“I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
Campus Ministry is a school wide effort to foster spirituality, community, and service among students, faculty, staff, and administration. Our hope is to meet each person “where they are at” in order to grow in their faith. The Office for Campus Ministry has a variety of programs that reach a wide range of students and other members of our community.
Prayer, Worship, Retreat
As a school we gather to celebrate our faith and community through Mass, school prayer services, class prayer services, and responses to community and world events.
The retreat program is an essential part of the communal and spiritual experience at St. Thomas. Through participating in a retreat, students are able to deepen both their personal spirituality and their relationships with classmates and faculty.
- Mass is celebrated almost monthly and affords the opportunity to come together as a faith community. In addition to being present for the liturgy, students are encouraged to take a more active role in the liturgy through music ministry, reading scripture, bringing up the gifts, processing in with the cross and candles, altar serving and other opportunities.
- Class Retreats: Retreats are offered at each grade level, meeting students where they are on their faith journey. Beyond class retreats we offer many other opportunities for students to be engaged in faith and community.
- Winterterm Retreat, which many students have stated to be life-changing is held in January each year. 50+ students head off to Singing Hills Retreat Center in Plainfield, NH for a 3 night retreat experience. Through small groups, student talks, music, and prayer students are led to a deeper experience of personal faith, and a celebration of community.
- The Chapel is always available for prayer, reflection, or just a quiet moment in a hectic day. Eucharistic Adoration is offered daily from 12:00-1:00 daily.
When students graduate from St. Thomas Aquinas High School we hope that they have come to a deeper commitment to service for God and others. Each student participates in a personal community service projects as part of their Theology requirement. Beyond that, several opportunities for service both locally and globally are offered throughout the year including:
- Monthly Charity Dress Down Days (CDDD) in which students pay to be out of dress code with funds raised going to designated organizations that help those in need.
- Daily visits by students to St. Ann Healthcare, our neighboring nursing home.
- Assisting local families in need with the Catholic Charities Christmas Drive.
- The annual Canned Food Drive to benefit Lazarus House Ministries in Lawrence, MA.
- Young Neighbors in Action (YNIA) in which students are afforded the opportunity to attend a week-long mission trip.
- Annual events including Breast Cancer Walk, Penguin Plunge, Apple Harvest Fair, Run for God and many more opportunities
At this time, the formal Community Service program is being restructured. However, service opportunities will be offered. St. Thomas Aquinas students are strongly encouraged to serve within their school and local communities as service enables students to foster a commitment to justice for others.
Leadership Development is an important component of our mission at St. Thomas Aquinas. It is our goal to help students and faculty recognize the gifts they have been given and inspire them to use those gifts in service and leadership.
- The Peer Ministry Team is comprised of 20-30 students who plan and facilitate meetings, prayer services, icebreakers, small groups, and retreats. These students participate in a three-day retreat experience in summer, and participate in a weekly course “Leadership in Ministry” to learn skills essential to ministry with young people in our world today.
- Senior Leadership is an opportunity for rising seniors to set individual and class goals, and build community. This program begins with an overnight retreat at Camp Fatima in June of the junior year. Students involved will help facilitate Freshmen Jumpstart and Freshmen Retreat. All seniors are invited to participate in Senior Leadership Night, an evening retreat in late August.
- Tuesday Morning Meetings: These often lively meetings are a staple of Campus Ministry. There is singing, games, small group discussion, and prayer. Once a month Campus Ministry hosts a pancake breakfast, and a guest speaker leads a discussion. This is a great way to get to know new people and grow in faith! Students do not need to sign up for Campus Ministry. They can just show up to the meetings they can make.
- Community Gatherings: We occasionally take time for gatherings such as holiday potluck dinners, movies, and lunches.