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April 2, 2017

 Dear Parishioners,

Congratulations: Mar Jacob Angadiath has been elected as the Vice President of Eastern Catholic Associate, USA. The election was done on Wednesday March 29th at St. Louis during the annual meeting of the all Eastern Rite Bishops of USA. This is a great recognition for Syro Malabar Church in America and Bishop Mar Jacob as well. On behalf of St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic church, Somerset, NJ we extend our Congratulations and prayerful greetings to His Excellency.

Theology Sessions: Rev. Dr. Joseph Pamplani, Director of Alpha Institute will be visiting the Alpha Theology Center in NJ on April 3rd (tomorrow) and 4th. He will be giving classes on tomorrow, 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. Please note the timing for the coming weekend.

Friday – 7.15 PM : St. Jude Novena. 7.30 PM : Holy Mass followed by Retreat till 9.30 PM

Saturday – 9.00 AM Holy Mass followed by Retreat till 5.00 PM

Sunday – We will have only one mass at 9.00 AM followed by Retreat till 5.00 PM. There will be no CCD and Academy classes next week.

SVDP: Going forward, SVDP plans to have the monthly meetings on all 1st Sundays at 1:30 PM.

George Avirappattu, math professor at Kean University will be available to teach Calculus to our high school/ college students. Sessions will be on Saturdays after morning mass starting on April 22nd. If your child is interested, please contact Mercy or Saly for further details. Fee collected will be donated to our church and St. Vincent DePaul Society.


Holy Communion: The Holy Communion for our 3rd grade kids will be on Saturday, May 13th. All parishioners are invited and we also request you to pray for the kids.

Ward meeting: St. Jude ward meeting was held at Benoy and Julie’s house. Thanks to Benoy and Juile in hosting the meeting and thanks to Jimmy Nanchanattu for coordinating the meeting.

FH Usage: GYM flooring is completed in FH. Please make sure to use the floor carefully.Additional cleaning materials are there 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. 

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 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. It would be great if you could make the payment in advance for the tickets that is already taken.

Pledge Collections: Our expected average weekly pledge collection is $9032. Last week our pledge collection was $5210. Please catchup 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: 
Apr 2, 2017