The current home for the food pantry is in the original church. Due to structural and safety concerns in the original church, the food pantry will be moved to a new location on the campus. Additionally, we would like to install a lift. This will allow for easier wheelchair access to the dining hall and kitchen areas, as well as provide access to additional storage spaces for the food pantry.
We have been blessed with both a beautiful new church and a rich history in our original church that helps us connect to God and one another through the sacred celebrations carried out within it. For us to continue to be faithful stewards of God’s gifts, we will utilize the money to address the structural and safety concerns of the original church. The original church has deteriorated to a point where parish leaders made the recommendation to raze the building. Our recommendation will follow the Archdiocese’s approval process and funds collected will potentially help salvage components of the building to create a memorial prayer garden.
To honor the rich Catholic tradition of St. Thomas, we would like to construct a prayer garden and steeple memorial on the site of the original church using salvaged components of the original church and steeple.