Our Lady’s Altar Society

Fifty years ago, when Msgr. John T. Gulczynski asked the school mothers to organize an essential altar society, the newly established St. Thomas Aquinas Parish had no church and only a makeshift altar in the Auditorium/Gym of the six-year-old Cathedral School No. 2. Thriving together in the Catholic community, our parish and parochial school now rank among the largest in the Diocese of Dallas. Our Lady's Altar Society continues to serve the Lord in His house.

Today, we invite a new generation of women and men of the parish to join us. Our membership is made up of smaller groups, or circles. We meet on the third Tuesday, from September to May. Individual circles meet informally, as friends, who share spirituality, common interests, and various projects. Circles are asked to support various altar society activities such as: parish events, occasionally hosting a reception for a general meeting, and arrange church cleaning related to the Mass and liturgical vestments.

The Altar Society is a dynamic group here to support our parish community and have a little fun along the way. Join us for a meeting or event and see for yourself what we’re all about.


Held at noon in the St Anne Hall, lunch is provided.  If you are not a member and have thought about joining or are interested in learning more about the Society, please come as our guest.

October 17, 2017

“Know Your Numbers”, American Heart Association, Lissa McCann. A Rosary for Peace will be said at 11:30 in the St Joseph Room for those who would like to attend.

November 21, 2017

Thanks for Thanksgiving, members will put together homeless boxes. Attendees are asked to bring empty shoe boxes and small personal and toiletry items. Monica Hartman Shaw’s book, “The Rainwater Secret” which will be discussed in January will be available for purchase.

December 12, 2017

Christ Child Celebration.  Attendees are asked to bring unwrapped baby gifts which will be donated to White Rose.  Variations, the Woodrow Wilson Show Choir will perform.

January 16, 2018

Book discussion, led by Monica Hartman Shaw, an STA parishioner and author of “The Rainwater Secret”.

February, 20, 2018

In My Shoes founder, Maria Eichold, will speak about that organization’s mission of providing a safe and welcoming community for pregnant women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

March 20, 2018

Ignatian Spiritual Institute, Lenten Reflection presented by Susie Andrews.

April 17, 2018

Plant Trials, presented by Jim Apken, Arboretum Master Gardener.

May 15, 2018

Insider’s Guide to Shopping at Trader Joes.