Our Catholic Identity
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and School is a strong faith community centered in spirituality, prayer, and devotion to living the Gospel message. Our Catholic identity is woven into everyday life at school through the active involvement of students and the support and example of our parish priests, parents, administrators, teachers, staff, and alumni.
Every child is considered a gift from God and the core components of our mission reflect the importance of faith and Gospel values in all aspects of the school. The founders of the community sought to create an environment of Christian compassion and respect, which we still strive for today.
We have sent our three kids to STA since they were 3; the main reason is the Catholic education. We love that all the students and teachers pray together every day. We also love that they attend weekly mass and frequent reconciliation. With the challenging world we live in today, we want our children to know that God is an integral part of their success. St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School has helped us provide that. We also love seeing school families at Mass on Sundays. It is comforting to know we are raising our children with like-minded families.
-Mary and Jon Estes
Spiritual formation is formally addressed through daily religion class in PK4-8th grade. Student learn about the Church's teachings, scripture, tradition, and moral life through programs including "Allelu" (PK), RCL series (K-5th), Sadlier and Loyola series (6th-8th) and through spiritual retreats and the Pines Catholic Camp retreat in 8th grade.
The guiding principals of Catholic faith and the development of the individual child are reflected in student life on the campus daily. The development of the Catholic faith is present in daily religion classes, participation in the liturgy and in preparation of the sacraments of First Holy Communion, Reconciliation, and Confirmation.
Student go to Mass (1st-8th grade) or a Prayer Service (PK-K) once a week by grade level. The 3rd-8th grade attend Mass together on first Fridays and students at both campuses attend Mass on Holy Days of Obligation. In addition to the celebration of Mass, students also participate in recitation of the Rosary, receive the sacrament of Reconciliation, reenact The Living Stations of the Cross, the Living Rosary and celebrate Feast Days such as Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with the Blessing of the Animals, May Crowning for the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and All Saints' Day.
To continue the Know it. Show it. Live it. motto, the STA community participates in giving back to our community on a monthly basis. This year alone, students have:
- Raised $13,000 for Hurricane Harvey victims
- Provided funding to local charities through $ Dress Days
- Filled Manna Bags for our local homeless population and bags for patients undergoing chemotherapy
- Collected peanut butter for Catholic Charities Food Pantry
- Taken part in walks benefiting organizations near and dear to our teachers and staff hearts like PanCan and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
- Our 8th grade students completed hundreds of volunteer hours at local non-profits and raise money for the St. Albert the Great Scholarship Fund
- NJHS members sorted and distributed food for North Texas Food Bank
Father John has long delivered the message "It's not enough to know it, you also have to show it." Our teachers work to recognize students working to follow Father's message.
At the Upper School, Christian Witness Awards are presented quarterly to students exemplifying Gospel faith and values through their behavior in and out of the classroom.
At the Lower School students are presented with the Angel in Action award in the classroom based on life skills such as kindness, patience, caring, courage, integrity, cooperation, friendship, truthfulness, and trustworthiness.
Other awards include the National Volunteer Service Award for students giving over 100 hours of community service during their 8th grade year.
Prayer is an important element in St. Thomas Aquinas spiritual formation program. Students and teachers begin their morning and end their school day with prayer. The 8th grade students serve as prayer buddies and mentors to the 3rd graders new to the Upper School campus.
The Prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas
Heavenly Father, we praise you and thank you for your great love, and we lift up this day for your blessing. With your help, we will live today as responsible, generous, and honest students. Like Jesus, we will try today to treat everyone we meet with dignity and respect. With Jesus' spirit alive in us, we will witness His love by thinking of others first and ourselves last. Help us today, Father, to put into action what we have said in words. We ask this in Jesus' name.