Weekly Announcements

    
1. Puthunjarashcha

On April 23rd we celebrated the Puthunjayarashcha and the Divine Mercy Sunday. We remembered the strong and deep rooted faith in St. Thomas by confessing “My Lord My God” when Jesus appeared to St. Thomas, who became the foundation of our Syro Malabar faith and tradition. In his Homily our Achan, Rev. Fr. George Elambasseril gave a very good message that St. Thomas witnessed Jesus and handed over his deep rooted faith to the coming generations and we began our faith journey from there. Now, it is our responsibility to strengthen in our faith, and live in the freedom of God’s children even in the midst of daily trials. Our faith journey should also be witnessed by our coming generations.

    
2. Holy Communion & Confirmation

The first Holy Communion and confirmation will be on Sunday, April 30th. There will be only one Holy Qurbana at 9:30 am and NO CCD on this day. The main Celebrant will be His Excellency Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath. All parishioners are invited to attend this celebration.

    
3. CCD News

CCD Registration begins on Sunday, April 23rd. Registration form will be given to the students in the class and also will be available at Church website. The completed form along with the Registration fees should be returned by Sunday, May 21st.

To register please go to the link below:-

http://www.syromalabarchurchdallas.org/_literature_165585/2017-18_CCD_Registration_Form

CCD Final Exam will be on Sunday, May 14th.

 

    
4. Holy Orders of Diaconate

Two of our seminarians who are currently studying Theology at Pontificio Collegio Internazionale, Maria Mater Ecclesiae, Rome, Italy were ordained as Deacons.

Bro. Kevin Thomas Mundackal was ordained on 22nd of April 2017, Saturday at St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Forane Church, Bronx, NY by Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath.

Bro. Rajeev Philip Vaillyaveettil was ordained on 23rd of April 2017, Sunday at St. Joseph Syro Malabar Catholic Church, Tampa, FL by Auxiliary Bishop Mar Joy Alappatt.

 

    
5. Mary Untier of Knots

Mary, Untier of Knots, is the name of a Marian devotion and also a Baroque painting by Johann Georg Schmidtner, of around 1700, in the Catholic pilgrimage church of St. Peter am Perlach, Augsburg, Germany. This painting shows the Blessed Virgin Mary standing on the crescent moon surrounded by angles and with the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove hovering her circle as the she unties knots into a long strip and at the same time rests her foot on the head of a “knotted” snake.

We brought two Mother of Knots paintings to our parish (sponsored by parish members) and it will be blessed by our Bishop on next Sunday. Ward representative will assign ward members to keep the painting in homes at least two days for praying.

    
6. Mathru Jyothis

Mathru Jyothis is conducting a Baby items drive, starting on next Sunday. The drive will continue for three weeks and the items will be donated to the prolife clinic on Mother’s Day. Donation items are : baby oil, diaper rash cream, hooded bath towel, baby bathtubs, baby body wash, diapers( sizes 3,4,5,6), strollers, pacifiers. There will be a box available in the parish hall to drop your collections.  For more information please contact Elcy Kainikkara (214-991-7641), Rekha Benny (214-517-6787), or Sonia Thomas (972-765-0308)

On Sunday 23rd April during their monthly prayer meeting, Mathru Jyothis organized a fun filled Easter game for ladies. Lincy Thomas organized the game, and it was really a “Sunday Fun day” game for the ladies. Everyone really enjoyed that Easter game. Thank you Lincy for coordinating such a wonderful fun event.

    
7. Youth Beats

Youth prayer meeting was held on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at our beautiful chapel after second Holy Qurbana. Thank you to Youth coordinators for their commitment and support.

For the first time in our parish, Good Friday services were organized and coordinated by the youth of our parish. Special thanks to the youth coordinators who organized the Good Friday events. They created a very moving presentation of the Stations of the Cross. The youth also gave an English reading of the passion narrative during the Good Friday service in the church. Additionally, they served food to the parish. We are very appreciative of our youth.

Video of the Way of the Cross

    
8. Feast of St. George

Our parish community celebrated the feast of St. George  on Sunday April, 23 2017. Our parish vicar, Fr. Joshy takes his name from St. George and so we celebrated the feast day with a cutting of the cake ceremony.  There is every reason to believe that St. George was a real martyr who suffered at Lydda in Palestine, probably before the time of Constantine. The Church adheres to the memory that he was willing to pay the supreme price to follow Christ is what the Church believes. St. George was a favorite patron saint of crusaders, as well as of Eastern soldiers in earlier times. He is a patron saint of England, Portugal, Germany, Aragon, Catalonia, Genoa, and Venice.

    
9. House Blessings

Our Achen is continuing his house blessing visits; he is trying to finish it during the Lenten season itself. Achen along with the trustees have finished visiting a majority of homes in a short period of time. Besides his pastoral commitment among us, Achen is aiming to spend time with every family along with the trustees. Our trustees are also going beyond their family commitment to find time for the visits. Our Achen and trustees are doing commendable work overall. There are a few more houses to be completed during the month of  May. The following is the updated house blessing schedule. Ward representatives will contact members to schedule their homes.                

Saturday, May 13  North Garland  11am to 9pm
    
10. SAFE Environment Message

Our Church has been on the forefront of implementing "SAFE Environment" thru our Ministry. Mr. Boby Johnson volunteered to lead the efforts and was trained and certified at the Diocese. He has done an excellent job in protecting our children. The ministry's activities were not directly visible to many, but they make sure that everyone who work with the kids, including retreat priests, CCD teachers, youth leaders, pass the background checks. We now have one more member added to the team. Please welcome Mrs.Jeeva Raju Kattady who recently completed the training in Chicago. Please provide the "Safe Environment" ministry our support. Thank you for your volunteer efforts in protecting our Children.

    
11. Eucharistic Adoration and Holy Rosary

There will be Eucharistic adoration and Holy Rosary on all Fridays from 06:15 pm through 06:55 pm in the chapel.

    
12. Inter Parish Talent Festival (IPTF) 2017

Inter Parish Talent Festival 2017 competitions will be held on Friday, August 4, 2017, Saturday, August 5, 2017, and Sunday, August 6, 2017, at St. Mary's Syro-Malabar Church, Pearland, TX. 

For guidelines, please follow the link below:  

IPTF 2017 Guidelines IPTF 2017 Guidelines (2553 KB)  [Last Updated:15-Jan-2017 03:18 PM]

    
13. Inter Parish Talent Festival (IPTF) 2017 - Parish Talent Scan

IPTF Speech Competition Results:

  Category -2
First   Ashwin Thomas  
Second   Anna Chathampadathil 
Third   Laura Biju Paul
  Category -3
First   Teresa George
Second  Jewelin Sunny
Third   Albert Vinu
  Category -4
First   Joel Kattady
Second   Joshua George

IPTF Bible Quiz Competition Results:-

  Category- 2  
First   Harry Joseph  
Second    Laura Paul
   Category -3
First Hanna Joseph Kainickara
Second Biya Cham
  Category -4
First Neha Thomas
Second Joel Kattady
  Adults
First Josey Angiliveli
Second Suja Kainickara
Third Joseph B Varghese

Upcoming events:

Category 1(Grade KG-2nd) ( parish level only)

 Pencil drawing /sketching: Sunday, 7th May at 9:00 AM

Topic for pencil sketching is "Resurrection of Jesus" and for coloring is "Jonah and the Whale". All children from Kindergarten through 2nd grade are invited to participate.  

Solo song, Malayalam &English: Sunday, 7th May at 2:00 PM              

On behalf of the entire parish community, we would like to thank Mr. Subi Alex and Mrs. Juliet Mulangan for taking the role of main coordinators for IPTF 2017. If you have any questions, please contact them via email at iptf2017talentscan@syromalabarchurchdallas.org. (Mr. Subi Alex - 214-984-9423; Mrs. Juliet Mulangan 469-600-2765)  

Schedule of the Talent Scan

    
14. Family Camp

Our annual parish family camping will be at Bonham State Park, from Friday, May 5, 2017 to Sunday, May 7, 2017. The cost is $150 per family and $50 per individuals. Around 31 families are already registered . According to the coordinators, Sabu Mukkaladiyil and Austin Arancheril, final preparations has been done  for the camping. There will be a cooking section for the camping on Thursday, May 4th at church jubilee hall, if anyone like to volunteer, please contact Sabu Mukkaladiyil.

    
15. Pre Marriage Course (Pre-Cana) 2017

The Pre Marriage Course (Pre-Cana) will be hosted by our church at Camp Copass, 8200 E Mckinney St., Denton, TX 76208 on Friday, June 2 through Sunday, June 4, 2017. This course will start at 4 pm on Friday and will conclude on Sunday at 1 pm. For more information, please contact Fr. Joshy Elambasseril (gelambasseril@gmail.com) or Mr. Kurian Joseph (jokuttyusa@gmail.com). 

    
16. Ward Prayer Meetings
      • Rowlett ward prayer meeting will be held on Sunday, April 23rd at Joseph and Veena Valiaveedu’s house at 6:30 pm.

        Arlington/Grand prairie ward prayer meeting will be at residence of Alex Chandy and Suja Alex's house on Sunday, April 23rd at 6:30 pm.       

        North Mesquite ward prayer meeting will be held at Joseph and Ammal Prakkuzhy's house on Sunday, April 30th at 7 pm.                    

    
17. Offerings

Special thanks to the following family for offering flowers:-            

Johnson and Sally Churanadu for the memory of John and Marykkutti Churanadu.

Sibi and Megan for birthday of their children’s Kevin, Eric and Allen’

Biju Maveli and Leena for their daughter Sneha Biju’s 16th birthday.