Weekly Newsletter-November 28, 2023

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,
November 28, 2023

Dear Parishioners,

1. Holy Qurbana Schedule


8:30 am: Holy Qurbana in Malayalam. (Due to GB meeting)


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

First Friday: Eucharistic adoration from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, followed by St. Jude's Novena and Holy Qurbana. Confessions from 6:05 pm - 6:40 pm.

Saturday: Holy Qurbana at 8:30 am, followed by the Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help, followed by Eucharistic adoration, Benediction and talk by Bro. Sam Varghese. Kindly plan to attend.

2. November 2023 Updates

  • From Dec 1 to December 24 is a favorable time for Christmas preparations. Let's utilize this period to spiritually prepare ourselves to welcome Jesus into our hearts.
  • The Kerala Ecumenical Christian Fellowship's Annual Christmas and New Year program is on Saturday, December 2,2023, from 5pm to 9pm at the MGM auditorium in Garland. Bishop Mar Joy Alappatt will be delivering the message. Your participation is warmly encouraged.
  • We will have a General body meeting on Sunday, December 3rd at10:00am. Hence, there will be only one Holy qurbana at 08:30am, and there will be no CCD and no 10:30 am Qurbana. All the Parish council members and heads of the families are requested to attend this meeting as it pertains to the future of our community. The main topic of discussion for the meeting are the Parking Lot Project and the Santhome Life Center Project. Please include this intention in your daily family prayers for the meeting to go smoothly.
  • Join us for a Young Adults meeting on Sunday, December 10 at 12:00 noon. Kindly participate.
  • St. Vincent De Paul Christmas Raffle: Please assist the St. Vincent De Paul members with the raffle, as this is their biggest fundraiser to help the less fortunate, both in the USA and in India.
  • We need volunteers to assist with funeral and wake service in the parish. We are forming a team, and interested individuals, kindly provide your name to the Vicar.
  • To book Parish Hall or church for special celebrations such as wedding or baptisms, please visit the parish office and fill the form to reserve a spot. Note that texting or WhatsApp message will not guarantee your reservation date.

3. Upcoming Events 

  • Diocesan High School Youth Conference (Torch) from December 26th - 29th in Houston.
  • Marriage Prep Courses: Fr. John Melepuram, Diocesan Family Apostolate Director - (215) 808-4052
    • December 1st - 3rd in New York. For more details, please contact:
    • Mr. Boban: (631) 553-6617
    • Fr. Johnsty Thachara: (630) 202-2989 
    • December 15th - 17th in Houston. For more details, please contact: 
    • Mr. Tomy Arackal: (713) 398-0567
    • Fr. Johnykutty Pulissery: (916) 803-5307
    • March 15th - 17th, 2024 in Dallas. For more details, please contact:
    • Jokutty & Nancy: (214) 507-9892
    • Fr. James Nirappel: (443) 414-2250
  • 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.

    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

    Positive experiences promote development and wellness among children and adolescents. Parents and professionals alike have long recognized youth participation in sports as a potentially positive experience, especially regarding physical, social and emotional development.

    Please click the link to view the article: Keeping youth safe in sports

    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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