Living Our Faith
Our Catholic faith is an essential element in our school life. Students and staff are encouraged to put their Catholic virtues into action for the local and global community. We are guided by the Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations in terms of knowledge, skills, values, attitudes and actions.
In our first week of classes, we speak to students about commitment, faith, respect and responsibility. We encourage our students to contribute to the school community through care for one another, service to others and consideration of our environment. By putting faith into action in our extended community activities, students have the opportunity to make connections between their faith and future goals.
We work together - students, staff and parents - to live our faith. This includes prayer, liturgies, outreach activities in Guatemala, as well as opportunities to hear speakers on local and global events. There are many students involved in different ministries at St. Thomas Aquinas and we welcome everyone who is interested in participating. Our Chaplain is available to meet with students, provides referrals to appropriate community agencies, and plans retreats and activities that integrate our faith into our academic and co-curricular programs.
Chaplaincy and Parish Information
As a Catholic Secondary School, St. Thomas Aquinas has the advantage of a chaplain who is available to meet with students.
Our chaplain is part of our school ministry to support religious faith development and excellence in learning.
A chapel is also accessible to staff and students for personal reflection.
Our chaplain also acts our liaison with our school parish and priest:
Father Balonwu Okpe at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Parish
Student and Families in Need.
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School is an inclusive community with a mission to develop the spiritual potential of all students as much as their academic and social potentials.
Academic programs at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School exist within a spiritual orientation based on the Catholic faith. The tone of the school reflects a theme of respect and responsibility, a collaborative approach to problem solving, and a community focus made up of students, staff, parents, parish, and the wider community.
As of means towards the development of a Catholic Graduate, the following are encouraged:
A significant consciousness, in both teachers and students, of their responsibility to express Christian faith through what they say and do; Close cooperation between the home, the school and the parish community; An atmosphere of mutual tolerance, trust and respect; Positive discipline: a sense of order and student responsibility: A spirit of social concern: locally, nationally, and internationally; Strong student-teacher relationships; Faculty involvement in all school affairs; Common prayer experiences for staff and students, especially in the form of liturgical celebration; and Grade level retreats.
The school comes together to celebrate monthly school masses with its affiliated parish, St. Mary's, Lindsay, led by pastor Fr. Balonwu Okpe. A school chapel is also accessible to staff and students for personal reflection.