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December 23, 2017

 Breakfast with Santa: The Breakfast with Santa organized by the youth and young adults yesterday was a great success. Thanks to Jonathan Perumpail, Hannah Manjooran & the youth leads for leading this wonderful event.

SVDP: Yesterday morning a group of our children went to visit the elderly at the Bridgewater Nursing home and made their morning bright by singing Christmas carols. Thanks to SVDP and the leads Jolly & Saly for organizing this blessed experience.   

Caroling: Yesterday evening, every ward had a wonderful Christmas carol spreading the joy to each home they visited. This coming Saturday would be the last day of caroling. If your home has been missed out in the caroling schedule, please contact the Trustees.

Confession: Achan will be available for confessions before and after the weekday masses. Please use this opportunity for making confessions during this advent season. 

Christmas Schedule: Please note the schedule for this year’s Christmas program: 

Sunday – December 24th

First Mass at 9:00 am and Second Mass at 11:30 am. There will be no CCD or Academy classes.

Christmas Eve Program starts at 6:30 pm with carol singing by children, youth & adults.

Holy Qurbana will start at 7:30 pm followed by dinner in the Fellowship Hall.

Monday – December 25th

There will be only one Holy Qurbana at 9:00 am on Christmas Day.

Family Night: The 2018 Family Night is scheduled for Saturday January 6th.  As in prior year, programs will on organization basis e.g. Marian Mothers, Joseph Fathers etc. The CML christmas nativity show will also be part of the Family Night program. 

Mass timings from Sunday, January 7th 2018: There will be a change in mass timings next year starting Sunday, January 7th 2018. The new timings will be as follows:

9:30 am: Holy Qurbana for Faith Formation Kids

11:15 to 12:30: Faith Formation Program followed by lunch for kids.

11:30 am: Holy Qurbana for Adults followed by lunch for adults.

Friday Adoration: Please use the sign up link below for adoration this Friday

Project Updates:  The church signage project is now completed. We received the final permits and the lighted signage should help parishioners & others located the church easily. The installation of the basketball hoops is planned for this Tuesday. The marking of game court lines will be scheduled for a later date. As you may have noticed, the lights in the church were fixed recently. This was made possible by using a lift purchased by the church for repairs not possible with a ladder. We are looking for sponsors for this lift. If you missed out on earlier sponsorships, this is an opportunity for you and you may contact the trustees.     

Pledge Collections:  Our expected average weekly pledge collection is $9,032. Last week our pledge collection was $8,872. As we near the end of the year, please try to catch up on any gaps you may have. Thank you for your contributions and support.


St. Thomas Syro Malabar Catholic Forane Church 
508 Elizabeth Avenue,
Somerset, NJ 08873

Announcement Date: 
Dec 23, 2017