Weekly Announcements from St. Thomas the Apostle Syro Malabar Forane Catholic Church, Dallas, Texas.
1. Sunday Holy Qurbana Schedule
8:30 am: Holy Qurbana in Malayalam and CCD
10:30 am: Holy Qurbana in English
ONLY 8:30 am Holy Qurbana will be live streamed
Note: Those attending Holy Qurbana please follow CDC guidelines to protect yourselves and others.
However, with the COVID conditions currently receding, we will no longer have Holy Qurbana at 7:00 am.
2. Consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary (12 pm on March 25th)
Please read the following on the attached link.
3. Choir Audition on March 27th
There will be a Choir audition on Sunday, March 27th at 11:45 am in the parish hall. Children from Grade 6 and up, who are interested in joining our church's English Qurbana choir, are encouraged to participate.
Those who are interested, please contact Sheena Joseph and Lincy Paul.
4. Parish Council Meeting
There will be a parish council meeting on Sunday, March 27th at 12 pm. All parish council members are requested to attend.
5. CML Meeting
There will be a meeting of the Cherupushpam Mission League members (children in Grade 3 and above) in the parish hall after the 8:30 am Holy Qurbana on Saturday, March 26th (Please take note of the change in the date). Parents, please bring your children for the meeting. For further details, please contact Sister Maria @ (682) 248-8751.
6. 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.
7. Access to Church, 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.
Please park only in the designated parking area in the church compound. Do not park in the fire lanes, since it is a parking violation and an inconvenience for others.
9. Parish Priest's weekly off
James achan's weekly off day is Monday. Hence, no Holy Qurbana will be held on Mondays.
However, during the season of Lent, there will be Holy Qurbana during the following Mondays at 8:30 am
10. Lenten Retreat - 2022
The Annual Parish Lenten Retreat for 2022 will be held during the following days:
For Adults (Malayalam)
- Friday, April 1st - 5 pm to 9 pm
- Saturday, April 2nd - 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
- Sunday, April 3rd - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
For High School and College Students (English)
- Saturday, April 9th - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
- Sunday, April 10th - 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
The Lenten Retreat for both groups will be led by Fr. Martin Chittadiyil, Director & Superior for the Tabor Divine Retreat Center in Kalyan, Mumbai. Please plan to attend and pray for the success of this retreat.
Download the Lenten Retreat Flyer
11. Solemn First Holy Communion on April 30th
This year's solemn First Holy Communion will be celebrated on April 30th at 10:30am. Bishop Mar Joy Alappat will be the main celebrant.
12. 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.
13. Pilgrimage to Greece & Turkey - "In the Footsteps of St. Paul"
There will be a Pilgrimage "In the Footsteps of St. Paul" to Greece and Turkey from May 4th to May 14th. For further details, please contact Mr. Jose Valiyakaakanattu (Mathew Thomas) @ (214) 714-0833.
14. Marriage Preparation Course (Pre-Cana) 2022
For more details, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Fr. Paul Chalissery - (919) 749-7175
Mr. Jose Prakash - (954) 540-7286
15. Inter Parish Sports Festival 2022
Registrations for IPSF 2022 are currently closed. If anyone wants to participate in IPSF, please contact the IPSF coordinators, Mr. Binish Mathew Pampackal @ (972) 799-6855 and Mrs. Tessy Thomas Changankerry @ (469) 618-1715.
Parish-level competitions for individual games will continue to be held in March.
Table tennis tryouts and selection will be conducted after the Spring break.
If you have any other questions and/or concerns, please reach out to the IPSF coordinators.
IPSF SOUVENIR FRONT COVER PAGE CONTEST (Open to all Parishes)
Download IPSF Souvenir Cover Design Competition Flyer
Are you creatively inclined with a penchant for transforming thoughts, ideas and themes into designs? Well, we've got the perfect opportunity for you. The IPSF 2022 Souvenir Committee is organizing a cover page competition open to all members of the participating parishes. The cover page should be based on any one of the following:
-Inter Parish Sports Fest (IPSF)
-United we stand, divided we fall
-The pilgrim Church
-Role of family in religious education
Send your entries, one per participant, to email@example.com by May 31st. Entries received after this date will not be considered. Include the following in the subject line of the email: 'IPSF 2022 Souvenir Cover page Contest.' Please include your name in the email as well.
Participants will receive a cash prize and stage recognition at the opening ceremony.
We'd love to see you contribute your creativity to this design and wish you the best!
IPSF 2022 Souvenir Team
16. Bulletin Board Update
The 2021 Accounts which were passed at the Annual General Body meeting on February 27th is displayed on the narthex bulletin board in the church. The General Body Meeting minutes, and the decisions taken thereof, are also displayed on the bulletin board.
17. 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.
18. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
19. 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.
20. Safe Environment News
The following is a program and service of The National Catholic Risk Rentention Group Inc. - VIRTUS Online
As caring adults, we can create a safer world when we work together as a community. This includes maintaining an awareness of the behavior of all adults within our programs and ministries, including our own.
One method in which safe adults can help be protectors of children and youth is to simply be attentive to them. Through the Protecting God's Children® (PGC) Program, being attentive to children and youth involves a two-fold process. First, we need to be attentive to concerning behavioral cues that children might exhibit when experiencing abuse. Second, while it is the primary responsibility of adults to protect children and youth, there are also elements we need to teach youth on how to partner with us for their safety when they aren't in our immediate care.
God Bless You.
Fr. James Nirappel
Church Main Office (972) 240-1100
Jimmy Mathew (972) 951-7304
Charly Angadicheril (817) 296-8255
Tomy Joseph (469) 951-6639
Jeevan James (972) 375-8763
Secretary & Asst. Secretary:
Molly Varghese (214) 912-7663
Janet Josey (Asst. Secretary) (551) 482-5529
Jose Paul (972) 589-0434
Fr. James Nirappel (443) 414-2250