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Sacristans: 

Sacristans are responsible for keeping the sacristy in order and stocked. Currently, the main Sacristans are Matthew Kairen, Thomas Karamuttom, Vincent Thomas, Marydasan Thomas, Saji Sebastian, and Joseph Karapurackal.

Altar Servers: 

 The altar servers assist the celebrant during the Qurbana by saying prayers, singing hymns, and more.

Lector Ministry: 

The Lector Ministry takes care of assigning lectors to read the Bible for Sunday Masses, days of obligations, and other special occasions. They look to engage members of the community to participate in the Holy Mass through the proclamation of Holy Scripture.
Leads:  Smita Leslie & Bindhu Sojimon.

Children’s Choir:

Children from 6th - 10th grade come together to lead the Mass through singing and playing instruments. They also perform carols for Nursing Homes and the Church community during the Christmas season.

Leads: Jolly Thadikkaran & Merin Kalapurakka 

Youth Choir:

High school and college students collaborate to lead the Mass with their voices and instruments. They also have recently engaged in created uplifting musical content during the lockdown period.  

Leads: Ann Murickan & Joel Thomas

Adult Choir:

The adult choir aims to enhance the Mass through sacred music throughout the Liturgy. They lead First Friday Adorations and perform Christmas carols along with other endeavors. 

Leads: Nisha Alex & Sinija Kalapurackal

Palm of God: 

Palm of God consists of members of the Children and Youth Choir who chose to come together to perform music that they artistically put together. They aim to give a spotlight to the different instruments through the performances.  

Flower Arrangement Team: 

The Marian Mothers takes initiative to decorate the Church with beautiful flowers seasonally.

Lead: Cicily Nirappel

AV & Livestream Team Ministry: 

The audiovisual team handles the sound system in the Church. During the time of Covid-19, they managed the live streaming of the Holy Mass and other important events through our Youtube Channel.

Leads: Rijo George & Alex Crispin

Priceless Generals Ministry:

The Priceless Generals Ministry works to ensure the efficiency of the Church facility and handles many projects such as electrical work, plumbing, and so much more. Their voluntary work helps the Church save money and progress efficiently.

Volunteers:  

Cherian(Joy) Alexander Kadukunnel

Alex Crispin 

Subin Manchery

Thomas Meledath

Thomas Nirappel

George Paul Kottam

 Shijo Thomas

Accounts Team Ministry:  

The accounts team manages Church accounting and provides bookkeeping services. 

Leads: Mathew Kairen, Jose Alex & Selvin Payyappilly

Safe Environment Team Ministry: 

Our Church aims to follow the safe environment guidelines as given by the diocese and the team aspires to create a safe environment for parishioners.

Contact: SET@StThomasSyroNJ.org

Leads:

Theresa Tomy- (908) 391-6917)

Teseline Joseph- (732) 572-5323)

Jaison Alex- (914) 645-9899

 

Fellowship Hall Sports Ministry 

The Fellowship Hall of our Church hosts many activities including sports in order to engage members of the community and enhance fellowship. This ministry allows people to be more involved and share their interests with the growing community. Some sports we have are badminton, basketball, and volleyball.

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Pious Organizations 

Cherupushpam Mission League (CML):

Comprised of all of the CCD students, CML focuses on allowing those who are younger to serve the community as well as reach out to those in need through bake sales, egg hunts, etc. They also focus on the spiritual developments of their members through Advent and Lent reflection activities, leading Friday Adorations, participating in the Way of the Cross, etc. Their model and patron saint is St. Therese of Lisieux.

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Youth & Young Adults

The youth of our community work to reach the modern generation through activities that they can relate to and be involved with such as ice skating, Breakfast with Santa, Chai with Chechi’s, prayer and worship sessions, Big Little bonding projects, Lock-Ins, Thanksgiving dinners, and many more. 

Youth Animators: Biji Abraham & Monagi Thomas

Diocesian Youth Apostolate(DYA)

The Diocesan Youth Apostolate (DYA) is a communion of youth groups and ministries united as a Church of Christ following the Syro Malabar traditions. The Youth Apostolate is led by Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath, Director Rev. Fr. Paul Chaliserry, and teams of national and regional youth coordinators. 

DYA Representatives: Joyal Jose & Colin Morse

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Joseph Fathers: 

The fathers of St Thomas Syro Malabar Church have served the church by engaging in several Church activities such as cooking food for the Perunal and setting up the fellowship hall for various events throughout the year. The Joseph Fathers hope to enhance unity and solidarity in the parish community.

Leads: Tom Antony, Thomas Kuriakose & Biju Lonappan

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Marian Mothers:

The mothers of St. Thomas Syro Malabar Church have served the church in various ways, through making a recipe book, decorating the church, and providing food for the vicar, etc. It is a fellowship of the mothers of the parish recognizing Mother Mary as the model of our faith, family, and community life. This group has been vibrant in our Church since its inception in 2006 providing support to our church’s spiritual, cultural, social, and organizational activities. The members of the Marian Mothers Group are primarily all the mothers of the parish and currently, no formal enrollment is required.

Leads: Jojimol Kallarackal, Lina Perumpail & Ginny Johnny

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SVDP:

SVDP is an organization that raises money for those in need all around the world and has hosted many service projects over the years.

Leads: 

President - Mercy James

Vice President - Anoy Antony

Secretary - Binoy Varghese

Trustee - Somi Mathew

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Green Army

Pope Francis invites us through his encyclical and his teachings, "Let us be the protectors of creation, protectors of God's plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment." Syro Green Army is our church community initiative to create awareness about the importance of protecting our Common Home and finding creative ways to cultivate growth in both plant life and the community. 

Visit Green Army Website for more details

 


Care for Creation

Care for creation is a children's organization under Green Army, inspired by the encyclical and teachings of Pope Francis.

Lead: Benoy Samprickal

Visit Care for Creations to learn more

Raising Hope: 

Raising Hope is a service organization under CML dedicated to helping impoverished students in Kerala, India at Mariyasadanam by providing financial and educational support as well as serving the local community. Throughout the year, they host barbecues, car washes, nursing home visits, visits to the homeless, and food donations. 

Leads: Ashley Thoonkuzhy & Ansa Bijo

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St. Chavra Knights of Columbus: 

St. Chavra Knights of Columbus is a service organization that focuses on helping the community and those in need. The organization supports a variety of projects in the Church and raises money for several different causes. 

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St. Thomas Toastmasters & Gavel Club

Toastmasters provides a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

Leads: 

Josemon Joseph (732-754-4987)

Roy Job (203-551-0788)

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