Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Thomas the Apostle,
Some exciting developments at St. Thomas that I wish to draw your attention:
Family Faith Formation beginning at St. Thomas
As I mentioned to you in my last bulletin, the parish needs to be a place where people flow in to be fed in their faith.
For several years, our friends and neighbors at Calvert House, the Catholic chaplaincy at the University of Chicago, have graciously taken up the work of providing religious education for the community. While not initially part of their ministry, over the years they have done student age religious education for both Calvert and St. Thomas parishioners. Calvert House is returning their focus more exclusively on the Catholic students and faculty at the university and have asked St. Thomas the Apostle Parish to resume the work of forming families.
I am happy that we are resuming this ministry as it is part of the foundation of parish life. I’m thankful that as this transition occurred, the perfect person for this role came to the parish. I am happy to welcome Rosina Hendrickson as the new coordinator of Family Faith Formation at St. Thomas the Apostle. Rosina’s biography is in this weekend’s bulletin and you’ll see that she has a wealth of experience and is a leading expert on family faith formation programs both at the parish and diocesan level. I’m honored that she is offering her talent and time to the parish.
This family faith formation program is available for children through 8th grade and it takes a different model than the traditional classroom model that I think will be beneficial for the entire family. It meets monthly with both the children and family together to learn about an aspect of the faith. From there, families go home and during the in-between weeks, they’ll do activities at home to continue their learning. This model not only educates the child but involves the whole family in growing in faith.
See Rosina’s section of the bulletin for more information and how to register. We’ll begin in October.
Welcome, Rosina and thank you for helping St. Thomas form faith-filled families!
First Choir Rehearsal a Success!
Matt Merz, our music director, shared that we had a very good inaugural choir rehearsal. I also was able to pop my head in at the beginning to welcome everyone and I was so happy to see 12 people joined! If you’re interested in joining, it’s not too late; reach out to Matt at Matt@MatthewMerz.com to join the choir. As I told the new choir, I may pop in and join the choir on a Sunday when I’m not presiding at Mass.
Welcome to the Students of the University of Chicago
Last weekend I was happy to see some students and families join us for Mass as many students move (back) to Hyde Park. While I know you have a dedicated chaplaincy at the University, please know that you are always welcome to join us for Mass and opportunities for prayer.
May God bless the good work of our parish! Sincerely, Fr. Trail