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February 3, 2018

 Mass in Malayalam: The Parish Council decided to have the mass at 9:30 am on first Sundays of each month in Malayalam starting next month. Thus the mass at 9:30 am next Sunday Feb 4th will be in Malayalam. For remaining Sundays the 9:30 am mass will be in English. There is no change to mass at 11:30 am. 

Change in Weekday Mass Timings: The Parish Council also decided to change weekday mass timings (Monday to Thursday) 30 minutes earlier to 7:00 pm starting next Monday, February 5th. There is no change to Friday evening mass which will be at 7:30 pm. 

Parent Teacher Meeting: There will be a Parent Teacher meeting next Sunday, Feb 4th at 1:30 pm in the Church.

Altar Server Training: There will be Altar Server training on Sundays from 12;40 to 1:30 pm. In order to be an altar server, the child must have received Holy Communion and should attend the practice sessions on Sundays until their installation mass. For more details please contact Karimattam Uncle or Lisha Bijo.

Jesus Youth Gathering: Jesus Youth is starting a monthly gathering for all on the 1st Saturday of each month. The first gathering will be on Saturday, February 3rd in our church       

from 4 pm to 8pm. All parishioners are invited to attend.

Friday Adoration:  This Friday, February 2nd is the First Friday of the month. We will have full night adoration ending with Holy Qurbana at 5:00 am on Saturday. We will also have 

the daytime adoration as usual on Fridays. Please use the link below to sign up for adoration.

Annual Retreat: The annual retreat for 2018 will be held on March 16th, 17th and 18th. Please mark your calendars. More details will follow. 

Mass Lectors: Mass sponsors who wish to be lectors for Sunday masses should let Smitha Leslie know by Wednesday of prior week, so arrangements can be made. 

Congratulation to Winners of Basketball Competitions:

Free Throw Contest for girls and women: Laurel Prime 1st / Sophia Mathew 2nd and Merin Kalapurackal 3rd.

3 Point Shoot Out contest: Joe Thottathil 1st / Marvel Prime 2nd / Thomas Kuriakose 3rd.

Special Thanks to Mathew Manathara for co-ordinating the game and his efforts in finishing the Gym over the past 14 months realizing significant savings for the church.

Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition held on Saturday 1/27

Age Group 9-11 (Boys & Girls) – Joseph Olakangil

Age Group 12- 14 (Girls) – Maria George

Age Group 12-14 (Boys) – Marvel Prime

Winners will represent our church council and take part in the district level competition in February.  Thanks to all participants / volunteers – especially Roy Thadikaran / Manoj Pattathil / Stephen Inasu

Pledge Collections:  Our expected average weekly pledge collection is $9,032. Last week our pledge collection was $5,630. Thank you for your contributions and support.

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

Announcement Date: 
Feb 3, 2018