Church History

St. Thomas Aquinas & Holy Family Church

Two Churches Joining As One Family, Together In Love

On April 25th, 2006 the Diocese of Brooklyn approved the reconfiguration of Holy Family parish and Saint Thomas Aquinas parish. Due to the shortage of priests and demographic changes in our neighborhood our two parishes are in the process of merging into one community. Change is always difficult and we pray for the Lord’s guidance and blessing on our new community.
As the Holy Family 100th Anniversary book indicated…. “We only glimpse at the past and stand but for a short time in the present, for the future beckons with a strength and excitement that will devastate the forces of evil. Our strength is in the Lord Jesus Christ and we have heard His voice in the words of Saint Paul, ‘I am sure of this much: that He who has begun the good work in you will carry it through to completion, right up to the day of Christ Jesus.'” (Philippians 1:6)
May we work together to complete this good work in our united parish community and to build the Kingdom of God! 

Click on each Church for it’s history:

St. Thomas Aquinas Church
Holy Family Church

As we work together to build the kingdom of God, we remember the words of Bishop Oscar Romero:

“It helps now and then to step back and take the long view. The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work. Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said. No prayer fully expresses our faith. No confession brings perfection. No pastoral visit brings wholeness. No program accomplishes the church’s mission. No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about: We plant seed that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide yeast that produces effects beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for God’s grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker. We are workers, not master builders, ministers not messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own. Amen”
Over the years many changes have occurred to both the parish of Holy Family and the parish of Saint Thomas Aquinas, but through it all we have been open to the whisperings of the Spirit of the Lord among us.
We pray that we will work together. With God’s grace we can plant the seed of our reconfigured parish ~ nurture the seeds that were so lovingly planted by the members of Holy Family, St. Stanislaus Martyr & St. Thomas Aquinas Parishes in the past ~ and help build the Kingdom of God in Park Slope.
You are most welcome to come and join our community and visit our church buildings.
A church building however is just a building. The real church is the many people and organizations who make the parish community at Saint Thomas Aquinas and Holy Family such a special place. We invite you to visit our other pages and discover the many different facets of our community.