Welcome to St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church
We're so glad you're here
ABOUT ST. THOMAS
St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church is one of six Roman Catholic Parishes in Naperville, IL. The Parish is part of the Diocese of Joliet and serves approximately 3400 families.
• Directions to St. Thomas (Click the link & type in your location for directions)
• A brief history of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church
• Biography of our patron, St. Thomas the Apostle
• Want to read about St. Thomas the Apostle parish? Download a copy of "Discover St. Thomas"
Who is the pastor? How can I reach him and others on staff? The pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle is Fr. Don McLaughlin. The associate pastor is Fr. Rodolphe Arty. Click here to view contact information for the entire St. Thomas staff.
How do I register to join the parish? Please come to Welcome Sunday! Read more.
Where can I find out more about St. Thomas' Faith Formation/Religious Education program for youth?
Visit the Religious Education page for age specific information
Does St. Thomas have a school? Yes, St. Thomas is one of three parishes that founded All Saints Catholic Academy, a Catholic elementary and middle school located just two miles from the parish campus. Visit the All Saints Catholic Academy website
What Does St. Thomas have for people in their 20s and 30s? St. Thomas young adult parishioners are enthusiastically invited to participate in AuthenticLIFE ministries. Click here for more information. In addition many opportunities are sponsored by YAM, the young adult ministry of the Joliet Diocese. Young adults from parishes all around the diocese enjoy regularly scheduled social events, service opportunities and the annual 4 weekTheology on Tap series.
Can I sign up for ministries? Sure! If you are a registered parishioner, you can sign up for ministries and there are plenty to choose from. Visit the ministries page to take a look. We have developed a convenient way for parishioners to sign up for ministries online using "STA" member accounts (each family member will need to create their own account). Click here for more information about the member account process. .
Mass and Reconciliation Schedule
Please know that the following is available during weekend worship at Church: A wheelchair (in the Narthex); Large print worship aids; Hearing assistance units (located in the narthex)
Does St. Thomas offer any special programs for children during Mass times? Yes! From September to May pre-K through 3rd grade children can participate in Liturgy of the Word for Children during the 9:30 a.m. or the 11:15 a.m Liturgies. During the time of the regular Liturgy of the Word, the children are gathered separately to hear the Gospel story of the day proclaimed in language, activities, music and prayer appropriate to their age. In addition, five times a year we have Liturgy of the Word for fourth and fifth graders. Read more about Liturgy of the Word for Children
Is there a nursery where I can leave my child during Mass? Supervised childcare for children ages one to four is available in the Nursery located across the hall from the Religious Education offices. During the month of August Nursery is available only during the 9:00 a.m. mass. Beginning in early September, your child is welcome during the 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. masses. If you are a parishioner you can sign up to participate in the nursery co-op to use the nursery and offer your time: registration forms are posted on the nursery door, or you may contact Brett Adams in the R.E. office at 305-6318. The nursery is also available to non-co-op members for a nominal fee.
Does St. Thomas have a Youth Mass? It sure does. A Mass for youth, young adults, and the young at heart, is held at 6:00 p.m. Sunday evenings from September through May. This energized liturgy is a collaborative effort involving the contributions of several high school students each week. Geared to the younger set it is enhanced by lively music provided by a talented group of St. Thomas youth.
We're having a baby and want to find out about baptism. What wonderful news! Baptism is the foundation of every Christian Life and one of the three sacraments of Initiation. Read more...
There's a wedding in my future. Can I be married at St. Thomas? Congratulations! A couple planning to be married should contact the parish at least 6 months in advance. Read more...
Read more about the Seven Sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church
ADULT FAITH FORMATION AND SPIRITUAL GROWTH
I am a Catholic, and would like to learn more about my faith. Each year St. Thomas offers excellent Adult faith formation programs that range from a one-time session to a full study of a single topic over several weeks. These programs are always published in the weekly bulletin (which is available online) and on the News and Information page of this website.
I'm not a Catholic, but I might be interested. Where do I begin? We have regular inquiry sessions scheduled where you can ask questions and explore Catholicism. Please contact Chari Rosales, the director of Adult Faith Formation for more information. Also, if you'd like to read about the process of becoming a Catholic, known as R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults), please click here.
I'm not a Christian, but want to learn more about Jesus Christ. ALPHA is a great place to start. Click here to read all about it!
What is this I hear about the Donuts? Please join us for Donut Sunday! Meet fellow parishioners and enjoy delicious Dunkin' Donuts, coffee and juice several times a year September through May. Click here for the current schedule
I want to make a difference in my community. What types of service ministries can I participate in at St. Thomas? St. Thomas strives to be "Christ in the World" following Jesus' call to "Love one another". The Service commission encompasses Outreach ministries to others as well as the Pastoral care of those among us. Opportunities exist for individuals and families. Please visit the Service Commission ministries page to view all the opportunities available to parishioners.
Read about the Church's teachings on Social Justice.
I need help and have no where to turn. We are here for you. As always St. Thomas is acting to develop ways to help one another. Please call 355-8980 and ask to speak with one of our Pastoral Care nurses, or to a member our Outreach and Social Justice staff.. Also, the following resources may be helpful.
Pregnant? Confused? Need Help?
Samaritan Interfaith Counseling - counseling and psychotherapy for individuals, couples, families and groups.