Our parish of St Thomas, named after the Apostle, ‘Doubting Thomas’, emerged from the Cottesloe Parish in 1904 with Mass celebrated in Bowers Hall, opposite Claremont Railway Station, by Fr Thomas Masterson. A Catholic School was established in Reserve Street and this school doubled as a place for Mass and other parish activities until it burnt down in 1913. Whilst rebuilding was in progress Mass was held at the Council Chambers and again at Bowers Hall. As the parish expanded, various organizations, for example St. Vincent de Paul began to develop.
Our present church building was opened in 1936 and Fr Tom Masterson was the first Parish Priest. In 1953 a new Presbytery was built adjacent to the church. The then parish priest, Fr. McCormack took up residence. Subsequently, in 1954, a new school on the Church land was erected and opened in 1955.
In the 1960’s our church was found to be too small and was extended. The architect was Brian Jackson, one of our parishioners. The extension was blessed by Bishop McKenna on 8 December 1963.
The scriptural panels – Old Testament is to the left and New Testament is to the right of the Tabernacle
Jesus and our salvation not only emerge from the
Scriptures but that as we receive His Eucharist we
become part of the Word of God.