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

From the Pastor’s Desk

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Thomas the Apostle, 

Happy Father’s Day weekend!

As we give thanks to God for our fathers and father-like figures in our lives it is a chance to remember their daily commitment, to honor them, and to pray for them:

Heavenly Father, you entrusted your Son Jesus, the child of Mary, to the care of Joseph, his foster father. Bless all fathers and grandfathers as they care for their families. Give them strength and wisdom, tenderness and patience, give them the ability to love in a way that reflects your love. Support them in the work they have to do, protecting those who look to them, as we look to you for love and salvation. Help us to love them in a way that would bring honor to You and them. Bless and heal all those wounded by the imperfections of their fathers and grant eternal rest to our fathers you have called from this life to yourself, through Jesus Christ Lord. Amen.

Additionally, I would like to provide you with some updates on our parish life for the summer: 

Communion Services June 17-21, 2024

The bi-annual priest convocation for the Archdiocese of Chicago is June 17–21, 2024. The convocation is a time for us to pray, share in our priestly fraternity, and to hear from our archbishop. Cardinal Cupich expects that all the priests are in attendance and so I’ll be in Lake Geneva to participate in our convocation. 

Since the priests of the archdiocese will be in one place the Cardinal has given permission for parishes to cancel daily Mass and to have communion services in their place. Therefore, there will only be communion services June 17–21. While I am away, please pray for the priests of the Archdiocese of Chicago and for more vocations to the priesthood. 

Statue of St. Martin de Porres Restored 

Some of you may recall last year, while we were in the gym, a beautiful statue of St. Martin de Porres was placed on the stage behind the ambo. Many people loved it but commented that they were perplexed that he was missing his hands. I’m happy to share that, through the generosity of the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate, the hands of  St. Martin have been restored. It is beautiful to see the hands of Martin, who used them during his life and ministry, restored to be a reminder to us of how we are called to serve with our hands as well. 

We are looking for a venerable space to place Martin and the Dominican Sisters have written a beautiful reflection which will be in a future bulletin.

St. Martin de Porres, pray for us! 

Fourth of July Parade with St. Thomas

the Apostle Catholic Church and School 

I am thankful that St. Thomas is located in Hyde Park! Join me and our fellow parishioners and school families as we celebrate our civic and neighborhood pride by walking in the 4th of July Parade! See page 7 of the bulletin for more information and for the QR code to sign up. 

Novena to St. Thomas the Apostle

June 24 – July 2, 2024

On Wednesday, July 3rd we celebrate the feast day of the patron of our parish, St. Thomas the Apostle. As a way 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. The novena will begin on Monday, June 24, 2024, and will conclude on Tuesday, July 2, the day before the feast of St. Thomas. 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 say it during our daily masses leading up to the feast day of St. Thomas. On the weekend of July 6th and 7th, the prayers at all of the Masses will be dedicated to St. Thomas the Apostle. May St. Thomas continue to intercede for our parish and all who call this place home.

In all things, may God bless our parish! 


Fr. Trail 

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