Weekly Announcements

    
1. Eucharistic Ministers

We have a few new Eucharistic Ministers trained and approved by our Diocese during the month of December. Joshy achan distributed certificates provided by the Chicago diocese to all the Eucharistic Ministers including the new and existing team of Eucharistic Ministers. The following Eucharistic Ministers received certificates from achan: Philip Kavalam, Joseph Michael, Jose Paul, Joshy Varghese, Manjith Kainickara, Joseph Valiaveedu, Varghese George, Silvy Cham, Mathew Thomas and Jerin Thenayan.

    
2. Feast of the Holy Evangelist

We will be celebrating the feast of the Holy Evangelist on Friday, January 25th. Holy Qurbana will be at the regular time at 7:00 pm.

    
3. House Blessing Schedule

During this Lenten season, Fr. Joshy will be visiting homes for house blessings. Please contact your ward representatives to schedule your house blessing at the earliest.

A friendly reminder from Joshy achan: Please note that the main purpose of this visit is to bless your home during this lenten season. No donations or gifts are expected, so please do not plan for donations/gifts.

The house blessing schedule for this year is as follows: 

Days  Prayer Ward           Time Frame 
Wednesday, March 6   South Garland    11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday, March 7  North Garland    11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday, March 9  Arlington/Grand Prairie    11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sunday, March 10   South Garland    2:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
Monday, March 11  South Garland    11:00 am - 9:00 pm 
Tuesday, March 12  South Garland    11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday, March 13  Murphy    11:00 am - 9:00 pm   
Thursday, March 14  Murphy    11:00 am - 9:00 pm   
Saturday, March 16  North Garland    11:00 am - 9:00 pm   
Sunday, March 17  Allen/Plano     2:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday, March 18   Sunnyvale    11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday, March 20  Sunnyvale    11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday, March 23  Allen/Plano    11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday, March 25  Rowlett    11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday, March 26  North Mesquite     11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday, March 27  South Mesquite     11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday, March 28  Rowlett     11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday, March 30  Sunnyvale     11:00 am - 9:00 pm
    
4. Presudenti Ward Members' Meeting

This year's (2019) Parish Thirunnal will be hosted by the Sunnyvale ward. The first Thirunnal meeting will be on Sunday, January 27th at 10:30 am (after the 1st Holy Qurbana) in the parish hall. All of the Presudenti ward members are requested to attend this meeting.

    
5. Feast of St. Sebastian

We celebrated the Feast of St. Sebastian on Saturday, January 19th. Special thanks to Johnny and Mini Sebastian Kurichiyanil for sponsoring the feast.

    
6. Youth Prayer Meeting

The youth prayer meeting was held on January 20th after the second Holy Qurbana in the parish hall. The youth coordinators and youth officials welcomed all the youth in 7th -12th to the first youth meeting of the new year 2019. About 60 youth attended and prayed together. The speaker, Joel Thomas talked about Jeremiah 29:11. Youth activities such as faith on fire, youth camp and many other upcoming events were also discussed during the meeting.

    
7. Youth: Faith on Fire - February 9th

On Saturday, February 9th the St. Thomas Youth will be planning to have their Faith on Fire bonfire. This will be a great evening filled with faith, fellowship and fun for youth/senior youth. All youth from 7th grade and above along with senior youth are requested to participate.

    
8. New Family Welcome

The New Family Welcome gathering will be on Saturday, March 2nd. All new families joining our parish from last year and this year are encouraged to attend. Your ward representatives will provide more details on the event.

    
9. Parish Member Photo Directory - Photo Sessions Extended till Feb 15th

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). 

Photo Sessions will be available till Feb, 15th, 2019.

A sign-up sheet is available in the parish hall lobby. For online scheduling, please click on the following link. If you need assistance on online scheduling, please contact your ward representative. Please try to be at your appointment on time so that everyone else will be able to take their photographs in a timely manner. Remember to schedule this holiday season while children are home from school. 

Sign-up here

    
10. Senior's Ministry

The Senior Ministry's first meeting was conducted on Sunday, January 20th after the 1st Holy Qurbana in the parish hall. During this meeting, the officials for the ministry were selected. Congratulations and best wishes to the leaders:

Mrs. Elsy Philip (President), Mrs. Annamma Paul (Vice President), Mr. James Thomas (Secretary), Mr. Kurian Joseph (Joint Secretary, Social Activities), Mr. Rajan Thomas (Treasurer), Mr. Emmanual Poovathumkal (Joint Treasurer), Mrs. Thresia Devasia (Social Services), Mrs. Kunjumol Michael (Social Services), Mrs. Mary Joseph (Social Services), Mr. Michael Kallarakkal (Social Services), Nancy Kurien (Education) and Mr. Kuriakose Changankerry (Food Coordinator). 

    
11. 2019 Annual Pledge

We would like to thank all the parishioners for their generous financial support during 2018. 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.

    
12. 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 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.

    
13. Mathru Jyothi

The Mathru Jyothi monthly meeting was held on Sunday, January 20th after the 1st Holy Qurbana. The meeting started with a prayer and was followed by a cooking class by Mrs. Sonia Sabu Thekkenath. The South Garland ward presented an entertaining skit and a few other activities. Participants enjoyed the delicious banana bread made by Mrs. Sabu Thekkenath during the meeting. Thanks to the South Garland ward members for leading the Mathru Jyothi meeting.

    
14. 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. Please see the highlighted packages below. For details, view the attached Brochure and promo video link.

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

Type

Registration from
January 1, 2019

Accomodation
Family of 4 $ 1500.00 Family to share 2 Queen beds
Family of 2 $ 1300.00 Couple to share 1 King bed
Single $ 1100.00 Non sharing 1 King bed
Youth Shared $ 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)

    
15. Joshy achan's vacation

Joshy achan will be on vacation from January 28th to February 28th. Please keep achan in your prayers and wish him a safe journey.

    
16. Solemn Holy Communion and Confirmation

The Solemn Holy Communion and Confirmation will be held on Sunday, April 28th. Please contact the CCD teachers, Shirly Shaji (214-287-2051) or Dawnia Nellikunnel (732-397-6633) for further details.

    
17. 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).

    
18. 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. 

    
19. Pre-Marriage Course (Pre-Cana) 2019

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, TX 75104) on Friday, May 17th through Sunday, May 19th. The course will start at 4:00 pm on Friday and will conclude on Sunday at 1:00 pm.

For more information, please contact:

Fr. Joshy Elambasseril (248-794-4343) vicar@syromalabarchurchdallas.org
Mr. Kurian Joseph (214-507-9892) jokuttyusa@gmail.com

Please make reservations by email with your full name and as early as possible. http://www.syromalabarchurchdallas.org/ministries/marriage-ministry

    
20. 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.

    
21. 2019 Summer Retreat by Fr. Daniel Poovannathil

There will be a summer retreat led by Fr. Daniel Poovannathil. The retreat dates are scheduled to be from Thursday, May 23rd to Sunday, May 26th. Please mark your calendars and make arrangements to attend this retreat.

    
22. 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

    
23. Ward Prayer Meetings

Saturday, January 26th: The North Garland ward prayer meeting will be at Tony John and Cicily's house at 7 pm.

Sunday, January 27th: The Rowlett ward prayer meeting will be at Joseph (Moncy) and Veena Valiaveedu's house at 6 pm. 

Sunday, January 27th: The South Mesquite ward prayer meeting will be at Roshan and Simi Pulikkiel's house at 6 pm.

    
24. Offerings

On Sunday, January 20th the flowers/donuts were offered by:

Akhil Alex and Ajin Alex for the 25th wedding anniversary of their parents, Alex Chandy and Suja.
Shelbin Mattathil and Shawna Mattathil in thanksgiving.