All students of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School receive daily instruction in religion. The goals of our religious studies are to develop a knowledge of, and devotion to, the Catholic Church, Her beliefs, traditions, and rituals. Students come to know and experience a nurturing, inclusive environment, come together in prayer and worship, know the teaching of the Church, and learn to serve and reach out to others.
All School Mass is held on Monday mornings at 8:15 am. In addition, kindergarten through 2nd grade attend Mass on Friday at 8:15 am, 3rd through 5th grades attend Mass on Tuesday at 8:15 am and 6th through 8th grades attend Mass on Thursday at 8:15 am.
During the 7th grade year, students take the Stewards class. This class trains students to help with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The students are taught to be altar servers, lectors, commentators and ushers. Students will begin serving Mass during the quarter in which they are enrolled in the class. The server schedule is on the STA website, bulletin and STA weekly. Students serve through the summer of their 8th grade year.
In the spirit of stewardship, which is giving back to God from which He gives, each student is required to complete service hours by May 1st. The hours required commensurate with the student’s grade. (For example, 1st grade students are required to complete 1 hour while 8th grade students are required to complete 8 hours.) Students are encouraged to do more than the minimum and families are encouraged to do a family service project once a year. Service hours can be tracked in the student’s agenda book.