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,

The month of October is traditionally dedicated to the Holy Rosary. The rosary is a wonderful prayer and is
part of the daily spirituality of a vast majority of Catholics. The Rosary is prayed at the parish on the first Friday of the month after the morning Mass during adoration. I am thankful for our daily Mass goers who so faithfully pray this prayer together as a community.

For those who are not familiar with the Rosary, it is a prayer that Our Lady gave to St. Dominic de Guzman
and it is a reflection on various events of the life of our Lord and Our Lady. I would like to invite you to
consider praying the rosary this month if it is not already part of your spiritual practice. When I pray the
rosary, I find it personally centering and I can focus on a single moment of our Lord and really do some deep
prayer around that moment.

For some parish news:
Please join us on Thursday, October 12th at 7 PM to hear our fall Distinguished Preacher, Fr. John Kartje.
Fr. Kartje will preach to us on the 99th anniversary of the dedication of our church building. Fr Kartje was a parishioner here at St. Thomas before entering the seminary when he was a Ph.D. student at the University of Chicago. He was also one of my scripture professors when I was in the seminary.
I am very much looking forward to this event and I hope you can join us.

In all things, may God bless our parish.

Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Trail

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