Chronological Time Table of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish
May 31, 1960
His Eminence Cardinal James Francis McIntyre established St. Thomas Aquinas Parish.
James Francis McIntyre 樞機主教成立聖湯瑪斯堂區。
A machine shop located at 1100 S Atlantic Blvd, is leased as temporary housing for parish masses.
Sept 10, 1961
First Mass celebrated by Fr. Maurice Evans. 25 families attended with knee pads and folding chairs.
Groundbreaking for St. Thomas Aquinas 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 1-4 (200 students) taught by Sisters of St. Joseph of Newark.
Fr. Brian Cavanagh appointed Parish Administrator; Pastor (1979)
Fr. Brian Cavanagh established First Parish Council.
Fr. Michael Morahan, an Irish Jesuit, served at STA yearly from January to June.
愛爾蘭耶穌會士 Michael Morahan神父從本年1月到6月服務湯瑪斯堂區。
Fr. Norman Supancheck in residence introduced the Spanish Mass.
Fr. Brian Cavanagh formulated & implemented “Call to Prayer Program” in English & Spanish.
Sr. Ellen Muldoon, Sisters of St. Columban, expanded the ministry to the sick.
The Chinese Catholic pastoral ministry and a Sunday Mass in Mandarin were begun in 1981 at St Stephen Martyr Church. This ministry was later formally transferred to nearby St.Thomas Aquinas Church in Monterey Park at the request of the Archdiocese.
Fr. Brian Cavanagh formed a group of Eucharistic ministers and lectors.
Fr. 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: 750 registered families.
Our beloved Fr. Maurice Evans passed away.
Fr. Peter Ling, in residence, started the Chinese Mass on a regular basis. Our beloved Fr. Michael Morahan passed away.
Parish notified of proposal for a center for Chinese evangelization directed by Fr. Delos Humphrey.
March 1, 1994
His Eminence Cardinal Roger Mahoney established a Chinese Catholic Mission to increase Chinese evangelization.
Roger Mahoney 樞機主教建立華人天主教中心以增進華人的福傳。
Fr. Delos Humphrey replaced Fr. Brian Cavanagh.
Delos Humphrey神父接替Brian Cavanagh神父。
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 Administrator Pro Tem.
Fr. John Higgins appointed Administrator Pro Tem.
School celebrated 40th anniversary
Fr. Gabriel Lui appointed Administrator 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 Jubilee.
September 18, 2018
Fr. Peter Ling passed away, 83 years old.
Fr.Jay Wu, completed Associate Pastorship.
July 27, 2016
Fr. Peter Wei Cao from Bei Jing Archdiocese of China assigned at St. Thomas Aquinas Church of Los Angeles Archdiocese as Associate Pastor.
January 05, 2019
Fr. Justin Zhen Tian from Bei Jing Archdiocese of China assigned at St. Thomas Aquinas Church of Los Angeles Archdiocese as Associate Pastor.