Gazebo Gazette

One of the most interesting architectural features of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church is its collection of colorful stained glass windows, which illustrate the story of salvation. On Saturday, December 7 from 11a.m. – 3 p.m., clergy and staff will host a “pilgrimage” through the church, with scriptural meditations on each prismatic work of art.

Although there is no cost to attend the pilgrimage, participants must register in advance by December 3 on the church’s website: The mini-retreat, similar in format to a stations of the cross prayer service, will be divided into three segments. A light lunch will be provided for those registered.

Four magnificent round windows which were salvaged from the remains of the church building destroyed by hurricane Katrina adorn the upper four peaks of the cruciform church. These windows depict the birth, resurrection and ascension of Christ, as well as Pentecost. Thirty-six smaller rectangular windows, which line the transepts, narthex and sacristy portions of the church, were donated by individuals and families post-Katrina. These smaller windows depict creation through the ministry of Pope John Paul II.

All are invited and welcome to attend. For more information, or to register by phone, call 228-596-8835.