Interior of STA Church

Interior of STA Church
All Class Reunion Day, September 30, 2012. Photo courtesy: Dan Carr (Class of 1960)

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

1968 Class 50th Reunion

Thanks to Diane Callahan Mastny for posting the great photos from STA's 1968 50th Reunion at Hackney's earlier this month.



Also, a Memorial Mass will be said for those 1968 STA graduates who are no longer with us.  A "Remembrance" Mass is planned on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at Old St. Pat's Church at Des Plaines and Adams at 11:00 a.m.  Plan to attend.


Thanks, again, Diane for sharing the information on your 50th reunion gathering.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Founding of STA Mother's Club, 1935

Thanks to Dan Carr, class of 1960, for spotting this article on the front page of the December 26, 1935 Garfieldian newspaper. He was actually researching information on his Grandmother whose obituary also appears on the front page of this paper. You never know where you will find information!





Thanks, Dan!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Mural Behind Altar - Updated January 2, 2019

c1990 prior to becoming St. Martin de Porres

This photo of the mural behind the altar at St. Thomas Aquinas Church was provided by Patrick T. Reardon, Class of 1963. The mural was a copy of The Apotheosis [glorification] of St. Thomas Aquinas by the Spanish Renaissance master, Zurbaran.

It seems since the Church was re-dedicated to St. Martin de Porres in February 1992, it didn't make much sense to have the huge mural to St. Thomas Aquinas behind the altar.

Pictured above is Rev. Thomas Libera, Pastor c1988-c1995.  Thanks to Barbara Vina for identifying him.

Pat, thanks for sharing the photo.

Additional information on the painting behind the altar. Patrick Reardon posted on Facebook on January 2, 2014 (and re-posted on January 2, 2019) the following:

"At St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Austin on Chicago's Far West Side, there was a painting behind the altar that was modeled on one by a somewhat famous Spaniard, Francisco Zubaran. Here is Zubaran's image on the left and the STA image on the right. BTW, to curry favor with the pastor, Msgr. William Long, the painter put Long's face on the guy in front of the group on the left in the lowest level. He also painted Long's face as St. William in another part of the church."



Thanks Patrick for sharing the additional information.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

1936 Graduation Booklet 1 of 2

Another wonderful booklet from the past of St. Thomas Aquinas. More than 80 years ago, the graduates of 1936 were pictured in this graduation booklet. Thank you to Marilyn Segerson (Class of 1968) for the document and to Bill Pappas (Class of 1968) for sending the scanned copy. To enlarge, double click on image.


 Continued on next blog post.

1936 Graduation Booklet 2 of 2

1936 Graduation Booklet Continued from previous post.


Thank you Marilyn Segerson and Bill Pappas for continuing to build our past!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

1966 STA Annual Dance and Turkey Raffle Program 1 of 3

Thanks to Bill Pappas (class of 1968) for this treasure. The program lists many names and businesses we will all recognize. Such fond memories. The post is broken into 3 sections to accommodate all of the images. Double click on the images to enlarge. (The original images were cropped a little close to the edge, but you can get the gist of what is written.) Thanks again, Bill for digitizing this booklet.


Booklet continues in next post.

1966 STA Annual Dance and Turkey Raffle Program 2 of 3

Booklet continues:






Continues on next post.