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St. Thomas the Apostle Chapel
875 Hempstead Ave, West Hempstead, NY 11552
The St. Thomas the Apostle Chapel is part of the Roman Catholic Parish, which also has a church and private schoolMore located in West Hempstead. The chapel was built in 1955 to replace the one that was demolished because it had stood on a plot of land that was needed to construct the Southern State Parkway. The chapel currently serves as an additional worship space for the St. Thomas the Apostle congregation, which holds masses here throughout  the week. The parish of St. Mary's Syro Malabar Catholic Church, formed in 2003, also uses the chapel to hold its services.
St. Thomas The Apostle School
12 Westminster Rd, West Hempstead, NY 11552
The parish of St. Thomas the Apostle began construction on a school building in 1950 after nearly five years ofMore fundraising and waiting for approval from the diocese. That year, Father Joe Smith made arrangements for the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary to come from the Midwest to teach in the new school. Like West Hempstead and the neighboring communities, the parish underwent tremendous growth during the following decade, which required it to build a new chapel and expand the school building to accomodate its growing student population. Today, the school educates more than 450 students in pre-school through 8th grade, and youngsters ages 2 to 4.  The school's mission is to "to teach, build community and to serve." One unique way the school instills these lessons is through a state-of-the art technology program. This includes smartboards in every classroom and a media center that enables students to learn and interact with teachers and pupils from around the world. In the past, students have taken virtual field trips to rainforests, world-class museums and aquariums, classrooms in Pakistan and India, and an army base in Iraq, where they spoke to deployed U.S. soldiers.
St. Thomas the Apostle Church
24 Westminster Rd, West Hempstead, NY 11552
St. Thomas the Apostle Church is a Roman Catholic church that was founded in 1931. The first services were held in aMore storefront located on what is now Hempstead Gardens Drive until the church building was constructed in 1934. The first mass was held on Christmas Eve of 1934 and the building was officially dedicated during the following year. In addition to regular prayer services, the church also has an adult and children's choir, weekly Bible study groups, a book club, a knitting club and various classes and workshops throughout the year. There is also a youth program for middle school and high school students that holds social events, coordinates volunteer projects in the community and stages a musical each year open to all local teens. The church welcomes a mission preacher, holds adult courses every year during Lent and Advent and runs a bereavement program in the fall and spring. The human services department responds to requests for assistance from those in the community who have material needs. The parish also has a school, a chapel and CYO sports program.
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