High School

WELCOME TO STAY - St. Thomas Aquinas Youth Ministry

We Meet on Most Sundays all year long (check calendar)
6pm - Life Teen Mass
7pm - Life Night
Who Can Attend?
All High School Teens (Confirmed or Not, Catholic or Non-Catholic)
Grades 9th to 12th
Registration is open all year long
There is NO registration Fee
Life Teen is open to ALL HIGH SCHOOL TEENS.  All high school age teens are always welcome, but registration will help you stay in the loop regarding events, tracking your progress for sacraments and get first choice on retreats.

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 follows the USCCB Doctrinal Framework for High School Catechesis and is on a four-year cycle specifically to make sure all high-schoolers have the opportunity to attend all four years of their high-school career without hearing the same exact topics. So whether your teen has come before or not, have their Sacraments or not, or even if they’re not Catholic…they can Join us and hear something new.

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. It provides a place for teens to find solid Catholic community, to get answers to their questions that they have about their faith, and, most importantly, to experience Jesus in a profound and personal way.

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. Teens experience  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, or Confirmation 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.

Confirmation Formation
or as we call it: "The Purpose Year"

Purpose is our Confirmation Formation program designed for high school students in grades 10 through 12, spanning the entire academic year. It is tailored for teenagers who are actively participating in Life Teen and have completed at least one year of Life Teen. Our team accompanies both you and your teenager on their spiritual journey as they deepen their faith in preparation for receiving God's gift through the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Purpose represents a profound shift in the approach to confirmation, emphasizing transformation over mere information. It is not a traditional classroom-style lecture; rather, it provides a unique opportunity for a personal encounter with Christ. Our focus centers on three fundamental questions: 'Why God?' 'Why Jesus?' and 'Why the Church?'

Purpose extends beyond being a checkbox program; it represents a comprehensive and innovative approach to sacramental preparation. There is no preaching involved—instead, we facilitate thought-provoking discussions.

Our instructors guide students through these critical topics by posing challenging questions that teens must grapple with. These inquiries include:

- Is the existence of God a reality?
- Why does evil and suffering exist in the world?
- What is the significance of being a Catholic?
- Why confess my sins to a priest?
- What is the purpose of attending Mass?
- Why did God create me?
- What is my ultimate purpose in life?"
Pre - Requisites
Actively participating in Life Teen and have completed at least one year (30 meetings) of Life Teen
Completed the Registration packet before May 1 (for Fall Entrance)
OR be a senior in high school
Times and Dates
Purpose meetings commence in September, specifically on Monday evenings at 7 pm, following the assessment of the registration packet, which should be submitted by May 1st.
Confirmation for teenagers takes place in the months of May or June.