Parish Staff

Rev. Michael Reding

Pastor

Fr. Michael provides pastoral leadership for all areas of the parish’s mission. He was ordained in May 1997. He served as Associate Pastor at Transfiguration Church in Oakdale and Pastor at St. Bartholomew in Wayzata before coming to St. Thomas the Apostle. Fr. Michael has been the pastor at St. Thomas since July 2013.

Barbara Staats

Pastoral Administrator

Barbara directs the overall business operations of the parish. Along with the pastor, she works with both the Pastoral Council and the Finance Council. Barbara also provides leadership in all areas of pastoral care, ensuring that the needs of parishioners are met. Barbara began working at St. Thomas in 2018.

Bill Nolan

Pastoral Associate – Faith Formation / Social Outreach

Bill oversees the faith formation, sacramental preparation and social outreach programs for the parish. He is directly involved in leading adult faith formation and spiritual enrichment programs. Bill joined St. Thomas the Apostle in 2005.

Mary Werner

Liturgist

Mary directs the parish choirs and coordinates the music, ministers and ritual for all liturgical events. She collaborates with all ministry areas to provide quality worship that forms and supports our parish mission. Mary began working at St. Thomas the Apostle in 1989.

Doug Cleary

Youth Minister

TBD

Dottie Dolezal

Liturgical Accompanist and Administrative Assistant

Dottie leads the assembly to full and active participation in the sung prayer of the liturgy. She also accompanies the choir and plans instrumental music for weddings and other liturgical events. In the parish office, Dottie welcomes and assists visitors and callers, provides staff support and maintains the parish calendar. Dottie has worked at St. Thomas the Apostle since 2004.

Martina Hernandez

Coordinator of Sacramental Preparation with Children

Martina organizes the parish sacramental preparation programs for children, including First Reconciliation and First Eucharist for second grade and Confirmation for grades 9 and 10. She began working at St. Thomas the Apostle in 2010.

Estaban Cruz

Maintenance

Estaban is responsible for the weekday maintenance needs at St. Thomas the Apostle. He assists José Ortega to keep our grounds clean and safe. Estaban has worked at St. Thomas the Apostle since 2021.

José Ortega

Maintenance

José is responsible for the afternoon and evening weekday maintenance needs at St. Thomas the Apostle. He assists Estaban Cruz to keep our grounds clean and safe. Jose has worked at St. Thomas the Apostle since 2015.

Casey Piersma

Nursery

Casey supervises the nursery on Sunday mornings during Masses, along with the help of parents and youth volunteers. She joined the St. Thomas the Apostle staff in 2014.

Cheryl Taylor

Coordinator of Faith Formation with Children

Cheryl coordinates all aspects of our children’s faith formation programs, which comprise Seeds (ages 3-5) and Liturgy of the Word with Children (ages 6 and older) on Sunday mornings and Faith Formation for All (grades K-8) on Wednesday evenings. Cheryl has been on staff at St. Thomas the Apostle since 2006.

Julie Wickland

Office Administrator

Julie works with the pastoral administrator to ensure that the daily business operations of the parish function smoothly. She supervises parish center volunteers and maintains parish and financial records. Julie also is involved with all parish communications. She creates the weekly bulletin, maintains the website and publishes periodic e-blasts and brochures for parish campaigns. Julie has been with St. Thomas the Apostle since 2008.

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