On May 1, 1935, Most Reverend Maurice F. McAuliffe, Bishop of the Diocese of Hartford, which included the entire State of Connecticut, established the Parish of St. Thomas the Apostle in East Norwalk with Reverend Thomas J. Sullivan appointed as the first pastor. Under Father Sullivan's guidance, the newly-formed parish began holding services on Sunday, May 5, 1935, in the auditorium of Roger Ludlow Junior High School. The boundaries of the parish were roughly described as Long Island Sound on the South, Norwalk River on the West, Westport Avenue on the North and the Town of Westport on the East. The new Parish numbered about 900 parishioners who were former members of St. Mary and St. Joseph churches. Ever since, for almost eight decades now St. Thomas Church in East Norwalk, CT, has been a beacon of hope, faith and love for many, many faithful parishioners and their families. Today, numbering over 1450 families we are a community of believers in Jesus Christ striving to proclaim the Gospel in word and deed. Through worship, evangelization, formation and service we invite our brothers and sisters to know the Lord.
We invite you to join us for our Sunday Liturgies, ongoing catechetical, educational and social activities as we all strive to discover new ways of sharing faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Our Parish has now joined Amazon Smile! Amazon Smile is a way to shop on Amazon and support our church at the same time!
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On behalf of our clergy and staff please accept our warmest wishes of good health, love and joy as you and your family gather to celebrate Christmas this year! Many of you have realized, that it has been over 8 years already since major capital campaign was conducted in our parish and several improvements were made to our buildings. It wouldn’t be possible without your generous support, yet as you read our weekly bulletin carefully, you have realized that over the last several years our offertory has been
decreasing, and the last two years it went down significantly, while all the utilities, expenses and general cost of living are climbing steadily.
At St. Thomas Parish we are at the point that we need to come up with a strategic plan for the future to fulfill our mission as a local Catholic Church. Therefore, I need to ask you for that support again; please review the content of this special brochure and consider how you can help our parish.
In deep gratitude,
Fr. Mirek Stachurski,
Are you tired of using old-fashioned envelopes? Would you like to make sure your weekly donation helps your parish even if you're away? We can now accept your donation through your Credit or Debit Card! You can also donate electronically from your checking or savings account! Easy online account setup!
The excitement is building: we are proud to announce our theme for this year’s 30 Hour Famine – Make it Count – 30 hours, 30 days, 30 people. We want to tell everyone about our fight against world hunger and, as Pope Francis said, “give a voice to all of those who suffer silently from hunger, so that this voice becomes a roar which can shake the world”! Over the past twelve years we have raised over $250,000 in our fight against global and local hunger. We are also looking for volunteers as well as participants. Please contact Lisa at 203-866-1189 if you have any questions.
To learn more about the 30 Hour Famine please see our youth group page here.
“ Christ is born to us today so that he may appear to the whole world through us”
The Vigil for Christmas, and in fact the entire Christmas Season, we celebrate the Incarnation, Nativity, Epiphany and Baptism of the Lord, which is in a sense, the marriage of God and humanity. Today more than ever our world desperately needs hope. As we celebrate this Holy Night, the very night Our Savior was born of Blessed Virgin Mary calls each one of us is called to be that Hope to the people around us; the Light in the darkness.
May our Newly Born Messiah, Christ Jesus, be that Light for all of you, my Dear Parishioners! My prayer is that you, your families, everyone you care for and everyone you love experience that Light and Love this Christmas and every day of the New 2015 Year!!!
Fr. Mirek Stachurski
Clouds gave room to a very beautiful October afternoon as 44 of our students processed to St. Thomas The Apostle Church to celebrate Sacrament of Confirmation with our Bishop, Most Reverend Frank Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport, CT. In addition to the beauty of liturgy, music, and decorations the Bishop’s Homily left unforgettable impression with our teenagers. As they go into the world as young adult catholic witnesses, we pray for them and support them in every possible way to be the best of witnesses to Jesus Christ and His Gospel.
The morning of November 16, 2014 was a very busy one. In addition to all the parish weekend activities, which include 5 masses, Religious Education Classes, Baptisms, meetings and ongoing formation, 9 of our Confirmation Class Students joined us for a Follow Up Breakfast where two very interesting speakers shared some of their life experiences and ideas with us. Fr. Samuel Kachuba, Vocation Director of the Diocese of Bridgeport, CT with residence in St. John Fisher Seminary in Stamford, CT shared his own vocation story and encouraged our teens to listen to that voice of God whispering in their hearts. Also, Ms. Jennifer Gros, who is very well known in our Norwalk community for working with our teenagers both in school system and New Life Youth Ministry, who also recently joined our diocesan team of Young Adult Ministry Leaders shared some of the story of her life and God’s working in very miraculous way in it leading her to be an outstanding witness of His love and mercy. I hope all enjoyed the meeting as much as I have, and I promise I will pray for all you young men and women recently confirmed at our parish.