Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church

Saint Thomas

We, the parish family of Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, proclaim our belief in the message and mission of Jesus Christ. We are committed to sharing our time, talent and treasure through worship, spiritual formation and outreach.
We, the parish family of Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, proclaim our belief in the message and mission of Jesus Christ.

We are committed to sharing our time, talent and treasure through worship, spiritual formation and outreach.

English Mass – Sat. 5:30PM – Sun. 8AM & 11AM
Misa en Español – Sun. 12:30PM
Reconciliation – Sat. 4PM-5PM

Office Hours: 8AM-4PM Mon-Thu, 8AM-12PM Fri
80 Saint Thomas Way, Montevallo, AL 35115
(205) 663-3936

Weekly Letter

Apr 14, 2024

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In the ancient church, the Easter season was considered a time of “mystagogy:” going deeper into the mysteries of our redemption. In those days, the catechumens heard the Creed and saw the celebration of the Eucharist for the first time after they were baptized at the Easter Vigil. Then everyone would reflect more deeply on those central truths of the faith in the weeks after Easter, seeing them anew through the eyes of the recently initiated. With that in mind, I’d like to mention a few things going on in the parish that can help us make this season a time of mystagogy for us, as well. First, for the next few weeks, I’m plan- ning to preach on the sacraments. I hope this will be helpful to anyone new to our parish, and maybe it will be a good refresher for all of us to look at the basics. If you’d like to go a bit deeper at home, I’m reading a nice recent anthology on the sacraments edited by J.F. Baldovin, S.J., and D.F. Turnbloom: Catholic Sacraments: A Rich Source of Blessings. Second, we’re coming to the end of the Faith Formation year, which means that it is almost time to register for next year. For families with kids of the appropriate ages (kindergarten through 8th grade, plus high school Confirmation), please be on the look-out for early regis- tration information. It will be held the first weekend of May, and we will also open online registration at the same time. Let’s make sure that the youngest members of our community have a chance to go deeper! Third, as you make your summer plans, be sure to circle the week of June 24–28, which will be our Vacation Bible School. This is always a great moment for people across our parish to come together and give our young people a great experience of God’s love. I look forward to seeing you there! In this Easter season, may the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Thomas lead us all more deeply into the wondrous mystery of Christ’s all-merciful love. God bless,

Father Jantz

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Annulment Advocates

St Thomas parish currently has two diocesan tribunal certified advocates for the marriage annulment process. Deacon David and Ann Hicks are available to serve as advocates for parish members that may have questions about the annulment procedures or may be considering the annulment process. Please contact Deacon David or Ann Hicks if you have questions or need further assistance.

Ladies Wednesday Bible Study

The Ladies Morning Scripture Study are meeting on Wednesday’s at 10:00 AM in the St. Joseph’s Room with The Eucharist in Scripture. This study will discover God’s plan as it is expressed through the Bible and the Mass. This six-lesson study, presented by Dr. Scott Hahn, will unlock the meaning of covenant, sacrifice, and sacrament as understood in the Bible, from Genesis through Revelation. The Eucharist in Scripture examines the biblical foundations of the Eucharist and explores the Church’s liturgy as the original context for the books of the Bible. All ladies are welcome to attend. Call Debbie at 205-616-0920 if you have any questions.

Wednesday Night Scripture Study

We are in our second year of the National Eucharistic Revival. This second phase will foster Eucharistic devotion at the parish level, strengthening our liturgical life through faithful celebration of the Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, and movements of the Holy Spirit. With this in mind, the Wednesday Night Scripture Study Group will explore Eucharist: Discovering the Mass in the Bible Acclaimed author and teacher Dr. Brant Pitre digs down to the biblical roots of the Eucharist, through its foreshadowing in the miraculous events of the Old Testament, the Gospels, and Apostolic teaching. We'll discover firsthand how Christ's Body and Blood are an integral and wondrous part of God's plan for our salvation. We meet each Wednesday at 7:00 PM in the St. Joseph’s room. All are invited to attend. Questions? Call Bill or Deb at 205-515-1927.

Ladies Auxiliary is Back!

The Ladies Auxiliary meetings are scheduled for November 12, January 14, March 10, and May 12 at 7pm in the St. Joseph Room!

Monthly Memorial Mass For Our Dearly departed Loved Ones

St. Thomas the Apostle will celebrate monthly Memorial Masses to honor our friends and family who have gone to the house of the Father. These Masses will take place every 2nd Thursday at 6pm in Spanish and every 3rd Thursday at 9am in English, and all are welcome to attend. Please contact Sr. Amanda Magdalena (sramanda@stthomascatholic.com or 205-358-1973) to add the names of your deceased loved ones or if you have any questions.

Manna Ministries Shoe Drive

Manna Ministries, a local food share outreach, is doing a shoe drive fundraiser. They are collecting gently used and new shoes until April 30th. For more information, please contact Joanne Fondren at (205)365-7435.

The Diocese of Birmingham Accepting Applications

The Diocese of Birmingham Chancery is accepting applications for the positions of Maintenance Technician and Director of Camp Tekakwitha. Interested applicants are asked to submit a completed Application for Employment, along with their cover letter and resume to ethibodeaux@bhmdiocese.org. A copy of the position descriptions are attached for review in the main building bulletin board in the hall way.

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Ministries

At St. Thomas, we have a wide variety of ministries, such as our Hispanic ministry, youth and college ministries, the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, our Faith Formation classes for students grades 1-10, and our Confirmation and First Communion programs.

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Giving

Instead of donating at the weekend masses, you can donate online via Faith Direct! You can choose to make a one-time donation or to start a recurring weekly or monthly payment. If you save your login, you can come back and change your banking info or pledge amount any time.

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Resources

Faith Formation Handbook

Details about registration for Faith Formation classes at St. Thomas and children's preparation for the sacraments

Faith Formation Schedule

Schedule of classes, holidays, and major events for the 2023-24 Faith Formation year