Our Parish

Welcome to St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Community! For over 134 years, St Thomas Aquinas Parish has been proclaiming the Gospel message and serving the spiritual needs of South Philadelphia. We are a vibrant, faithful, multicultural, and multi-ethnic parish community with Mass celebrated in multiple languages. If you are looking for a warm and diverse spiritual family that you can call your own, we believe that you will find St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Community to be just what you are looking for.

Our Mission

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Community, through our cultural diversity, united in our expressions of faith, lives the Gospel message in our neighborhood through worship, education, service, and advocacy.

Our Patron Saint

Saint Thomas Aquinas is the patron saint of our parish, a member of the Dominican Order, and one of the Doctors of the Church. Philosopher and theologian he was born circa 1225 in Roccasecca, Italy. Combining the theological principles of faith with the philosophical principles of reason, he ranked among the most influential thinkers of medieval Scholasticism. An authority of the Roman Catholic Church and a prolific writer, Aquinas died on March 7, 1274, at the Cistercian monastery of Fossanova, near Terracina, Latium, Papal States, Italy. St. Thomas was canonized by Pope John XXII in 1323. His feast day is January 28th. Read more about Our Patron Saint on Catholic Online