Weekly Announcements

    
1. 2020 Financial Statements

The financial statements for 2020 were mailed last week. If your address has changed, please contact the accountant or trustees.

    
2. Parish Council Meeting

The parish council meeting will be conducted on Sunday, March 14th at 12:00 pm in the parish hall. Due to Covid, there will be no Annual General Body meeting now as per the circular from Bishop Jacob Angadiath. The financial accounts for 2020 will be submitted to the parish council in the meeting.

    
3. Safe Environment Ministry

The Safe Environment Ministry will begin conducting safe environment classes for the CCD students. We encourage parents to talk to the children at home about this and answer any questions that they may have.

Schedule:

High School (10th through 12th) - March 7th

Middle School (5th through 8th) - March 14th

Elementary (Kinder through 4th) - March 21st

    
4. Senior Youth (18+)/Young Adult Meeting with Parish Vicar

There will be a Senior Youth/Young adult Holy Qurbana and meeting with Fr. James Nirappel on Sunday, March 7th at 4:00 pm.

    
5. 33 days of St. Joseph consecration prayer: Feb. 15th - March 19th

Since Pope Francis declared this year for St. Joseph, let’s all consecrate ourselves to "St. Joseph, Pillar of Families, The Terror of Demons!" Let’s entrust all our kids to St. Joseph to become faithful, loving and trusting companions of Jesus and Mary and let’s reach Jesus through Joseph and Mary together.

We started the St. Joseph consecration to our dear spiritual father, "St. Joseph, Savior of Savior, The delight of saints, Our Jesus’ Foster Father" on Feb. 15th and will conclude on March 19th, the feast day of St. Joseph.

The prayers in Malayalam and English are available here:

English Prayer English Prayer (369 KB)  [Last Updated:14-Feb-2021 07:03 PM]

Malayalam Prayer Malayalam Prayer (5871 KB)  [Last Updated:14-Feb-2021 06:58 PM]

    
6. Lenten Retreat 2021 - Organized by the Diocese of Chicago

Due to the ongoing prevalence of the pandemic, this year the Diocese of Chicago is organizing two retreats during the Lenten season which will be held virtually.

Retreat 1: March 12 - 14 (7 pm CST - 9 pm CST)

Retreat 2: March 26 - 28 (7 pm CST - 9 pm CST)

Please refer to the attached circular for more details.

Circular - Observance of Great Lent 2021 Circular - Observance of Great Lent 2021 (713 KB)  [Last Updated:07-Feb-2021 08:38 PM]

    
7. Year of St. Joseph from Dec. 8th, 2020 - Dec. 8th, 2021

Pope Francis announced a special year dedicated to St. Joseph starting from December 8, 2020 until December 8, 2021, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of St. Joseph as the Patron of the Universal Church, as well as the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady.

    
8. Annex Building for our Chicago Syro Malabar Diocese

As we communicated earlier, the Chicago diocese is planning to construct a new annex building adjacent to the current bishop’s house in Chicago. Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath would like to thank all the beneficiaries who came forward to provide financial support for this endeavor from our parish.

If you would like to extend financial support for this project, please contact Elsy Philip, Manjith Kainickara, Jerin Thenayan or our Vicar, Fr. James Nirappel.

    
9. Public Holy Qurbana and Guidelines

We have Public Holy Qurbana on Sundays with limited capacity. There are two Holy Qurbanas on Sundays at 8:30 am and 10:30 am. CCD will be from 12 pm - 1:30 pm on Sundays and CCD is online.  The attendance is limited to 150 people. The weekday and Saturday Qurbanas are also public with limited capacity.

Guidelines for attendees:

1. Those attending Holy Qurbana are required to wear masks inside the church.

2. The only access to the church is through the Narthex. The door will be open for you to enter and exit.

3. Please do not sit in the pews which are taped. You are requested to sit 6 ft. apart to follow social distancing guidelines. A family living in the same household can sit together.

4. The communion line should maintain two pew separation between individuals to ensure safe distancing.

5. Those attending Holy Qurbana are strongly encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer and sanitize their hands before the Holy Qurbana and before receiving Holy Communion.

6. All are requested to leave the church premises as soon as the Holy Qurbana is over. There is to be no congregating before and after the Holy Qurbana.

7. People who feel sick or have symptoms of fever or cough are requested to stay home. Those who are presenting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should not attend Holy Qurbana.

During this period, the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism and Confirmation) and the religious celebrations for families (Weddings, Ordinations and Funeral Qurbanas) are allowed with guidelines that limit attendance.  

We will continue to have live-streaming of our Holy Qurbana on our YouTube Channel. Everyone is encouraged to subscribe to the St. Thomas YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/StThomasLive and also watch this channel for a few minutes everyday in order for our community to continue to receive our parish services via YouTube. 

    
10. Prayer Ministry

If you have a prayer request, please 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. 

    
11. St. Thomas Parish Thirunnal - 2021

If any family or families are interested to be the Presudentis of next year’s (2021) main Thirunnal (3 days), please contact the trustees. 

    
12. 2021 St. Thomas Calendar

The St. Thomas Parish Calendar for 2021 with the daily Bible Readings are available to use. The calendar is available in the church office for pick up.