Interior of STA Church

Interior of STA Church
All Class Reunion Day, September 30, 2012. Photo courtesy: Dan Carr (Class of 1960)

Monday, December 24, 2012

Generosity of STA Alums

The Peanuts creator, Charles Schultz, once wrote “Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.”  At this Christmas time we wanted to thank all those STA Alums for “the little something” that made a “big difference” to our former Church and School.

The generosity of the STA Alums at the September 30th reunion was exceptional.  In addition to all the refreshments provided, signs designed, photography taken, and time given for set-up and clean-up, you also contributed $1,027!

After covering parish and school staff expenses and some paper goods, we were able to distribute $517 to St. Martin de Porres Church and $100 to the Plato Learning Academy.  Included with the checks were thank you notes noting how much STA Alums appreciated the warm welcome received and the ability to visit the Church and school of our youth.

We received the following responses:

We wish to acknowledge your kind letter of October 3, 2012.  We will publish it in our Sunday Bulletin.  Thank you very much for the generous donation of $517.  The alums were generous also at Church as our collection more than doubled that Sunday.

Former St. Thomas Aquinas students and parishioners are always welcome at St. Martin de Porres.

May the Lord bless you and such wonderful friends.


Rev. Peter Premarini, MCCJ

On October 9, 2012 my school received your donation in honor of the alumni of St. Thomas Aquinas.  I want to thank you for your generosity.

Please be assured that your donation will be used to help my students who come from families that struggle financially.  At Plato Learning Academy we are striving for excellence and we thank you for your support in that effort.


Vanesa Scott-Thompson, Ed.D


May The Spirit Of Christmas Bring You Peace, 

The Gladness Of Christmas Give You Hope


  1. Hello, I found a class ring at the local good will store and I was trying to find its owner. Its a 1958 Aquinas Highschool ring with (i think) the initals S. H. - let me know if you can help - my email is

    1. This St. Thomas Aquinas was a grammar school. Aquinas High School was on Chicago's south side and I believe closed in 1983. Here is a link to information about the school: Perhaps you can find someone who recognizes the initials and year.