Youth Ministry

It's time to register for fall Faith Formation classes: 

Click HERE to register online for 2017-2018
See below for class options.

Upcoming Sessions: 

Mar. 18:  ConfirmationFinal Session, AC Room 16, 9:45am 

 HS FF:  Fireside Room, 6:00pm 

Mar. 25:  No Session due to Easter Break (resumes Apr. 15)

Apr. 1:  No Session due to Easter Break 

Apr. 8:  No Session due to Easter Break 
Divine Mercy Celebration, 3pm, followed by reception 

Apr. 15:   HS FF:  Fireside Room, 6:00pm 

Sunday morning Confirmation Prep:

- Confirmation Prep meets each Sunday at 9:45am in Aquinas Center Room 16. 
- Click HERE to download a copy of the Orientation Packet distributed at the Parent Meeting on Sep. 10, 2017; it has important details and all the forms to be completed. 
- Contact Ted Meany ( if you have any questions concerning the Orientation Packet or you teen's readiness to begin Confirmation Prep this year.  
- Confirmation Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, April 18, at 6:00pm with Bishop Mueggenborg, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Seattle 


What are your plans for following Jesus more closely this Lent?

Here are some ideas. See the bulletin & parish website for more details on these and other opportunities in our area:



Mass: join us for daily Mass on Tuesday evenings at 6:00pm or on Thursday and Saturday mornings at 8:30am.

Stations of the Cross: Lenten Fridays at 6:00pm through Mar. 23 for the traditional commemoration of the Lord’s Passion.

Adoration: give it a try! Blessed Sacrament is exposed in the Adoration Chapel from Tuesday evening through Saturday morning.

Lectio Divina: Fr. Michael will guide us in this ancient form of prayer with the Scriptures. Fridays at 5pm: Feb. 23, Mar. 2 & 9.

Parish Mission: Norbertine Fr. Paschal Nguyen will lead us in a Lenten Mission Mar. 19-22, two conferences per day. 

Sacrament of Reconciliation:  Every Tuesday, 5:00-5:45pm, and Saturday, 9:00-9:45am & 3:30-4:30pm at St. Thomas. 
Special Reconciliation Services at neighboring parishes: see the Liturgy Schedule for Lent

Women’s Scripture Reflection & Social: bring a friend Saturday, Feb. 24, 6-8pm in the Fireside Room to reflect on the restoring words of Scripture and to encourage one another.

Bible Study: a 7-week study on Lenten themes begins Feb. 14 after the 8:30am Mass in the Fireside Room; continues Wed. at 10am.

ENDOW: women's weekly study group meets Mondays at 7:00pm; current study is on Pope Benedict XVI's God is Love

Rosary: the Fatima Centennial reminded us all of the value of this   prayer focused on the Life of Christ. 

Free Lenten Email Meditations: do you like a little gift in your inbox each morning? Three great online resources offer them; visit their website to check it out and to sign up: 

 - Dynamic Catholic -  

 - Word on Fire -

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   (free access to using parish code 3FRM2C)

Personal Prayer: the essential ingredient in the transformation we all seek during Lent. If you do nothing else, make time for a few minutes every day to listen to the Lord.



Rice Bowl: support Catholic Relief Services with your Rice Bowl donations during Lent and return it on Holy Thursday. Visit for great Lenten resources.

SVdP: volunteer to assist St. Vincent de Paul with their work to help the needy in our area. Training & a sustained commitment needed.

40 Days for Life: join this prayerful vigil in support of Life. Find local campaign info at

WHO Shelter: support the Winter Hospitality Overflow site in Vancouver during our parish’s week to volunteer, Mar. 5-11. 

RCIA:  invite a neighbor, coworker, relative or friend to explore the  Catholic Church, or to come home if they have been away. 



Soup Suppers: join us Lenten Fridays after Stations of the Cross for a simple meal with your neighbors. 

Social Media/Screen Time: what would happen if we just turned it off…it's very likely we will all survive with less noise. 

Snacks/Desserts: the traditional and simple way we can train our   stubborn will to do what it does not want to do. 

Gossip:  another habit to limit.

Shopping:  sure, we might want it...but do we really need it?  Another classic way to train our will.  


Ash Wednesday, while not a Holy Day of Obligation, is a day of fasting and abstinence.

Fasting:  Catholics aged 18-59 fast on Ash Wednesday and on Good Friday by reducing the amount of food eaten from normal. Church guidance is to eat just one full meal on those days (and up to two smaller meals which if added together would not exceed a full meal); no snacks!

Abstinence:  Catholics aged 14 and older abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and on all Fridays of Lent.


St. Thomas High School Faith Formation Summary: 

(Information on Levels 1 and 2 was updated on Sep. 1, 2017.)

At St. Thomas, we offer a range of choices in Faith Formation for High School students in Grades 9 - 12. 

Teenagers as well as adults progress through various levels as they grow in their spiritual and intellectual development. Thinking of these stages as levels is probably more helpful than thinking of academic grades such as freshman or sophomore. We have all met people who were either ahead of or behind their classmates in one area or another.  

All high school students and their parents are encouraged to review the following options and recommendations in order to select one or more which will fit their situation and help them continue to progress in their discipleship. What links these various efforts is a desire to share the joyful, life-changing Catholic worldview that helps us all make sense of life and the options we have to live it well. 

High School Faith Formation (HSFF) consists of participation in (1) the following level-specific sessions as well as (2) the calendar of special events where teens from all levels gather for retreats, service, socials, and conferences.

 - Level 1/Foundation (after-Mass discussions to unpack lessons from readings, homily, and liturgical calendar and apply them to life: Sundays, 12:00 - 1:00pm). This is recommended for any teens who have been inconsistent in the practice of their faith or who admit that they don't find the Catholic faith to make much sense or to motivate them. The goal is to establish a good foundation in preparation for Confirmation. For some teens, this will require backing up a bit to ensure a positive understanding of the Mass and the story of salvation history we hear proclaimed in the liturgy. Format is a casual, prayerful, and upbeat discussion to unpack the mysteries of the Mass and understand the message in the day's readings and homily. As appropriate, we will then attempt to apply those lessons to our daily lives and thus include a focus on the moral life. For teens who have been consistent in developing a habit of regular prayer, Sunday Mass attendance, celebration of the cycles of the liturgical year, and participation in parish faith formation classes, they probably already have this desired foundation and are ready to proceed to Level 2.   

 - Level 2/Catechesis: (two-year cycle of topics on Scripture, morality, liturgy, and Catholic culture to prepare today's disciples: Sundays, 6:00 - 7:30pm). This is the recommended option for most freshmen and sophomores who have been consistent with their faith formation classes in recent years. This discussion-based class covers all the fundamentals of the above topics at a higher level than the teen was exposed to in elementary and middle school with a focus on the reasonableness of the faith. The truths of the faith should make sense; they certainly do if we can take the time to ensure a good foundation is laid and "connect the dots" with several aspects of the faith. Teens are encouraged to complete all the topics presented in this two-year cycle. Since their schedules are often very full, the sequence of topics can be covered in any order. As you consider when to schedule the Sacrament of Confirmation, provide time to complete the Level 2 topics. The typical progression (and the current norm for the Archdiocese of Seattle) would be to complete Level 2 and then Confirmation as a Junior. If Confirmation is celebrated as a Sophomore, for example, then the teen would be encouraged to return to Level 2 the next year to complete any missed topics. 

 - Level 3/Confirmation (Confirmation Prep classes:  Sundays, 9:45 - 10:45am).  This is our immediate preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation celebrated each Spring.  After establishing the candidate's readiness and desire for the sacrament, including a parent meeting on Sunday, Sep. 10 at 12:15pm, Sunday morning classes begin Oct. 1 and continue through March 2018.  A Confirmation Mass is expected to be celebrated in April 2018 after the Archdiocese of Seattle verifies the (arch)bishop's availability. 

 - Level 4/Mission (various based on service roles in faith formation, liturgy, community service, etc.). This level is for those teens who have completed the basic course in Scripture and catechesis and who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation. It is time to get involved, to progress from disciple ("follower") to being an apostle ("one who is sent" on a mission). We will help all teens to be placed in an appropriate service role, whether as a lay liturgical minister, a catechist's aide, or performing some type of outreach for the needy in our community. To assist in this effort, Level 4 teens are encouraged to take the Youth Strength Finders course in October 2017. This course meets once each week for approximately five weeks and reveals essential information that all adults will want to have as they find their mission area (whether for service at church or in their eventual career).  

Please contact Ted Meany if you  have any questions (; 360-834-2126, ext. 215).  

Details for the launch of the first sessions in Sep-Oct 2017:

L1/Foundations:  first session meets Sunday, Sep 17, immediately after the 11am Mass in the Belisle Library.

L2/Catechesis:  first session is to attend the presentation by guest speaker Mark Shea on Saturday evening, Sep 16, at 7pm in the parish hall (there will be no session on Sunday evening, Sep 17, at 6pm).  The second session will be on Sunday evening, Sep 24, in the Fireside Room.

L3/Confirmation:  first session meets Sunday, Oct 1, at 9:45am in Aquinas Center Room 16 (upper level, first room on the right).  Actively complete the task list distributed at the Confirmation parent meeting on Sep 10; contact Ted Meany if you missed that meeting.

L4/Mission:  first session depends on your mission assignment.  For example, if you are an aide in a faith formation classroom, then your first session is Sunday, Sep 17, at 9:45am in your assigned room.  If you do not yet have an assignment, contact Ted Meany to discuss some options and plan to attend the Youth Strengths Finders course.  Details are still be set with the course facilitator; expect to publish them by Sep 18 with the course to begin on Sunday, Oct 1 or 8.

Sunday Morning Faith Formation 2017-18: 

Date Liturgical Calendar Activity 
8/27/17 21st Ordinary Catechist Workshop
9/3/17 22nd Ordinary No Class - Labor Day Holiday Weekend
9/10/17 23rd Ordinary No Class - Sac Prep & Confirmation Parent Meetings
9/17/17 24th Ordinary Class & General Parent Orientation Meeting 
9/24/17 25th Ordinary Class
10/1/17 26th Ordinary Class
10/8/17 27th Ordinary Class & Safe Environment Program Lesson
10/15/17 28th Ordinary Class
10/22/17 29th Ordinary Class
10/29/17 30th Ordinary Class  
11/5/17 31th Ordinay Class 
11/12/17 32nd Ordinary Class
11/19/17 33rd Ordinary Class
11/26/17 Christ the King No Class - Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend
12/3/17 1st Advent Class     
12/10/17 2nd Advent Class
12/17/17 3rd Advent No Class - Advent Break
12/24/17 4th Advent No Class - Christmas Break
12/31/17 Holy Family No Class - Christmas Break
1/7/18 Epiphany No Class- Christmas Break
1/14/18 2nd Ordinary No Class - MLK, Jr Holiday Weekend
1/21/18 3rd Ordinary Class
1/28/18 4th Ordinary Class    
2/4/18 5th Ordinary Class (but no High School Session at 6pm)
2/11/18 6th Ordinary Class
2/18/18 1st Lent No Class - Presidents' Day Holiday Weekend
2/25/18 2nd Lent Class 
3/4/18 3rd Lent Class
3/11/18 4th Lent Class
3/18/18 5th Lent Class
3/25/18 Passion No Class - Palm Sunday 
4/1/18 Easter No Class- Easter Sunday & CSD Spring Break
4/8/18 2nd Easter No Class- CSD Spring Break
4/15/18 3rd Easter Class
4/22/18 4th Easter Class
4/29/18 5th Easter Class
5/6/18 6th Easter Final Class   
5/13/18 7th Easter No Class - Mother's Day 
5/20/18 Pentecost No Class - Pentecost
5/27/18 Ss. Trinity No Class - Memorial Day Holiday Weekend
6/3/18 Corpus Christi Annual Corpus Christi Procession and Picnic


Youth Confirmation


Please click here to visit the Confirmation page on this website for all the details concerning sacramental preparation for youth confirmation:








If you have any questions about Youth Faith Formation, please contact Ted Meany,
360-834-2126, ext. 215 -




Veritas, Latin for “Truth,” is the best word to describe the spirit and mission of St. Thomas Aquinas, the inspiration and patron for our group. We seek to know the Truth, who is Jesus Christ, so that we can then share Him with others! Centered on the Liturgical Life of the Church, we seek to grow in faith that bears fruit in service.