Chronological Time Table of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Events
May 31, 1960
His Eminence Cardinal James Francis McIntyre established St.Thomas Aquinas Parish.
A machine shop located at 1100 S Atlantic Blvd, is leased as temporary housing for parish masses.
Sept. 10, 1961
First Mass celebrated by Fr. Maurice Evans. 25 families attended with knee pads and folding chairs.
Groundbreaking for St. Thomas Aquinas Church and other parish buildings.
February 3, 1963
First Mass is celebrated at the NEW St. Thomas Aquinas Church.
Church, school, other parish buildings ready for occupancy.
Sept. 10, 1963
First day of school. Grades 1-4 (200 students) taught by Sisters of St. Joseph of Newark.
Fr. Brian Cavanagh appointed Parish Administrator; Pastor (1979)
Fr. Brian Cavanagh established First Parish Council.
Fr. Michael Morahan, an Irish Jesuit, served at STA yearly from January to June.
Fr. Norman Supancheck in residence introduced the Spanish Mass.
Fr. Brian Cavanagh formulated & implemented “Call to Prayer Program” in English & Spanish.
Sr. Ellen Muldoon, Sisters of St. Columban, expanded the ministry to the sick.
Fr. Brian Cavanagh formed a group of Eucharistic ministers and lectors.
Fr. Armando Palma, in residence, introduced “Flores de Mayo,” children’s choir and Las Posadas.
May 12, 1985
His Eminence Cardinal Timothy Manning presided at the 25th anniversary mass: 750 registered families.
Our beloved Fr. Maurice Evans passed away.
Fr. Peter Ling, in residence, started the Chinese Mass on a regular basis. Our beloved Fr. Michael Morahan passed away.
Parish notified of proposal for a center for Chinese evangelization directed by Fr. Delos Humphrey.
March 1, 1994
His Eminence Cardinal Roger Mahoney established a Chinese Catholic Mission to increase Chinese evangelization.
Fr. Delos Humphrey replaced Fr. Brian Cavanagh.
Fr. Luis Garcia formed Our Lady of Guadalupe Society.
Fr. Ed Dover and Fr. Gabriel Lui were assigned as a team to minister to the parishioners.
October 1, 2000
In honor of the 120 Chinese martyrs, 120 rose bushes were planted in their memory.
Fr. Larry Estrada assigned as Pastor of the twin parishes, St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Stephen Martyr.
Fr. John Montejano appointed Administrator Pro Tem.
Fr. John Higgins appointed Administrator Pro Tem.
School celebrated 40th anniversary
Fr. Gabriel Lui appointed Administrator Pro Tem Pastor (2005).
Parish celebrated Fr. Gabriel Lui 25th anniversary of ordination.
Formation of the Capital Campaign Committee.
July 1, 2011
Fr. Gabriel Lui completed Pastorship.
Fr. John Kyebasuuta- New Administrator and Fr.Jay Wu, Associate Pastor
October 9, 2011
Parish celebrated its Golden Jubilee.