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Our Mission

Our Mission Statement:

Rooted in Ann Arbor’s Kerrytown district, St. Thomas the Apostle is a Roman Catholic Parish in the Diocese of Lansing. Our mission reflects the life of our patron. When St. Thomas encountered the Risen Christ, his faith was encouraged and his heart was enlivened to become an apostle, spreading the Gospel and serving the early Church.

We encounter the Risen Christ in Word and Sacrament, most especially in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. We encourage faith in our Lord Jesus Christ through prayer, education, and the spiritual formation of children and adults. The love of God enlivens our hearts and we bear witness to the Gospel with lives of evangelism and service.

When he appeared to St. Thomas, Jesus said, “Be not unbelieving but believe.” At St. Thomas the Apostle Parish we seek to answer this call in many and various ways by encountering Christ, encouraging faith and enlivening hearts.

A Renewed Church, On Mission:

Beginning in 2012 with his Pastoral Letter, Go and Announce the Gospel of the Lord, Bishop Earl Boyea of the Diocese of Lansing has been calling us to be a renewed Church, on mission.

In 2014, Bishop Boyea gathered parish leaders from around the Diocese to focus on key ways to Build up the Household of Faith, the Church. He called us to be houses of prayer, where all would find a welcome. He challenged us to journey together in small groups, and to encounter Jesus Christ yet again or for the first time.

In 2016, Bishop Boyea gathered leaders and parishioners to discover ways to reach out to those with Catholic roots who have drifted away from the Church.

In 2018 we will be invited to recognize Jesus Christ as the Way to Happiness!

Bishop Boyea’s call is aptly summarized in the campaign, Grow and Go! We are called to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ through prayer, study, engaging in parish life, and service. We are called to go out and evangelize others through prayer, witness, invitation, and accompaniment.

Grow and Go- this is the heart of our faith!