High School

"Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire"

St. Catherine of Siena

St. Thomas Aquinas has a long history as a missionary church in Rio Rancho, NM and in the Archdioces of Santa Fe.
We haven't lost that missionary spirit as we have grown and we approach youth ministry as the crucial mission field right in our own backyard.

Through our offerings of Life Teen (High School Youth Ministry), Summit (Bible Study), JCore (Disciple Leadership) and Purpose (10th - 12th grade Sacrament Preparation) we live to serve the youth community and empower teens to become more firmly rooted in the Truths of the Catholic Church.  We do this by allowing the teens to be themselves and allow them to ask any question that their hearts seek as we journey to encounter Christ.


All Youth Ministry Programs have the option of being ONLINE or IN Person

Sunday Evenings
All High School Teens
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Every Week
Fr. D'Arco Hall

Wednesday Evenings
All High School Teens
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Every Week
Youth Center

Monday Evenings
10th Graders with 1yr of Life Teen OR
11th & 12th Graders
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Every Week
Religious Ed Bldg
See all the Events that are upcoming and scheduled for Youth Ministry.  

Gamers Lab
Times and Days Varies
Watch and play Video Games with others in a postive and Life Changing way as you dive deeper into your faith.

Confirmed Teens in 11th Grade
Must Apply

Retreats / Conferences / Trips
Any Special Events that require Registration or signup to participate in.

Haiti Partners

Emmaus Journey

Our Yearly Theme

 There were two disciples who walked away from Jerusalem after Jesus’ death. On their journey, they talked about the challenges they faced in the world ...and about how they were going to live in this  “new normal” ...they processed everything that happened and was happening but still couldn’t quite wrap their minds around it all.
 They felt defeated. Their hearts were heavy. The future looked bleak. But defeat isn’t what Jesus had in mind for His Church.
 Then the disciples met a stranger who entered into the conversation and changed everything.
 Something changed in those seven miles between Emmaus and Jerusalem for those two disciples. Jesus  entered in, and transformation happened. It started in defeat, and ended at the altar.
 We know well that this is a tough season for Teens.  But the journey is not over. Not even close.

Youth Ministry Blog

Happy New Year! No, I'm Not Crazy
November 30th, 2020
Today (Sun Nov 29) is the New Liturgical Year for Catholics!! In this letter we have the following info:Advent CalendarRetreats/ConferencesGiving TuesdayAmazon Prime and TwitchAmazon ListDonate We started decorating for Christmas about 2 weeks ago. I know, I know, we shouldn't decorate before thanksgiving but we did (don't hate). After this year, everyday seemed like the Movie "Groundhog Day", the...
Fall Session Starts - Events for the Week of 9/6
September 6th, 2020
This week let us take time to enjoy all those wonderful things that God has given us. Let us remember that our work should bring honor and glory to Him. As we begin our fall session we are excited to Share with you the many great projects that we have been working on for your teens. In the next week we will be announcing all of our fall Events and our improved to changes with your teen in mind....
We Start in 1 week - Important Updates
September 1st, 2020
Never thought I would be a Homeschooling Teacher.. Yesterday, I was holding my granddaughter as I was trying to work from home and assisting my youngest daughter with online classes. In the background my grandson is running around the house getting ready for online classes while my middle daughter started College (you guessed it, it was online too)...
Aug 13, 2020 - When Does Youth Ministry Start?
August 13th, 2020
When Does Life Teen or Purpose - Confirmation begin? Good Question!Life Teen - Goes on all year long.   No real beginning or End but Parent and Teen Orientation is Sunday Sept 13, 2020 at 7pm This is the perfect time to begin, also we currently have our drive in Movie Life Night, and Drive in XLT Night coming up (these are in person events)Purpose - Confirmation - Entrance Ceremony & Orientation f...

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