Together we Joyfully Celebrate our Faith and Community
From the first day at Saint Thomas the Apostle, until graduation from eighth grade, our lives are enriched by our school’s traditions. Celebrations form the rich fabric of our families' lives and our children’s fondest memories.
Catholic 2nd graders spend the year preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and 3rd graders prepare to receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion. These memorable years offers both students and parents a wonderful opportunity to grow in faith together.
All Saints’ Mass:
A much loved tradition at STA is the Kindergarten led All Saints’ Mass on November 1st. Students dress as their favorite patron saint and reminds us of the virtues the saints practiced.
Another rite of passage for our students is the Immigrants Mass. Our 4th grade students lead the liturgy and they are dressed representing many of the cultures that have made America their new home.
Blessing of the Pets:
A favorite celebration in both our two and four-legged community! In remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi’s love, we hold a procession of animals, everything from dogs and cats to hamsters and birds, are led to STA for a special ceremony called the Blessing of Pets.
At this special Mass in May, our school gathers to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is a special day for our 3rd and 8th graders and their families. Our 8th graders ceremoniously crown Mary’s statue to signify her as Queen of Heaven and our 3rd grade students wear their First Communion attire and serve as honor guard for the 8th graders who are crowning the Blessed Mother. It is also the day we celebrate all the mothers in our community.
Catholic Schools’ Week:
This annual national celebration, held in late January, honors our Catholic faith and the privilege we have in attending STA. We share our pride in our high-quality, values-driven Catholic education!