Service Program Philosophy

We are called by Christ to be his hands and feet by showing love, compassion and mercy to those who are poor in spirit, mind and body. Community service is at the heart of our Catholic mission at St. Thomas Aquinas. Students are guided and mentored through their service journey through their four years at STA. It is hoped that students will develop a genuine appreciation for (and an understanding of) the call to be of service to others and that it becomes a lifelong part of their lives.

Types of Service

The service in which students are engaged should be based on the Corporal Works of Mercy and Catholic Social Teaching:

Corporal Works of Mercy

  • Feed the hungry 
  • Give drink to the thirsty
  • Shelter the homeless
  • Clothe the naked
  • Visit the sick and imprisoned
  • Bury the dead
  • Give alms to the poor

Catholic Social Teaching Principles

Life and Dignity of the Human Person – all life is sacred and the dignity of each person is the foundation of a moral society

Call to Community – we are social beings and being so must help take care of each other

Rights and Responsibilities – everyone’s rights and dignity are our responsibility

Preferential Option for the Poor and Vulnerable – prioritize the needs of those most vulnerable

Dignity of Workers and the Rights of Workers – protect the right to work, to earn fair and decent wages

Solidarity – despite the things that may divide us, we are one family

Care of God’s Creation – we are called to be good stewards of our planet and its resources

Requirements by Academic Year


9 2025 10 hrs* (Service hours can be completed at multiple sites in their community and/or at St. Thomas Aquinas)
10 2024 15 hrs **
11 2023 20 hrs **
12 2022 25 hrs **


Students are to complete hours by May 2 (March 7 for seniors) and will receive a Pass/Fail grade on their 4th quarter report cards. While some service opportunities may be provided by St. Thomas Aquinas High School, students are also encouraged to search for opportunities to serve those in need in their communities.

*Students must log all hours through our online service portal. This will be introduced in our advisory program. Students should see the Director of Ministry and Campus Life for assistance.

**Because of Covid-19, service hours (for all grades) may be completed at multiple sites.

Students must log all hours through our online service portal. This will be introduced in our advisory program.