Weekly Newsletter-September 6, 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 6, 2022

Dear Parishioners,

1. Nativity of our Mother Mary - September 8th & Ettu Nombu or 8-Day Fasting

On September 8th we will be celebrating the Feast of the Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary

There will be only one Holy Qurbana that day, and it will be at 7:30 pm for everyone's convenience.

2. Annual Parish Picnic

This year's Annual Parish Picnic Day is scheduled for Saturday, September 10th. There will be food, games and many other activities to engage with other parishioners. This will be a great time to meet our parish's new family members.

All Parishioners, let's come together and have a great time.

Venue: One Eleven Ranch Park, 2021 E. Brand Rd, Garland, TX 75044

Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

3. 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)

4. Diocesan Youth Apostolate (DYA)

This special edition issue features reflections and pictures from ARISE 2022, an International Youth Leaders Summit. This was a Syro Malabar combined mission initiative held in Rome, Italy. 

Please click the link below to access the newsletter:

5. CCD Update

CCD classes for the academic year 2022-23 commenced on Sunday, August 21st.

  • Parents, please make sure your children arrive to CCD at 8:20 am. Coming late disrupts the class in session.
  • Please do not bring your child just to attend CCD. Following CCD, please ensure they attend Holy Qurbana in English at 10:30 am.
  • We need more teachers and volunteers for our CCD program. For those interested, please contact the Vicar or CCD Principal, Silvy Cham.
  • We will resume our CCD classes next Sunday, Sept. 11th onwards after the unexpected delay due to parish classrooms and hall painting.
  • The date of the CCD Parents meeting will be announced at a later date.

6. Diocesan Updates

Greetings from the Diocesan Finance Office. In connection with the Episcopal Installation of His Excellency Mar Joy Alappat on October 1st, we are inaugurating two important dream projects which will be a milestone for the growth of the St. Thomas Syro Malabar Diocese of Chicago: Syro USA Diocesan Capital Fund and Syro USA Diocesan Endowment Fund.
We need maximum support and cooperation from our parishes and parishioners to make it a great success, which will be most important for the long term development of our diocese. Please see the highlights of the proposed projects in the link below. Please forward it to your parish family and WhatsApp groups and provide maximum publicity for this endeavor.
On behalf of the Diocesan Curia and Finance Council,  
Fr. Kurian Neduvelichalumkal

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 

Mobile Device Dangers: Snapchat, Snap Map, and caller ID spoofing

For many who are responsible and take safety precautions, some of the very popular social networking and messaging apps can be an easy and fun way to meet people and stay in touch with friends. Unfortunately, many are unaware of the dangers for children and young people who utilize these social apps because children and young people can be exposed to not only graphic images, but in some cases, child molesters.

Please click the link below to read about this week's article:

Mobile Device Dangers

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. 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”.

12. Europe & Marian Trip

The following trips will be happening this year.

  • Europe Trip, September 11th - 26th
  • Marian Trip, October 2nd - 17th

Those who are interested, please contact Mathew Thomas (Jose) for further details @ (214) 714-0833.

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 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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