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Parish Events at St. Thomas the Apostle

Registration for Religious Education 2016-2017



Registration for St. Thomas the Apostle Religious Education Program is taking place during the months of May and June.  Please CLICK HERE for the registration form and more information.

Year of Mercy Pilgrimage to Washington, D.C.
Jubilee Year of Mercy Pilgrimage
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Washington, D.C.
Date:  Saturday, September 24, 2016
The pilgrimage will be led by Bishop Murphy, who will be joined by his brother bishops.  
We will be participating in this pilgrimage with thousands of Catholics from parishes across Long Island!
Reserve your seat on our bus today!  
Please contact the St. Thomas the Apostle Parish pilgrimage coordinator, for more information and to reserve a seat on our bus:
Anne Gregg
Cost:  $25 per person

 Our Diocesan Pilgrimage…A Journey of Unity in Christ

For the Christian, pilgrimage is a way of life.  Our life on earth is a continuing journey towards complete union with God in the kingdom.  From earliest times, Christian have journeyed to defined spaces and places to practice pilgrimage as a spiritual exercise for growing in faith.

Undertaking a pilgrimage to a specific holy site, as an individual or with others, helps the Christian prepare for the journey, the high point of which is the encounter with God, through Christ, in the power of the Spirit in the midst of the Church.

Our day long journey of faith will honor Mary.  We will seek her help and protection and ask God to shower upon us his Spirit for our earthly life here on Long Island.


 6:30am              Leave West Hempstead

 12noon            The Angelus, Upper Church

12:10                Welcome, Msgr. Vito A. Buonanno

12:15                Presentation: Christopher Ruddy, PhD.,

                        Catholic University of America

12:45                Lunch (bring your own or purchase at


                        Tours and Gift Shop visits

                        Private Prayer Adoration of the Blessed


                        Individual Confessions

2:45                  Youth Event, Crypt Church

3:00                  Rosary in Word and Song, Upper Church

4:00                  Gather in Upper Church

4:15                  Celebration of the Eucharist, Upper Church

 5:30                 Departure

10:30                Estimated return time


Ongoing Conversations with God

+ Have you ever wondered how the readings from Mass apply to your own life?

+ Are you looking for more support and encouragement in your prayers?

+ Would you like to spend an evening with others who are interested in these things, too?

Then come to the Rectory Meeting Room (downstairs from the Rectory Office) at 7:30 pm on Thursday, Dec. 3rd to reflect on the Sunday scriptures and pray for one another’s needs. No matter what your experience or background might be, you are welcome!

Contact Rob Waters at 292-5883 or [email protected] for more information or to request a special prayer intention be remembered that night.

Upcoming dates include:  August 11, August 25.

Our stellar Coffee Crew continues to host successful Social Sundays at the church and chapel each month. Show your Christian hospitality by joining the crew! You’ll get to meet and greet other members of our St. Thomas Family, welcome newcomers and visitors, and make everyone feel more at home as they enjoy food, drink and fellowship. Want to learn more? Contact Ann Rattoballi at 516-292-1056.


St. Thomas The Apostle’s Helping Hands Program ~

Helping Hands Celebrates Its 5th Anniversary as St. Thomas the Apostle’s Cooking Ministry

Created in June 2009, our Helping Hands Program is a human services ministry reaching out to families in the parish who have recently faced a loss in their family or are going through an illness, treatment, surgery, etc.

We do not have meetings and everything is done via e-mail! So if you work full time, this ministry is perfect for you!

We coordinate a monthly e-mail list of meal deliveries to families in the parish and the program is simply a personal way for our parishioners to connect to one another in a time of sorrow or illness and say we care.

We assign each volunteer cook only one (1) family a month via our email list and they offer 1 meal on behalf of the parish during their time of loss or illness. Many times, our families decline, but are still touched by the gesture of the parish taking the time to reach out to them.

If they accept, the volunteer then schedules a time that is good for both themselves and the family to deliver that meal.

In the last 5 years, our volunteers have reached out to more than 550 parish families in their time of sorrow or illness.

If you know of a parishioner who could be touched by this program OR if you are interested in finding out more details about becoming a volunteer cook or making a donation to our cooks who also donate their time and money to provide these meals, please contact our Human Services office at 538.7465 or e-mail our group coordinator at [email protected].

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Are you interested in the Catholic faith? Do you know someone who has been coming to Mass but is not Catholic? Would you like to find out what’s involved in following Jesus as a Catholic? Are you searching for something more in life? A deeper relationship with God? A sense of belonging in a faith community? If you, or someone you know would like to gather with others who were never baptized or were baptized but have not received Eucharist in the Catholic Church, we invited you to learn more about sacramental preparation for adults contact, Cindy at 489-8585 or


A special invitation... Visit the St. Thomas Parish Library. Where is it? Come down the stairs in front of the main church building on Westminster Rd.  Once you enter the short hallway, the Parish Library is the first room on the right. What can I do there? Check out or return books. Spend time reading something you find on the shelf or that you’ve brought with you. Take a break, have a cup of coffee, and relax. That sounds great! The full schedule is posted on the library door.


Support St. Thomas the Apostle Parish with every purchase you make!This is a simple way for all parishioners to support St. Thomas. We’ve joined OneCause to help you turn your everyday purchases into much-needed contributions for our church, at no extra cost to you. All we need is for you to join OneCause too!When you shop through OneCause for your everyday needs, for everything from apparel to travel, you will save money and earn up to a 20% contribution on every eligible purchase at hundreds of well-known merchants including,,,,, and many more! Get started in 1-2-3! Go to and click “join.” Fill in your profile information and select our organization to support. Start shopping through OneCause! Always start Your Everyday Shopping at Every time you shop through OneCause you will save money with hundreds of Coupons and Deals and contribute a percentage of every eligible purchase to St. Thomas.  Start at, click to your favorite online store or service provider, make your purchase and automatically earn a contribution.  It’s that simple! JOIN ONECAUSE TODAY!


A televised Sunday Mass is now airing on ABC Family from 6:30 am to 7:00 am each Sunday, WNYW Fox 5 from 5:30 am to 6:00 am each Sunday and WLNY Channel 10/55 from 9:00 am to 9:30 am each Sunday morning. THE SUNDAY MASS is produced by the Passionist Fathers and Brothers out of New York City and is available nationally on local affiliates. Too early for you? Tape it, Tivo it, or watch it online. For more information consult the website at


Knitting Group

Our knitting and crochet group began in the Fall of 2005 with 6 members and has grown to over 60! We meet each Wednesday at 10:00 am until 12:00 from September until June in the Parish Center to share our talents with one another and others over coffee and bagels. All donations are greatly appreciated!

The St. Thomas Knitting and Crocheting for Newborns would like to thank all the St. Thomas School and Religious Education students who participated in their grade level Mass on Sunday, November 20th for their generous donation of yarn.  Your donation makes it possible for infants at Winthrop University Hospital and cancer patients at Mercy Hospital to have warm hats and blankets.  The yarn is also used to make prayer shawls presented by the Ministry of Consolation to those who have recently lost a loved one.


St. Thomas the Apostle School "Come Experience the Miracle" - St. Thomas School announces FULL DAY PRE-KINDERGARTEN - 8 AM - 2:45 PM. AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM 2:45 - 5:30 PM - Visit our Pre-school through Grade 8 Classes. All Visitors Welcomed! Please call for an appointment for your child to spend the day with us! Visit our Toddler (2year old); Nursery (3 year old); Pre-school (4 year old) through Grade 8 Classes.

Tomorrow’s Technology in Today’s Classroom Smart Boards * Digital Cameras*Scanners * Videoconferencing * Distance Learning * Web Cameras * Digital Microscopes * Cultural Arts * After School Program * Clubs * Art * Music * Physical Ed. * Library Media Center * Computer * Spanish

Location: 12 Westminster Road, West Hempstead, NY 11552 - 516-481-9310 Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Accreditation


A Basic Theology Certificate is available to all members of St. Thomas parish. Throughout the year courses will be offered meeting the requirements of the Diocese to obtain a basic certificate. These courses provide an introduction to Hebrew Scripture, Christian Scripture, Christology, Ecclesiology, Liturgy and Morality. Each course is generally five sessions and two hours each session. A minimum of eight hours is required for each unit to receive credit.

An Advanced Theology Certificate can also be obtained after receiving the Basic Certificate by completing six advanced courses of ten hours each of which three must be in the areas of Christology, Ecclesiology and Psychology.

Courses are offered all over Long Island as well as at St. Thomas. For further details or questions, contact the Religious Ed office at 538-7460.


Do you love books? Would you like to help our parish school? We are purchasing books for our School Library and would like to know if you'd like someone to be memorialized. If so, you may fill out the tear-off on the bottom and list the name of a person or persons you would like to have remembered. Please list the name of the person donating the book, as well as the one it is in memory of. Monetary donations may be made to St. Thomas the Apostle.

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