Weekly Newsletter-November 8, 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,
November 8, 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. November Highlights

  • Please see attached the Diocesan Youth Apostolate monthly newsletter for September. This newsletter shares about youth activities, testimonies and messages from DYA’s new director, Fr. Kevin Mundackal. Please click the link and take time to read the September
    Newsletter: DYA September Newsletter
  • Annual December Christmas Caroling: Each parish council ward rep will collaborate with ward members to arrange for this year's caroling.
  • The Parish Council Meeting will be on Saturday, November 19th at 5:00 pm. Please plan to attend.
  • 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. 39 families have responded to the invitation. Thank you for your response.
  • IPTF updates: Our parish level coordinators are Raju Kattady and Sherly Shaji.
  • Ecumenical Christmas Choir 2022: All those who are interested to participate in the choir, please contact Vincent Valiaveettil.
  • Parish Hall Repair and Renovation update: So far 129 families have contributed. Some families are paying in installments. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

3. Resident Retreat for High School and Young Adults

  • The Resident Retreat for High School and Young Adults will be from December 16th - 18th. 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
  • We need sponsors to meet the expenses for airfare for the leaders who are flying in and also for the music ministry. Please consider sponsoring.
  • Venue: Camp Copass - 8200 E. Mckinney St., Denton, TX 76208
  • Please click to view the flyer: Encounter Retreat Flyer

4. December Highlights

  • The Parish Level Diocesan online Dei Verbum Bible Quiz competition will be held on Sunday, December 4th. The topic: St. John's Gospel. All parishioners are encouraged to participate.
  • We will have a reception for our diocese's new Bishop Joy Alappat on Sunday, December 11th. There will be only one Holy Qurbana at 10:00 am. There will still be CCD at 8:30 am. Sorry for the inconvenience.
  • Upcoming Marriage Preparation Course:

    Dates: Friday, December 9th - Sunday, December 11th

    Please encourage youth and young adults to register for the Marriage Preparation Course.

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.
  • First Holy Communion on Saturday, May 13th will be presided by Bishop Emeritus Jacob Angadiath. Parents, please mark your calendars.
  • 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: Church in the media

At times, it can feel as though, any good news regarding the Catholic Church is  overshadowed, by headline stories of child sexual abuse in our Church, and the way that leadership of the Church has at times ignored the issues facing them. While the  majority of reports received by dioceses, remain historical in nature, current instances of abuse within our Church (and within society in general) also still occur. The failure of someone in any leadership, to act appropriately adds more harm, to an already terrible situation and can re-victimize survivors who have already suffered so much. Whenever a new report of sexual abuse within the Church comes to light, whether current or past abuse, the Church's painful history with this issue is in the headlines again. Please click the link to read this week's article: Church in media

7. Housekeeping Updates

Please refrain from stapling or sticking any flyers on parish hall walls or glass doors. We expect your understanding in this matter.

8. The 3rd Diocesan Dei Verbum Competition (Bible quiz)

For details, click the link: Dei Verbum Bible Quiz 2023

9. 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.

10. The Sacrament of Marriage

Young adults planning to get married, please register for the Marriage Preparation Course.

  • Upcoming Marriage Preparation Course:

    Dates: Friday, December 9th - Sunday, December 11th

    Please encourage youth and young adults to 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.

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. Please write in the memo “Parish hall repair”. We need your prayers and financial support. 

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. 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.

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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