Learning more about our Parish Family’s History

Rev. Andrew J. Stauter

He was St. Bridget’s parish priest during 1970 – 1977, 1985 – 1986 and 1987 – 1996. Then in the middle of his time as parish priest at St. Bridget he was sent to St. Thomas the Apostle to be their parish priest from 1980 to 1983.

He was a native of Mobile and his family lived off Palmetto Street. As a small boy he attended St. Vincent’s Academy, which was located on the corner of Lawrence and Charleston Street, where he was taught by the Daughter’s of Charity. Then he attended McGill Institute, where he was taught by Brothers of the Sacred Heart.

Click Here for a few glimpses into his time at McGill Institute.


May 2024 – Children from the families of St. Thomas the Apostle (Chickasaw) and St. Bridget (Whistler) celebrated their First Confession and Holy Communion on May 4th & 5th.
Before Mass, the young ladies crowned our Blessed Virgin Mary statues.

2024 April

Students from the Religious Education program of St. Thomas the Apostle in Chickasaw pose with several boxes of supplies they collected to be donated to The Little Sisters of the Poor Sacred Heart Residence in Mobile.

Religious Education program

2024 Easter Vigil Mass Celebration

Congratulations to our newest members of our Catholic Family. Pictured are this year’s Candidates and their sponsors. Along with Deacon Bullock, Deacon Groves, Father William Saucier and altar server, Doug Bosarge.

March 2024

Saint Thomas the Apostle (Chickasaw) Knights of Columbus #13174 present Officer Chuck Richardson of the Chickasaw Police Department with a plaque honoring officers who gave their lives in service for the community.

Rite of Election (February, 2024)

Our R.C.I.A members attended the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion liturgy Sunday at the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi greeted each catechumen and candidate as they continue on their path to being received into the Church during the Easter Vigil Mass. Please pray for and welcome our catechumens and candidates and thank you to all sponsors for playing an important role in their faith journey (Some verbiage and the picture of Archbishop Rodi were shared from the Catholic Week).

February 2024 – The Feast of Candlemas was celebrated on February 2nd with Fr. Saucier blessing Beeswax candles. 

Counting forward from December 25 as Day One, we find that Day Forty is February 2. In accordance with Leviticus 12, a Jewish woman lived in semi-seclusion for 40 days after giving birth to a son, and accordingly it is on February 2 (or the closest Sunday) that we celebrate the coming of Mary and Joseph with the infant Jesus to the Temple at the conclusion of that time. 

The Holy Family was in Jerusalem to offer sacrifice, both on behalf of Mary (for her purification) and on behalf of Jesus (for redemption in accordance with Exodus 13) as a first-born male. As they did so, they were greeted by the aged Simeon and Anna who prophesied that Jesus would be “a light to the Gentiles and the Glory of Israel.”  We celebrate the light of Christ that brings our redemption with candles today. We do this symbolically in the liturgy to remind us that we are to take forth His light into the world! We also begin to look forward to Jesus’ purifying us in Lent.