Weekly Announcements

1. St. Vincent de Paul Society

The St. Vincent de Paul day celebration will be on Sunday, September 23rd. There will be a second collection after both Holy Qurbanas. Please review the flyer and the summary received last Sunday and plan to support this ministry.

2. Parish Council Meeting

The Parish Council Meeting for the month of September will be held on Sunday, September 23rd after the second Holy Qurbana. All parish council members are requested to attend this meeting.

3. Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil

Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil will be visiting our church on Sunday, October 7th. There will be only one Holy Qurbana on this day. The schedule for this day will be as follows:

8:30 am: CCD

10:00 am: Holy Qurbana

4. Priests Presbitarium Meeting

Fr. Joshy will be attending the Priests Presbitarium Meeting at the Diocese of Chicago from Monday, September 24th  through Thursday, September 27th. 

5. October Rosary Schedule

The October Rosary will begin on Monday, October 1st through Wednesday, October 10th. The Rosary will be led by the CCD children and teachers. Parents, please encourage your children to participate.

Date Day   Grade   Time 
10/01/18  Monday 4th Grade  Rosary will be after the 7:00 pm Holy Qurbana  
10/02/18  Tuesday 5th Grade Rosary will be after the 7:00 pm Holy Qurbana 
10/03/18  Wednesday 6th Grade Rosary will be after the 7:00 pm Holy Qurbana  
10/04/18  Thursday 7th Grade Rosary will be after the 7:00 pm Holy Qurbana  
10/05/18  Friday 11th Grade  Rosary will be after the 7:00 pm Holy Qurbana  
10/06/18  Saturday 3rd Grade Rosary will be after the 8:30 am Holy Qurbana  
10/07/18  Sunday 12th Grade Rosary will be after the 10:00 am Holy Qurbana
10/08/18  Monday 10th Grade  Rosary will be after the 7:00 pm Holy Qurbana 
10/09/18   Tuesday 9th Grade Rosary will be after the 7:00 pm Holy Qurbana  
10/10/18 Wednesday  8th Grade  Rosary will be after the 7:00 pm Holy Qurbana
6. Mission Sunday on October 21st: One Holy Qurbana at 10:00 am

We are getting ready for the 2018 Mission Sunday. This will be an opportunity for all our families to take part in Pope Francis' effort for his missionary work around the world. We encourage all our families to contribute something special for the cause. These items may include: Spiritual goods, Plants, Fresh Vegetables, Fruits, Baked Items, Healthy Pickles, Chips and Arts & Crafts items (with name on). If you need any assistance to bring these items to church, please let us know in advance. We are setting up a couple of auctioning stations and looking forward for everyone’s active cooperation and participation. Please be generous towards this effort to make it fruitful. 

Please remember that there is only ONE Holy Qurbana at 10:00 am on this day and that the CCD classes will start per the regular schedule at 8:30 am and will end at 9:40 am. Mission Sunday Special Collections will be taken by Joshy Achan.

7. Uppani Achan's Retreat

There will be a retreat in our church led by Fr. Jose Uppani. The retreat dates are scheduled to be from Friday, October 26th to Sunday, October 28th. The Retreat schedule will be as follows:

Friday, October 26th:   4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Saturday, October 27th: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sunday, October 28th: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

8. Parish Picnic

The 2018 Parish picnic was held on Saturday, September 15th at the Town Center Park in Sunnyvale. It was a wonderful experience for our St. Thomas parish families. Parishioners enjoyed the food, fun, games and fellowship spent together. Fr. Joshy Elambasseril distributed the awards to the winners. The day ended with a cool shower which added more fun and enjoyment to the event. Thanks to all who joined and special thanks to Sabu Mukkaladyil and his team for the wonderful coordination. Please see the attached link to the picnic pictures captured by Mr. Paul Thomas Edattukaran. Enjoy!!

Picnic Pictures

9. Pilgrimage to Guadalupe

There will be a Pilgrimage to Guadalupe on Thursday, October 18th to Sunday, October 21st. The total cost will be $925. For more details, please contact Sunny Joseph (214-552-1411) from Sigma Travels.

10. Prayer Ministry

We are planning to start a prayer ministry in our church. If parishioners have any prayer requests, they can contact the ministry. Mary and Michael Kallarakkal have agreed to coordinate the ministry in the formational stages. If anyone would like to join the ministry, please contact them at (201-563-0727).

11. 2019 Summer Retreat by Fr. Daniel Poovannathil

Next year, there will be a summer retreat led by Fr. Daniel Poovannathil. The retreat dates are scheduled to be from Thursday, May 23, 2019 to Sunday, May 26, 2019. Please mark your calendars and make arrangements to attend this retreat.

12. 2019 Diocesan Syro Malabar Family Convention

The upcoming 2019 Diocesan Syro Malabar Family Convention will be held in Houston, Texas. The following details are listed below:

Date: August 1, 2019 (Thursday) to August 4, 2019 (Sunday)
Venue: Hilton Hotel, Houston
The Way of St. Thomas, the Way to Holiness
Hosting Parish: St. Joseph Syro Malabar Forane Catholic Church, Houston

The Purpose of this convention:

To manifest our unity; to be proud of our heritage and culture
To celebrate our Liturgy as One Body and to be nourished by the Word of God
To experience the warmth of Christian Love and Fellowship

Our youth will be given special consideration on Registration. The family registration will be promoted as well. More details will be provided by Fr. Kurian Neduvelichalumkal.

13. Santhome Life Center

Thank you to all the parishioners who have offered a pledge for the Santhome Life Center. Those who still wish to make a pledge, the pledge forms are available in the narthex and on the following link. The completed pledge forms can be submitted to the parish office.

See below for the attached pledge form. 

Santhome Life Center Pledge Form

14. Ward Prayer Meetings

St. George's (South Garland) ward prayer meeting will be held at Jasmin and Sojan Edasseril's house on Sunday, September 23rd at 6:30 pm.

St. Mary's (South Mesquite) ward prayer meeting will be held at Lovly and Francis Varughese's house on Sunday, September 23rd at 7:00 pm.