About the church
St Thomas Catholic Church is located on Peninsula Drive, Drysdale, situated between St Thomas Primary School and St Ignatius College Geelong. Its location between these two schools represents the Holy Spirit's embrace of the school communities.
St Thomas Catholic Church was the fourth church built in the parish in the past 50 years. It has replaced the original, 150-year-old parish church, which is now part of a nursing home complex and is used for funerals and weddings.
The church's new striking design is modelled on a dove - the dove being a symbol of hope, peace and the Holy Spirit. It has been designed so that the sanctuary can be screened off, giving the building a multi-purpose function.
The church has disabled access with plenty of on-site parking. The church looks out across an open field and is surrounded by beautiful Australian trees and shurbs.
Church open times: St Thomas Catholic Church is open on Sundays from 8.30am to 10.30am unless there are baptisms or weddings to follow, Saturdays from 9.30am to 11am, and Thursdays from 9.30am to 11am. For mass times see the Mass Times.
Catholic Parish of the Bellarine
The Catholic Parish of the Bellarine is made up of four churches: St Thomas, Drysdale; Lumen Christi, Leopold; St Patrick, Portarlington; and Sts Philip & James, St Leonards.
Our Parish Priest is Father James Puppady.
St Thomas: Peninsula Drv, Drysdale
Lumen Christi: Kensington Rd, Leopold
St Patrick: Harding St, Portarlington
Sts Philip & James: Murradoc Rd, St Leonards
For mass times see the Mass Times.
The St Thomas Catholic Parish acknowledge the Waddawurrung people, the Traditional Owners who have walked upon and cared for this land for thousands of years. We acknowledge the continued deep spiritual attachment and relationship Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have to this country and commit ourselves to the ongoing jounrey of reconciliation.
St Thomas Catholic Church has two parish schools - St Thomas Primary School and St Ignatius College. Both schools use the Church regularly for worship, liturgy, and events.
St Thomas Primary SchooL
St Thomas Primary School is in the Drysdale Parish situated in the heart of the Bellarine Peninsula. The school was founded in 1997 and has a short but rich history of school, families and parish working together to ensure children are given every opportunity to feel safe and happy at school while they strive to learn and develop.
St Thomas' School Community aims to foster Gospel values and to work in partnership with families to ensure growth in faith and identity as a member of the Catholic community. After initiation by Baptism into the community, then growth in that faith is encouraged within the climate of our Catholic School. Therefore it is the right of every Catholic child to be given these opportunities wherever and whenever it is practically possible to do so. St Thomas Primary School is always actively involved with our local and parish community. www.stdrysdale.catholic.edu.au
St Ignatius College
St Ignatius College is a years 7-12 co-educational college owned and operated by the parishes of the Geelong Deanery. The College is a proud Jesuit Partner School and a member of the Ignatian Network of 95 schools in Australasia, together with others worldwide that share the spiritual and educational philosophy of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. The Ignatian Way is to strive for the greater good, educate the whole person (body, mind and spirit) and develop young adults of competence, compassion and conscience ready to serve their community and transform their world.
St Ignatius College aspires to form young men and women in the spirit of seeking the magis; through fostering growth in their ability to be discerning persons, our purpose is that they will come to a fuller understanding of themselves as loved by God, and invited by Christ to participate in creating a better world where goodness, peace and justice reign. www.ignatius.vic.edu.au