Weekly Announcements

1. 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

2. Catechetical Sunday

During the Presbyterium held in Houston on July 30-31st, His Excellency Mar Jacob Angadiath asked every parish/mission in our Diocese to celebrate a Sunday dedicated to celebrating the importance of Catechetical Ministry. The US Catholic Bishops Conference recommended dioceses to celebrate Sunday, September 15th as Catechetical Sunday. 

In our church, we celebrated the Catechetical Sunday by recognizing all CCD teachers, CCD coordinators, parent representatives and all the CCD volunteers who play an important role in the faith formation of our children during the 2nd Holy Qurbana on September 15th. Fr. Joshy Elambasseril blessed all the teachers and volunteers and a small gift was presented to them. A group photo was also taken with achan. 

3. Special Thanks

Our special thanks to Rev. Fr. Cyriac Chittookalam, (working in Germany) Rev. Fr. Joseph Mundakathil, (Vicar of Athirampuzha pally) and Rev. Fr. Mathew Chooravady, (Vicar of Edathua pally) who celebrated the 1st Holy Qurbana with us on Sunday.

4. Karshaka Shree Award

We will be giving Karshaka Shree awards this year. If you would like to participate, please give your names to your ward representatives. 

5. September 15th Ministry Meetings

Seniors Ministry: The Seniors Ministry had a meeting after the 1st Holy Qurbana in the parish hall. An education session on dental issues was provided by Dr. George Philip from our community during the meeting. The session on the dental issues was open to all parishioners and had a good participation from the parish.

Young Men’s Fellowship Gathering: The monthly gathering of the Young Men's Fellowship was held on September 15th after the 2nd Holy Qurbana. All young men in 9th grade and above, including college students and college graduates were welcome to attend. Food was provided. All young men are encouraged to come together for faith, fellowship and fun during the monthly meeting of Young Men's Fellowship Gathering!!!

6. 2019 Parish Picnic

The St. Thomas Parish Picnic for 2019 will be on September 28th. All parishioners are encouraged to attend. This will be a fun filled parish event with food and games.

Date: Saturday, September 28th

Location: One Eleven Ranch Park, 2121 E. Brand Rd, Garland, TX 75044.

7. Parish Council Meeting 2019-2020

The Parish Council Meeting for September 2019 was held on Sunday, September 15th after the second Holy Qurbana.

8. 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.

9. Summer Bible Reading and Weekday Holy Qurbana Participants Awards

Bible Reading during Summer: To encourage children to read Bible during summer, we distributed Bible reading cards to the children. Please return the cards to the parish office by next Sunday. The children who read the Bible during summer will be recognized.

Weekday Holy Qurbana Participation: If your child attended four or more weekday masses in a week at our church during summer, please provide your children's names to the parish office. We will be giving prizes to them.

10. 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)

11. Ward Prayer Meetings

Sunday, September 22nd: The South Garland ward prayer meeting will be at Abraham (Baby) and Jais Ozhukayil's house at 6:30 pm.

Sunday, September 29th: The Rowlett Ward prayer meeting will be at Alex & Roselizy Kainikara’s house at 6:30 pm.

Sunday, September 29th: The Murphy Ward prayer meeting will be at Bertie & Silu D'Souza's house at 6:30 pm.

12. Offerings

Flowers were offered by Chris and Charles Chukkiriyan in thanksgiving.