Welcome!

Welcome to Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church and Parish School in Oroville California, and our mission church Saint Anthony of Padua in Challenge California.  We have been serving the Greater Oroville area since 1857, becoming part of the Diocese of Sacramento in 1886. We are glad you are here.

SAVE THIS DATE:  Saturday, July 2nd!  The St. Thomas the Apostle Feast Day Celebration, and Farewell to Father Godwin, will be held on Saturday, July, 2nd after a Bilingual Mass at 5:30p.m. A barbecue dinner will be served by the Knights of Columbus, following Mass, for $6.00 per person. Dinner will include hamburgers, chips, watermelon, dessert and a drink. There will be games of BINGO and Volleyball. The night festivities will end with fireworks after it gets dark, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Please bring chairs for your seating to watch the fireworks show. PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO 7:00 p.m. Spanish Mass on July 2nd.

RESERVA ESTA FECHA: jsábado 2 De Julio!  El St. La celebración del Día de la Fiesta de Thomas y las despedida al Padre Godwin, se llevarán a cabo el sábado 2 de Julio una misa bilingüe a las 5:30 p.m.  Caballeros de Colón servirá una cena de barbacoa, después de la misa, por $6.00 por persona.  La cena incluirá una hamburguesa, patatas fritas, sandía, postre y una bebida.  Habrá juegos de BINGO y Voleibol.  Las festividades terminarán con fuegos artificiales después de que oscurezca, patrocinados por Caballeros de Colón.  Por favor, traiga sillas para sus asientos para ver el espectáculo de fuegos artificiales.  TENGA EN CUENTA: NO habrá 7:00 p.m. Misa española el 2 de Julio.

FAIR THEE WELL FR. GODWIN XAVIER:   As of July 30, our parish priest is retiring from active ministry at St. Thomas the Apostle in Oroville and the Diocese of Sacramento.  Fr. Godwin came to St. Thomas during the advent season of 2018 following the catastrophic Camp Fire in November of that year where he served as the parish priest for St. Thomas Moore Church in Paradise, CA.  During his service here at St. Thomas the Apostle, he saw us through the time of the Bear Fire which threatened Oroville in August of 2020.  He also served us during the COVID-19 pandemic when all public gatherings in the community were suspended.  To alleviate the loss of daily and weekend Masses, he helped organized liturgical events through this website, our Facebook page, and outdoor Masses when permitted.  Needless to say, it has not been an easy time for any of us.  Although retiring from parish ministry, Fr. Godwin is not planning to kick back and play golf during his “Golden Years”.  Instead, he has applies for positions as Chaplain in the California State Prison system to serve those men/women who are in need of spiritual guidance.  Thank you, Fr. Godwin, for your years of serving your parishioners here at St. Thomas the Apostle and throughout the Sacramento Diocese.  We wish you well in your future endeavors. 

FAIR THEE BIEN FR. GODWIN XAVIER:   A partir del 20 de Julio, nuestro párroco se retirará del ministerio activo en St. Thomas the Apostle en Oroville y la Diócesis de Sacramento.  Padre Godwin viajó a St. Thomas durante la temporada de adviento de 2018 luego del catastrófico Camp Fire en Noviembre del año en que se desempeñó como párroco de St. Thomas Moore Church en Paradise, CA.  Durante su servicio aqui en St. Thomas the Apostle, nos ayudó durante el Bear Fire que amenazó a Oroville en Agosto de 2020.  También nos sirvió duranet la pandemia de COVID-19 cuando se suspendieron todas las reuniones públicas en la comunidad.  Para aliviar la pérdida de misas diarias y de fin de semana, ayudó a organizar eventos litúrgicos a través de este sitio web, nuestra página de Facebook y misas al aire libre cuando estaba permitido.  No hace falta decir que no ha sido un memento fácil para ninguno de nosotros.  Aunque se retira del ministerio parroquial, el p. Godwin no planea relajarse y jugar al golf durante sus “Años Dorados”. En cambio, ha solicitado puestos como capellán en el sistema penitenciario del estado de California para servir a aquellos hombres/mujeres que necesitan orientación espiritual.  Gracias, padre Godwin, por sus años de servicio a sus feligreses aquí en St. Thomas the Apostle y en toda la Diócesis de Sacramento.  Le deseamos lo mejor en sus futuros emprendimientos.

MISSION STATEMENT: Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we the church answer the call of Christ to be a visible sign of His presence by participating in: Scripture and Sacraments, Worship and Prayer, Spiritual and Academic Education, Evangelization and Witnessing, Service and Charity, Fellowship and Community. Through our words and actions with our universal community of believers, we strive to share the love of God and the greater Oroville community and throughout the world.