Mass & Adoration
As Catholics, we believe that the Holy Mass is the non-bloody renewal of the sacrifice made on the Cross for the salvation of all souls by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and that He is truly present in the Eucharist with his body, blood, soul, and divinity. Our faith life at Aquinas Academy flows forth in recognition of Christ's love for us on the Cross and in the Eucharist.
The Eucharist is "the source and summit of the Christian life" (Lumen gentium). As such, the celebration of the Eucharist during Holy Mass is of utmost importance to the faith formation of our students. At Aquinas, we attend Holy Mass at least once during each school week, sometimes more, depending on the availability of the priests and bishops in our community, who so generously offer their time to us.
Aquinas Academy Masses are characterized by deep reverence of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and respect for the teachings of the Church and the office of the priest. The St. Cecilia Choir, directed by Mrs. Ebent, provides an atmosphere of beauty that encourages prayerful contemplation. The deep faith of our students, evidenced by their participation, has been known to bring a tear of joy to the eye of many of the parents who attend.
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
"In a world where there is so much noise, so much bewilderment, there is a need for silent adoration of Jesus concealed in the Host. Be assiduous in the prayer of adoration and teach it to the faithful.” (Pope Benedict XVI)
At Aquinas Academy, we offer adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for our students on every first Friday of the month, followed by Benediction. Eucharistic adoration provides our students the possibility to adore Our Lord face-to-face and to receive the graces that flow from His presence in our school. Through this spiritual nourishment, we also encourage our students to meet Christ face-to-face in the visage of all whom they encounter and to have mercy on those who suffer, drawing strength from their communion with Our Lord in the Eucharist.
"Do you realize that Jesus is there in the tabernacle expressly for you - for you alone? He burns with the desire to come into your heart...” (St. Therese of Lisieux).
At Aquinas, we are very blessed to have Christ present with us throughout the day in the tabernacle of our small chapel, and we encourage our students to visit the chapel often. When it is too cold for the children to go outside for recess, you will often find students in the chapel, spending their indoor recess with Our Lord. When a few students finish a test early, it is not uncommon for them to ask permission to visit the chapel while their classmates are finishing the test. Mr. Tom Adams’s classroom may be the closest to the chapel, and he takes advantage of this by beginning most of his middle school History and Religion classes in the chapel with a brief prayer.
By allowing Our Lord to be present to our students throughout each school day, we hope that their hearts may be set on fire with love for Him. We provide our students with the freedom to seek Him, and we witness in them a budding understanding of their own responsibility to develop a relationship with God.