Faith and Service


Christian service is an integral part of the student experience at Aquinas Catholic Schools. Younger grades, even preschool and 4K students, gain greater appreciation of community needs by collecting items to support community agencies. As students grow older, they become more involved in local efforts and extend their reach to support national and international causes.  Many schools sponsor a fellow student at Casa Hogar de Juan Pablo II, an orphanage in Peru.

Each year, middle school students collect over two tons of food each Thanksgiving season, filling an entire school bus and delivering the items to Wafer.

High school students serve community needs through the National Honor Society and IMPACT, a student-created and student-led service organization.  Students in IMPACT alone donate more than 4,000 hours of
community service annually.

Students have the opportunity to pray and worship the Lord in many ways:
  • Student lead weekly Mass
  • Rosary Services
  • Stations of the Cross
  • Reconciliation
  • Grade level retreats
  • May Crowning
  • All School Mass - celebrated on the Feast Day of St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Commencement Mass

Integration of Religion

Students participate in daily prayer and religious instruction.  The pastors and deacons of the La Crosse deanery participate in the faith life of the schools through the celebration of Mass and classroom visits. 

Second grade students receive preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist.  Fourth, Eighth, and Eleventh grade students participate in the annual Diocesan Faith Knowledge Assessment and score above the diocesan average.  A priest is assigned as chaplain for the Aquinas Middle School and Aquinas High School and actively participates in the life of the school.  The high school campus chapel is newly remodeled and open throughout the day for reflection and prayer as well as optional daily morning liturgies.
Aquinas High School is privileged to work with the diocesan houses of formation for  young men and women.  Over the last five years, 14 Aquinas graduates have entered   seminary or religious life.
By integrating the Catholic faith with quality learning experiences, Aquinas Catholic Schools assists students with developing skills for becoming responsible members of our school, faith, and civic communities.

Aquinas Catholic Schools
Weekly Mass Schedule
Cathedral Elementary School
9:00 am Wednesday

Blessed Sacrament Elementary School
9:00 am Wednesday

St. Patrick Elementary School
8:00 am Tuesday (Grades 3-6)
8:00 am Thursday (Grades 5K - 2)

Aquinas Middle School
TBD weekly, call school for more info

Aquinas High School
TBD weekly, call school for more info

The Aquinas High School chapel is open throughout the day for reflection and prayer as well as optional daily morning liturgies.

Reconciliation and First Holy Communion
Students in second grade receive preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist.

Reconciliation is celebrated during the seasons of Advent and Lent.  Aquinas Middle School and High School students may also receive the sacrament from the Chaplain upon request.

Special Masses
An All-School Mass is held for all students of Aquinas Catholic Schools on the Feast Day of St. Thomas Aquinas (January 28).
The Golden Mass is celebrated by the middle and high school students on the last day of school before Christmas
Graduation or Commencement Masses culminate school experiences.