3290 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto, CA 94306  650-494-2496

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      Mission Statement: 
      St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Palo Alto, CA is a Roman Catholic community of disciples working together for the glory of God and our spiritual growth in Jesus Christ. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we live and share the Gospel through worship, education and service.                                                                                       
       
      Welcome
      to the St. Thomas Aquinas Parish website. 
      We are three churches in one parish in Palo Alto, CA.
      Our three worship sites are:
      Our Lady of the Rosary Church
      3233 Cowper St., Palo Alto, CA 94306
      St. Albert the Great Church
      1095 Channing Ave., Palo Alto, CA  94301
      and St. Thomas Aquinas Church
      751 Waverley St., Palo Alto, CA  94301

      Our office:  St. Thomas Aquinas Pastoral Center
      3290 MIddlefield Rd., Palo Alto, CA  94306

      We are part of the Diocese of San Jose.

      MAP OF OUR THREE CHURCHES

      Please check out our site and find a ministry
      or organization that you'd like to be a part of. 
      We are all in this together with Christ as our Brother.
    • News
      • August 29, 2014
        In this Issue: California to Catholic Colleges: Any Abortion. Any Time. Period; State Takes Steps to Insure Due Process for Unaccompanied Minors; Legislature Wrapping Up; Bills Head to Governor; On the Web
      • August 29, 2014
        Thanks to those who have pledged already, the Solar Initiative has collected pledges to fund 13 solar panels out of the 104 needed for the project. A donation of $480 funds one panel. 91 panels to go!"
      • August 29, 2014
        As I have remarked many times, I have never been in a parish whose giving to our second collections has been so overwhelmingly generous. I especially make note of your outpouring of love for the appeal of Fr. Noel on behalf of those suffering from the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan and the thousands of children fleeing the violence and suffering in Central America.
      • August 29, 2014 | by Susan Lee Olsen
        School has begun in the City of Palo Alto, and so our Faith Formation classes have begun. Registration forms are available on our parish website, in the vestibules at all three churches, and will also be available at our gatherings. Contact Susan at the Pastoral Center in you have questions: 650-494-2496 Ext. 25.
      • August 29, 2014
        Second Collection This Week: Our Parish St. Vincent de Paul Support Effort This weekend our 2nd collection is for our parish St. Vincent de Paul conference, which uses the money to buy food, hotel vouchers and other critical needs of those who come to the Pastoral Center for help. Please remember the unfortunates among us when the collection basket comes your way.
      • August 29, 2014
        The Green Committee is sponsoring a pledge drive to install solar panels on the roof of the school at Our Lady of the Rosary. The planned installation will provide electricity cost savings of $5,400 per year for 25 years (maybe more!) for St. Thomas Aquinas parish. Our objective is to raise $49,665 by September 29 . Pledge cards with more information will be available on the pews at all the sites.
      • August 29, 2014
        Sunday, September 7th - BLUE JASMINE Join us for this award-winning performance by Cate Blanchett. This first film asks how we know and accept the truth about oneself and others. Sister Nancy Usselmann, FSP, a Pauline sister and expert on media and spirituality, will lead the discussion.
      • August 28, 2014 | by Jean Ramacciotti
        Is God calling you to Christian contemplative prayer? The Centering Prayer Group continues to meet every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at the Thomas House, 745 Waverley Street (next to the church) in the living room. Two sessions of centering prayer are followed by sharing and discussion of this quiet meditation method taught by Fr. Thomas Keating, OCSB, and author of "Open Mind, Open Heart". For more information, contact Jean Ramacciotti at pageanr@yahoo.com, or visit the blog http://contemplativesofpaloalto.wordpress.com.
      • August 25, 2014
        Old timers and newcomers: Sign up with Anne Ackerman at 326-1336 or Nicke Andrews at 494-2152 by September 15 for information for a new year of enjoyable Bridge.
      • August 25, 2014 | by Kay Williams
        Many thanks to all who donated to the Backpack Drive for Seton School. The St. Thomas Aquinas 7:30 am and 8:45 a.m. Mass communities donated 43 backpacks and collected $3,315. These funds will be used to purchase school supplies.
    • Parish Memories (Photos)

      Parish Memories Available Online

      Pictures of recent St. Thomas Aquinas Parish events are now available online: First Communion and Confirmation.
       
      They are available for review and purchase at Photos - Parish Memories
       
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      Watch the video regarding the need for a new Catholic high school in south Santa Clara County.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQqXueuzeAE
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    • Solar Initiative - Green Committee

      The Green Committee is sponsoring a pledge drive to install solar panels on the roof of the school at Our Lady of the Rosary.  Our objective is to raise $49,565 by September 29, as detailed in the insert to the August 24 bulletin. 

      We need to know by September 21 whether we can raise the necessary funds.  If we do not receive sufficient pledges by September 21, the project will be canceled, and there will be no need for contributions.  If the project is deemed to have sufficient funds, you will be notified, and we will need your contribution by September 29.  Work will actually start on or about October 25.

      Click the logo above or here to pledge
    • Local Weather
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    • ONLINE GIVING
      St. Thomas Aquinas Parish now offers Online Giving! Click the icon and go to the Online Giving registration site.  Utilize the Internet for the good of our parish through this secure and convenient process.  Track parish giving along with your finances by signing up today.  Online giving can be effectively used on its own or in cooperation with regular offering envelopes.  If you would like to receive envelope packets, but also want to give online, you have the option as well.  For more information about receiving Sunday Offertory envelopes, contact Cathy Miller (650) 494-2496 ext. 24 or Chuck Tully, ext. 20.
    • Calendar
      • Aug 30, 2014
        2:00 PM
        St. Thomas Aquinas Church (Reception to follow at St. Albert the Great Hospitality Center)
      • Aug 31, 2014
        Our parish, at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, will be hosting a Catholic Book and Media Fair in the hall on Sunday, August 31st. The Daughters of St. Paul in Redwood City will be present after the 9:00am and 10:30am masses with a wonderful selection of Catholic books, music and DVDs for all ages in English and Spanish.
      • Aug 31, 2014
        Sunday Mass Schedule for August 31, 2014
      • Sep 1, 2014
        Pastoral Center Closed. Daily Mass Schedule as usual.
      • Sep 4, 2014
        5:00 PM
        All Widows and Widowers are invited to our next outing at the Fishmarket Restaurant on El Camino on Thursday, September 4, at 5:00 p.m. Dinner is from the "Early Catch" menu: items such as grilled rainbow trout, tilapia, seafood pastas, etc. are offered.
      • Sep 7, 2014
        Sunday Mass Schedule for September 7, 2014
      • Sep 7, 2014
        Youth BBQ after the 6pm Mass on Sunday, Sept. 7 at Our Lady of the Rosary.
      • Sep 8, 2014
        7:00 PM
        Our video series about our Catholic faith, written and narrated by Fr. Robert Barron, resumes on Monday, September 8 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This week’s presentation is all about how we worship. All are encouraged to attend this outstanding presentation about our Mass.
      • Sep 13, 2014
        St. Patrick's Seminary & University is proud to announce its 7th annual St. Patrick's Seminary & University Four Pillars Gala, Saturday, September 13, 2014 on the beautiful grounds in Menlo Park. The evening includes Vespers followed by a social, dinner, a raffle and silent auction and an award presentation.
      • Sep 14, 2014
        Sunday Mass Schedule for September 14, 2014
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    • RCIA


          Call Susan Olsen at
          650-494-2496 ext. 25 or email
          Deacon Daniel Hernandez
          at  dhernandez@dsj.org to find out
          more about becoming Catholic.