Student Life        Bell Schedules       Organizations       Student Media        Campus Ministry   •    Camp Aquinas   •    Honor Code      Student Council        Technology       STH Portal

Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry at St. Thomas ensures that the young men who are entrusted to our care receive the opportunity for daily spiritual formation and growth.

Campus Ministry provides opportunities for Christian Service Learning, Retreats, Sacramental Ministries, and Student Ministry Opportunities.

Service Hour Requirements

100 Hours over a 4-year period

 

SERVICE OVERVIEW

  • We ask that 50% of your service hours be completed volunteering at St. Thomas or in the community.
    • This would consist of hours completed helping at St. Thomas. Students will have opportunities to serve at major school events such as Camp Aquinas, Open House, New Eagle welcome, Registration night, Parent Teacher conferences, in house tutors (NHS), peer mentoring programs (Senior Leaders), and the Eagle Ambassador program, as well as the various all school masses that take place throughout the academic year.
    • Service may also be completed outside of St. Thomas, such as: helping coach a sports team, working at Memorial Park, etc.
  • We ask that the 50% of your service hours be completed volunteering for a faith based organization. Examples are:
    • Camp Blessing
    • Houston Food Bank
    • Meals on wheels
    • Mission Trips
    • Loaves and Fishes
  • Students may pick from a variety of places located in the x2vol.
  • Alternative volunteer sites must be approved by Dr. Gotay prior to volunteering there. NO exceptions.
  • Volunteer work performed during the summer can be posted to the upcoming school year.
Click here to print out Service Program Overview.

REQUIRED HOURS

FRESHMAN:  Minimum of 10 hours
SOPHOMORES: Minimum of 20 hours
JUNIORS:  Minimum of 30 hours
SENIORS:  Minimum of 40 hours, plus a reflection paper
  • Reflection 2 page paper. (MLA format) answering these questions: What impacted you the most about your serving throughout your time at St. Thomas? Explain, How do you think service has impacted you and the community you served? 

ROLL OVER HOURS

Although service hours are NOT carried over year to year, they can be banked towards the student’s senior year.

For example: If a Freshman accrues 30 hours of service during the school year, 10 hours will be credited towards his required amount, and 20 can be banked for his senior year.  The idea of banking accomplishes two things.  1) Rewards the students for surpassing their required hours.  2) Gives students a chance to meet their required hours for their senior year, long before that year arrives, enabling them to focus on both their studies and college applications. The aim of allowing the young men to serve in this capacity is not for the sake of collecting hours but rather to be the “hands and feet” of God to God’s people.  Each young man will go through rigorous hours of theological content, and being of service to the community allows each to put into action what he has learned.  Serving as such allows the young men to be transformed as “heralds” of the good news.

FAILURE TO MEET REQUIREMENTS

If by Christmas Break of Junior year, a student has not been meeting their service hour requirement, he will have two options:
  1. Attend the 30 hour fast challenge held at STH.
  2. A meeting with President Fr. Murphy, Dr. Aaron Dominquez about students eligibility to continue education at St. Thomas High School will happen in the event a student is not meeting his required hours.

DOCUMENTING HOURS

We are moving to an online system named X2VOL. X2VOL Service Program:

 SERVICE AWARDS

  • Students who achieve X plus hours of service by the end of their senior year will be honored at graduation.
  • The student who receives the most hours in the school will get some additional honour.
For questions concerning service hours please contact Dr. Alex Gotay. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How to download the app to get started
We are now using an online tracking and reporting system for all Service hours called x2VOL. This system will allow us to eliminate our paper forms and centralize the information. x2VOL will allow your student to enter their Service hours online at any time, as well as check for any volunteer opportunities and sign up for them, receive reminders about the opportunities and print a service hour log that can be used for college applications.

Click herefor instructions on how to create an account and log your hours in X2VOL

If you’re a student and need to register
Our school is now using x2VOL to track your service hours! x2VOL is an online platform that provides an easy way to log your service hours and find volunteer opportunities. Please follow the below instructions to register for the first time to begin logging your service hours. 1. Go to www.x2VOL.com and click JOIN. 2. Type in your School Name or zip code and click Search. 3. Type in your Last Name and Student ID or Email (depending on what your school instructs you to do). 4. Enter the remaining profile fields and click proceed. 5. Set your interests and skills and click proceed. 6. Set a password, select your group and check the required boxes to complete your registration. 7. Log in and view your Dashboard. Here is a video on how to register to x2VOL.com as a student: https://myintellivol.desk.com/customer/en/portal/articles/2805684-how-do-i-register-or-join-x2vol-as-a-student-
All Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors are required to attend one retreat each year.
  • All Freshmen attend Camp Aquinas in August.
  • All Sophomores - Seniors are required to attend an overnight retreat put on by STH.
  • Daily Mass is celebrated in our school chapel.
  • Mandatory all-school liturgies throughout the school year
  • Benediction and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament during Lent
  • School Chapel is open to students for silent prayer during all school hours
  • Thanksgiving, Advent, Lenten prayer services and liturgies
  • Reconciliation
    • The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered weekly and by appointment
    • Reconciliation is available on most student retreats
    • Lenten Reconciliation Service
Campus Ministry at St. Thomas also includes the follow clubs, organizations, leadership development and student ministry opportunities:

Campus Ministry Senior Leaders: Senior Leaders are a highly selective group of seniors who are commissioned to assist Campus Ministry with student retreats, student liturgies, and various ministry offerings at STH. Senior Leaders give Witness Talks on student retreats, facilitate small groups on student retreats, and serve as liturgical ministers at student liturgies. Senior Leaders also are invited to a special leadership camp during the summer prior to their Senior year.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes: FCA is an interdenominational Christian sports ministry to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes. STH has a very popular and active FCA huddle. Students and coaches gather bi-weekly for a Friday morning Bible study, faith sharing, and fellowship. FCA at St. Thomas also includes occasional special guest speakers (current and former professional athletes, alumni, coaches), social events and leadership development. Visit www.fca.org for more information.

Liturgy Team: altar servers, Eucharistic Ministers, lectors, ushers, sacristans

Music Ministry: St. Thomas Singers

Respect Life Club: planning and participation in respect life activities/programs

STH Math Aces: Student led organization that tutors middle school students weekly at St. Theresa's Catholic School and elementary school students at Memorial Elementary.

STH Reading Aces: Student led organization that tutors and reads to elementary school students weekly at Memorial Elementary.
Alex Gotay Director of Campus Ministry. Alex is Catholic, a husband of 19 years, father of three boys, and blessed to have been involved in Youth Ministry about 18 years. He holds a Doctorate in Ministry, Master's degrees in both Theological Studies and Philosophy, graduate hours towards another Master’s Degree in Counseling, graduate hours towards a Graduate Certificate in OT Biblical Theology, and a Bachelors in Criminal Justice and Child Psychology. Alex is a military brat, went to High School here in Houston, was a Marine Infantryman and is a Black Belt in Brazliian Jiu- Jitsu. He loves mixing our faith with teen and American Culture.

Fr. James Murphy, CSB (BA in Journalism and European History from St. John Fisher College. M.Div from University of St. Michael’s College. M.Ed. from Boston College) joined STH in 2011 and has served in various roles from teaching to drama and athletics. He is currently an Assistant Dean of Students and is the local Superior of the Basilian Fathers of STH.

Deacon Leonard Lockett (B.A. University of St. Thomas, M.A. Pastorial Theology, and M.A. Theology) began teaching here in 2015. He teaches Theology II and Theology III and serves as a Campus Minister.

Campus Ministry works in conjunction with the Theology Department, the Fine Arts Department (liturgical music) and the entire faculty and staff (retreat program). In addition, our resident Basilian Fathers, Rev. Kevin Storey, Rev. Jim Murphy, Rev. Mitch Dowalgo, Rev. Ronald Schwenzer and Rev. Al Gaelens, meet the sacramental needs of our students, faculty and staff by presiding at daily Mass and hearing confessions.
Mass will be held during flex time and on block days the first 30 minutes of lunch.