Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish

Gods People in Extraordinary Variety

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Welcome to St. Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic Parish

Welcome to Saint Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, one of the most racially, ethnically and culturally diverse parishes in the Archdiocese.  We are proud of the many people that make up this vibrant community.

We welcome you to explore and participate in our worship and in our service to the greater Hyde Park community. Come join us!

Our parish exists as a response to Christ’s command to preach the Good News and bring that News to others. As a parish community we exist to offer you and your family an opportunity to grow in spirituality in faith and in service to God’s Kingdom.

Thomas the Apostle comes to us as “Doubting Thomas.”  He refused to simply accept that which he had not personally experienced.  In this he stands as a model of one who actively explored his faith.  We invite you to explore the dimensions of your faith with us, to share your gifts with the wider Body of Christ.  Putting prayer into action is what this parish is about.  Thomas’ profession of faith resulted in his expression: “My Lord and my God!” That is our prayer and direction even now.

Come help us bring to life the Kingdom of Justice for all those still hungering and thirsting for it today.

Fr. Elias, O. Carm., Pastor


The To Teach Who Christ Is Campaign seeks to raise funds for Catholic education and faith formation over a three-year period. It is an Archdiocesan-wide, parish-based campaign with an enhanced major gift effort. The campaign offers benefits to our Catholic community, to individual elementary and high school children and to our society overall. The funds that are raised will preserve and strengthen our schools and religious education programs and those they serve, as well as meet the self-identified needs of each parish in Chicago and suburban Cook and Lake Counties.

Learn more at the To Teach Who Christ Is website!





If you have been watching the news, you will know of the terrible devastation wrecked by Typhoon Haiyan. We cannot imagine the scale of the need of these people for immediate help and relief.Whatever charity you support at this time, please keep all the people of the Philippines in your prayers, as they work to rebuild the lives, at the same time mourning the loss of so many.  Read more ....

Typhoon Haiyan Philippines Emergency Relief Appeal

Catholic Relief Services
3525 S. Lake Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60653

To donate on-line:


The Architecture of Barry Byrne

Taking the Prairie School to Europe

One of Frank Lloyd Wright's earliest apprentices, a visionary of modern Catholic church buildings

One of the first significant apprentices of Frank Lloyd Wright, Barry Byrne (1883–1967) was a radical architect who sought basic principles as fervently as his mentor Wright and his inspiration Louis Sullivan. From these roots he developed a design philosophy that began with the function of the building. He followed Wright's principles but forged an individual style more reminiscent of Sullivan and Irving Gill, with taut planar skins enveloping modern space plans. In 1922 he designed the first modern Catholic church building, St. Thomas the Apostle in Chicago, and in 1924 he traveled to Europe where he met Mies, Mendelsohn, Oud, and other modernist architects. He was the only Prairie School architect to build in Europe, designing the concrete Church of Christ the King, built in 1928–31 in Cork, Ireland.  Read more...



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Parish Mission

St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, “God’s People in Extraordinary Variety,” is a welcoming community of Roman Catholics from diverse social, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds. We rise to the challenge of creating community in diversity through our shared commitment to Christ’s redeeming love.

Our mission is twofold: To promote unity among our members through prayer, participation in the sacraments, Catholic education (in its various forms), and social interactions; and to express the gospel values that unite us in our community and the community around us, especially by sharing our gifts of time, treasure, and talent.

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Mass Schedule

Daily Mass
Monday thru Friday       8:30 am

Weekend Mass
Saturday    8:30 am and 4:00 pm, Sunday   8:30 am and 11:00 am

Holy Days & Holidays
8:30 am

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday           3:00 to 3:45 pm, or by appointment

Weekend Religious Education
Sunday            9:30 am - 11 am

1st Sunday of each month

Palm Sunday

April 12, 2014 at 4:00 pm Mass

April 13, 2014 at 8:30 and 11:00 am Mass


The Triduum

Holy Thursday Liturgy -  April 17, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Good Friday   April 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Easter Vigil   April 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Easter Sunday   April 20, 2014 at 8:30 and 11:00 am






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St. Thomas the Apostle School

Over 125 years of Academic Excellence

Pre-K and K through 8th Grade


5467 South Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60615

(773) 667-1142

"God's People in Extraordinary Variety"

St. Thomas the Apostle Parish

5472 South Kimbark Avenue
Chicago, IL  60615-5299

Phone:  (773) 324-2626

Fr. Elias, O.Carm., Pastor