How can I register as a parishioner?
Thank you for choosing St. Thomas as your parish home. Click here to download a parishioner registration form. Please fill out and send it back to the parish office or hand it to an usher before or after Mass.
What are the Mass times? And Confession?
Daily Mass, Monday and Wednesday through Saturday at 8 a.m.
Daily Mass, Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. (with STA School students)
Saturday Evening Vigil Mass 4 p.m.
Sunday Masses 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.
Sacrament of Reconciliation – Saturday 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
I want my baby to be Baptized. What should I do?
Baptism is celebrated on the first Sunday of the month at 12:30 p.m. (except during Lent). Seminar for parents and godparents is offered on the second Sunday of the month at 12:30 p.m. Parents have to be registered parishioners. Please read this page, fill in a Baptism request form and send it back to the parish office.
I want to become a Catholic. What should I do?
For the unbaptized
Those seeking to join the Catholic Church, who are not baptized, are encouraged to call the parish office at (773) 324-2626 to inquire about the formation process. After a period of inquiry, if you decide you would like to continue on the journey, you are formally enrolled into the Order of Catechumens and officially begin a period of prayer, study, and formation in preparation to receive baptism, confirmation, and eucharist. A catechumen is the title given to the one who is in the process of preparing for baptism.
For those already baptized
If you have been validly baptized in another Christian denomination call the parish office at (773) 324-2626 to inquire about the formation process. After a period of preparation and discernment, you will celebrate the Rite of Reception Into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church, which includes a profession of faith, the celebration of confirmation, and first eucharist.
The sacrament of baptism imprints a special character upon the recipient and configures the baptized person to Christ. “No sin can erase this mark” (Catechism 1272). Therefore, baptism cannot be repeated. The Catholic Church honors the dignity and significance of baptism when other Christians seek to be received into full communion.
I’ve been a Catholic all my life, but I’ve never been confirmed. Can I receive this sacrament?
Yes, the Church wants everyone to receive the sacraments of the Church, and especially the three sacraments of initiation (baptism, confirmation, and eucharist). No matter how or why your journey unfolded, if you’re now ready and seeking to celebrate this sacrament, contact the parish office for more information.
Can I make a donation online?
Yes. St. Thomas the Apostle Parish now accepts online donations through GiveCentral. You can use this website to make paperless donations to our church. You can give by using your credit card, debit card and electronic checking payments making either one-time or recurring donations. We understand that most transactions today are done electronically. We want to provide you with that same convenient option at church. Thank you for your generosity & support. Your contributions are greatly appreciated!
How do I sign-up to give electronically through Give Central? The easiest way is to go to http://www.stapostle.org. Just click on “Contact Us” and select “Make a gift with Give Central.”
Is personal and payment information secure on Give Central? GiveCentral.org is a secure centralized payment system protected by SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) software and meets industry standards for Payment Card Industry.
What form of electronic payment does Give Central accept? Electronic checks (ACH) from Checking & Savings Accounts. Credit Cards: MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express.
Is there a fee for Give Central transactions? As with any electronic transaction, there is a small fee assessed to St. Thomas for each transaction processed through Give Central. Because Give Central was set up by the Archdiocese, the fees are less than other services. We believe that the convenience of regular electronic giving more than offsets the cost of these fees. Electronic Checking (ACH) from a checking or savings bank account incurs the smallest fees.
If I have a scheduling conflict with your schedule, where else may I attend Mass?
If you are unable to celebrate Mass with us, Calvert House at the University of Chicago offers Masses on Sunday evenings.
During the academic year (late Sept. to June), Sunday Mass is celebrated at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.; daily Mass is celebrated Monday through Friday at 12:30 p.m.
Outside of the academic year, Sunday Mass is celebrated at 5 p.m. (July to mid-Sept) and daily Mass is celebrated at 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
5735 South University Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637