Christian service is an integral part of the student experience at Aquinas Catholic Schools. Read more about our Faith at Aquinas Schools and integration of religion into our curriculum.
The concept of Christian service is an important component of the Aquinas Middle School curriculum.
Students are encouraged to consider the value of the service to others:
1. at home
2. at school
3. in their parish/school
4. in their community
At Aquinas Middle School, we feel that service to others is an integral way for students to experience their faith in action and to grow in that faith.
To follow through on this emphasis of Christian service to the parish, community, and others, there is a service component requirement in all middle school religion classes. Seventh grade students have a four hour quarterly minimum service requirement. Eighth grade students have an eight hour quarterly minimum service requirement. Students are strongly encouraged to experience service in several of the four areas. Also, for students interested in raising their religion grade beyond grades received in classroom work, more hours of service are accepted.
It is the belief at Aquinas Middle School that this service experience will provide personal satisfaction that will generate further involvement in high school and later life.
Mass & Sacraments
All parents and guests are welcome to attend Mass which is celebrated in the Aquinas Theater. Student participation in the Mass via serving, cantoring, reading, or music assistance is expected.
Aquinas Middle School stresses the importance of the students maintaining their parish identity. Many area pastors celebrate Mass for our students throughout the course of the year.
Reconciliation is celebrated during the seasons of Advent and Lent. Aquinas Middle School students may also receive the sacrament from the Chaplain upon request.
An All-School Mass is held for all students of Aquinas Catholic Schools on the Feast Day of St. Thomas Aquinas (January 28).
The Golden Mass is celebrated by the middle and high school students on the last day of school before Christmas.