Weekly Announcements

    
1. All Day Eucharistic Adoration on the 13th

There will be Eucharistic Adoration all day on Wednesday, November 13th. The schedule for this day will be as follows:

8:30 am: Holy Qurbana followed by Eucharistic Adoration in the chapel till 6:45 pm

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

    
2. Diocesan Bible Quiz - Test Guidelines for Participants

The Parish Level Competition (written) for the Diocesan Bible Quiz will be on Sunday, November 24th. The competition will start at 8:30 am for both CCD students and adults.

The Adult Bible Quiz competition will be in the parish hall. There will not be a change to the Holy Qurbana schedule.

Please see the attached Participants' Guidelines for the written test. These guidelines are applicable to both CCD students and adult participants.

Dei Verbum 2020 Written Test Guidelines for Participants Dei Verbum 2020 Written Test Guidelines for Participants (677 KB)  [Last Updated:10-Nov-2019 07:09 PM]

    
3. IPTF 2020 Parish Talent Scan - Competitions will start on November 17th

The registration for IPTF 2020 - Parish Talent Scan was closed on November 7th. We have more than 200 participants registered for the Parish Talent Scan.

The competitions will start on Sunday, November 17th with Solo Malayalam and English song competitions.

Holy Qurbana and CCD will be at the regular time.

If you have any questions, please contact the Talent Scan Coordinators, Jaison Alappadan, Ancy Jins or Angel Wilson.

Please see the attached flyer for details.

IPTF 2020 - Parish Talent Scan IPTF 2020 - Parish Talent Scan (12946 KB)  [Last Updated:10-Nov-2019 07:10 PM]

    
4. Mission Sunday Auction Dues Collection

Thanks for your generous contributions for Mission Sunday. We would like to send our contributions to the Vatican as soon as possible. Please make sure that your Mission Sunday auction dues are cleared at the earliest. There will be a counter setup in the parish hall lobby managed by Mr. Alex Chandy next Sunday. 

    
5. Santhome Committees Meeting - November 24th

There will be a meeting for all the committees for the Santhome Life Center project on Sunday, November 24th immediately after the 1st Holy Qurbana in the parish hall. All the committee members are requested to attend this meeting.

    
6. Youth Ministry Announcements

The Annual St. Thomas Youth Service Project will be held on Tuesday, November 26th from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm. The project will be held at Feed My Starving Children in Richardson, Texas.

Feed My Starving Children is a national organization where kids and adults of all ages hand pack nutritious meals specifically designed to assist in reversing and preventing malnutrition among impoverished children.

We are in need of 8 adult and 40 youth volunteers (12+). If you are above 18, you may register by creating an account through the following link:  http://fmsc.org/join-group?joincode=EG710K.

If you are between 12-17, you may register by contacting any of the Youth Coordinators or Animators.

    
7. Christmas Gifts for needy children

During this Christmas season, our church is working with the Missionaries of Charity to provide Christmas gifts to approximately 80 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. There will be a table set up in the narthex by Libby Varghese after both Holy Qurbanas.

    
8. Safe Environment Ministry

The Safe Environment coordinators started conducting safe environment "Touch and Safety" classes for the CCD students for the year 2019-2020 on October 27th. The first session on October 27th was for 9th to 12th grade. The coordinators conducted the session for the children from Kindergarten to 8th grade on Sunday, November 10th. We encourage parents to talk to their children at home about this and answer any questions that they may have.

    
9. St. Vincent de Paul Society: Christmas Charity Raffle Collection

The St. Vincent de Paul Society will be launching their 2019 Christmas Raffle ticket sale next Sunday after both Holy Qurbanas. The raffle ticket sale is the main fundraising event every year for the St. Vincent de Paul Society. So far this year, the society has helped 96 families for a total of $70,000 with the assistance of parishioners. Please continue to assist the St. Vincent de Paul Society in helping the poor.

    
10. Ecumenical Christmas Carol

The 2019 Ecumenical Christmas Carol will be on Saturday, December 7th at the Mar Thoma Event Center, 11550 Luna Rd, Dallas, TX 75234. Mr. Vincent Valiaveetil or Mr. Shaji Panickassery will be coordinating the team from our church. 

    
11. Mathru Jyothi Fundraising for Seminarians' Education Fund

The Mathru Jyothi had a breakfast sale on Sunday, November 10th to raise money for the Seminarians' Education Fund. The Mathru Jyothi thanks all the volunteers who helped to raise $480 on November 10th. 

    
12. Parish Family Photo Directory

Our beloved Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiyath inaugurated the parish photo directory by giving a copy to the President of Seniors Ministry, Elsy Philip immediately after the Holy Qurbana on October 27th. Ward representatives started distributing the parish photo directories to the registered families on Sunday, November 3rd. There were tables set up in the narthex on Sunday, November 10th by ward representatives to distribute the parish photo directories. If you still need to pick up a directory, please contact your ward representatives or the parish office.

    
13. Sacred Heart Cemetery Update

The Sacred Heart Cemetery in Rowlett is offering a special promotion for burial plots from November 1st to November 15th. There will be a 15% discount from the regular price with no interest financing for 5 years. There will be a price increase in January 2020. If you would like to obtain more details, please contact Emmanuel Kuzhippillil at (972) 365-5906.

    
14. Adoration at Immanuel Adoration Convent

There will be adoration at the Immanuel Adoration Convent Chapel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 am to 6:30 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

    
15. Inter-Parish Talent Festival: 2020

The Inter-Parish Talent Fest: 2020 will be held during spring break from Friday, March 13th - Sunday, March 15th. Kindly mark your calendar and pray for the success of this event. Since our parish is hosting IPTF, we need a lot of volunteers and support from all parishioners. We need coordinators for parish level and inter-parish level for various events. If you are interested to volunteer, please contact the parish office, the IPTF coordinators, Suja Kainickara or Ranjith James or the CCD Office. More details will be announced in the coming weeks. 

    
16. Diocesan Bible Quiz

Bible Quiz: A St. Thomas Catholic Diocese of Chicago level Bible Quiz competition will be conducted this year for CCD children and Adults. The Bible Quiz will start at the parish level and the winners will move onto the Regional level competition. The final competition will be at the Diocese of Chicago where the Regional level winners will be advancing to the Diocesan level. The competition for adults will be both in Malayalam and English.

Parish and Regional Level competitions will be on the Gospel of Mark. The Diocesan level competition will be on the Gospel of Mark and the Acts of the Apostles.

Parish Level Competition (written): Sunday, November 24, 2019

Regional Level Competition (written): Sunday, February 2, 2020

Diocesan Level (On Stage): Saturday, March 21, 2020 

Registration: The registration for the adult participants started on Sunday, September 29th. Rekha Benny and Sonia Thekkanath are the coordinators for the Adults Bible Quiz. There will be a $10 registration fee for adults. All CCD children are automatically registered by the CCD coordinators. There will be no fee for the CCD students. 

Groups:

Sub-Junior (Grades 4 - 6)

Junior (Grades 7 - 8)

Senior (Grades 9 - 12)

Adult (Above 12th Grade; Youth and Adults)

The attached brochure has more details. 

Dei Verbum 2020 Brochure Dei Verbum 2020 Brochure (827 KB)  [Last Updated:22-Sep-2019 08:04 PM]

    
17. Prayer Ministry - Intercessory prayer

The Prayer Ministry will be having intercessory prayer in our chapel 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.

    
18. Santhome Life Center Update

The loan for Santhome has been approved. A general body will be called to discuss the next steps on building the Santhome Life Center. The date for the General Body will be announced later.

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

    
19. 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
Saturday, November 30th Arlington/Grand Prairie 
Sunday, December 8th North Mesquite
Friday, December 13th Rowlett
Saturday, December 14th North Garland, Murphy
Sunday, December 15th South Mesquite
Friday, December 20th South Garland
Saturday, December 21st         Allen/Plano, Rowlett, South Garland, Sunnyvale
Sunday, December 22nd Rowlett, South Garland, Sunnyvale
    
20. 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)

    
21. Ward Prayer Meetings

Saturday, November 16th: The St. Sebastian (Murphy) ward prayer meeting will be at Silvy and Babitha Chamaparambil's house at 6:30 pm.

Saturday, November 23rd: The St. Mary (South Mesquite) ward prayer meeting will be at Wilson and Lissy's house at 6:00 pm.

Sunday, November 24th: The St. Alphonsa (Allen/Plano) ward prayer meeting will be at Joseph and Binalfa Kattampally's house at 6:30 pm. 

    
22. Offerings

Flowers were offered by Jokutty and Nancy in Thanksgiving.