Weekly Announcements

    
1. All Day Eucharistic Adoration on the 13th

There will be Eucharistic Adoration all day on Tuesday, November 13th followed by the Church Courtyard Rosary. The schedule for this day will be as follows:

8:30 am: Holy Qurbana

10:00 am - 6:45 pm: Eucharistic Adoration in the chapel

7:00 pm: Rosary outside the church in front of the Mother Mary Grotto

    
2. Power of Meditation

There will be an introductory session on the “Power of Meditation” on Sunday, November 18th after the first Holy Qurbana by Paul Thomas Edattukaran. Please attend this program to gain some insightful knowledge and experience on the art of meditation. Please see the attached flyer for details.

Meditation Flyer

    
3. Movie Showing

Since we are observing this month as vocation awareness month, there will be a movie showing in the parish hall on Gregor Mendel, a priest, visionary and scientist who lived in the 1800s. Mendel is also known as the “father of genetics”. The showing will take place on Sunday, November 18th after the second Holy Qurbana.

    
4. Vehicle Donation

One of our parishioners requires a car. If anyone would like to donate a vehicle in good condition, please contact the parish office.

    
5. Family Bible Reading

The Family Bible Reading program is progressing well. As of Tuesday, November 13th, 1 Corinthians Chapter 9 should be complete. Remember to bring back your completed schedules on Christmas day to offer them to infant Jesus as a gift.

    
6. Mission Sunday

We collected a grand total of $16,472 for Mission Sunday. Special thanks to all the parishioners who supported the Mission Sunday fundraising activities. There will be a counter setup in the parish hall lobby managed by Mr. Alex Chandy to collect the auction dues. Please make sure that your Mission Sunday dues are cleared at the earliest.

    
7. Parish Council Nomination Guidelines

The nominations for the 2019-2020 Parish Council deadline was on Sunday, November 11th. As per the approved guidelines, the nominees must be good standing members for the past 2 years. The members should be willing to support the common church rules, accountable and keep up the two-year commitment oath which should be taken in front of the altar. Members should respect the trust of the parish community. The council members for each ward will be selected during the November ward prayer meetings. As per the Diocesan rules, 25-30% should be from women, 10% should be from youth (21-30 years) and there should be one youth trustee as well. Representatives from ministries as well as Pastoral Council members will be selected by the Vicar.

As per the Diocesan Guidelines and Parish Council decisions, the number of members from each ward are limited to the following: 

Ward  # of Members 
South Mesquite 1
North Mesquite 1
Sunnyvale  3 (1 Female, 1 Youth)
South Garland 4 (1 Female, 1 Youth)
North Garland 1
Rowlett 1
Murphy 2 (1 Female)
Allen/Plano 2 (1 Female)
Arlington  1
    
8. Parish Member Photo Directory

Our parish is going to publish a picture directory of our parish families. The directory will be FREE to every member family and there is no cost to the church as well. Please schedule your photo sessions at the earliest with Saji Sebastian (972-983-1517, Starline Studio, 701 E. Keen Dr. 75041) or Gigi Jose (214-584-4840). Appointments are available from Monday to Friday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. A sign-up sheet is available in the parish hall lobby as well. The photo sessions will end on December 31st. The holiday season is a great time to schedule photoshoots while children are home from school.

    
9. Sacred Heart Cemetery

The Sacred Heart Cemetery in Rowlett is running a year-end special discount sale during the month of November. If you are interested in booking a slot, please contact Lupe Martinez at (214-505-2927), or Emmanuel Kuzhippillil at (972-365-5906) for more details.

    
10. Winter Coat Drive

The Mathru Jyothi is coordinating a winter coat/jacket drive to help the less fortunate in our community. The drive will end on December 2nd. There will be a drop-off box in the parish hall lobby.

    
11. Ecumenical Christmas Carol

The Ecumenical Christmas Carol will be held on Saturday, December 1st. If anyone would like to participate, please contact Mr. Vincent Valiaveetil (214-272-8496) or Shaji Panickassery (214-966-6627).

    
12. Parish Council Meeting

The Parish Council Meeting for the month of November will be held on Sunday, November 25th after the Holy Qurbana. All parish council members are requested to attend this meeting.

    
13. Sunday, November 25th: ONE Holy Qurbana, NO CCD Class

On Sunday, November 25th we will have only ONE Holy Qurbana at 9:00 am. There will be NO CCD class on this day.

    
14. Christmas Carol Schedule

The Christmas Carol schedule for each prayer ward is as follows. The ward representatives will email parishioners a detailed schedule.

Date    Ward
Sunday, December 2nd  Rowlett 
Friday, December 7th  Rowlett 
Saturday, December 8th  Arlington/Murphy  
Sunday, December 9th  South Mesquite 
Friday, December 14th  North Mesquite/Sunnyvale
Saturday, December 15th  North Garland/Sunnyvale
Sunday, December 16th  South Garland/Sunnyvale
Friday, December 21st  South Garland/North Mesquite (if any) 
Saturday, December 22nd  South Garland/Allen/Plano
Sunday, December 23rd  South Garland/Allen/Plano (if any)
    
15. 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).

    
16. 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
Theme:
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.

The Registration kick-off for the upcoming convention was held in our church on Sunday, October 14th. Our convention Patron, His Excellency, Bishop Mar. Jacob Angadiath, officially started the kick-off. A team from the hosting parish, St. Joseph's in Houston, was also present to facilitate the registration process. Special thanks to all who cooperated on the kick-off day. Those who did not get a chance to register, please do so before December 31st and take advantage of the discounted rates. Please see the highlighted packages below. For details, view the attached Brochure and promo video link.

Type

Early Registration
Until December 31, 2018

Registration from
January 1, 2019

Accomodation
Family of 4 $ 1350.00 $ 1500.00 Family to share 2 Queen beds
Family of 2 $ 1150.00 $ 1300.00 Couple to share 1 King bed
Single $ 1000.00 $ 1100.00 Non sharing 1 King bed
Youth Shared $ 375.00 $ 450.00 2 Queen beds to share with 3 others of the same gender

Registration can also be done online at the Convention website (link below):

http://smnchouston.org/register/

The convention team has released a promo video announcing the 7th Syro Malabar National Convention in Houston.

Please see the attached registration form and the brochure.

Registration Form (PDF)

Brochure (PDF)

    
17. Christmas Gifts for needy children

This Christmas season our church is working with the Missionaries of Charity to provide Christmas gifts to 100 needy children. The items will be new clothes/gifts as requested by individual families. Please plan to share your blessings of Christmas with these needy children. The details will be provided next Sunday.

    
18. Pledge Balance Statements

This year's pledge balance statements for Non-ACH members will be available in the narthex.

    
19. Wheel Chair

We have a wheel chair available in our church for emergencies and is kept in the confession room in the back. The wheel chair was donated by Binish Mathew.

    
20. Breakfast Sale

The Mathru Jyothi organized a breakfast sale on Sunday, November 11th to support the seminarians' education fund. Thanks to all who supported this ministry. Special thanks to the coordinators, Sophy Kuriakose, Sonia Thomas and Sonia Thekkenathu for organizing this food sale event. 

    
21. St. Vincent de Paul Society

The St. Vincent de Paul Society’s annual Charity Raffle ticket sales kick-off was held on Sunday, November 11th. Thank you to all the parishioners who supported the ministry on the kick-off day. Special thanks to all the coordinators for the well-organized charity raffle sales event. The raffle ticket drawing will be on Monday, December 24th at 9:00 pm in the parish hall. For those who didn’t get a chance to buy tickets, please approach one of the coordinators. There are many attractive prizes. Please plan to buy tickets and support the ministry.

    
22. 2019 Annual Parish Retreat

The annual parish retreat for the year 2019 will held from April 11th through April 14th. The retreat will be led by Fr. Biju Koonan VC and Br. Jameskutty Champakkulam. Please plan ahead to attend this retreat.

    
23. 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.

    
24. 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

    
25. Ward Prayer Meetings

St. Mary’s (South Mesquite) ward prayer meeting will be held at Sunil Edward and Bijis’ house on Saturday, November 17th at 6:00 pm.

St. Joseph's (North Mesquite) ward prayer meeting will be held at Johnson Karinattu and Leyoni’s house on Saturday, November 17th at 7:30 pm.

St. Mother Teresa's (Rowlett) ward prayer meeting will be held at Sunny Kochuparambil and Laisa's house on Sunday, November 18th at 6:00 pm.

St. Jude's (North Garland) ward prayer meeting will be held at Kuriakose Chengankerry and Sophy's house on Sunday, November 18th at 7:30 pm.