“They said to each other, "Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the scriptures?" - Luke 24:32

The mission of the St Thomas Aquinas middle school youth group is to help all young people hear the Gospel message of Jesus Christ and to help them actively respond to that message through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and active participation as a member of His Church. Ignite is open to all parishioners in grades 7 and 8. 

Ignite meets twice monthly during the school year in the STA school Cafeteria from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. 

Change to Ignite

Dear parents,

This past spring we began a process of strategic planning for youth ministry in our parish. A committee was created, made up of parishioners and young people involved in our youth apostolates. Under the umbrella of our many apostolates for youth is the middle school youth group, Ignite. The goal of Ignite is to give our middle school parishioners a place to form community and encounter Jesus Christ with their peers in a fun and welcoming environment. Ignite is also meant to get youth connected with ministry in their younger years so they feel welcome and excited to attend our high school youth group, STAY, as they navigate new challenges and experiences in their high school years.

Traditionally, Ignite has been open to all middle school parishioners in grades 6-8. As I am sure you know well, youth grow and mature a lot in those three years. With the input of the committee, I have thoughtfully considered the varying needs of our youth in this age range and have decided that, for the time being, Ignite will be for students in grades 7 and 8 only. I believe is that this will enable our older students to go deeper in faith formation and forming community that will last beyond their middle school years. We will continue to evaluate the possibility of 6th graders joining Ignite.  

There are many opportunities to grow and improve this ministry and I look forward to working with our Leader of Youth Ministries, Laura Gouvion, and the committee as we plan for its future.

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Rev. Matthew C McGinness


Ignite Meeting Dates

Our Ignite Middle School Youth Group meets twice monthly in the School Cafeteria from 7:00-8:30 pm. Meeting dates for Summer 2018 are below. 

June 13                                                                                                                                                                                     Waterslide Kickball                                                                                                                                                                 7:00-8:30 pm on the playground                                                                                                                                             Wear your swimsuit under your clothes and don't forget to bring a towel!

July 11                                                                                                                                                                                                Shaving Cream Whiffle ball                                                                                                                                                          7:00-8:30 pm on the playground                                                                                                                                                Wear your swimsuit under your clothes and don't forget to bring a towel and a can of shaving cream!