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September 17, 2017

 Nativity of our Blessed Mother Mary

We celebrated the feast of Nativity of our Blessed Mother Mary on Friday, September 8th. Thanks to James Puthumana & George Kottam for the beautiful lighting arrangement at the Grotto. Thanks to all who had brought various food items as nercha. Also thanks to the family of George & Bindu for the beautification of the area around the Grotto.  



We will be celebrating Onam on Sunday, Sept 17th. Marian Mothers have emailed the sign up link for food signups. We look forward to your active participation in the celebration.  


Mass Timings: To better serve the needs of the faith formation program, Parish Council has decided to make some changes to the Sunday Mass Schedule, effective next Sunday, September 24th onwards: 

· Holy Qurbana in Malayalam starts at 9:00 AM. 

· CCD classes will be held from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM.  

· Holy Qurbana in English for CCD students starts at 11:30 AM. 

CCD registration: CCD registration for the new school year is started and all existing registration will automatically be rolled over to the new year. For new registrations, forms are available at the CCD office. All existing and new registrations will have an annual fee of $125 per family. Please mark "CCD 2017" in the check memo.


Academy Classes:

1. Academy classes for the new school year is starting from next Sunday, Sep 17th. We will have Bharathanatyam and Piano classes next Sunday, all other classes are starting from week after, on Sep 24th. 

2. Academy registrations from last year will be rolled over to this year. If anyone like to cancel classes from last year or like to join a new class, please contact Academy co-ordinators. 


3. The Academy co-ordinators for this year are Tony Mangan, Aleena George and Sojimon James. Aleena George joined the co-ordinators this year in place of Suja Perumpail. We welcome Aleena and thank Suja for her services in the past many years.


Mega Show: As announced earlier, our Fund Raising Mega Show “Ningalodu Oppam” will be held on Sept 23rd Saturday at Franklin High school(this is the school behind our church). If you haven’t bought tickets so far, we request you to buy one ticket for you and help selling one to your friend outside the church.


Joseph Father’s Blood Drive: Joseph Fathers is organizing the next blood drive on October 1st from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, especially to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. Please mark your calendars and plan to participate. 


New Member Orientation: The New Member Orientation session is scheduled for Sunday September 24th from 10:30 - 11;30 am. If you are new to the parish community or would like to know more about the parish/church please plan to join us. 

Pilgrimage Trip: There is an opportunity for our parishioners to join a pilgrimage trip to Guadalupe and the Holy Lands. If you are interested, please contact Jaison Alex for more details.



Pledge Collections: Our expected average weekly pledge collection is $9,032 and per family suggested minimum weekly contribution is $40. Last week our pledge collection was $8425. Thank you for your contributions and support.



St. Thomas Syro Malabar Catholic Forane Church 

508 Elizabeth Avenue,

Somerset, NJ 08873

Announcement Date: 
Sep 17, 2017