Serving Hyde Park’s Catholic Community since 1869


5472 South Kimbark Avenue,
Hyde Park, Chicago IL, 60615-5297
Phone: (773) 324-2626 Fax: (773) 891-0602

Hospitality Coordination

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers,
for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.”
(Heb. 13:2)

Hospitality is an important part of parish life. As part of the parish’s efforts to encourage fellowship among parishioners, Hospitality Sundays were created. This ministry provides an opportunity for our parishioners to gather in the Parish hall for socializing and refreshments after the Sunday morning Masses.

Who we are: We are a group of parishioners of St. Thomas the Apostle who care about providing coffee, donuts and refreshments after the 8:30AM and 11:00AM Masses in the Parish Hall on Sunday mornings. We enjoy our ministry and look to it as an opportunity to help our members, old and new, feel at home at St. Thomas the Apostle.

What we do: We coordinate and often host the weekly Hospitality in the Parish Hall after both Sunday morning Masses, giving an opportunity for parishioners and visitors to enjoy good conversation, meet fellow parishioners and to feel welcome into the parish community.

  • We set up and serve the coffee and donuts as well as stay to clean-up;
  • We love bringing smiles to people’s faces with our goodies – especially the children!
  • We enjoy the fellowship of working together, and invite you to share in our mission to provide warm hospitality for our parishioners and guests.

Time commitment: The schedule is set based on individual’s Mass preferences and availability.

Requirements: Anyone willing to help!

Contact: Rita Sprudzs, (773) 960-5644, reets@mindspring.com.

“Our churches should be places where everyone feels at home. Guests should never feel that they are causing undue extra labor.
In short, all that is really needed to be an excellent host is a loving heart, an open ear, and eyes
that see Christ in each person who crosses the threshold.

Emily J. Cook, “Hospitality Is Biblical – And It’s Not Optional”

NB! The various parish ministries are asked to take turns setting up the coffee, juice and other refreshments. Hosting Hospitality Sunday allows the ministry the opportunity to promote upcoming events and spread the word about their ministry.