Services are an integral part of the community of St.
Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School. Chaplaincy is a collaborative and
cooperative ministry and as such, involves all staff and students
during each school year.
Leader works in pastoral ministry within the school
community. With the support and assistance of our school’s administration team,
the chaplaincy leader promotes the spiritual and human development of the
Catholic school community of St. Thomas Aquinas. This care and development
occurs during the work of spreading the Word of God and promoting our Catholic
Diocesan partnerships are a critical
part of our school’s chaplaincy department. We are blessed to have wonderful
connections to Holy Family and St. George parishes. The chaplaincy leader
maintains diocesan relationships by attending deanery meetings, participating
in formation and utilizing professional development opportunities via St.
Peter’s Seminary Institute for Ongoing Formation, King's and Brescia
Universities and the Catholic School Chaplains of Ontario Association.
Activities and Opportunities offered
through Chaplaincy are many. These may be experienced inside the school (e.g.
classroom, chapel, and school liturgies) or can happen outside of the school
(e.g. parishes, community service partners, and field trips). Some are offered
during the school day and others outside of regular school hours. Examples of
- leading prayer in the school
- celebrating prayer liturgies, Mass and
Sacrament of Reconciliation
- chapel visits and chapel Masses
- visits by parish staff (priests and lay
- faith formation through field trips and
- social justice education and action projects
- school-wide community outreach
- Catholic leadership development
Family Support is offered through the
chaplaincy leader to all members of our school community (regardless of
religious denomination or beliefs). The chaplaincy leader is available for
meeting with individual students during the school day and can facilitate all
types of support.
Prayer Support is offered to all students and staff through both private and public
options (e.g. individual, group, prayer ministry, Morning Prayer and Mass intentions).