The High School of Saint Thomas More


Spirituality

“The purpose of the sacraments is to sanctify men, to build up the Body of Christ and, finally, to give worship to God. Because they are signs they also instruct. They not only presuppose faith, but by words and objects they also nourish, strengthen, and express [faith].”

                                  —  CCC, 1123

SPIRITUALITY


The Eucharist

  • Holy Mass is offered daily at 7:15 am, Tuesday through Friday (check the calendar for exceptions)
  • Holy Mass is offered for the whole school on the following dates, beginning at 8:45am

             > Monday, August 19th (Mass of the Holy Spirit; First      

                               Full Day of School; Bless Bibles)

             > Friday, September 6th
             > Thursday, October 10th
             > Friday, November 1st (All Saints Day;

                               Grand-Sabers Mass, Holy Day of Obligation)
             > Wednesday, November 27th (Thanksgiving Mass;

                                NHS Induction)
             > Monday, December 9th (Immaculate Conception

                                of the BVM, Holy Day of Obligation)
             > Monday, December 16th (Advent Mass)
             > Friday, January 10th (Class Rings)
             > Friday, February 7th (Catholic Schools Week)
             > Wednesday, March 5th (Ash Wednesday)
             > Friday, April 4th
             > Friday, May 2nd (St. Athanasius; Senior Mass, 

                                May Crowning)

  • Eucharistic Adoration

             > Students are brought to the chapel at least once a

                              week for a time of prayer

             > Adoration is offered every Friday (7:45am-3:30pm),

                              except on those days when all-school Mass

                              occurs

             > Adoration also occurs on our class retreats


Reconciliation

  • Every Friday at least two theology class periods will have the opportunity to frequent this sacrament of healing.
  • Each student will have five-six opportunities to frequent the sacrament throughout the year.


Class Retreats (2013-2014)

  • Diocesan policy requires every student to attend a yearly retreat for his/her spiritual benefit. 
  • The dates of this year’s retreats are:

             > Freshman:  Wednesday, September 18th
             > Sophomore:  Tuesday, April 2nd
             > Junior:  Thursday, April 3rd
             > Senior:  Wednesday, April 23rd


LOGOS Retreats

  • NEW for 2013-2014
  • LOGOS is a three day, two night retreat for Seniors which takes place at Nazareth House, the diocesan retreat center near Henry, IL
  • LOGOS, a Greek word meaning "Word", seeks to foster an encounter with Jesus Christ, the Word-Made-Flesh (cf. John 1:1) through a series of talks, small group discussions, and fun activities.  See the LOGOS page for more detailed information.