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,

As we continue our journey through the season of Advent our Gospel reminds us that the preaching of the good news of Christ happens in the context of daily life. John the Baptist, as he goes throughout the region preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, does so in the context of society and life. As people striving to go in faith, this is a healthy reminder that our faith happens in the context of society and our daily lives.

Faith does not live in a vacuum but comes alive when we apply our faith to our daily lives. This Advent, I pray that our faith may be lived out as we prepare our hearts for Christmas. Some ways that we can live out our faith at home:

  • Light your Advent wreath in your home when you share a meal or pray
  • Set up your nativity scene in a prayerful way and set it up in a prominent place in your home
  • Do an advent calendar
  • Celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation

These are just a few of the myriad ways you can bring our faith this advent season into the context of our daily life.

May God keep our hearts open to faith working in the context of our lives.

Fr. Trail

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