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March 19, 2017

 Route closure: There is a road closure tomorrow Sunday March 26th from 8 AM to 1 PM on Elizabeth Ave and Amwell road. Please find attached the PDF document for more details. Please plan to start early and also understand alternate routes to come to church on time. Following roads are affected:

- Amwell Road: Closed between Market street and Elizabeth Ave

- Elizabeth Ave: Closed from Amwell road to Weston road.

- Mettlers Road: Closed entire length

- Weston Road: Closed between Elizabeth Ave and Weston Canal Road.

- Weston Canal Road: Closed between Weston Road and Manville Causeway

- Weston Canal Road: Single lane alternating traffic between Manville Causeway and Schoolhouse Road

- Schoolhouse Road: Closed between Weston Canal Road and Randolph road


No Lunch: Tomorrow Sunday we will not be able to use the FH floor and no food will be served due to the GYM floor installation.

Syro Malabar Annex at Vatican: Bishop Mar Stepen Chirappanathu is here in USA requesting our generous support in setting up a Syro Malabar annex at Vatican. Tomorrow Sunday we will take a second collection for the same. Thank you for your support as always.

Parish Council Meeting: Parish council meeting will be on tomorrow Sunday at 1.30 PM in conference room. All parish council members please plan to attend.

Thank You: Thanks to Kurian Nellikunnel and Thomas Nirappel in setting up the sound system in St. Jude chapel.


Thanks to all Joseph Fathers in helping with clearing the FH to make it ready for the GYM floor installation last Sunday. Thank you

Ward meeting:

St. Antony ward meeting was held on last Sunday in James & Saritha’s house. Thank you James & Saritha in hosting the meeting and thanks to Anish in coordinating the meeting.

St. Alphonsa ward meeting will be today at 5.00 PM in Biju & Theresa’s house. All ward members please plan to attend.

St. Jude ward meeting will be on April 1st at 5.30 PM in Benoy and Julie’s house. All ward members please plan to attend.

Shalom Fire Retreat: Shalom Fire retreat will be held at our church on July 14, 15 & 16. Please mark your calendar. For registration and more details please contact Joseph Perumpail or the trustees.


Youth Update:

There will be a retreat for Youth on Saturday, April 1st. The retreat is conducted by few members of Frassati fellowship. The retreat will start with the morning mass and proceed till 6.00 PM. All youth from grades 10 and up and young adults are encouraged to participate.

As part of Year of Youth, We are observing March 31st as a day of fasting for Youth. We are requesting our parish community, if possible to fast and pray for all youth on this day.

Fundraising Show: Our church is doing the fundraising show – Time Machine by Cochin Guinnes on April 22nd Saturday at 4.30 PM at Franklin High School Auditorium. This is the major fundraising program that we are doing this year and we need everyone’s support to make this a great success. Sebastian Antony and Tony Mangan will coordinate the show.  Please take one ticket for you and one for your friend outside church.


Pledge Collections: Our expected average weekly pledge collection is $9032. Last week our pledge collection was $7230. Please catchup with the pledge commitments. Thank you for your contributions and support.



St. Thomas Syro Malabar Catholic Forane Church 

508 Elizabeth Avenue,

Somerset, NJ 08873

Announcement Date: 
Mar 19, 2017