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

    • Welcome
      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.                                                                                       
      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.


      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
      • September 1, 2014 | by DSJ
        It is with great concern for the ongoing crisis in the Middle East, the cradle of Christianity, that I write to you today. Our Church mourns the terrible suffering of Christians and other innocent victims of violence in Iraq, Syria and Gaza who are struggling to survive, protect their children and live with dignity in dire conditions. Given the extraordinary nature of this crisis, I ask that you take up a special collection to provide humanitarian relief and pastoral support for our affected brothers and sisters in the Middle East.
      • September 1, 2014
        If you can volunteer two hours of your time each week, this is a wonderful opportunity to work with patients of the hospital, listening to their needs, praying with them and bringing them Holy Communion. For more information and to get a volunteer application, call 650-723-5101 or email spiritualcare@stanfordmed.org .
      • September 1, 2014 | by Susan Lee Olsen
        Our bishops’ annual Labor Day Statement reminds us that there are many issues facing our nation that keep us from achieving a goal of “economic justice for all.” The unemployment rate for young adults is over 13 percent, more than double the national average. They were the ones hit hardest by the economic downturn, and they are our future.
      • September 1, 2014 | by DSJ
        4th Annual Catholic Young Adult Pure Fire Retreat Reconnect: Come As You Are When: Oct 3-5, Fri evening-Sunday afternoon Where: Vallombrosa Center in Menlo Park Why: All young adults in their 20's and 30's are invited to this retreat focused on reconnecting with God.
      • September 1, 2014 | by USCCB
        Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami Chairman, Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development United States Conference of Catholic Bishops September 1, 2014
      • September 1, 2014
        The St. Vincent de Paul Society is very interested in receiving a donation of your auto if you're purchasing a new one. Our parish St. Vincent de Paul group receives a portion of the proceeds when you donate in our parish name. Last year, our parish was the top contributor of donated cars (and recipient of funds) in the diocese. Auto Donation Phone number: 1-800-322-8284
      • September 1, 2014 | by Susan Olsen
        Do you have a child who is aged 7 or older who has not been baptized? Do you have a child over the age of 7 who has not yet received First Eucharist?
      • September 1, 2014
        If you, or someone you know desires to complete their sacraments please encourage them to join our ongoing “no obligation” inquiry group. For more information about the RCIA process please email Deacon Daniel at dhernandez@dsj.org, or phone the Pastoral Center at 650-494-2496.
      • 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!"
    • 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
    • Pope Francis on Twitter
    • South County Catholic High School

      Watch the video regarding the need for a new Catholic high school in south Santa Clara County.

    • Thinking about becoming Catholic? Want to learn more about your faith?

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    • Search Site
    • 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
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      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
      • 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
      • Sep 17, 2014
        6:00 PM
        Enjoy good conversations with fellow parishioners and the wonder of soups prepared by other. We looking forward to having you join with us and jointly providing funds for those who have little. We meet the first and third Wednesdays of the month in Our Lady of the Rosary Hall at 6:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
      • Sep 21, 2014
        Plan Ahead! Mark your calendar for the annual Parish Picnic on Sunday, Sept 21st, 11:15 am – 2:30 pm at Our Lady of the Rosary site. The Knights of Columbus will be barbecuing again and refreshments will be provided. The Green Committee will once again sponsor the popular FreeCycle event. More information about the picnic and the FreeCyle event is available on the posters in the vestibules.
      • Sep 21, 2014
        Sunday Mass Schedule for September 21, 2014
      • Sep 23, 2014
        Save the Date: Tuesday, September 23: Spirituality Tuesday Assembly Returns! Spirituality Tuesday Assembly returns on September 23rd at 7:00 pm in the St. Albert the Great Hospitality Center.
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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.