Monday 8:30 AM-chapel
Tuesday 8:30 AM-church
Thursday 8:30 AM-chapel
Friday 8:30 AM-church
Wednesday 8:30 AM-chapel
Saturday 4:30 PM
Sunday 9:00 AM & 11:00 AM
Saturday 3:00 PM
Monday through Friday
9:00AM to 5:00PM
9:00AM to 3:00PM
10:00AM to 2:00PM
closed for lunch from
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
REV. LARRY ZURAWSKI
I am Fr. Larry Zurawski, your new pastor. It is with great joy and anticipation that I begin this new assignment. It is a beautiful time of year with the leisure of summer, the excitement of new beginnings and, of course, the upcoming annual parish festival. The staff and parishioners that I already met are very warm and welcoming. I look forward to meeting everyone soon and getting to know you. Please be patient with me as I try to remember your names. There is one of me but many of you.
I am grateful that Archbishop Vigneron asked me to accept this assignment. By working together, great things will continue to happen here at St. Thomas.
My life story is not very complicated. I was born on November 28, 1957 which happened to be Thanksgiving Day and is again this year. Growing up in Warrendale, I am familiar with the west side of Detroit. Both of my parents died on April 18th,thirteen years apart. My brother is married and has two daughters and four grandchildren. There are many relatives around the Detroit metropolitan area.
Formal education took place in Detroit at St. Christopher Elementary School, St. Andrew High School, St. Mary’s College, Orchard Lake and the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio.
Diaconate ordination was on June 7, 1985 and priesthood ordination was on December 14, 1985 at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. My First Mass was at my home parish on December 15th, the anniversary of my baptism.
I have served at several parishes in the archdiocese. The two most recent were at St. Damian, Westland, for 14 years (1997—2011) and St. Therese of Lisieux, Shelby Township for 8 years (2011—2019). Currently, I serve also as the Archdiocesan Chaplain for Girl Scouts and the Treasurer for the Priests Conference for Polish Affairs. I love being a priest, being with people, and the joys and challenges that come with it.
I come to you with experience but also with an open mind and a willingness to serve as we will share life and faith together. It is my hope to be here for many years to come.
Farewell Fr. Simeon
Rev. Simeon T. Iber, PhD.
our Pastor, our mentor, our friend indeed.
He was born in Nigeria but came to our land,
To teach us, help us, and when needed, hold our hand.
At first it was challenging with that accent of his,
So, we listened, we learned, and fell in love with this bliss! Every sermon from the pulpit or conversation at hand,
He brought us together with the Gospel in command.
His faith and humility were an example to follow,
We joyfully accepted as this was easy to swallow.
He was scheduled to be our Pastor for at least six years, Now someplace else needs him and we are left with tears. The Festival won’t be the same without his help and laughter,
But maybe he will return in the next year or after?
We are thankful for the years we have spent with him,
But now we must allow him to go without any grim.
So, farewell to Fr. Simeon our amazing Pastor!
We’ll miss you, pray for you, and love you ever after!
Amen! With Love and Appreciation!
Thomas the Apostle Parish
31530 BEECHWOOD, GARDEN CITY MI 48135 734 427 1533
My Dear Friends,
I was overwhelmed this weekend with your thousands of hugs, kisses, prayers, good wishes for me, family, and next appointment. I am very grateful for your love, generosity, support, and solidarity. The last time I felt the way I did this Sunday was my ordination day. I have started reading the many cards and gifts you gave me and tears keep running down my eyes wondering who the cards refers to and to realize it’s me bring chills to my body. Thanks to Cindy and the organizers of my sendoff reception. God bless you all, keep marching forward-no turning back!
Wishing you God’s blessing!
We, as St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Parish, recognize that we are the Body of Christ. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we strive to serve others through Christian Service, Prayer and Worship, Education and Evangelization. We keep within our hearts and minds the statement of faith and conviction of our patron St. Thomas the Apostle, "My Lord and my God".