Weekly Announcements

1. Feast of St. Alphonsa - July 28th ONLY ONE Holy Qurbana at 8:30 am

We will be celebrating the Feast of St. Alphonsa on Sunday, July 28th. We will have ONLY ONE Holy Qurbana at 8:30 am on this day. Thanks to the Adult Choir team who will be sponsoring the Feast of St. Alphonsa.

2. Feasts - This week

Monday, July 15th: We will be celebrating the Feasts of St. Kuriakose and St. Julitta. Holy Qurbana will be in the morning at the regular time at 8:30 am.

Tuesday, July 16th: We will be celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Holy Qurbana will be in the morning at the regular time at 8:30 am.

3. Convent for Sisters of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

A convent for the Sisters of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (SABS) will be established in our St. Thomas parish during the second week of August. SABS was a Catholic Religious Women Congregation founded in Kerala, India on December 8, 1908 to make the Eucharistic Jesus hidden in the tabernacles throughout the whole world known, loved and adored by all. Eucharistic celebrations, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Eucharistic life are the means by which SABS live out this divine call. The Immaculate Virgin Mary is the heavenly patroness and model for SABS. 

These sisters from the Chenganassery Province of SABS will take active participation in our parish to give religious instruction to the youth and children to deepen their Catholic faith and to impart the teachings of the church to them. They will prepare children and adults to receive the sacraments with devotion. The sisters will also take part in the various activities in the parish.

4. St. Alphonsa Church Coppell, Thirunnal

Our sister church, St. Alphonsa parish in Coppell, will be celebrating the Feast of St. Alphonsa (Thirunnal) from July 19th to July 28th. The Coppell parish is inviting our parishioners to celebrate the Thirunnal with them.

Flyers are available in the Narthex.

5. 2019 Diocesan Syro Malabar Family Convention (Information for Participants)

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

Date: August 1, (Thursday) to August 4, (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 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.

Convention Registration Form

Convention Brochure

Information For Registered Participants:

Schedule for Syro Malabar Convention: Please go to the SMNC Schedule for detailed information and a schedule of the events. The Convention National team have released the flyer with a detailed program of events from August 1st through August 4th. Please see the attached SMNC Program Schedule.

Sign-Up for Various Events: Registered participants can sign-up for various Networking and Fun events like Dodgeball, Masquerade ball, 'Off the Clock' etc at the following link: https://smnchouston.org/events/
Age restrictions are in effect for certain events.

SyroMatch: The Convention team have just launched “SyroMatch” online. This is the platform for Syro Malabar parents with unmarried youth. Please register online if interested. There will be 2 networking dinners for registered families. http://smnchouston.org/syromatch/

Procession: Our church team will be actively participating in the procession on Friday, August 2nd at 7 am. We are requesting all registered participants to please join the procession and display our St. Thomas solidarity. 

For more details, please contact Paul Thomas Edattukaran at (214) 608-2046. 

SMNC 2019 Program Schedule SMNC 2019 Program Schedule (1737 KB)  [Last Updated:14-Jul-2019 05:26 PM]

6. 2019 Syro Malabar Convention Raffle Tickets

Please bring the ticket stubs for the Syro Malabar Convention Raffle tickets along with the money to the parish office on Sunday, July 21st. If you have unsold tickets, please bring that also to the parish office on July 21st. Thanks to all the parishioners who supported the fundraising by purchasing/selling the tickets.

7. Parish Photo Directory - Group Pictures on July 28th

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.

Group Photos for the Santhome Committee (retake), Senior Ministry (retake), Youth Choir (retake), St. Thomas Band (retake), Eucharistic Ministry, Safe Environment Ministry, Youth Animators and Youth Coordinators will be taken on Sunday, July 28th immediately after the 8:30 am Holy Qurbana.

8. Vacation Bible School (VBS)

This year's Vacation Bible School (VBS) was conducted from July 8th - July 11th. Children learned about Jesus in a relaxing and fun filled environment. We had more than 100 participants and volunteers this year. The youth and Senior youth volunteers under the guidance of youth Animators made the VBS fun-filled and easy for all. Thanks to the Youth Animators, Youth Coordinators and volunteers who took the time to make this an enriching experience for our children and youth. We would also like to thank our parent volunteers and food sponsors for their support.

9. Summer Bible Reading Program

To encourage kids to read the Bible during their summer vacation, parents can assign some selected Bible chapters to read from the New Testament and the Acts of the Apostles. With the parents' approval, the Church will recognize these kids and distribute prizes. The scorecard is available in the narthex and can also be found below.

Bible Reading Check list2019.doc

10. Weekday Holy Qurbana Participation

To encourage children to attend the Holy Qurbana during their summer vacation, if your child attends four or more weekday masses in a week at St. Thomas, the church will recognize them and provide prizes.

11. CCD Announcements

CCD Registration: Regular registration for next school year, 2019-2020 ended on May 19th. The CCD registration will re-open on July 28th with a late registration fee.

CCD classes for the Year 2019-2020 will be starting on August 18th.

12. Youth and Adult Altar Service Ministry

If anyone would like to join the Youth and Adult Altar Service Ministry, please contact Manjith Kainickara at (972) 679-8555.

13. 2019 St. Thomas Calendar

The St. Thomas Parish Calendar with the daily Bible Reading and parish events are available to use. Please use the link below.

2019 St Thomas Calendar (PDF)

14. Choir Ministry

If anyone would like to join the Choir Ministry, please contact Vincent Valiaveetil (214) 934-0371 for the Adult Choir and Irene Kalloor (469) 463-6098 or Simi Pulikkiel (214) 934-6119 for the Youth and Children’s choirs. 

15. 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

16. Ward Prayer Meeting

Sunday, July 14th: The Arlington/Grand Prairie ward prayer meeting will be held at Mathew Abraham and Cicily's house at 6:30 pm.

Saturday, July 20th: The North Mesquite ward prayer meeting will be held at Joseph and Ammal Prakuzhy's house at 7:00 pm.

Sunday, July 21st: The Rowlett ward prayer meeting will be held at Michael and Mary Kallarackal's house at 6:30 pm.

Sunday, July 21st: The North Garland ward prayer meeting will be held at James (Salichan) and Elcy Kainikkara’s house at 7:00 pm.