Weekly Announcements

    
1. Feast of the Annunciation

The Feast of the Annunciation, also known as the Feast of the Incarnation (Mangalavartha Thirunnal), is on Monday, March 25th. This feast commemorates the Archangel Gabriel's visit to the Virgin Mary, during which he informed her that she would be the mother of Jesus, the Son of God.

Holy Qurbana will be at the regular time at 8:30 am.

    
2. Annual General Body Meeting on March 31st

The Annual General Body Meeting will be held on Sunday, March 31st. The agenda of the meeting will be the 2018 Annual and Financial Report.

There will be only ONE Holy Qurbana at 10:00 am. CCD will be at 8:30 am.

All good standing parish members are requested to attend this meeting.

    
3. Church Volunteer Day - March 30th

Saturday, March 30th is the church volunteer day. We are planning to start after the 8:30 am Holy Qurbana. We are in need of more volunteers for the cleanup and organization of our church buildings and surroundings. Let us all join together to support the volunteer initiatives on this day. All parishioners are welcome to join this team effort.

    
4. 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.

The retreat will be starting with Holy Qurbana everyday. The schedule for the retreat will be as follows: 

Thursday, April 11th: 4 pm to 9 pm 

Friday, April 12th: 4 pm to 9 pm

Saturday, April 13th: 4 pm to 9 pm

Sunday, April 14th (Palm Sunday): 9 am to 4 pm 

    
5. Holy Week Schedule
April 18th Holy Thursday 6:00 pm: Holy Thursday Liturgy - Holy Qurbana and washing of the feet. Adoration will be till midnight. 

“Appam Murickal" (sharing of the Paschal meal)

Parishioners, please prepare and bring “Pesaha appam” and “Pal”
(For the recipe, please click on the following link)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vfGuo95tYs

Holy Thursday collection will be used to support Diocesan Seminarians.

April 19th

Good Friday

(Day of Fasting and Obligation)

9:00 am - 10:00 am: Adoration

10:00 am: Good Friday Liturgy and Solemn "Way of the Cross" followed by Kangi

Good Friday collections will be sent to the Holy land.

April 20th Holy Saturday 8:30 am: Holy Qurbana - The "Great" Saturday Liturgy

The blessing of "Puthen" Water & Light along with the Renewal of Baptismal vows.

April 20th Easter Eve 6:00 pm: Solemn Holy Qurbana - Liturgy of the Resurrection "Agape" followed by Snehavirunnu
April 21st Easter Sunday 8:30 am: Holy Qurbana - There will be NO CCD Class
    
6. 2019 St. Thomas Calendar

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)

    
7. Feast of St. Joseph

We celebrated the Feast of St. Joseph on Tuesday, March 19th. Thanks to Mathew and Cici Ozhukayil for sponsoring the feast.

We celebrated the St. Joseph Feast as an Oottuperunnal. Your contributions for the Oottuperunnal will be used to feed the poor in our community. Our parish prepared and delivered food to the homeless people in Dallas on March 23rd. Thanks to the Mathru Jyothi for leading this effort.

    
8. 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 
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
Sunday, March 31 Murphy 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday, April 6  Sunnyvale     11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sunday, April 7 Sunnyvale 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday, April 8 Murphy 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
    
9. Mother's Day, 12th Grade Graduation and CCD Day

The Mother’s Day, 12th Grade Graduation and CCD Day will be celebrated on May 12th. Please mark your calendars.

    
10. 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.

    
11. Syro Malabar Convention Souvenir Articles

The 2019 Syro Malabar Convention committee from Houston has requested us to contribute articles from our parish to publish in the Syro Malabar Convention Souvenir. The articles can be in English or Malayalam. The deadline to submit the articles is March 31st. For further details, please contact Mr. Paul Thomas Edattukaran at (214) 608-2046.

Please note, due to the high demand and registrations received for the convention, rates will increase for late registrations received after Sunday, March 31st. Please make your reservations as soon as possible.

    
12. 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.

    
13. Family Camp - May 17th to the 19th

Our annual Family Camp will be from May 17th to the 19th at Bonham State Park. Please mark your calendars. For more details, please contact Mathew Ozhukayil at (214) 864-5106 or Thomas Varkey at (347) 722-0091.

    
14. Prayer Ministry - Intercessory prayer every 2nd Sunday

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.

    
15. 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, (Thursday) to August 4, (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.

Convention Registration Form

Convention Brochure

    
16. 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.

    
17. 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. 

    
18. 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

    
19. 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

    
20. Ward Prayer Meetings

Saturday, March 30th: The Sunnyvale ward prayer meeting will be at Jacob and Jolly's house at 6 pm.

Sunday, March 31st: The South Mesquite ward prayer meeting will be at Austin and Usha Sebastian's house at 6:30 pm. 

Sunday, April 7th: The Allen/Plano ward prayer meeting will be at Sujith and Leena's house at 6:30 pm.

Sunday, April 7th: The North Garland ward prayer meeting will be at Gracy and Jilson Mancheril's house at 6:30 pm. 

    
21. Offerings

On Sunday, March 24th the flowers/donuts were offered by John and Anthony Churanadu in memory of their grandparents John and Marykutty Churanadu.