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March 26, 2017

 Dear Parishioners,

Day of Fasting: As part of Year of Youth, we are observing today, 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.

Night Vigil: Today we will have the full night adoration after the way of cross. It will conclude with 5.00 AM holy mass on Saturday. We will not have full night adoration next Friday (First Friday) as we are having parish annual retreat.

Youth Retreat: Tomorrow, Saturday, there will be a retreat for Youth. 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.

Ward meetings:

St. Alphonsa ward meeting was held last Saturday in Biju & Theresa’s house. Thank you Biju & Theresa in hosting the meeting and thanks to Bijo in coordinating the meeting.

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

FH Usage: We will be able to use the FH from tomorrow and will resume the Sunday lunch program as well. Please make sure to use the floor carefully. We have bought additional cleaning materials to take care of the new GYM floor and has kept in the utility / supply room in FH. Please make sure to clean the floor in case of any food / water spill immediately. 

Theology Sessions: Rev. Dr. Joseph Pamplani, Director of Alpha Institute will be visiting the Alpha Theology Center in NJ from April 3rd to 4th. He will be giving classes on Monday and Tuesday from 7.00 PM to 10.00 PM.  Requesting all the theology students, faith formation teachers and interested parents to attend the classes. 

Annual Parish Retreat: We will have our annual parish retreat on April 7, 8 and 9th and Fr. Davis Chirammel will be leading the retreat. Please mark your calendar.

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.

Fundraising Show: Our church is doing the fundraising show – Time Machine by CochinGuinness 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 $5210. Please catch up with your 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 26, 2017