St. Thomas Aquinas Needs a New Roof

$3,460 of $70k goal

Raised by 26 people in 7 months
Fr. Hugh Joseph Shields  PHILADELPHIA, PA
For over 100 years, the parish church of St. Thomas Aquinas in South Philadelphia has been the home of wave after wave of immigrant families seeking a better life for themselves and their loved ones. The church has been the site of sacraments spanning the very beginning of life to the tearful burying of the beloved deceased..... and the powerful, significant steps in between through First Communion, Confirmation, Reconciliation, Marriage, and sometimes simply a holy place to pray quietly. And that mission continues today in the same beautiful, majestic setting of St. Thomas Aquinas Church.



Today this Church is in need of a new roof, and we hope to begin the repairs in September. Already, within just a few months out, present parishioners have raised over $40,000 with $10,000 more in a pledge that will be fulfilled, but we still require outside help. A major portion of the remaining $70,000 must still to be collected before the repairs can begin. If you can support us with a donation, we would be most appreciative. If you could pass on this need of ours to others, especially those who still hold precious memories of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in their hearts, we would be most grateful, as well.





Any monies over and above our goal will be used to maintain the Church's hope-filled presence in the neighborhood. Specifically, pointing on the front of the church, repairs to the stained glass windows, and upkeep of the floor are high on the list of priorities. This Church was built and maintained over these many years with LOVE. We wish to continue this mandate.


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Posted by Fr. Hugh Joseph Shields
7 months ago
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Dear Friends of St. Thomas Aquinas,

A "first word" needs to be a sincere "Thank you!" to those who so quickly, via donations, responded to our financial challenge to repair our Church roof. We are VERY GRATEFUL for your help!

The pictures of the scaffolding depict the emergency work that needed to be done to the roof in three areas. Thanks to insurance monies we were able to repair a few major holes and replace some blown-off metal siding. The major work needed in replacing the entire roof remains to be done. We continue to receive donations within the parish but we ask you to share our need (via Facebook, Twitter, etc) most specially with those who have prayed in this beautiful Church of St. Thomas Aquinas and lived in this South Philadelphia neighborhood where our Church towers still stand as a sign of God's presence with His people.

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$3,460 of $70k goal

Raised by 26 people in 7 months
Created June 28, 2016
Fr. Hugh Joseph Shields  
$25
Anonymous
5 months ago
$25
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6 months ago
VY
$100
vera yanti
6 months ago
DC
$50
Daniel Colbert
6 months ago
$50
Anonymous
6 months ago
$250
Anonymous
7 months ago
ML
$50
Margaret Lewandowski
7 months ago

St. Thomas's pastor was a great help to our granddaughter Rachel Peixoto during sad times & happy times!thank you!

MG
$100
Michele Gravel
7 months ago
VY
$100
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7 months ago
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