St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
1501 South Atlantic Boulevard
Monterey Park, CA 91754-5299 United States
8:00 am & 5:30 pm
8:00 am, 9:30 amChinese, 11:30 am, 1:30 pmSpanish & 3:00 pmCantonese
Saturday at 4:00 pm
Weekly Mass Schedule
9:30 am (Chinese)
1:30 pm (Spanish)
3:00 pm (Cantonese)
8:00 am (Chinese)
Holy Days of Obligation
All Saints’ Day
Immaculate Conception of The Blessed Virgin Mary
“May 31, 1960
His Eminence James Francis Cardinal McIntyre establishes St. Thomas Aquinas Parish.
A machine shop located at 1100 South Atlantic Boulevard, M.P. is leased as temporary housing for Parish Masses.
Sept. 10, 1961
First Mass of STA Parish is celebrated by Fr. Evans in leased machine shop. About 25 families in attendance armed with knee pads some small pillows and folding chairs.
Groundbreaking for STA Church and other parish buildings.
February 3, 1963
First Mass is celebrated at the NEW St. Thomas Aquinas Church.
Church, school, other parish buildings ready for occupancy.
Sept. 10, 1963
First day of School. Grades 1 through 4 (200 students.) taught by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Newark.
Father Brian Cavanagh appointed Parish Administrator; Pastor (1979)
Father Cavanagh establishes First Parish Council. Father Michael Morahan, an Irish Jesuit served yearly from January to June
Father Norman Supancheck in residence, introduced the Spanish Mass
Fr. Cavanagh formulated & implemented “Call to Prayer Program” in English & Spanish
Sister Ellen Muldoon, Sister of St. Columban, expanded the ministry to the sick.
Father Cavanagh formed a group of Eucharistic ministers and lectors.
Father Armando Palma, in residence. Introduced “Flores de Mayo”, children’s choir, and Las Posadas
May 12, 1985
His Eminence Cardinal Timothy Manning presided at the 25th anniversary Mass:g 750 registered families.
Our beloved Fr. Maurice Evans passed away
Parish notified of proposal for a center for Chinese evangelization directed by Fr. Delos Humphrey
March 1, 1994
His Eminence Cardinal Roger Mahony established a Chinese Catholic Mission to increase Chinese evangelization
Fr. Delos Humphrey replaced Fr. Brian Cavanagh
Fr. Luis Garcia formed Our Lady of Guadalupe Society
Fr. Ed Dover and Fr. Gabriel Lui were assigned as a team to minister to the parishioners.
October 1, 2000
In honor of the 120 Chinese martyrs, 120 rose bushes were planted in their memory. Fr. Larry Estrada assigned as Pastor of the twin parishes, St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Stephen Martyr.
Fr. John Montejano appointed Administer Pro Tem.
Fr. John Higgins appointed Administer Pro Tem. School celebrated 40th anniversary
Fr. Gabriel Lui appointed Administer Pro Tem., Pastor (2005)
Parish celebrated Fr. Gabriel Lui 25th anniversary of ordination
Formation of the Capital Campaign Committee
July 1, 2011
Fr. Gabriel Lui completed Pastorship. Fr. John Kyebasuuta- New Administrator and Fr. Jay Wu, Associate Pastor
October 9, 2011
Parish celebrated its Golden Jubliee
Ground breaking on New Parish hall and offices