High School

"Send forth your spirit, they are created and you will renew the face of the earth"

Psalm 104:30

St. Thomas Aquinas High School Youth Program now has a new full featured website visit at https://staynm.churchcenter.com/pages/stay

We walk with your teen..

After Jesus’ death and resurrection, two disciples walked a seven mile road from Jerusalem to Emmaus. We don’t know where, but at some point  Jesus joined the two on the way  and made their journey His journey. Through various moments along the way those disciples were transformed profoundly and ran back to Jerusalem to tell others what they experienced.

At St. Thomas Aquinas, we believe that when a teenager encounters Jesus Christ on the road of their life they will be transformed and, in turn, they will share that message so that their peers can experience that same transformation.
We believe that accompanying teenagers and helping them become disciples and, ultimately, evangelists is a work  worthy of our best efforts.

We know that you believe that, too. You know and recognize the powerful evangelists young people can be and that accompanying them on the road to discipleship isn’t just a class - it is foundational to the journey.

Accompaniment requires time, energy, a financial investment for the right tools, patience, and grace. It requires mentors that we are present along the way for those moments of transformation. Yet, stepping onto that road with teenagers can be daunting, especially now.

It is easier to stay off that road and settle for a class that doesn’t require as much as accompaniment does - to walk, listen, answer questions, and ultimately arrive at the Eucharist. A book or video on its own will never be able to  walk the journey with them, but we will!

 You don’t need to have all the answers, but you need to  take the first step, Register your teen for Life Teen at St. Thomas Aquinas and let us walk with them on the journey.

Life Teen

Life Teen is a Eucharist-centered movement within the Roman Catholic Church, Life Teen leads teenagers and their families into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church. With the Blessed Virgin Mary as our intercessor and guide.

Life Teen is a comprehensive youth ministry program with a strong focus on the Eucharist. It follows the USCCB Doctrinal Framework for High School Catechesis.  It provides a place for teens to find solid Catholic community, to get answers to their questions about faith, and, most importantly, to experience Jesus in a profound and personal way

The goal of Life Teen is to create an environment to lead teens into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church. It speaks to teens on all levels: emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual.

The evening begins with a Mass directed specifically towards teens, which is followed immediately by the Life Night, which falls under one of three categories: catechetical, issue, or social. The primary objective is to encourage teens to realize a deeper relationship with Christ and to challenge them to live their faith as they carry out their daily lives. Teens experience this sharing in an atmosphere of love and acceptance from their peers and the adult leaders (Core) who are there to assist them in their journey

Teens Needing baptism & First Holy Communion should sign up for Life Teen.  During the Getting To Know you part, we will identify what Sacraments you need and guide you to receiving the Sacraments you need.

Who Can Attend?
All High School Teens (Confirmed or Not, Catholic or Non-Catholic)
Grades 9th to 12th
Registration is open all year long
Cost?
There is NO registration Fee
We Meet on Most Sundays all year long (check calendar)
6pm - Life Teen Mass
7pm - Life Night
Visit the St. Thomas Aquinas High School Youth Page at https://staynm.churchcenter.com/pages/stay

After you register for Life Teen you will be able to attend the following

Lectio Divina Style Bible Study

E-Sports Club
Various Times and Days
Retreats - Conference
Special Events - Missions
Pre-Requisites
Have been confirmed and at least a Jr in high school

SUMMIT

This   Lectionary-based   discipleship   group   is   designed  to  help  teenagers  gain  a  deeper  understanding  and appreciation for Sacred Scripture and the Holy Mass.

HOW SUMMIT WORKS - Every Summit  session  is  modeled  after  key  themes  from  the readings of the lectionary. There is a Summit session for every Sunday of the liturgical year, so we usually meet weekly to  prepare for the upcoming Sunday readings.

Each Summit   session   is   designed   around   the   four   movements  of  lectio  divina.  This  intentional  design  helps  teach  the  invaluable  prayer  of  lectio  divina  each  week  so  teenagers can continue to meditate and reflect on Sacred Scripture long after they move on from their Summit group

There are five parts to each Summit session: The Ascent, Lectio, Meditatio, Oratio, & Contemplatio,

The  goal  of  Summit  is  to  help  form  teenagers  as  disciples  of  Christ.  This is done primarily through intentional, Christ-centered relationships. Summit provides a context for evangelization and   catechesis   while   growing   in   relationship   with   a   teenager’s  peers  and  adult  mentors.