At St. Thomas’ Parish, we want to strengthen our community in southern Prince George’s County. We like to initiate events that bring the Parish and the wider community together. Reaching out to our neighbors, we seek to follow our Lord, Jesus Christ, who teaches us, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
A new tradition has become the Harvest Bounty celebration, held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving Day, bringing together our market vendors, artists, and the community.
St. Thomas’ Parish serves as the meeting place for a number of community groups. The hall also serves as a polling place for elections. At the Chapel of the Incarnation in Brandywine, Community Support Services (CSS) office operates in the Parish Hall during the day, and Alcoholics Anonymous groups meet there in the evening.
The parish-owned DiBrandi Senior House, located next to the Chapel, provides housing for low-income senior citizens and is administered by CSS.
Upper Marlboro Food Bank
We support the Upper Marlboro Food Bank, contributing items to the pantry, helping to sort and pack bags, and hosting breakfast several times a year. We also support Community Support Systems (CSS), which helps individuals and families in need in southern Prince George’s County/northern Charles County and administers a low-income Senior house that is owned by the parish.
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St. Saint Pauli’s Alliance
For Racial Reconciliation & Healing
St. Thomas’ Parish, Croom is the home of St. Pauli’s Alliance. Through community-based programs and collaborations with other parishes and non-profits, the mission of the alliance is to promote racial reconciliation and healing in the diverse communities of MD and DC.
The alliance is named in honor of Pauli Murray, who was a major figure of the 20th century civil rights movement. In 1977 Pauli Murray was the first African American woman to be ordained as an Episcopal priest, and in 2018 Blessed Pauli was added to the Episcopal calendar of saints by the General Convention of the Episcopal Church. A graduate of Howard University Law School (J.D. ’44), and Berkeley (J.D.M. ’45), her work provided pivotal research for Thurgood Marshall’s ruling in Brown v. Board of Education (1954). She was the first African American to receive a J.S.D. (’65) from Yale Law School. Along with others, she was a founding member of the National Organization for Women (’65). She was the first African American, and the second woman to have a college named in her honor at Yale University, dedicated in 2017. Her deep and abiding faith strengthened her lifelong vocation to promote justice for all people.