Serving Hyde Park’s Catholic Community since 1869

5472 South Kimbark Avenue,
Hyde Park, Chicago IL, 60615-5297
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Novena to St. Thomas the Apostle

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Thomas the Apostle,

On the General Roman Calendar, the feast of St. Thomas the Apostle is celebrated on July 3rd each year. Because St. Thomas the Apostle is our titular patron, the feast is elevated to a solemnity for us and Church law permits the celebration to be transferred to the nearest Sunday for the good of the faithful (Universal Norms on the Liturgical Year and the General Roman Calendar, no. 58). This year, the parish will commemorate this great solemnity at all Sunday Masses the weekend of July 6 and 7, 2024.

To prepare our parish for this great feast I kindly ask that together, as a parish, we pray a novena to St. Thomas the Apostle. A novena is nine days of prayer leading up to a great celebration in the life of the Church. This tradition is rooted in the nine days Mary and the apostles prayed between the Ascension of our Lord and the sending of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.

The novena will begin on Monday, June 24, 2024, and will conclude on Tuesday, July 2, the day before the feast of St. Thomas on the General Roman Calendar. This is an opportunity to unite our collective and individual prayers and to seek God’s help through our patron. This prayer can be said at home, with family, and we will pray it after our daily Masses leading up to the feast day of St. Thomas. May St. Thomas continue to intercede for our parish and all who call this place home.

Sincerely in Christ,

Fr. Trail


To be prayed daily from June 24– July 3

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Lord Jesus, Saint Thomas doubted your resurrection until he touched your wounds. After Pentecost, you called him to become a missionary in India, but he doubted again and said no. He changed his mind only after being taken into slavery by a merchant who happened to be going to India. Once he was cured of his doubt, you freed him, and he began the work you had called him to do. As the Patron Saint against Doubt, I ask him to pray for me when I question the direction in which you are leading me. Forgive me for mistrusting you, Lord, and help me to grow from the experience.

Saint Thomas, pray for me.

Almighty and ever-living God, who did strengthen your apostle Thomas with sure and certain faith in your Son’s resurrection: grant us so perfectly and without a doubt to believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord, and our God, that our faith may never be found wanting in your sight, through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God, now and forever.

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St. Thomas the Apostle, pray for us.

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be…

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.