Please join us!

Our parish is located in the heart of the scenic East Tennessee, not far from Knoxville and the Great Smoky Mountains. Whether you are from this area or visiting, we welcome you to join us.

Mission: St. Thomas the Apostle is a Roman Catholic community centered in Faith and fully engaged in Evangelizing, Discipleship, Prayer and Worship that is functioning as a well-informed Parish Community.

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

"Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God." Jesus had a brilliant way of navigating tricky situations. In today's Gospel, the Pharisees "plotted how they might entrap Jesus in speech." But he outwitted them, as usual. They wanted to catch him being a political rebel; they expected him to suggest that paying taxes to Caesar was unnecessary or even unjust. But instead, he shifted the focus. He emphasized the importance of fulfilling our civic responsibilities but also the necessity of giving to God what we owe him.
So, how do we know what we should "repay" to God? Well, Jesus' response to the Pharisees gives us our answer. He looked at the Roman coin that bore the image of Caesar on it. Then he concluded that the coin belonged to Caesar because it was made in his likeness. Now, what bears the image of God? What is made in his likeness? We are! "God created man in his image; in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them" (Gn 1:27). If the coin belonged to Caesar, we belong to God. We repay God by giving him ourselves!
This self-giving is what the Second Vatican Council called "the obedience of faith." Through this spiritual obedience, we freely commit ourselves to God, "offering the full submission of intellect and will to God" (Dei Verbum #5). Jesus is calling us today to use our will to choose to follow God. Indeed, the one thing we can give God in return for the gift of life is our will.

He gave us the freedom to love him or not. And while the choice is always ours, today Jesus encourages us to make the right decision by giving God what is really his: ourselves!

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International Food Festival

Sunday, October 29th      

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Parish Family Life Center and Grounds

Anglo and Hispanic Food


Children’s games, including a petting zoo

Come and join the fun and fellowship plus enjoy great food!!!

Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and the Spanish Junta Pastoral


Communion Services only at St. Thomas, October 24-27 

All diocesan priests will be on retreat.

The Cardinal will be celebrating the following Masses while the priests are on retreat:

Tuesday, October 24

               6:30 a.m.  Mass at the Cathedral

               8:05 a.m.  Mass at the Cathedral with school children 

Wednesday, October 25

               6:30 a.m.  Mass at the Cathedral

               8:05 a.m.  Mass at the Cathedral with school children 

Thursday, October 26

               6:30 a.m.  Mass at the Cathedral

               8:05 a.m.  Mass at the Cathedral with school children

Mass Times

Saturday 5:00 PM English Vigil
Saturday 7:00 PM Spanish Vigil
Sunday 9:00 AM
Sunday 11:30 AM
Mon-Fri 8:30 AM
Saturday 9:00 AM
Rosary immediately following daily Mass

40 minutes before weekend Masses (not including Spanish)


Please note if you need to check on room availability for our facility, please contact the parish office at 865-986-9885. The below list of events is for special events and does not include every activity taking place everyday. Thank you.




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Office Hours

Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Closed 12:00 PM-12:30 PM for lunch


The Rosary is prayed 40 minutes before 5:00PM Mass, 9:00AM and 11:30AM Mass. If you are willing to help lead the Rosary, you should contact the coordinator for each Mass; 5:00PM, Jim Gecsei at 803-3555; 9:00AM, Ralph Pubillones at 458-6111; and 11:30AM, Pam Wallace at 657-3445.

Morning Prayer


Morning Prayer on Fridays after Daily Mass, starting June 2nd. Please join us!

Deacon Dave's Second Helpings


Ever try to remember a homily on Monday? Often the things we hear on Sunday are inspiring and should be used to fuel our spiritual lives during the week. But we often fail to remember the key point that would assist us in applying the gospel to our lives. Try reading Deacon Dave's reflections on the Sunday gospel.  Deacon Dave's Second Helpings is a weekly blog on the Sunday readings.  You can find his homilies through a link on the St. Thomas web site. Click the link below to get to Deacon Dave's Second Helpings. 

Please click here for a link to Deacon Dave Pecot's Sunday homily blog.

Eucharistic Adoration




On the first Friday of every month, parishioners will have the opportunity to spend an hour with our Lord at all times between 9 AM on First Friday and 8:30 AM on Saturday. A sign-up placard will be positioned in the narthex covering all hours. 

This broadened First Friday devotion is being offered because of the wonderful response to the worldwide 24-hour Adoration held earlier this month.  There were at least four parishioners in the church for each hour. In order for Eucharistic Adoration to become a permanent observance on First Fridays, it is imperative that there be at least two persons in the church during each hour.  The continued success of 24-hour Adoration depends on a core group of adorers who commit to the same hour each time. This ensures that all hours are filled and there are no gaps in attendance. Please prayerfully consider committing to a specific hour for each First Friday. The graces and blessings associated with Eucharistic Adoration are abundant.





Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary

Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary

Saint Louis de Montfort calls total consecration to Jesus through Mary as “quickest, easiest, and surest way to holiness”.  Consider making or renewing this consecration on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, December 8.  The 33 days of preparation begin on November 5.  The book 33 Days to Morning Glory  by Fr. Michael Gaitley is a good resource for your individual preparation at home.  Another excellent guide book is Preparation for Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary by Fr. Hugh Gillespie. Either book can be purchase here at the office for $7. Contact Jill St. Yves, or 865-986-9885 for more information.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

No Confessions

Tuesday, October 24 & 31

Reconciliation is available Tuesdays at 6:00 PM and Saturdays from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM. 

You may also call the parish office to make an appointment at 865-986-9885.

Download - Pastoral Exhortation on the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation

Link to USCCB information on the Sacrament of Reconciliation Reconciliation



Catholic Gifts and Books and Supplies

Divine Mercy Chaplet online



CREED is this Sunday

CREED is this Sunday, October 22, 12:30 – 2:00pm. 

Lunch will be served at 12:30pm.  A donation is greatly appreciated for lunch.  CREED is a faith formation experience for the entire family and a wonderful opportunity to fellowship together. 

There is no Religious Education for grades K-5 on Sunday morning, October 22. All students and families come to CREED!


Please Welcome Kasey Ross

Kasey Ross is a new intern and employee for St. Thomas the Apostle.

Kasey is part of the Echo program for the University of Notre Dame. She will be working as one of the Catechists for the 4th grade RE class, helping with the CREED program, and helping to run the Edge program. She will be here for the next two years except during the summer of 2018, when she will return to Notre Dame to take summer courses for her Masters in Theology.

Kasey is originally from Enid, Oklahoma, where her family still resides. She attended Oklahoma State University and earned a BA in Strategic Communications with a minor in Philosophy.

Kasey was active in ministry during her years of undergrad, where she taught a third grade RE class and volunteered as a small group leader for the local youth group. She also prepared and led a weekly Bible study for her peers for three years.

We are blessed and grateful for her presence here at St. Thomas.  Please introduce yourself when you have chance and welcome her!

 Confirmation Requirements for 6-8th grade

Students who wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in May 2018 must:

  • Attend Edge every Wednesday evening from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Banquet Hall of the PFLC
  • Attend CREED sessions on:

October 22                          November 19                    January 28          

February 25                        March 25                             April 22

  • CREED sessions begin at 12:30 with lunch.  Confirmation preparation classes will begin after lunch and will meet in classrooms on the lower level of Parish Family Life Center.
  • Attend the diocesan Confirmation retreat on Saturday, January 27th at St. John Neumann Church. Please keep this date free in your calendars. More information is to come.
  • Go to Mass every weekend!  Remember to check off your name in the binder in the narthex.

Register for Religious Education/Sacrament Preparation


It’s time to register your children for Religious Education classes grades K-5.  Classes begin on Sunday, September 10, 10:20am and students need to be registered in advance.  If your child is in the 2nd grade and baptized he/she will be prepared to receive First Holy Communion and they must begin classes in September.  Students in the 5th grade or higher will receive preparation for Confirmation.

To fill in registration form online, please click here.

To pay online, please click here.

Time is limited so register now!  Call Jill St. Yves, 986-9885 to register or for additional information.


Our Annual Stewardship Appeal 

October 22-29, 2017


Dear St. Thomas Parish Family,

I am thankful and blessed to be a part of this generous, vibrant, and energetic parish. Once again the  generous outpouring of your love, time, talent, and treasure over this past year has been both edifying and energizing. 

I invite you once again to participate in our annual Parish Stewardship renewal.  This appeal supports our parish operations. The Home Campaign appeal and Bishop’s appeal which you have generously supported do not support our day to day operations.

 By sharing our gifts of time, talent, and treasure, we enhance the ministries that are offered at our parish; we reach out in love to others who are in great need; and we personally draw closer to our Lord.  

The weekend of October 28 and 29 will be our annual Parish Stewardship weekend where we will recommit ourselves to support the work of our Church.  I invite you to pray and discern what you value most and how your giving reflects your gratitude for God's blessings. I ask that you complete the Stewardship form and return it by October 29 through the offertory basket or in the mail.  Forms will be in bulletins on October 21 and 22 or you may download one by clicking here.

Thank you for taking a moment to read this letter and consider making a sacrificial commitment.  

I hope you will find true peace and great joy in making this commitment to our parish community. 

In Christ through Mary,

 Fr. Doug Owens, Pastor  

For more information on giving at St. Thomas, please click here.



Get an early start on your Christmas decorating!   Give yourself, your family, and friends a special greeting with a fresh, fragrant Evergreen Wreath, Mini-Christmas Tree, Holly-Berry Mini Tree, or Candlelit Centerpiece.  The Knights of Columbus will be taking orders in the Narthex after Mass for only 4 weekends (October 14/15 - November 4/5). 

Your order will be shipped direct and includes a greeting card, wreath hanger, and gift packaging.  FedEx will deliver between November 20th and December 9th.  For information, contact Quin Hostetler 217-801-7677.

2017 Giving Tree

The St. Thomas’ 2017 Angel Tree program is making changes to the Christmas gift program.  Important, due to our Spanish-speaking coordinators moving, we request all eligible parish school age children to apply through their school Family Resource Center program. We will coordinate all eligible pre-school children in our parish, who do not have siblings attending school.

Forms can be completed after Mass on the following dates: Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st. Saturday, October 7th and Sunday, October 8th.

Calendar Sales to Support Catholic Schools

Would you support Catholic education for just 10 cents a day?

As part of the Diocese of Knoxville’s ongoing efforts to support Catholic education, all ten diocesan schools are participating in a Calendar Raffle

For only 10 cents a day, you can support Catholic education in East Tennessee and receive a beautiful calendar that features the ten schools in our diocese. By purchasing a calendar on behalf of your schools choice for $36.50 (or 3 for $100), you receive not only the calendar itself (a great Christmas gift), but with each calendar purchased you increase your chances to win!  Each order form has a unique ID number that also serves as your raffle ticket.

On January 3rd, all 365 tickets totaling $50,000 in cash prizes will be drawn and you will have the opportunity to win between $100 and $500 for every calendar purchased prior to December 23rd.

To watch a video explaining the Calendar/Raffle, click link below:

Calendar Raffle Video

To buy a calendar, click link below

Calendar Purchase


Bulletin Notes

Adult Faith Formation Survey-Last Chance

Thanks to all who have completed the short Adult Faith Formation survey. We will be closing the survey on Friday,   October 13 so you still have time to provide your input. The Adult Faith Formation Committee would like to understand how programming needs to best increase our parishioners’ knowledge of their Catholic faith and teachings, to help us better understand God’s will and plan for us, and to experience His unconditional love and mercy. The survey should only take 5-10 minutes to complete.  Questions?  Contact Warren and Shawna Hunt at  Thank you for your help!


In the Gospel today Jesus says: “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” When God is the center of our lives there is no problem with giving others their due.  Through your gift to the parish charity collection you are helping your neighbor who is hungry, hopeless and frightened to know that they belong to God.  The next regular meeting will be on Friday, November 3 in the Deacon Jose Room at 9:30 following mass and morning prayer.  Call Larry Finneran at (865) 657-9119 for more information.  Note that the Society can also accept donations of working washers, dryers, ranges, counter top microwaves and small to medium size refrigerators.


October 24, 2017, 6:30 PM - Knoxville Convention Center 

With your help Tennessee Right to Life has advocated for the protection of the most vulnerable innocent human lives, the unborn.  Hearts have been changed and lives have been saved.  You are invited to join us at the 2017 Celebrate Life Banquet to support and be a part of the efforts to build a culture of life.  The speaker will be Ms. Shauna Prewitt.  Shauna was raped and became pregnant.  She chose life for her child.  After the baby was born, her attacker surfaced and attempted to claim parental rights to the child.  Shauna is now a strong advocate for laws terminating parental rights of rapists. There is no charge to attend, but an offering will be taken up after the banquet. We will carpool from St. Thomas.  Please call Kay Sheldon, 458-8510, for more details.  Thank you.

St. Thomas Annual Financial Report for 2017 Available

Click here to view or download report. They will also be in bulletins this weekend and available in the office.

Thank you very much for your generous and faithful support of the parish this past year!

Diocesan Special Collection for the Deacon Formation Program

Please be generous in supporting our Diocesan Deacons on October 28 & 29.  Our Diocese is blessed with 73 permanent Deacons serving in 35 parishes, with another 29 men currently starting the formation process.  Deacons are a bridge between the sanctuary and the world in which they live and work.  Your donation helps with new deacon formation and the continuing education of ordained deacons in the diocese.  This program costs approximately $115,000 each year.  Please be generous in your gift to help support the permanent Deacons of our Diocese.


The annual NPH (Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos) shoe drive will begin the weekend of November 4-5.  No, you don’t need to bring shoes for the kids in El Slavador, just take an envelope with the shoe on it and donate any amount to help NPH buy new shoes for them. $20 can purchase one pair of shoes and your help is greatly appreciated. Envelopes should be returned by the 19th of November.  Call Jan or Stu McFadden if you have questions – 865-458-3911.


We will be going to the NPH orphanage in El Salvador next month and are collecting item to take with us for the children.  Needed are: Girls, bikini panties size 12, 14, & 16 and women’s 5 and 6; Girls bra’s 32 A, B, C; 34 A, B; 36 A, B, C; Boys boxers 12, 14, 16 and adult small; Boys New white socks, for shoes 6-9 adult size; Adult toothbrushes and toothpaste. Coloring books, stickers, crayola color markers (no crayons). There are boxes in the Narthex to place your donated item. Items must be turned in no later than November 12th.Thank you for helping these needy children. Call Jan or Stu McFadden for questions 458-3911. 

Faith-Based Caregiver Support Group

If you are caring for a loved one with an illness or disability, let us assist you in your efforts.  Please consider attending the Faith-Based Caregiver Support Group offered by St. Joseph’s Caregiver Ministry of St. John Neumann Parish for fellowship, faith-sharing and assistance with your caregiving needs.  Our next meeting is Wednesday, October, 18 2017 from 10:30 - 11:45 am in Seton Hall at St. John Neumann Church.  If interested contact Brenda Nicholson at 865-310-6790.


One Heart Colombia wishes to thank everyone who participated in the "Bluegrass to Opera" fundraiser. The concert was repeated on Sunday at St. Francis of Assisi church in Townsend  where Fr. Antonio is pastor. Thanks to the generosity of many, $5000. was raised in a combined effort for the Colombian  Mission. CD’s and DVD’s are available for $10.  Call Sherry 865-643-0750 or Arlene 865-603-8079

 Reservations for the Advent by Candlelight are now being accepted. Invite your female family members, friends and neighbors for a Christ-centered preparation for the holiday season on Sunday, December 3, at 2:00 PM at the PFLC. There is no charge for this event. The theme this year is Advent Around the World. Please make your reservations early! Sign up by contacting Bette Purvis or 865.458. 8070. You won't want to miss this opportunity to prepare your heart for the Advent season.


The music ministry is gearing up for a new year of Life Teen Masses!  We are looking for the following people who might be interested in participating in this ministry:

  1. Instrumentalists.  We especially need guitar players (electric guitar, and electric or acoustic Bass, and drums.) These folks need to be mature musicians who won’t need lessons or other help with playing.
  2. Youth Singers!  We would love to have more singers for these Masses, especially young adults and teens!

The Life Teen Mass is the 4th Sunday of each month, at the 11:30 Mass. Our 1st Mass will be on August 27.  These Masses coincide with the Creed Program, which is also each month on the 4th Sunday. Creed lunch is at 12:30, and Creed begins at 1:00.  This is a nice tie in for both of these programs.  Please get in touch with Marla Emerson (phone # on front of the bulletin) for more info. or to sign up for the Life Teen band!


NOVEMBER 15-19, 2017

Join us to visit your godchild or learn how you can become a sponsor on this adventure that will change your life!  We will leave on November 15th and return the 19th with many precious photos and memories. Sign up now.  Please call for details or any questions you may have.   Jan and Stu McFadden 865-458-3911. 


The Rosary is prayed 40 minutes before 5:00PM Mass and 11:30AM Mass; starting Sunday, July 2, the Rosary preceding the 9:00AM Mass will start.  If you are willing to help lead the Rosary, you should contact the coordinator for each Mass; 5:00, Jim Gecsei at 803-3555, 9:00, Ralph Pubillones at 458-6111, and 11:30, Pam Wallace at 657-3445. 


Do you have a favorite hymn that you would love to sing during our weekend Masses? The Music Ministry would like your ideas and input!! You are invited to submit your suggestions for your favorite hymns. We have placed a large sign board in the narthex with spaces for you to write in your favorite hymn from our current hymnals: The St. Augustine Hymnal or  Flor Y Canto. All we ask is for you to write in the name of the hymn AND the hymn number.  That’s it! Your suggestions will help us to plan out future music schedules. Thanks from the St. Thomas Music Ministry. 


If you would register your Kroger Plus card and designate St. Thomas as your charitable choice once each quarter Kroger will send St. Thomas a donation check.  The donation amount is based on how much we collectively spend each quarter at Kroger.  Nothing else is required on your part, just shop as you normally would.  This last quarter Kroger sent us a check for $104.21.  To register visit  If you do not have computer access you can call 1(800) 576-4377, OPTION 3, or just visit the customer service desk and they will help you.  The St. Thomas program number with Kroger is 42126.  It is easy and the church benefits.  If you are not registered, please consider doing so and if you are registered, thank you!




Kairos team #28 will be going into the Morgan County Correctional Complex on October 26 through the 29th. We will be ministering to the inmates and bringing the word of God to them. As in the past we are in need of 2700 dozen Chocolate Chip kookies. The goal for St. Thomas parish is 500 dozen. In order to comply with the rules of the complex, we are limited to only Chocolate Chip cookies. 

This is the weekend (October 21st and 22nd) we are collecting  kookies. For those not wanting to bake kookies, we will be selling $5 “meal tickets” to be given to the residents to symbolize the care our parish has for them. Another way to support our team is through prayer. Log onto and look for the Morgan County Correctional Facility. You can then select a period of time when you will be praying for the guests, the team members and the success of our weekend. 

God bless you all,

Greg Brennan, Jim Mattavi, Stu McFadden, Tom Shaughnessy and Harry Westcott, Kairos Team #28

New to St. Thomas?

We welcome you to St. Thomas and hope that you will soon feel like a part of our community of faith.

If you are visiting with us or have not registered at the parish, we would love to get to know you better! You may stop in the office to register or pick-up a registration form in church or even register online (see further down on this page or click here). Or if you would like to just learn more from a member of our Welcome Committee, please contact

If you have recently registered and have not heard from our Welcome Committee, please contact Deacon Dave Pecot at

The Welcome Committee's mission is not only to help you to know about St. Thomas but to also help you feel to like St. Thomas is your home and an extension of your family.


FORMED for St. Thomas the Apostle

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There are hundreds of options for you to view from your home computer, laptop, or smart cell phone at no charge any time of the day or night with our Parish subscription. 

We have found that the site works best using the Chrome or Firefox browser.

Above on our site, there is a menu item, called "FORMED for St. Thomas the Apostle", click on that menu item to be taken directly to our FORMED page. 

Once you are on our FORMED page, under the Parish Code, you will see a space for your email address. Add your email address and you will be prompted to put in a password for future use. After this, you can click on “WELCOME TO FORMED” and select that video play button to learn more about what will be available to you as a new user



VBS 2017

  • Queen of Heaven Express-with Her builder

Youth Volunteers and Honorees at KOC Awards

Steubenville Youth Conference Video

Youth and Leaders travel to Steubenville Youth Conference

Youth and Leaders travel to Stebubenville Youth Conference

Living Stations of the Cross

May Crowning

Online Parish Registration

To register online, click below. 

Online Giving

 Click on the the above box to be redirected to the WeShare site.

Learn more about online giving and the opportunities for giving at St. Thomas the Apostle

Click here to see an Online Giving Flyer  

Download the WeShare User's Guide

St.Thomas Staff

The staff of St. Thomas the Apostle welcome you. We are a vibrant and active parish that seeks to spread God's word and our faith with positive action. We are here to help you! 
Please click on the staff member names below for more information. 



Please help us to be attentive to those who are ill, homebound or in the hospital. Either the patient or family member must notify the parish office (865-986-9885) if they or a family member is ill or in the hospital. (We will not be notified by the hospital due to patient confidentiality.) 

Communion can be brought to the home or healthcare facility. 

Becoming Catholic

Are you interested in becoming Catholic or learning more about the Catholic faith? Please click on the picture for more information!
Catholic Inquiry sessions will meet every Monday at 6:00PM in Room 123 in the Parish Family Life Center.  All are welcome to join us!



Altar Flowers

If you would like to donate flowers for the altar, please contact the parish office at 865-986-9885.



The Women's Guild sponsored several fund raising events throughout 2016.  At our January meeting, funds raised from these events were distributed to Catholic, Loudon and Monroe County charities. The recipient agencies attended our meeting and provided us with an overview of their services.  

Agencies pictured:  St. Vincent De Paul Society, Catholic Charities, Boy Scouts, St. Mary's Legacy Clinic. Seminarian Stephen Hamby, Boys & Girls Club Loudon County, Branches of Monroe County,Friendship Kitchen, Good Samaritan, Iva's Place, Child Advocacy Center, CCW Project - Right to Life and Smokey Mountain Service Dogs.

At the Guild's February meeting, we toured the Farragut Museum and enjoyed lunch together at Mimi's Café.

To download a copy of the 2017 Guild brochure, click here.


Edge Color Run

Trunk or Treat

St. Thomas Women's Guild Card Party

Youth Help and Dance the Night Away at KOC Polish Night

Advent by Candlelight

St. Thomas Women's Guild November Meeting

Spaghetti and Karaoke

Women's Guild Fashion Show Fun

Spanish Living Stations of the Cross

Image by Sue Duncan

Youth Living Stations of the Cross 2016

St. Thomas Youth on an Impactful Mission

See the article in the News Herald about our Youth!!

We are so proud of you and happy about how you have embraced the corporal works of mercy to love and care for our brothers and sisters in need. THANK YOU!!

Youth Rafting Trip-September 6

Our Amazing Youth at Catholic Heart Workcamp

Mass Intention Guidelines


In an effort to make more Masses available for your intentions but to also continue to follow The Code of Canon Law and to be fair to all parishioners, the following are our new guidelines for requesting Mass Intentions.

  • Multiple intentions will be available for each Mass.
  • Because there will be more than one intention per Mass, we will no longer accept any donations; as according to Canon Law, we are only allowed to accept one donation per Mass and we want to be fair to all.
  • The names of the people who are being prayed for may no longer be announced individually in the Prayers of the Faithful during Mass, as the list could be lengthy at times. The celebrant will know the names of the daily intentions and will be keeping those people in prayer during Mass.
  • The names will continue to be listed in the bulletin.

If you have questions regarding these changes, please contact Fr. Doug directly.

What are Coptic Christians and Why You Should Know

Click on the picture to learn more!


Weekly Readings

Weekly reading

Weekly reading

Readings for the Week of October 15, 2017

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