The Campus Ministry program at St. Thomas Aquinas High School supports a blend of challenging religious studies and faith experiences. In addition to knowing about Jesus, students need to develop an authentic Faith formation through learning, prayer, service, and sharing in the life of Jesus and the Catholic Church. STA requires all students to engage in a minimum of 10 hours of apostolic service each semester, enabling students to focus on using their God-given talents and gifts in the service of others.
All students participate in school Masses, celebrated on Holy Days and other special occasions. During the school year, various religious programs--class liturgies, reconciliation services, speakers from the Archdiocese of Miami and the community--supplement the regular theology course curriculum. During Advent and Lent, students celebrate communal penance services, followed by the opportunity for individual confession.
Three campus ministers work with the entire faculty in developing the spiritual purpose and mission of the school, offering an organized spiritual program that leads to a closer relationship with the Lord. The Gospel of Jesus Christ inspires the program, marked by prayer; personal presence; and interpersonal involvement with students, faculty, support staff, and parents in a manner and style that invite dialogue. At 7:20 a.m., daily, all members of the school community have the opportunity to attend Mass on Tuesdays and Thursdays and a Communion Service on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in the school chapel.
The campus ministry program includes the following:
The program encourages students to take part in their own parishes by serving as Eucharistic Ministers, lectors, altar servers, and CCD teachers and offers students the opportunity to prepare for the reception of the Sacraments of Initiation during the year. Classes for this purpose enable students to celebrate and receive the Sacraments of Initiation in their parishes at the appropriate time.
The supplemental theology programs include the following:
Spiritual Retreat Programs
A two-day Junior Discipleship Retreat, offered twice a year, invites student to explore thier Faith as lived in the service of others.
In the Sophomore Emmaus retreat, students reflect on Christ's presence in their lives.
The Freshman Insight Retreat aims to establish students' self-esteem, develop positive relationships, and focus on the theme, "God loves you."
Mr. Hugh Huck
Mrs. Kathleen Myrick