Aquinas Star Mass a Display of STA Community's Love
Posted on 12/15/2022
In a display of the never-ending love that permeates the St. Thomas Aquinas High School community, students, faculty, staff, community members, and the Most Reverend Bishop James F. Checchio of the Diocese of Metuchen joined together for the annual Aquinas Star Christmas Mass, to welcome once again this year’s Aquinas Stars and their families.

Concelebrating with Bishop Checchio were STA Director of Catholic Identity Father Mike Tabernerno, Campus Ministry member Father Ronal Vega, and former STA Chaplain Father Keith Cervine. Music for the liturgy was provided by Mr. Joseph Cullinan ’02 along with the talents of the Liturgical Band and Choir. After communion, the much anticipated and moving rendition of “Mary Did You Know?” was performed by Mr. TJ Reilly ‘96.

Bishop Checchio, in his homily, reflected on John the Baptist’s role in making a way for the Lord and challenged all in attendance at mass to make a way for the Lord in our world.

The special guests for today’s mass were, of course, the Aquinas Stars Brandon and Anthony along with their families. After the liturgy, Aquinas Star Co-Chairs Kylie Lucas ’23 and Alex Cocuzza ‘23 along with members of Aquinas Star Board presented the Aquinas Stars and their families with many gifts and expressions of love. All the gifts were purchased with the money donated by the STA students and faculty. The monetary gifts were made possible by the money raised at the Spaghetti Dinner. There was even a surprise visit by Santa Claus!

The parents of both Aquinas Stars spoke to the STA community, thanking them for the support of the program and the love and prayers that the STA family has poured out to them. With tears in their eyes, they expressed their gratitude for the overwhelming love and generosity of the Aquinas Star Program.

The families stayed to enjoy a special luncheon after which the Aquinas Stars along with their families had an opportunity to visit with faculty, staff, and students.

The Aquinas Star mass is always one of the most anticipated events of the year, and this year was no exception. It is a humbling and heartwarming experience that emphasize and reminds everyone what Christmas is all about. This year’s celebration was no different and proved to be just that: a true Christmas celebration.