St. Thomas Aquinas Church (Palo Alto, California)

Started in 1901 and completed in 1902, St. Thomas Aquinas Church is the oldest church in Palo Alto, California and is a registered historic landmark. Its distinctive Carpenter Gothic Victorian style makes it a signature building for the downtown area.

St. Thomas Aquinas Parish
St. Thomas Aquinas Parish is located in San Francisco Bay Area
St. Thomas Aquinas Parish
St. Thomas Aquinas Parish
37°26′42″N 122°09′27″W / 37.445030°N 122.157463°W / 37.445030; -122.157463Coordinates: 37°26′42″N 122°09′27″W / 37.445030°N 122.157463°W / 37.445030; -122.157463
Location751 Waverley Street
Palo Alto, California
Country USA
DenominationRoman Catholic
StatusParish church
Founded1901 (1901)
DedicationThomas Aquinas
DedicatedNovember 1903 (1903-11)
EventsFeast Day of St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church (March 7, 1962 rubrics· (January 28, 1969 rubrics)
Functional statusActive
StyleCarpenter Gothic
CompletedJune 1902 (1902-06)
DeaneryDeanery 2
ArchdioceseArchidioecesis Sancti Francisci
DioceseDioecesis Sancti Josephi in California
ProvinceEcclesiastical province of San Francisco
Bishop(s)The Most Rev. Patrick Joseph McGrath
Vicar(s)Rev. Fr. Thierry Geris
DeanRev. Fr. Matthew D. Stanley
(St. Thomas Aquinas Parish)
Pastor(s)Rev. Fr. Matthew D. Stanley
Deacon(s)Dcn. Daniel Hernandez
Business managerChuck Tully
Liturgy coordinatorNora Lundin
RCIA coordinatorJean Ramacciotti
Parish administratorSandra Pedersen
Location in Palo Alto

The church is located just three blocks south of University Avenue. At the corner of Waverley and Homer Avenues, it's at the northern edge of the historic Professorville neighborhood of the city. The church was used as a location in the Hal Ashby film Harold and Maude (1971).[1]

St. Thomas Aquinas Parish also includes two other churches, Our Lady of the Rosary Church and St. Albert the Great Church, both also in Palo Alto. The three parishes, as well as St. Aloysius Church in Palo Alto and the Newman Center and St. Ann Chapel at Stanford University were merged into one parish in 1987. St. Aloysius was closed in 1994, the Newman Center at Stanford was reestablished as St. Dominic Parish in 1997, and St. Ann was sold in 1999.

As of the present St. Thomas Aquinas Church is the parish church of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, which also has two Chapels of ease.

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