St. Thomas

Syro-Malabar Catholic Church Of San Francisco

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Homily and Messages from our Vicar Rev. Fr. George Danavelil

Message - Mar 29, 2020

Homily - Mar 29, 2020

Homily - Mar 28, 2020

Holy Qurbana/Mass Schedule

Liturgical Season: Lent (Noimbu)

Sunday

    • 9:00 am - Adoration
    • 9:30 am - Holy Qurbana

Monday

    • 6:00 pm - Adoration
    • 7:00 pm - Holy Qurbana

Tuesday

    • 6:00 pm - Adoration
    • 7:o0 pm - Holy Qurbana

Wednesday

    • 6:00 pm - Adoration
    • 7:00 pm - Holy Qurbana & Novena to Mother of Perpetual Help

Thursday

    • 6:00 pm - Holy Rosary
    • 7:00 pm - Holy Qurbana & St Jude Novena

Friday

    • 6:00 pm - Adoration & Way of the Cross
    • 7:00 pm - Holy Qurbana

Saturday

    • 9:00 am - Holy Rosary
    • 9:30 am - Holy Qurbana



Sunday Announcements - March 29th, 2020

General Announcements

  • Apr 3rd is the first Friday of April, and this is the Friday before the Good Friday. Since we are not able to receive private Confessions, we are conducting a penitential service for our community from 7:45pm to 8:30pm next Friday, after the Holy Qurbana. Kindly join it and let us prepare ourselves for Easter.
  • Next Sunday, Apr 5th is Palm Sunday. We will do the Holy Qurbana and Palm Sunday celebrations without the public community, but we will bless the palm leaves for the whole community and distribute on another occasion.
  • Please be aware that there are fraudsters posing as me, and sending messages in my name requesting to make donations or send gift cards. Do not fall for these requests. Please let me or Kaikarans know if you receive any such message.
  • If you wish to make donations, you can do online via Paypal to stsyromalabarsf@gmail.com - details are also in our church website at https://www.stthomassfo.org/giving
  • If you wish to give checks, you can write the checks to “St. Thomas Syro Malabar Church” and we will collect it when we are able to meet again in church.

CCD Updates

  • English Holy Qurbana live streaming from Chicago Cathedral church at 9:15 am PST can be viewed at Youtube channel Syro Vision Network: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr7xECh7LuZLuvLNReBFYdg
  • Also here is a link on how to prepare for Holy Qurbana during Quarantine / Shelter-in Place time: https://youtu.be/YVwtokz_HuE
  • No CCD class or activities next two weeks on account of Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday.
  • Emails have been sent out to all CCD parents about assignments for the different CCD grades. Please remind your children about the same and work with them to complete the assigned tasks. We look forward to active parent participation in kids faith formation activities.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

March 18th, 2020

Given the recent directions from State, County and our Diocese, I want to reiterate that we will strictly be celebrating private Holy Qurbana only, and ask that you continue to participate through live streaming. We will alter the weekday Qurbana times to start 30 min early. I would also encourage you to stay together in family prayer and reading the Holy Bible at least 15 minutes after the Qurbana at your home.

Weekdays Schedule

• Adoration: 6 to 7 pm (on Fridays we will do Way of Cross also during this time)

• Holy Qurbana: 7 to 7:45 pm

Saturday Schedule

• Adoration 9 am to 9.30 am

• Holy Qurbana: 9.30 am

Sunday Schedule

• Adoration 9 am to 9.30 am

• Holy Qurbana: 9.30 am

All these changes will apply until further notice. We will closely monitor the situation, and keep you updated on any changes to this plan.

We will continue to provide live streaming on all days so that you can attend from home. Let us pray as one family and dedicate our prayers to the health of our community, speedy recovery of people who are affected, for the people serving in healthcare, and for the medical professionals to find a cure for this. So, I encourage you to join all the services in our parish spiritually.

On March 19, Thursday, we are commemorating the feast of St. Joseph, patron of fathers, families and Universal Church. Let us seek the intercession of St. Joseph to protect the whole world from the threat of Coronavirus. Let us remember that our forefathers put faith in special prayers to St. Sebastian and All Saints Litany to overcome the disasters of famine, war, and pestilence.

I am always available if you need any form of spiritual assistance. Please feel free to contact me at (630) 286 3767.

With Prayers,

Fr. George Danavelil

Links to attend our Qurbana via live streaming:

Directly on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stsyromalabarsf/videos

Streaming on church website: https://www.stthomassfo.org/home

"The LORD is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does. The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfils the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them".

Psalm 145:17-19

March 17th, 2020

March 14th, 2020

Over the last 2 days, the threat of Coronavirus spread has escalated, and there have been several directives from Santa Clara County and Federal & State governments regarding gathering of people for non-essential activities.

The safety and health of our community is the highest priority for us. In light of the current situation, we have decided to celebrate the Holy Qurbana with only few essential staff (such as the altar ministers) who are needed to conduct the Holy Qurbana. Our Sunday service will start with adoration at 9am followed by Holy Qurbana at 9:30am. There will only be one Holy Qurbana starting this Sunday 03/15. We will live stream the Holy Qurbana on church’s Facebook page and church website (on Fridays and Sundays), so you can attend from home. Links are provided below. You can also attend the Holy Qurbana on Shalom TV, or EWTN.

On weekdays, as usual, there will be Holy Qurbana and 1 hour adoration before the Qurbana for the victims of Coronavirus.

Our Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath has removed the obligation to attend mass on Sundays and Holy Days during this period of Emergency. We ask that you stay home and use one of the options above to attend mass and not come to the church. We need to follow this to ensure that we adhere to the gathering limits imposed by Santa Clara county. In case you need to join the Holy Qurbana in person in our church for any special intention or need, kindly contact me.

We are also suspending CCD classes and all other events and meetings. We will NOT be having the Parish Council meeting and Pothuyogam in March as announced earlier. Our Perunaal which was planned for April 19th is moved to Jul 5th.

All these changes will apply until further notice. We will closely monitor the situation, and keep you updated on any changes to this plan.

If you are in need of any form of assistance during this crisis period, please get in touch with your ward leaders or the Agape Ministry (agape-ministry-syro@googlegroups.com), and we will find a way to get you help.

Let us pray for the speedy recovery of people who are affected, and for the medical professionals to find a cure for this.

Links to attend our Qurbana via live streaming (Only Fri & Sun at Qurbana time):

Directly on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/syromalabarsf/videos

Streaming on church website: https://www.stthomassfo.org/home

Links to Shalom TV & EWTN:

Shalom TV - https://shalomtv.tv/live/

EWTN - https://www.ewtn.com/tv/shows/sunday-mass-live

March 13th, 2020

Considering the heightened concerns around Coronavirus as well as guidance from CA state & Santa Clara county, we are making some changes to minimize the gathering.

The Lent Fri service on Fri Mar 13th AND the upcoming Lent Fridays will have only the Holy Qurbana and we will NOT conduct the Way of the Cross. Also, we will NOT be serving food on Fridays. We will continue this until further notice.

As per the recommendation of our Bishop, we are observing tomorrow as a prayer day, and we will have Eucharistic Adoration starting at 6.30 pm at our church. You may join it spiritually from your own home, and after that, there will be Holy Qurbana at 7.30 pm. Let us continue the practice of the Way of the Cross prayer from our own home at least every Friday during this Lent season. Let us remember we are cancelling the prayer services only at the church and not from our own life.

If you’re above the age of 60 or have physical conditions that affect your immunity or have children under age of 5, I strongly recommend you stay home and attend the Holy Qurbana in Shalom TV, or EWTN.

We are closing monitoring the situation and following the guidance issued by the government and the county to protect our community. We will provide you with regular updates on any changes to service.

March 13th, 2020

March 9th, 2020

March 8th, 2020

Due to heightened concerns around Coronavirus, we will be giving the Holy Communion only in hand.

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