Weekly Announcements

    
1. Pethurtha, Valiya Nombu and Stations of the Cross

Sunday, February 23rd is Pethurtha where we begin the Great Lent (Valiya Nombu) at midnight. On Monday, February 24th we will celebrate Ash Monday which is the start of the Great Lent. There will be Holy Qurbana at 8:30 am and 7:00 pm.

There will be stations of the cross every day during Valiya Nombu after the Holy Qurbana. Stations of the cross will start on Tuesday, February 25th.

    
2. February 21st - Commemoration of the Dead

Friday, February 21st is the Commemoration of the Dead. The schedule for this day will be as follows:

6:00 pm: Eucharistic Adoration

6:45 pm: St. Jude Novena 

7:00 pm: Holy Qurbana

    
3. Inter Parish Talent Scan - Participant Recognition on Feb 23rd

The Inter Parish Talent Scan at our church was completed on January 19th. More than 175 children from Kinder to 12th grade participated in the parish talent scan. Congratulations to all the winners and participants.

Participants and winners from Kinder to 12th grade will be recognized on February 23rd immediately after the 2nd Holy Qurbana. Trophies will be distributed to the winners and the participants will be recognized with medals.

All parishioners are requested to stay after the 2nd Holy Qurbana to appreciate the efforts of our children. There will also be a few performances by some of our participants.

    
4. Holy Qurbana Schedule During IPTF - March 13th to March 15th

The Inter Parish Talent Fest will be conducted March 13th - 15th. The Holy Qurbana schedule for the IPTF days are as follows:

Friday, March 13th: 8:30 am. There will be NO 7 pm Holy Qurbana and adoration.

Saturday, March 14th: 7 am.

Sunday, March 15th: 7:30 am. There will be a Holy Qurbana in the afternoon too. Time for the afternoon Holy Qurbana will be announced later.

There will be NO CCD on March 15th.

    
5. Other Announcements

St. Vincent de Paul society members distributed the 2019 Contribution account statement on Sunday, February 16th after both Holy Qurbanas. If you have made any charity donations or sponsored the charity raffle last year, please contact the St. Vincent de Paul society members to get your account statement. 

This year’s Mother’s Day, CCD day and 12th Grade graduation will be celebrated on Sunday, May 10th.  Please mark your calendars. 

We will be having a Volunteer Day on February 29th in preparation for the IPTF. All are requested to come and help.

We need a lot of volunteers for the food sale during IPTF. Please contact Sophie Kuriakose if you are interested to volunteer. There will be a table set up to sign up for the food sale in the parish hall. 

The Mathru Jyothi had a breakfast sale after the 1st Holy Qurbana on Sunday, February 16th. 

The Senior Ministry’s monthly meeting was held on Sunday, February 16th at 10:30 am in the parish hall.

    
6. Santhome Life Center Updates

The Santhome Life Center Executive committee was formed to continue the construction of the Santhome Life Center Project and His Excellency Mar Jacob Angadiyath approved the list during his visit to Dallas on February 7th. Fr. George Elambasseril announced the names of the Executive Committee members on February 9th after both Holy Qurbanas. Congratulations and Best wishes to the Santhome Life Center Executive Committee.

The first Santhome Life Center Executive committee meeting was held on February 16th immediately after the 2nd Holy Qurbana in the Parish Hall. 

Thanks to all the parishioners who have offered a pledge for the Santhome Life Center. All parishioners who have pledged are requested to make the payment so that we can continue with the activities of the Santhome Life Center project.

For 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

    
7. Youth Announcements

Young Women's Retreat: “My lover speaks and says to me, ‘Arise, my friend, my beautiful one and come!” -Song of Songs 2:10 

The St. Thomas Youth is hosting a Young Women’s retreat for young girls in grades 7-12. This will take place on Saturday, February 22nd from 9:30 am - 9 pm in our parish hall. There are a few registration spots open so we highly encourage every young girl to register soon! Also, we are still seeking sponsors for food. Please contact Tiffany Antony and Leslie Thomas for any questions or more information. Please use the following link to register:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/127dvhw-8WJFE097GwQ-FfctZr76xOV5WsTkqbhlamKA/edit

Faith on Fire on Saturday, February 15th: Youth conducted the Faith on Fire on Saturday, February 15th. About 40 youth from our church and other churches participated. Ms. Catherine Brandt, who teaches morality cases in Ursuline Academy, spoke about "the ways how God refines his children". The youth enjoyed singing songs and eating s'mores. 

Annual Youth Camp: The St. Thomas Youth will be holding their annual Youth Camp from March 6th - 9th at the Sabine Creek Ranch in Royce City. All kids from 7th grade and up are welcome and the cost will be $110/participant. Youth animators and coordinators are requesting adult and senior youth chaperones. They are also in need of sponsors for breakfast. Please contact the youth coordinators or animators for more details. The youth conducted a food sale on February 9th to raise money for the youth camp.

    
8. IPTF Raffle Tickets - Stubs and money

IPTF Raffle Coordinators are requesting the return of Raffle stubs and money next Sunday, February 23rd. There will be a table set up in the Parish Hall to receive the stubs and money. You can also pay using credit cards. Thanks to all the parishioners who bought the raffle tickets to support IPTF.

    
9. Lenten House Blessing

During the Lenten season, Joshy achan will be visiting homes for house blessings. This year, house blessings will be starting on February 26th. Please contact your ward representatives to schedule your house blessing at the earliest.

A friendly reminder from Joshy achan: Please note that the main purpose of this visit is to bless your home during this lenten season. No donations or gifts are expected, so please do not plan for donations/gifts.

    
10. Prayer Ministry

The Prayer Ministry will be having intercessory prayer in our chapel on every second Sunday from 12 pm to 1 pm. 

If you have a prayer request, please place your request in the box available in the chapel or contact the prayer ministry leaders, Mary and Michael Kallarackal at (201) 563-0727. Everyone is welcome to join the prayer ministry and also to be part of the intercessory prayer sessions. Please contact the prayer ministry leaders if you would like to join the ministry.

    
11. Adoration at Emmanuel Adoration Convent

There will be adoration at the Emmanuel Adoration Convent Chapel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 12 pm to 5 pm. All parishioners are welcome to join the adoration in the convent chapel.

Address of the Adoration Convent is: 801 Blazing Star, Garland, TX 75043.

    
12. CCD Announcements

Special Session for Parents: Fr. Anish Ettikkakunnel gave a special session for all parents of CCD children on Sunday, February 9th after the 1st Holy Qurbana in the parish hall. Around 100 parents attended this event.

    
13. First Solemn Holy Communion and Confirmation - Sunday April 19th

The First Holy Communion and Confirmation will be on Sunday, April 19th. The main celebrant will be His Excellency Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath. All parishioners are invited to attend this celebration.

    
14. 2020 Annual Lenten Parish Retreat

The Annual Parish Lenten retreat will be from March 26th to March 29th. This year's retreat will be led by Fr. Joy Chiradiyil.

    
15. Annual Diocesan Appeal

Annual Diocesan Appeal envelopes received from the Diocese of Chicago were distributed on Sunday, January 26th and February 2nd. The Annual Diocesan Appeal provides essential operating funds that will directly impact the lives of people throughout the diocese with programs, services and ministries that reach beyond the scope of any individual parish. This can only be made possible by the collective contributions from the faithful. Please bring your contribution next Sunday to the church.

    
16. 2020 St. Thomas Calendar

The St. Thomas Parish Calendar for 2020 with the daily Bible Reading and parish events are available to use. The calendar was distributed during caroling. If you have not received one, please contact the parish office. The calendar is attached below.

2020 St. Thomas Calendar 2020 St. Thomas Calendar (15422 KB)  [Last Updated:30-Dec-2019 09:53 AM]

    
17. Ward Prayer Meeting

Sunday, February 23rd:

The Allen/Plano ward prayer meeting will be held at Rajesh and Linda's house at 6:30 pm.
The North Garland ward prayer meeting will be held at Jojo and Shanty's house at 6:30 pm.
The South Garland ward prayer meeting will be held at Shaju and Alphonsa's house at 6:00 pm.

    
18. Offerings

Flowers were offered by Jacob Scaria & Glisamma in Thanksgiving.