Service Program Philosophy

We are called by Christ to be his hands and feet by showing love, compassion and mercy to those who are poor in spirit, mind and body. Community service is at the heart of our Catholic mission at St. Thomas Aquinas. Students are guided and mentored through their service journey through their four years at STA. It is hoped that students will develop a genuine appreciation for (and an understanding of) the call to be of service to others and that it becomes a lifelong part of their lives.

Types of Service

The service in which students are engaged should be based on the Corporal Works of Mercy and Catholic Social Teaching:

  • Corporal Works of Mercy
  • Feed the hungry
  • Shelter the homeless
  • Clothe the naked
  • Visit the sick and imprisoned
  • Bury the dead
  • Give alms to the poor

Catholic Social Teaching Principles

Life and Dignity of the Human Person – all life is sacred and the dignity of each person is the foundation of a moral society

Call to Community – we are social beings and being so must help take care of each other

Rights and Responsibilities – everyone’s rights and dignity are our responsibility

Preferential Option for the Poor and Vulnerable – prioritize the needs of those most vulnerable

Dignity of Workers and the Rights of Workers – protect the right to work, to earn fair and decent wages

Solidarity – despite the things that may divide us, we are one family

Care of God’s Creation – we are called to be good stewards of our planet and its resources

Requirements by Academic Year

2017-18

9 2021 10 hrs* (Service hours can be completed at multiple sites in the student's community and/or at St. Thomas Aquinas)
10 2020 15 hrs  (Service hours can be completed in the community, church, etc. and at multiple sites)
11 2019 Students to complete “sophomore” service hours and paperwork by September 1
12 2018 No further requirements, but students are strongly encouraged to find/continue service opportunities

 

2018-19

9 2022 10 hrs* (Service hours can be completed at multiple sites in their community and/or at St. Thomas Aquinas)
10 2021 15 hrs (Service hours can be completed in the community, church, etc. and at multiple sites)
11 2020 20 hrs (Hours to be completed at one site)
12 2019 25 hrs or Mission Trip** (Service hours to be completed at one site or on one trip)

 

Students are to complete hours by May 1 and will receive a Pass/Fail grade on their 4th quarter report cards. While some service opportunities will be provided by St. Thomas Aquinas High School, students are also encouraged to search for opportunities to serve those in need in their communities.

*Freshmen may complete their service hours in their community or at events at St. Thomas Aquinas but only hours before or after school will count toward the requirements.

**Mission trips that are offered by St. Thomas Aquinas, churches or other organizations are encouraged; these will count toward a student's senior year requirement. Students may take part in mission trips at any point in their time at St. Thomas Aquinas and those hours can be used toward the requirements each year. A mission trip may be used toward a student's senior requirement at any point during their time at St. Thomas Aquinas as long as it is not used toward service hours for a previous year. For example, if a sophomore completes his/her 15 hours of service and in addition takes part in a service trip, the trip can be counted toward the senior year requirement. 

Keeping Track of Hours and Reflection

The explanation of tracking hours and a writing a reflection on service will be coming soon.

Please note: The Class of 2019 will submit their evaluation paperwork and reflection paper as has been done in the past. All hours and paperwork must be completed by September 1st. The forms can be found on this page.