Weekly Announcements

    
1. Holy Qurbana at 8:30 AM on Friday, December 15th and 22nd

As announced earlier on Fridays December 15th and 22nd we will have Holy Qurbana in the morning at 8:30AM. Due to Christmas carol there will be NO Holy Qurbana in the evening. 

    
2. Rosary on 13th

This month’s Rosary will be on Wednesday, December 13th at 7:00 pm. Please plan to attend and encourage the youth and children to attend this Rosary. 

    
3. CCD Announcements

The CCD Mid-Term Exam will be on Sunday, December 17th at 8:30 am. Parents, please encourage your children to review all the topics for the examination.

    
4. Christmas Carol Schedule (Tentative)

Christmas Caroling for the past few weekends went well. Thanks to all the ward members for your warm welcome and to the ward representatives who scheduled and coordinated the events beautifully. The remaining ward schedules are as follows:

Date   Ward  
 Friday, December 15th  Rowlett
 Saturday, December 16th 

 North Garland/Allen/Plano/Sunnyvale 

 Sunday, December 17th   South Garland
 Friday, December 22nd  South Garland 
 Saturday, December 23rd    South Garland/Allen/Plano
    
5. Christmas and New Year Liturgies
  Sunday, December 24th            
 

   8:30 am: Holy Qurbana (Malayalam)

  10:30 am: Holy Qurbana (English)

   7:00 pm: Christmas Eve (Solemn Holy Qurbana)  

(Confession will be available all day on December 24th) 

 

   Monday, December 25th

    (The Nativity of our Lord) 

    8:30 am: Holy Qurbana  
    Sunday, December 31st

    8:30 am: Holy Qurbana (Malayalam)

   10:30 am: Holy Qurbana (English)

   10:00 pm: Adoration 

   12:00 am: Holy Qurbana

 

   Monday, January 1, 2018

         (New Year's Day)

 

    8:30 am: Holy Qurbana
    
6. 2018 IPSF

The 2018 Inter-Parish Sports Festival (IPSF) will be held at St. Alphonsa Church in Coppell, from Friday, August 10th to Sunday, August 12th 2018. It is time to start preparations for our church level selection and practices. We will need a lot of volunteers for the various committees in order to prepare our children for this event. Please contact the Parish Council Representatives, Mrs. Sonia Thomas or Mr. Biju Chathampadathil if you are interested to help or sign up online at https://goo.gl/aBVbBV. We are also seeking your valuable feedback and suggestions regarding the IPSF selections, which can be provided using the link https://goo.gl/aBVbBV. 

    
7. National Year of Youth Summit Information:

The National Year of Youth Summit is taking place from December 28th through the 31st in Houston. Registration is closed, and the following information pertains to those who have registered. Check-in at the hotel begins at 3 pm on the 28th. The Summit will conclude on the 31st after lunch following Qurbana at 11 am. Car pooling is recommended. If you cannot find a ride, contact Tiffany Antony at (214-909-6726) and she will help you find a ride or a group to go with! If you have any questions, contact Tiffany.

    
8. Santhome Life Center Pledge Drive On Christmas Day

There will be a Santhome Pledge Drive on Christmas Day. All the members who have not yet partaken in the pledge can offer a pledge on this day. Those who already pledged can give their first installment. Joshy Achan requests parishioners to support the Santhome Pledge Drive as a special gift offering to infant Jesus. Let us all contribute to the Santhome Project generously and meet the 2017 target amount on New Year’s Day. Please plan to cooperate with this pledge drive.

    
9. Second Collection for Youth Summit

In order to provide some financial support to the youth who are participating from our church, we are having a second collection next Sunday. Parishioners, please plan to support our St. Thomas youth for the National Year of Youth Summit.

    
10. St. Thomas Winter Youth Retreat

There will be a winter youth retreat that will take place from Saturday, January 13th to Monday, January 15th 2018. The retreat will be called “Rooted 2018” and will take place at the Lake Lavon Camp and Conference Center. Please view the attached flyer for more details. All youth in 11th grade and above are highly encouraged to attend this faith building event. For additional information, please contact Tiffany Antony (214-909-6726), Binny Abraham (817-714-0920) or Dr. Cheryl Thomas (469-767-3258). Also attached is the registration link for the retreat. Reservations are guaranteed only after the form is completed fully and the payment is submitted. Since spots at the retreat are limited, this will be completed on a "first come, first serve" basis. 

Rooted 2018 Flyer

Retreat Registration

    
11. St. Vincent de Paul Society

The St. Vincent de Paul Society is requesting support from parishioners for the Annual Christmas Raffle. If you haven't purchased the tickets, please do so as soon as possible. Those who already received the tickets, please return the tickets stubs and payment to the SVDP members. Thank you for your support.

    
12. 2017 Financial Balance Statements

The financial balance statements are ready for those who have a pledge balance to be paid off during the year 2017. Please make the payment with the accountant or trustees as soon as possible.

    
13. 2018 Pledge Drive

We would like to thank all the parishioners for their generous financial support during 2017. We prefer individuals fill the ACH form so as to reduce clerical paperwork. For those who are already enrolled in ACH, you are not required to fill a pledge form again. For everyone else, please complete the form and return it to the trustees as soon as possible.

    
14. First Solemn Holy Communion Updates

The First Solemn Holy Communion and Confirmation will be held on Sunday, April 15, 2018. If there are any 3rd grade children or children in upper grades who have not received the Sacrament of Confirmation at the time of Baptism, they are requested to get confirmed on this day as well.

All the students in 3rd grade and above should have received all the three Sacraments of Initiation, (Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion) if they were baptized in the Syro-Malabar rite. If their Baptism was held in the Latin rite, there is a chance that they may not have been confirmed. Please check with the records at the church where the Baptism was held if you are in doubt.

If you have any questions, please contact the Holy Communion teachers, Sherly Shaji (214-287-2051) or Dawnia Nellikunnel (732-397-6633).

    
15. Ushering Schedule for the Second Holy Qurbana

Please refer to the notice board in the Jubilee hall for the Ushering schedule and information on how to sign up to become an usher for the second Holy Qurbana.

    
16. Parking Guidelines

Parking lot lanes are marked in accordance with the City of Garland guidelines on our church compound. Currently we have only THREE parking drop-off stops between the church and parish hall. DROP-OFFS should be in the RIGHT LANE ONLY so that the left lane can be used for other vehicles to easily move ahead. Traffic and safety volunteers will be in the parking lots every Sunday to assist the parishioners. Please follow their instructions for the safety of everyone.

    
17. Adult Altar Service Ministry

The Adult Altar Service Ministry is still open for registration and if anyone is interested, please contact Achan.

    
18. Marriage Preparation Course (Pre-Cana) 2018

The Pre-Marriage Course (Pre-Cana) will be hosted by the St. Thomas Forane Catholic Church, at Mount Lebanon Retreat Center, (1701 Texas Plume Rd, Cedar Hill, Texas 75104) on Friday, May 18th through Sunday, May 20th 2018. The course will start at 4:00 pm on Friday and will conclude on Sunday at 2:00 pm. For more information, please contact:

Fr. Joshy Elambasseril at (248-794-4343) [gelambasseril@gmail.com] or
Mr. Kurian Joseph at (214-507-9892) [jokuttyusa@gmail.com]

Please make reservations by email with your full name and parish as early as possible.

    
19. Offerings

On Sunday, December 10th the flowers were offered by Manjith and Suja Kainickara in memory of their father K.M Joseph.