Weekly Newsletter-March 19, 2024

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,
March 19, 2024

Dear Parishioners,

1. Holy Qurbana and Retreat Schedule


  • Tuesday through Thursday: Holy Qurbana at 8:30 am, followed by Stations of the Cross.
  • There will be 40 hours of adoration starting from Thursday, March 21st at 2:00 am till Friday, March 22nd at 6:00 pm followed by the retreat. 
  • Annual Parish Lenten Retreat:  Rev. Fr. Sunil Aenekatt VC from Divine Mercy Healing Center in New Jersey and team will be leading the retreat. Those who are interested in sponsoring the food during the retreat, please contact the trustees. The retreat is scheduled for the following days. 
      • For Adults (Malayalam)

    Friday, March 22nd: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm (retreat starts with Holy Qurbana at 6:00 pm)

    Saturday, March 23rd: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (retreat starts with Holy Qurbana at 9:00 am). Confession: 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm.

    Sunday, March 24th: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (retreat starts with Palm Sunday celebrations at 9:00 am in the Parish Hall)

      • For Pre-K to 4th Grade, CCD students (English)

    Saturday, March 23rd: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (retreat will be led by Sr. Agnes Maria from Houston)

    Palm Sunday (March 24, 2024):

    • There is only one Holy Qurbana at 9:00 am (No CCD). Please note that Palm Sunday celebrations will start at 9:00 am in the Parish Hall.

    2. March 2024 Updates

    • The 50-Day Lenten Season started on Ash Monday (February 12, 2024). Ward prayer meetings will be held during Lent. Your participation and co-operation are kindly requested.
    • The Feast of St. Joseph: We will be celebrating the Feast of St. Joseph on Tuesday, March 19th. Holy Qurbana will be held at the usual time at 8:30 am.
        • Holy Week: Those who are interested in sponsoring the Easter flowers, please contact the trustees.
          • Pesaha Vyazham/Holy Thursday, March 28th: Holy Qurbana will be held at 7:00 pm followed by washing of the feet and Appam Murikkal. Like previous years, please bring appam and paal for Holy Thursday and take them to the parish hall. 
            • Good Friday, March 29th: 9:00 am silent adoration followed by 10:00 am Passion narratives (in Malayalam in the church and in English in the parish hall) and Way of the Cross. 
            • Holy Saturday, March 30th: Holy Qurbana will be held at 8:30 am and blessing of new water and fire service. Those who would like candles to be blessed, please bring them to the church.
            • Easter Vigil Service, Saturday, March 30th: Holy Qurbana will be held at 6:30 pm in the Church (Malayalam) and Parish Hall (English).
            • Easter Sunday, March 31st: Holy Qurbana will be at 8:30 am. (No CCD)
          • We have Cherupushpa Mission League (CML) for CCD students Grades 4-12 and Holy Childhood Association (HCA) for Grades K-3 in our parish, led by Rev. Sr. Maria Thengumthottam. Mini Shaji is our parish level coordinator for CML and HCA. Parents are encouraged to enroll their children in these associations. 
            • Gigimol Mathew and Seenia Mathew are the animators for the CML.
            • Anu Jojy and Silu Bertie Dsouza are the animators for the HCA.
            • Parking lot construction project: The General Body approved to proceed with the parking lot construction project and raise the needed funds. The estimated cost for the 100-space parking lot exceeds $500,000. We kindly request your cooperation and prayers as we aim to complete the project before our Parish Feast/Perunnal. Please get in touch with our Kaikkarans (Trustees) if you are available to assist with the parking lot project.
              • Those families who haven't yet contributed to Parish Hall and Church construction are expected to contribute more to this project.
              • The rest of the families are requested to contribute a minimum of $1,000 or above for this project.
              • Those contributing $3,000 or more towards this project would have their names written on the designated parking spots, and those sponsors who prefer not to display their names also have that option.
                  • There are other things to consider along with the parking lot project; create a walkway in front of the church for the feast procession, place a signboard with visible mass timing, and a playground.
                  • The crying room and chapel are designated for parents attending with small children. Others, please use the main church for Mass on Sundays and special occasions. 
                          • Please include your church registration number in the check as part of the memo when you write checks to the church. 
                          • Church/Parish Hall Booking: To secure a booking for the church or parish hall for various purposes, individuals must complete the necessary form from the parish trustees' office.
                          • For year-end financial statements, please contact the Trustees.
                          • If you choose to make church payments via Zelle, please email payst.thomasgarland@gmail.com. In the email, include the purpose of the payment and your parish account number. This information will assist in identifying your payment and streamline the accounting process.

                          3. Upcoming Events

                          • Join us for a transformative one-day Catholic Marriage enrichment conference tailored for young couples! Experience a day of enrichment in faith, marriage, and parenting at our Church on Saturday, April 27, 2024, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The deadline to register is March 24, 2024For details and registration, click the link: Together in Christ. Please contact Jokutty & Nancy, at (214) 507-9892.
                            • The First Holy Communion for the children is on Saturday, May 18, 2024.
                            • Seize the unique opportunity to participate in the 2024 Syro Summit: "Christ is our Hope," designed for youth aged 21-35, in Baltimore from June 27-30. Ensure your early reservation and become an integral part of this enriching experience. For details about this event, please click Syro Summit 2024.
                            • St. Thomas Feast Day (Thirunnal): The main Thirunnal will be celebrated from Friday, July 5th through Sunday, July 7th. 

                            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.
                            • The IPSF parish-level competition schedule is on the church notice board. Please click the link to view the church competition dates. Please contact Mrs. Biji Edwards, at (214) 455-6133, or Mr. Cherian Churanadu, at (214) 729-2132.
                            • There is an IPSF sign-up sheet in the Narthex for volunteering.

                            5. Eucharistic Revival Updates

                            6. Safe Environment Updates

                            7. Additional Church related information

                            • Mathru Jyothis, Senior Ministry, Adult Bible Study, Prayer Ministry, Church and Hall Bookings, Sacraments for homebound, 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):
                            Antony Nelluvelil (Tomy) (972) 533-7399
                            Kurian Mannanal (972) 741-0103
                            Mathew John (Raju) (214) 417-6717
                            Sunny Kochuparambil (972) 365-9506

                            Parish Council Secretary & Asst. Secretary:
                            Mini Joseph Vilangolil (972) 896-2515
                            Lissamma Xavier (Asst. Secretary) (817) 657-4427

                            Liturgy Coordinator:
                            Jose Paul (972) 589-0434

                            Parish Vicar:
                            Fr. James Nirappel (443) 414-2250

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