Weekly Announcements

1. Feast of Saints Peter and Paul

The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul is on Friday, January 19th. Holy Qurbana will be at the regular time at 7:00 pm.

2. Feast of St. Sebastian

The Feast of St. Sebastian is on Saturday, January 20th. The Holy Qurbana will be at 8:30 am. If anyone would like to sponsor the feast, please contact the church office.

3. Parish Council Meeting

There will be a parish council meeting on Sunday, January 21st after the second Holy Qurbana. All parish council members are requested to attend this meeting.

4. Three Days of Lent

The Three Days of fasting is from Monday, January 22nd to Wednesday, January 24th. We will have Holy Qurbana at the regular time at 8:30 am.

5. First Holy Communion and Confirmation Candidate Parents' Meeting

The First Holy Communion and Confirmation candidate parents' meeting will be held on Sunday, January 28th after the first Holy Qurbana in the parish hall. This is an important meeting that all the candidates' parents are requested to attend. Please contact Leena Alex (703-389-7763) for more information.

6. Safe Environment Training Session

The Safe Environment team will be conducting their first VIRTUS training for the year of 2018 on January 28th at 10:00 am in the Jubilee hall. This session will be mainly for IPSF volunteers. We encourage our parish volunteers who have not completed the compliance to attend the training session. Details will be emailed to the volunteers. For more information, please contact the coordinators, Mr. Boby Johnson or Mrs. Jeeva Raju.

7. Annual Diocesan Appeal

All of you might have already received the annual diocesan appeal envelop by mail. Kindly fill and return it to the diocese. The Annual Diocesan Appeal provides essential annual 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.

8. St. Thomas Winter Youth Retreat

The St. Thomas youth retreat, “ROOTED 2018” was held at the Lake Lavon Conference Center. Around 40 youth attended this retreat. There were inspirational talks, group discussions, praise and worship and time for enjoyment. Thanks to the youth coordinators, Veena Valiaveedu and Sonia Pillai and all the parents who encouraged the youth to attend this retreat. Special thanks to Binny Abraham, Dr. Cheryl Thomas, Tiffany Antony and Jeffy Jacob for coordinating this well organized spiritual event.

9. 2018 IPSF

The 2018 Inter-Parish Sports Festival (IPSF) will be held at the St. Alphonsa Church in Coppell, from Friday, August 10th to Sunday, August 12th. Our parish level registration had started on January 7th. Please go to the following link for more details and to register for the event. See the attached flyer for the coordinator's information and the list of games and dates for first tryouts/practices/selections. The registration will end on Sunday, February 4th. Please contact the IPSF Event Directors, Sonia Thomas or Bjiu Chathampadathil for any questions or assistance. See the link below for the registration details:


10. New Family Welcome Day

The new family welcome event will be held on Sunday, February 11th at 5 pm. All the new families who joined our parish in 2017 are invited to attend. Please contact your ward representative. 

11. Safe Doors for CCD Classrooms

According to the Safe Environment requirements, all our CCD doors are converted to “safe doors” with glass windows. Now all the doors inside the Church and Hall are safe doors. We have also placed Safe Environment posters to bring awareness to the parishioners about the importance of keeping our church and surroundings “safe” to all, especially for our children.

12. Santhome Life Center

Thank you to all the parishioners who have taken a pledge for the Santhome Life Center. Those who still wish to take a pledge, the pledge forms are available in the narthex and on the following link. The completed pledge forms can be turned into the Church office.

See below for the attached pledge form. 

Santhome Life Center Pledge Form

13. 2018 Pledge Drive

We would like to thank all the parishioners for their generous financial support during 2017. We prefer individuals fill the ACH form so as to reduce clerical paperwork. For those who are already enrolled in ACH, you are not required to fill a pledge form again. For everyone else, please complete the form and return it to the trustees as soon as possible.

14. IPSF Kick-Off

The parish level IPSF kick-off was held on Sunday, January 14th. With a prayer blessing, Joshy Achan inaugurated our parish level sports festival. Thanks to all who joined and special thanks to Sonia Thomas and Biju Chathampadathil for organizing this sports event.

15. First Solemn Holy Communion Updates

The First Solemn Holy Communion and Confirmation will be held on Sunday, April 15th. If there are any 3rd grade children or children in upper grades who have not received the Sacrament of Confirmation at the time of Baptism, they are requested to get confirmed on this day as well.

All the students in 3rd grade and above should have received all the three Sacraments of Initiation, (Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion) if they were baptized in the Syro-Malabar rite. If their Baptism was held in the Latin rite, there is a chance that they may not have been confirmed. Please check with the records at the church where the Baptism was held if you are in doubt.

If you have any questions, please contact the Holy Communion teachers, Sherly Shaji (214-287-2051) or Dawnia Nellikunnel (732-397-6633).

16. Parking Guidelines

Parking lot lanes are marked in accordance with the City of Garland guidelines on our church compound. Currently we have only THREE parking drop-off stops between the church and parish hall. DROP-OFFS should be in the RIGHT LANE ONLY so that the left lane can be used for other vehicles to easily move ahead. Traffic and safety volunteers will be in the parking lots every Sunday to assist the parishioners. Please follow their instructions for the safety of everyone.

17. Adult Altar Service Ministry

The Adult Altar Service Ministry is still open for registration and if anyone is interested, please contact Achan.

18. Marriage Preparation Course (Pre-Cana) 2018

The Pre-Marriage Course (Pre-Cana) will be hosted by the St. Thomas Forane Catholic Church, at Mount Lebanon Retreat Center, (1701 Texas Plume Rd, Cedar Hill, Texas 75104) on Friday, May 18th through Sunday, May 20th. The course will start at 4:00 pm on Friday and will conclude on Sunday at 2:00 pm. For more information, please contact:

Fr. Joshy Elambasseril at (248-794-4343) [gelambasseril@gmail.com] or
Mr. Kurian Joseph at (214-507-9892) [jokuttyusa@gmail.com]

Please make reservations by email with your full name and parish as early as possible.


19. Ward Prayer Meetings

On Sunday, January 21st:

The St. Alphonsa (Allen/Plano) ward prayer meeting will be held at Rajo and Elsa Palamkunnel’s house in Frisco at 6:30 pm.

The Little Flower (Sunnyvale) ward prayer meeting will be held at Mahesh Vengalil and Reji’s house at 6:30 pm.

The St. George (South Garland) ward prayer meeting will be held at Jince Madamana and Marilyn's house at 6:30 pm.

20. Offerings

On Sunday, January 14th the flowers were offered by an anonymous donor in thanksgiving.