 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,
September 13, 2022

Dear Parishioners,

1. Holy Qurbana Schedule


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. Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on September 14th

We will be celebrating the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on Wednesday, September 14th. Holy Qurbana will be at 8:30 am.

3. Catechetical Sunday on September 18th

This year, the Catechetical Sunday will be celebrated on September 18th and the theme is, “This is my Body given for you.”

Parents: please take this opportunity to say a word of thanks to all your children's CCD teachers.

Parents are the first teachers. CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH /CCC 2223. Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children. They bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity and disinterested service are the rule. The home is well suited for education in the virtues. This requires an apprenticeship in self-denial, sound judgement and self-mastery - the preconditions of all true freedom. Parents should teach their children to subordinate to the "material and instinctual dimensions to interior and spiritual ones." Parents have a grave responsibility to give good example to their children. By knowing how to acknowledge their own failings to their children, parents will be better able to guide and correct them:
He who loves his son will not spare the rod. He who disciplines his son will profit by him.
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

4. Diocesan Updates

The Episcopal Installation of Mar Joy Alappat will be on October 1st at 9:00 am as the second Bishop of the Chicago Syro Malabar Diocese along with the retirement of Mar Jacob Angadiath after 21 years of service. An email was sent to all parishioners regarding this.

To meet the expenses for the installation ceremony, there will be a second collection next Sunday, September 18th. Please contribute to this event with your generosity. 

5. The 3rd Diocesan Dei Verbum Competition (Bible Quiz)

Below please find the 3rd Diocesan Dei Verbum competition information:

  •     All three levels of the Bible Quiz will be conducted online, the same as last year using the SpeedExam site.
  •     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 (SpeedExam) instructions will be sent later.
  •     Participants must get a score of at least 80% to go to the next level of the quiz.


  • Sub-Junior (Grades 4-6)
  • Junior (Grades 7-8)   
  • Senior (Grades 9-12)
  • Adult (Above 12th Grade; Youth and Adults)     

Bible Books/Quiz Dates:

Parish Level (Sunday, December 4th)

Sub-Junior, Junior, Senior & Adults - Gospel of John

Semi-Final (Saturday, February 11th, 2023)

Sub-Junior, Junior & Senior - Gospel of John

Adults - Gospel of John + First Corinthians

Final: (Saturday, May 20th, 2023)

Sub-Junior, Junior & Senior - Gospel of John + First Corinthians

Adults - Gospel of John + First Corinthians + The Book of Isaiah Chpt. 1 - 39


Winners (1st, 2nd and 3rd prize) from each group will receive cash awards*, certificates and trophies.

1st Prize - $1000

2nd Prize - $750

3rd Prize - $500

  •  All candidates who receive 90% or above in the final quiz will be issued a Certificate of Excellence Award.
  •  All participants appearing in the final quiz competition will receive a certificate from the diocese.

*Cash awards will be divided/recalculated proportionately if there are more winners in the same group.

Detailed guidelines will be sent later.


Fr. George Danavelil (Director)

Fr. Joby Joseph (Assistant Director)

Department of Faith Formation

6. Diocesan Bulletin (April - August)

To know what activities our diocese is undertaking to enrich our faith, please refer to the bulletin.

To access the bulletin, click the link below:

Diocesan Bulletin (April - August)

7. Inter Parish Talent Fest (IPTF) 2023

Our parish is set to host IPTF in July 2023. Some areas where we require volunteers are the Bible quiz, Dance, Skit and Music. Please reach out to the trustees if you are interested to volunteer. 

8. The Sacrament of Marriage

Upcoming Marriage Preparation Course. It’s an ONLINE Program.

Dates: Friday, October 7th through Sunday, October 9th.

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.

9. Safe Environment Weekly News: The Language of online grooming

The primary tool for online grooming is language. Research has been conducted into the language that is common among predators regardless of the environment. Some of that research has resulted in software development that seeks certain phrases and words to attempt to weed out predators from children's online contact.

To access this week's article, please click the link below:

Language of online grooming

10. Parish Council Meeting

There will be a Parish Council Meeting on Sunday, September 25th at 12:00 pm.

11. 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

12. 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. Families whose children are attending CCD are requested to especially support this project. We need your prayers and financial support. If you are writing a check, please write in the memo “Parish hall repair”.

13. 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.

14. Seniors' Ministry

The Seniors' Ministry have resumed their activities. Anyone who is 55 years old and above are welcome to join this ministry. 

A 3-day camping event has been scheduled for the group on October 14th - 16th.

Venue: Sheppard Air Force Base, Whitesboro, TX near Lake Texoma.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. 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.

18. 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.

19. 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.

20. 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

21. 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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