Prayer, fellowship, community, study and service: Parish Life and Peer Ministries have a little bit of everything to feed us on our faith journey. Different seasons of our lives provide different opportunities to grow in our spirituality. Have questions or want to join a ministry? Call, email or catch Pam Strobel, Parish Life Coordinator, at Mass to discuss which ministry might work best with your gifts and talents or contact the person listed for each ministry below. Saint Thomas welcomes new ministries as parishioners prayerfully discern their need and seek a place for fellowship and spiritual growth.

Prime Timers

(The Prime Timers have suspended their gatherings due to COVID, but we hope to restart as soon as conditions permit it.)

Join us in community on the third Thursday of the month as we celebrate Mass at 11 am in the Ministry Center Chapel, followed by lunch and a program, presentation or entertainment in the Ministry Center. We also sometimes meet at a near-by restaurant for food and fellowship. We welcome all new members! We meet each month from September through May, skipping the months of January and February if necessary due to inclement weather. Contact Pam Strobel, Parish Life Coordinator, at (616) 459-4662 ext. 1203 or for more information.

Koinonia (“Community”)

All young adults (college, young professionals, married, single, divorced, whomever)  gather every Tuesday to answer the late Pope John Paul II’s call for a new evangelization—for us “to become more intelligent in our Catholic faith.” Join us in the Ministry Center Chapel at 6:45 pm for evening prayer and 7 pm for the rosary, followed at 7:30 pm by introductions, praise and worship music, presentations, small group discussion, and social time in the Ministry Center Community Room. Contact Zach Jones at (810) 599-6433 or email for more information!

The Secular Franciscan Order

The Secular Franciscan Order is a lay group started by Saint Francis of Assisi that seeks to help its members live holy lives by following the Franciscan Rule to live the Gospel life in their everyday lay lives according to their circumstances. Secular Franciscans are known for their devotion to prayer, working for peace in their homes, workplaces, and community, and going from Gospel to life and life to Gospel. We gather the last Wednesday of the month from 7 – 9 pm in the Lower Level of Church. Contact Margo Dean at (616) 459-4662 ext 1202 for more information.

ARISE! Men’s Group

Men, invigorate your prayer life! We pray Lauds (Morning Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours) and discuss how to live Sunday’s Gospel. Join us for one Saturday or many more! We meet every Saturday morning from 6 – 8 am in the Ministry Center. Contact David Bevins at (616) 450-1807 for more information.

Regnum Christi

Regnum Christi is an apostolic movement at the service of the human person and the Church. Regnum Christi members meet in men’s and women’s groups to encourage each other to increase their own personal conversion and love for Christ and take upon themselves a commitment to personal and organized apostolic activity. Contact Pam Strobel at (616) 957-7776 for the women’s group. There is currently no men’s group meeting at the parish.

Knights of Columbus—Bishop Kevin Britt Council – 8117

The Knights of Columbus is the largest Catholic service organization in the world. Membership is restricted to Catholic men, 18 years and older, who are men of character and conviction and who are driven by their faith and conscience to selflessly serve their families, Church and communities. As an active volunteer organization, the Knights raise awareness for needy causes and generate much needed funds to support a variety of charitable activities, as well as encourage and support those considering the priesthood and religious life. We are dedicated to the Catholic Church, the Pope, our parishes and our communities. Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish is currently affiliated with the Bishop Kevin Britt Council #8117 at Saint Robert of Newminster Parish in Ada, MI.  Contact Grand Knight Steve VanderLaan at (616) 540-5020 or email or for more information.

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