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St. Thomas Aquinas Church


751 Waverley Street

Click here for the church newsletter and annual report


Started in 1901 and completed in 1902 St. Thomas Aquinas Church is the oldest church in Palo Alto and is a registered historic landmark. Its distinctive carpenter gothic style makes it a signature building for the downtown area. The church is located just three blocks south of University Avenue. At the corner of Waverley and Homer Avenues, it's at the northern edge of the historic "professorville" area of the city.

The church includes a number of exquisite period piece stained glass windows and a small remembrance garden for contemplation. Its downtown location makes it convenient for many to walk to the daily morning Mass (M-F at 7:15 am) or noontime Mass (M-Sat. 12:15 pm). We welcome all to Sunday Mass services at 7:30 am, 8:45 am (Thomas Merton Center mass), 10:30 am and the lovely Gregorian Mass at 12:00 noon, sung by the St. Ann Choir.

The church is also a popular venue for weddings.

St. Thomas Aquinas Church



Some details of the church's stained glass windows.

    
June 09 Steeple Talk

Our Lady window

St Thomas Aquinas centerpiece window

Sacred Heart window 

The St. Thomas newsletter and annual report

Annual report 09-10

January 2011 Steeple Talk
February 2011 Steeple Talk
Newsletters published in 2010 can be accessed below
2010 Steeple Talk newsletters
A note on the patron saint of the church
St. Thomas Aquinas was born in what is now Roccasecca, province of Frosinone, Italy (the Kingdom of Naples) c. 1225 and died in 1274. A student of St. Albert the Great, he went on to overshadow his teacher with his brilliant scholarship earning the title Doctor of the Church (Angelicus Doctor). His best known work is the Summa Theologica, which became the standard summary of Christian philosophy for most of the next millennia.

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St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Pastoral Center
3290 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306
Tel: 650-494-2496