1984 – The faith community of St. Thomas the Apostle is officially founded June 19 with a membership of some 300 families. First Masses are celebrated at Thayer Hill Middle School on Brookdale Road the weekend of June 30 – July 1. The Rev. James Curtin is installed as pastor July 1. Masses are celebrated at the middle school until a church building is completed and ready for use.
1985 – Ground is broken July 21 for the church building at 1500 Brookdale Road, Naperville. The cornerstone is blessed Dec. 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception.
1986 – The new church building is dedicated Sept. 13, with room for 880 worshippers while movable chairs provide seating for another 120 individuals.
1990 – Ground is broken April 4, Palm Sunday, for the Parish Ministry Center.
1991 – The Parish Ministry Center is dedicated July 7.
1994 – St. Thomas’ 10th anniversary celebration culminates the weekend of June 4 – 5. The number of parishioners totals some 3,100 families. The Rev. Donald W. Kenny is installed as St. Thomas’ second pastor on July 17.
2000 – St. Thomas celebrates the millennium with projects that include the Haiti Twinning Project, the outdoor Millennium Meditation Garden and Labyrinth, and the St. Thomas Meditation Park. Indoors, stained glass windows grace the narthex. Through the Twinning Project, St. Thomas pairs with St. Marie-Madeleine Parish in Duchity, Haiti, the poorest country in the hemisphere, in an agreement of mutually beneficial support.
2001 – In the fall, Father Kenny announces his resignation as pastor to become a missionary in Ecuador.
2002 – The Rev. Joel Fortier is installed Sept. 22 as the third pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle.
2004 – Highlights of the celebration of St. Thomas’ 20th anniversary include a dinner dance and a special anniversary concert.
2005 – All Saints Catholic Academy (ASCA), of which St. Thomas is a co-sponsor along with St. Elizabeth Seton and St. Margaret Mary Parishes, opens its doors Aug. 24 at 1155 Aurora Ave., Naperville, to welcome students in pre-K through grade five. Some 51 St. Thomas families enroll 75 children in the school. Additional grades will be added each year until ASCA includes students through the grade eight.
2006 – Internationally recognized Christian rock composer, vocalist and recording artist John Angotti begins a two-year appointment as visiting guest artist at St. Thomas the Apostle, funded through the courtesy of a group of parish families.
2008 – St. Thomas the Apostle joins with eight area Catholic churches in co-sponsoring “Praise in the Park,” a free concert on Aug. 24 featuring contemporary Christian music artists John Angotti, Jorge Rivera and Aaron Thompson, at the Millennium Carillon in Naperville’s Riverwalk park complex. The St. Thomas Ministry Center is remodeled.
2009 – St. Thomas celebrates its 25th anniversary with activities for all age ranges throughout the year. Parish membership includes over 3,300 households of more than 11,000 people.
2012 – Father Joel Fortier announces his retirement as pastor of St. Thomas in February. St. Thomas celebrates and remembers the life and ministry of the Rev. Mr. William (Will) Worden, one of St. Thomas’ original pastoral staff members and its first deacon, after his passing on March 30. The Rev. Don McLaughlin is installed as the fourth pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle on September 30, 2012. Parish membership totals over 3,600 households.
2014 – St. Thomas embarks on a year-long celebration of its 30th anniversary. The parish theme for the year is ‘I am St. Thomas.’
2015 – The 30th anniversary celebration concludes with a 30th anniversary concert, dinner-dance, and special anniversary liturgy which included the music of John Angotti.