Mission: We are a family of Catholic Christians where all are welcomed.
Inspired by the Holy Spirit, we follow Jesus by making disciples,
serving others, and changing the world.
A Message from Father Dave
To visit a church for the first time can feel awkward … and the same goes for coming back to church after time away. Each person feels that awkwardness for different reasons. At Saint Thomas of Canterbury, we understand that. A new place, new songs, and new people — each appears to be a challenge.
And yet, we’re confident that you’ll be taken by us. We’re a smaller parish community, so feeling lost in a crowd is less likely. As we say in our mission statement: We are a family of Catholic Christians where all are welcome. We’re just ordinary people, who love Jesus and love our faith. We don’t expect people to be perfect, because none of us are. In place of personal perfection, we rely upon Jesus and upon the grace he offers us. We hope you will give us a chance and join us on Sunday.
Father Dave Mercer, Pastor
What To Expect
Answers To Questions Asked By Folks Who Join Us On Sundays
Where do I find you?
Simply click on the location page link here, and you’ll find that all roads lead to Rome St. Thomas Canterbury Church. We’re in a quiet neighborhood behind El Paseo de Saratoga Shopping Center, along McCoy Avenue, a short mile in from Quito Road or two blocks in from Henrietta Avenue (an extension of San Tomas Aquino Road).
Where do I go when I arrive?
First, our parking lot has plenty of spaces waiting for you. Then, enter the doors facing McCoy Avenue. Pick up a hymnbook from the bookcase near the doors (hymn #s will be posted above the music leaders). Check in at the Welcome Table, either before or after Mass, and be sure to introduce yourself to Fr. Dave before you leave. He’d love to shake hands with you.
What should I wear?
Simply wear whatever makes you comfortable.
What do you do for kids on Sunday?
We focus on children during the hour at 9am. We have KidZone, our Early Childhood Program for the younger kids. For older kids up to 5th grade, we invite them to be a Time Traveler. After the opening prayer, Fr. Dave calls them to the altar where he prays a blessing over them, and they follow the leader to a side room where they reflect on the Bible readings of the day at level appropriate for them. They then return into the church after the sermon. However, on the 3rd Sundays, they remain in the church, and Fr. Dave invites them to sit in front of the altar for a Children’s Message (we allow the adults to listen in).
For more information, check out our Sunday Kids page.
How long is the service?
We’re in the church for about one hour. If you’re new to our church, give yourself a few extra minutes afterwards to introduce yourself to Fr. Dave, to stop by our Welcome Table, and to join us for hospitality in the hall. (On the first Saturday evening of the month, we follow the hour with a potluck, which you are most welcome to join.)
Can I attend if I’m not perfect?
We come to church because we’re not perfect. The day any of us are perfect is the day we no longer need God and don’t need to be here on Sunday. Of course, that day will never come. So, yes.
Can I attend if I’m unfamiliar with Catholic worship?
Of course you can. Catholic worship (Mass) might seem different to some people, so think of it as a family meal (which it is). It follows the worship style of the earliest Christians. We begin with prayer, listen to passages from the Bible, listen to a message by Fr. Dave, and put bread and wine on the altar which Fr. Dave prays over (it’s similar to saying grace). When people come forward to receive Communion, and if you’re not Catholic, please come forward for a blessing. When you approach the minister of Communion, simply cross your arms close in front of yourself as a sign to the minister for a simple blessing.
Can I attend if I’m [ ]?
Of course you can. However you fill in the blank, there’s nothing to be afraid of. Even if you’re divorced, a single parent, broke, recovering addict, atheist, skeptic, etc., it doesn’t matter. Everyone is welcome at St. Thomas of Canterbury. So, come as you are, and we’ll see you on Sunday!