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LIVING THE FAITH

Catholicism plays a pivotal role in our everyday world, where STA stands as a Catholic community deeply rooted in faith, family, tradition, and excellence.

 

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TOGETHER IN WORSHIP

Friends Uniting to Celebrate Shared Faith.

 

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CAMPUS MINISTRY NEWS

Ash Wendesday at STA

As the Lenten season commences, St. Thomas Aquinas students embraced the solemnity and significance of Ash Wednesday with reverence and reflection. This annual observance marks the beginning of Lent, a period of spiritual renewal, repentance, and preparation for Easter, and the STA community came together to participate in this timeless tradition.

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OUR CATHOLIC IDENTITY

The mission of St. Thomas Aquinas High School is: "Respectful of each person’s self-worth, St. Thomas Aquinas High School, seeks to develop each student’s God-given talents in a safe and caring atmosphere of sharing and challenge."

Catholic identity thrives throughout the STA campus and in the hearts of students, faculty, and staff. Serving those who appear “the least” in the community remains the focus of our efforts in and out of the classroom. We encourage STA students to witness to the call of Jesus in service and faith.

“Where does Jesus send us? There are no borders, no limits: He sends us to everyone."

Campus Ministry awakens students and faculty to the reality of Jesus present in our lives. In various ways, faith formation remains our focus as we encourage students to engage and explore the Theology curriculum, retreats, religious events, and opportunities for individual involvement. Students serve as Eucharistic ministers, lectors, altar servers, singers, and musicians. STA students share their Catholic Identity through middle school and Confirmation retreat programs at our local parishes. Monthly Nights of Fellowship combine faith, friendship, and fun as the STA community celebrates our Catholic Identity and spiritual camaraderie.

A MESSAGE FROM monsignor kelly

In the Footsteps of Our Savior

The average life experiences much joy as well as much sadness. In a comprehensive view, you can hardly have one element of success without some counter-balance of limitation. Depending on one's disposition, needs, circumstances, ambitions and efforts, the equation of success vs. failure can vary much. Some persons will appear to savor mostly moments of joy while others are saddled with more than their share of sorrow. Overall though, most every life will have its moments of joy in addition to times of challenge which frequently lead to sorrow.

Jesus in his human nature experienced normal levels of emotion. When he gave hope to people he must have been elated. In caring for the sick, in feeding the hungry and in raising the dead to life, he must have felt good about a service well-done. But as we well know, Jesus also suffered the human emotions of loneliness, rejection and proximity to failure. In the final act of his human existence, he experienced physical, emotional and likely spiritual turmoil. Undoubtedly, he shared our experience of ups and downs, joys and sorrows, successes and failures.

The ticker-tape type parade of the entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday evidenced the high public acceptance of Jesus by the people. After all he had cured them, fed them and given them hope in a miserable existence. He was in the mind of the onlookers the greatest (for now). He must have felt great. But such an atmosphere was shortly to dissolve. His endurance of the challenge that was coming was to be his best expression of greatness. He showed his true self in being able to carry out the challenge of life to the end.

With great optimism in the footsteps of our Savior, Jesus, each of us can follow through on our own journey of experiences. The joys, sorrows, challenges and pitfalls will all come upon us. We must somehow find focus in the road that Jesus walked. Endurance, service, optimism, prayerfulness and hope will sustain us as we journey and look forward to sharing the joys of resurrection in our own lives. How great it is to have hope!

Blessings,
Father Vincent T. Kelly

 

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