Refurbishing the Kneelers for both St. Thomas the Apostle and St. Bridget
The kneelers for St. Bridget were found everywhere but in the church. Some of the kneelers were discovered in the unused Chapel in St. Bridget’s Rectory and the storage rooms behind St. Bridget’s Parish Hall. Others were found at St. Thomas the Apostle in Chickasaw. Each kneeler was taken apart to strip and/or sand it to the bare wood by Russell J. Wimberly (RJW) of Mobile. Parts were reinforced to make sure they lasted another One Hundred and Fifty Years. The kneelers were then stained and sealed. The ornate crosses were the same style, but the original had been embellished with detailing in the middle on both the front and the back, so RJW hand carved the detail work to make sure the kneelers complemented each other. The Cushions were also completely redone and are removable should there be a need to clean or reupholster. St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church was given the refurbished White Oak Kneeler that was found at St. Bridget because it matched the light wood coloring at St. Thomas. It was given a more ornate cross to match the St. Bridget kneelers.
May 4th, 2023
Our parish community would like to congratulate our First Communicants on receiving their First Holy Communion.
We had our May Crowning the first of the month, celebrating our Holy Mother. At St. Thomas the Apostle we had the First Holy Communicants crown Mary and at St. Bridget, our wonderful altar server crowned Mary.
After washing the Disciples’ feet, except Judas who had departed already, Jesus explained what He did and why. “You should wash one another’s feet,” He told them. “I have set an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” (John 13:1-17)
The foot washing ceremony is an important call for all people that they too should be willing to serve others. In the Catholic Church, this is called the Holy Thursday Mandatum, and the rite takes place after the homily. Members of the congregation are chosen to sit and have their feet washed by the priest, who plays the role of Christ. One by one, the priest will wash the participant’s feet with a basin and a towel.
St. Thomas the Apostle in Chickasaw welcomed two new members into the Catholic Faith at the Easter Vigil Celebration. Pictured with their sponsors are Ethan Beck (sponsor), Matthew Davenport, Sadie Cates and Mack Cates (sponsor). In the back row are Deacon Jim Bullock, Fr. William Saucier, Deacon Charlie Groves, Douglas Bosarge.
Palm Sunday, April 2, 2023
Members of St. Bridget in Whistler took advantage of the beautiful Spring day to participate in the Palm Sunday procession.
The children of St. Thomas the Apostle in Chickasaw had fun at the parish-wide Easter Egg Hunt, hosted by the KoC Ladies Auxiliary, this past Sunday.
The students of our Religious Education program had fun creating Valentine’s for St. Bridget and St. Thomas the Apostle’s homebound. The students try to create art or write notes once or twice a month to let the homebound from each parish know they are prayed for and loved.
Choir members of both St. Bridget and St. Thomas came together under the directorship of Lewis Archer to provide festive and joyous music at both parishes’ Christmas Eve Mass.
Our Knights of Columbus sponsored a float in the Annual Saraland Christmas Parade and many of our parish children participated. Both the children and the parent volunteers had a great time.
Thank you to all those who came out to help make our Sweet Celebration of Advent a huge success. Our parish family’s children enjoyed fun activities, crafts, treats and watching the Polar Express. A special visit from the Polar Express Train Conductor and St. Nicholas made the event even more enjoyable.
The KOC Ladies Auxiliary held a Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction benefiting St. Thomas the Apostle’s Legacy Building Fund. It was a great success.
In the spirit of this months’ holiday our Religious Education students took some time to talk about and reflect on what they were thankful for this year. They were given a feather to write what they were thankful for on one side and made colorful feathers on the other side. Each feather was then added to our “Turkey on the Table.”
Celebrating All Saints Day, 10/30/2022
Our Religious Education classes learned about, discussed and some even dressed up as saints during their class time. They also learned about the Catholic roots of All Hallows Eve. This was enjoyed by teachers and students alike and we hope to make this a tradition – celebrating our Catholic History and all the saints.
St. Francis is known for his love of all animals, and how he spoke to the animals and blessed them. In honor of the feast day, Tuesday, Oct. 4th, 2022, a few families gathered at St. Thomas the Apostle in his honor to have their pets blessed.
September 25th, 2022 The parish hosted a luncheon to celebrate and honor their parish’s public, private & CCD teachers and all school employees who dedicate their time and talents in the field of educating and supporting children.
September 11, 2022 – First day of our Religious Education class (CCD) was a huge success. Looks like we are going to have a fun year.
August 2022 -Fr. Saucier blessing St. Thomas the Apostle’s Religious Education classrooms in preparation for classes, beginning September 11th.
May 7, 2022 – The St. Thomas the Apostle parish community would like to congratulate the children who received their Sacrament of First Holy Communion. Thank you to their Religious Education teacher who did a wonderful job preparing the children for their special day.
St. Thomas the Apostle celebrated Mother’s Day weekend with the Crowning of Our Mother Mary. This year a first communicant and her mother were chosen and crowned the Our Lady of Fatima statue.
Congratulations to the new members of our Catholic Family.
With the help of our Religious Ed teachers and Mrs. Andrews, our youth put on a Nativity Play, December 24th, 2021.
Many thanks to all our amazing volunteers that came to help decorate St. Thomas the Apostle on December 13th and then, St. Bridget on December 19th. Both churches look very festive.
This year a few of our families participated in the Saraland Christmas Parade with our KoC sponsored float. It was a lot of fun. December 12, 2021
A few behind the scenes pictures of our parish helpers working hard to make sure Fr. Saucier and our parish staff get things done right or gives the occasional “This could have been an email” look.
A few of our CCD children shared what they were thankful for, discussing and creating “Thankful Crowns.” During that day they also learned about St. Gertrude, who is often depicted with a crown, and St. Gertrude’s prayer for the Souls in Purgatory.
The parish families of St. Thomas the Apostle and St. Bridget recently hosted a Eucharistic Mission from November 15th to November 20th . Each evening a guest priest (pictured below) reflected upon various aspects of Eucharistic theology. Each night’s presentation is available on the St. Thomas the Apostle YouTube channel or the Facebook pages of both St. Bridget and St. Thomas’ parishes.
HUGE Thank yous to the White Family and Mrs. Parker for decorating and to Mr. Bosarge and Mr. Christian for helping to clean up around the “Coming Soon” sign on St. Thomas the Apostle’s new church site.
It looks amazing and very festive. We hope to keep this going, for all the holidays. If you would like to help please contact our parish office.
Knights of Columbus
Knights of Columbus, Council 13174, would like to thank all the St. Thomas the Apostle and St. Bridget parishioners for their donations for the Hurricane Ida Drive. We were able to donate over 30+bags of charcoal and 60+ cases of water, plus 100+ lbs. of rice, 32 lbs. of red beans, 40 lbs. of sausage plus plates, utensils, lighter fluid, and other assorted goods. Our Brother Council, Archbishop Rummel, Council 5747, in Chalmette, La. went and cooked red beans and rice for the affected residents of Plaquemines this past weekend.
Thanks again for your generosity,
A Celebration of Confirmation
Congratulations to Madison P. who celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation Saturday, August 28th, 2021. Special thanks to Archbishop Rodi and our altar servers; Ramus A. and Chloe L.
June 27, 2021 – Celebration of Rev. William P. Saucier’s 20th Anniversary of his Ordination
We would like to thank so many of you who came together to join in on the much needed fellowship which helped make Fr. Saucier feel so appreciated. A huge thank you to Doug & Monique Bosarge and Diana Cale for their hard work, planning and set up for this wonderful event.
Knights of Columbus at Work
A few members of our Knights of Columbus worked to clean up a Parishioner’s yard as part of a joint community effort with the Saraland Christian Association. June 12, 2021.
Decorating for Christmas at St. Thomas – 2020.
Decorating for Christmas at St. Bridget – 2020.
The Knights of Columbus helping with the cleanup of St. Bridget. Saturday December 5, 2020.
Mrs. Valerie Washburn’s Sunday Class
Door Decoration Paint Party
On November 14, 2019 we held a Door Decoration Paint Party for our Legacy Campaign.
Surf & Turf Raffle Finale
Easter Egg Hunt 2019
Five Sunday CCD Students at St. Thomas received their first communion Sunday May 5, 2019.
Donna is seen with McKenzie Dubose and Bianca Bartelli.
Deacon Charlie is seen with three young ladies Catherine Hughes, McKenzie Dubose and Bianca Bartelli.
Placing the crown on the Virgin Mary Statue
Deacon Charlie and Farther Saucier are seen on the alter after the student received their First Communion
Picture From Left to Right Bianca Bartelli, McKenzie Dubose, Catherine Hughes, Bryce Washburn, and Zackary Harbin.
St. Vincent de Paul
Members of the Saint Vincent de Paul from the St. Thomas Chapter attended the 2018 Fall Retreat. Listed from Left to right: Gary Cobb, Bryan Deacon Jim Bullock, Angie Wilkeie, Fran Otto, Loretta ? Marion and George Murr. St. Dominic Parish hosted the event on Saturday November 3, 2018 at the Murphy Hall with a “Day of Recollection” and invitation to Renew through Growth through the Vincentian Pathway. Father Bruce Krause was the keynote speaker and explored in his presentation such items as Friendship, Leadership, Home visit, the Vincentian Virtues as well as Spiritualty through the teaching of St. Vincent de Paul and scripture. He conducted small group discussion to enable SVDP members to enhance their understanding and how to improve our own lives as well as those they serve through servant leadership.
Seventy five individuals from across the Mobile county attended the retreat to include members from St. Dominic, St. Thomas, St. Ignatius, St. Mary, the cathedral and several other parishes.
The Ladies Auxiliary to the Knights of Columbus hold Bingo on Saturdays periodically throughout the year. The Ladies traditionally take the proceeds and donate it to a worthy cause such as the need for the church or helping with financial support for the St. Vincient de Paul financial requirements to those in need. Mary Coate, Sarah Beck, Diana Cole, Angie Wilkie, Bee Ruhe and Claire Andrews often take the Saturday off to support these events.
St. Vincent de Paul Walk for the Poor 9/29/2018
On Saturday, September 29, several parishes took time to show their support for the St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) Walk for the Poor. This walk has been sponsored for the last eleven years to bring awareness to the Poor in our own community as well as those throughout the Mobile County Archdiocese. This was the first year that St. Thomas’s SVDP participated in the walk along with members from St. Ignatius, Heart of Mary, St. Lawrence and St. James Major parishes. According to Mr. George Murr who headed up the walk our parish, along with St. Bridget’s were able to raise about $800 help contribute to this worthy cause.
Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus (Council 13174) have reached out to their members to help with a quarterly cleaning of the St. Thomas Church. It is a change from men working with power tools to vacuum cleaners, however this is the direction that the President of our local chapter (Don Fogarty) is performing to fulfill the role of Servant Leadership for our Church. The Knights also had some help from the Ladies junior Auxiliary Club as well. If you want more information or would like to join please contact the staff at 251-452-9837.
St. Vincent de Paul
The Society’s nearly 100,000 trained volunteers in the United States provided 12.6 million hours of volunteer service in 2017, helping more than 5.4 million people through visits to homes, prisons and hospitals at a value of more than $3 billion dollars. “A network of friends, inspired by Gospel values, growing in holiness and building a more just world through personal relationships with and service to people in need.”
The local chapter of St. Vincent de Paul is located in the old school cafeteria St. Thomas Catholic parish and managed by dedicated volunteers who continue to minister to those in need. Members of our local chapter have successfully provided the North Mobile County’s poor with provision and food stock from the food bank. This organization is 100% volunteer and they gladly give their time and energy to faithfully live the values of Christian giving.
Seen below are volunteers providing food orders to our community. For more information on how you can help, please call (251) 458 4578. Volunteers are welcomed.
Fundraiser at Momma Goldberg’s
Great fun and fellowship at our latest fundraiser. Also shown is Father William Saucier accepting a check for $113.35 from Ashley McNorton, the General Manager Momma Goldberg’s. The St. Thomas social event on Wednesday, September 19 was a success. It was a great opportunity to have the parishioners sit down with one another to talk, have a great meal and a great way to have fun while fundraising. A number of parishioners want to know when we will next have an event at Momma Goldberg’s.
Deacon Groves Receives Gift
Deacon Charlie Groves receive a gift in the form of a Liturgical vestment from the ladies of St. Bridget. Mrs. Joanne Bothmann present the garment to Deacon Groves at St. Bridget.
Kraken Food Truck August 26, 2018
The Kraken Food Truck returned on Sunday August 26, 2018. Chef Adams and Wife Jennifer Alford help celebrate the end of summer at St. Thomas with more good eats. Proceeds for the event will go to support the mission of the Knights of Columbus. From right to Left in the Picture, Bob Bothmann, Michael Wheat, Don Fogarty, Chef Adam and Jennifer Alford with additional help from his crew.
Bingo July 28, 2018
Sarah Bowen working the kitchen and Mary Coate and Cindy Andrew at the bingo on 7-28-18.
Knights of Columbus July 1, 2018
New officers for the Knights of Columbus, 13174, St. Thomas Chickasaw were sworn in Sunday July 1, following the 11 O’clock Mass. During this event new members of this organization took the pledge to live the faith of a Catholic and commit themselves to helping the community.
Mr. Don Fogarty accepted the position of Grand Knight from Mr. Tim Creamer who has served in the leadership role for last five terms. Don appreciates the hard work of Tim and would like to continue the success of the organization by increasing the participation of the membership through engagement and Servant leadership. Don is also a member of the St. Thomas Men of St. Joseph and contributes his time and energy to the success of the parish by being actively involved in some of the events hosted by St. Thomas. Events like the “Kraken Fish Fry” during lent are the reason why this church is seeing a success in attendance and parishioners being actively involved in the church. Before leaving his post as the Grand Knight, Mr. Creamer had the opportunity to present several well-earned awards to a number of well deserving individuals.
In addition to the Men of KOC the Ladies Auxiliary also installed some of their officers as well. Mrs. Mary Coate, a long-time member of the organization and a strong supporter of social and special events, was installed as the President and pledged her continued support for the group.
The members of St. Thomas wish the best for these two well founded organizations. Through prayer and active engagement, we can foresee this council expanding outside the church and helping those in need and the local community.
Monday Cleanup June 2018
Monday Cleanup sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary and Knight of Columbus.
Thanks go out to Diana Cale, Don Fogarty, Kelsey Fogarty, Candance Fogarty, Chet Daigle, Frank & Mary Coate, Alex Spears, Avery, Maria Ludt, Bailey Ludt, Doug Donaldson, Mike Wheat