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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.

Gospel Meditation

April 21, 2019
Easter Sunday
Can you imagine that moment? Can you imagine the stomach drop with dizzying realization: "It's all true. All of it is true! The past three years weren't a dream that ended horribly wrong." Can you imagine all the doubts and despair of the past days chased away like smoke on the wind by a rolled up burial cloth? By an empty tomb?
It didn't start that way, of course. "'They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don't know where they put him.'" This frantic news from Mary Magdalene would have been another unexpected blow. After all that happened, now his body has been stolen? The love and devotion in Peter and John is apparent. They don't wait to collect more information or stop by the tomb when they have a chance. They run to the site. When is the last time you ran for something? This isn't a run for exercise, but a huffing and puffing bolt fueled by desperation. Can you imagine that moment? The fear pounding in their temples, matching their accelerated heart rate. Can you imagine the impatient affection of John, who outruns Peter but refuses to enter the tomb alone? And then, upon entry, "He saw and believed."
This is the drama of our great feast! The promise that seemed lost has been found. The dead are raised. Long before the Easter eggs and ham, we are invited to meditate on this divine reality. We are invited to feel the desperation and joy of that first Easter Sunday deep in our bones. Because it is not just Mary's story. It's not Peter and John's story. It's our story. From the greatest defeat can come the most awe-inspiring victory, and this is true not just for our God, but for each one of us. He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

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)

Parish Calendar

The complete parish calendar can be found at the bottom of the homepage or you may click on the menu item, Calendar to be directed to a new page.

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
Closed Good Friday-Easter Monday


The Rosary is prayed 40 minutes before 5:00PM Mass 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.

 Please join us!

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.





Sacrament of Reconciliation

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


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.




Holy Thursday, April 18
No Morning Mass or Communion Service
Mass of the Lord's Supper, 7:00 PM- (Only Mass this day)
Adoration, Immediately after Mass until-12:00 midnight

Good Friday, April 19
No Morning Mass or Communion Service
Spanish Living Stations, 11:00 AM
Liturgy of the Passion and Death of the Lord, 3:00 PM

Holy Saturday, April 20
No Morning Mass or Communion Service
Blessing of Baskets, 12:00 Noon
Confessions, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Easter Vigil, at sunset around 8:30 PM

Easter Sunday, April 21
English Mass, 7:00 AM
English Mass, 9:30 AM
Spanish Mass, 12:00 PM
Procession after Spanish Mass
Easter Egg Hunt, immediately after- Procession

Horario para Semana Santa 

Lunes, 15 de abril
Misa en Inglés, 8:30 AM

Martes, 16 de abril
Misa en Inglés, 8:30 AM
No habrá confesiones
Misa Crismal en Inglés en la Catedral del- Sagrado Corazón de Jesús, 7:30 PM

Miércoles, 17 de abril
Misa en Inglés, 8:30 AM

Jueves Santo, 18 de abril
No habrá Misa por la mañana tampoco-
Servicio de Comunión
Misa Bilingüe de la Cena del Señor, 7:00 PM-
(Será la única Misa para este día)
Adoración del Santísimo, inmediatamente-
después de Misa hasta las 12:00 de la- Medianoche

Viernes Santo, 19 de abril
No habrá Misa por la mañana tampoco-
Servicio de Comunión
Estaciones de La Cruz en vivo -
y en Español, 11:00 AM
Liturgia de la Pasión del Señor, 3:00 PM

Sábado de Gloria, 20 de abril
No habrá Misa por la mañana tampoco-
Servicio de Comunión
Confesiones, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
No habrá Misa de 7:00 PM
Vigilia Pascual, a la puesta del sol como a las-8:30 PM

Domingo de Pascua, 21 de abril
Misa en Inglés, 7:00 AM
Misa en Inglés, 9:30AM
Misa en Español, 12:00 PM
Procesión inmediatamente después de Misa
Búsqueda de huevitos de Pascua, después- de la Procesión

Divine Mercy Sunday



This is a great gift given by Our Lord to St. Faustina  in which He promised the TOTAL FORGIVENESS OF ALL SINS AND PUNISHMENT for any soul that would go to Confession (20 days before or after the 28th) and then receive Jesus in Holy Communion on that day. Pope Saint John Paul II established this feast in the year 2000 and gave it the name of Divine Mercy Sunday. By God's Providence, he died on this feast in 2005. We will be having a special prayer at the Hour of Divine Mercy, 3:00 pm, during which we will venerate an image of Our Lord and pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy in the church.  Please take advantage of this great gift from our Precious Lord for your precious soul. Jesus asked that the Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy which would begin onGood Friday.  For more details visit:

New Adult Faith Formation Programs

What is the Case for Jesus?

Join Deacon David Lucheon for an exploration of Dr. Brant Pitre’s book The Case for Jesus, which explores the biblical and historical and evidence for Christ. It answers key questions including “Are the 4 gospels biographies written by eyewitnesses? Did Jesus claim to be God?  Is he divine in all the gospels? Did Jesus fulfill the Messiah prophecies? Why was he crucified? and What is the evidence for the resurrection?” Classes, which will meet in the Deacon Jose Room of the Parish Family Life Center, start on Monday, April 29 (12:30 -1:30 PM) and Thursday, May 2 (9:30-11:00 AM) and run for five weeks.

Seven Deadly Sin, Seven Lively Virtues

Join the Tuesday Men’s Group for a study by Bishop Robert Barron of the seven deadly sins, those great spiritual blocks that inhibit our flourishing in relationship with God and one another. Pride, envy, anger, sloth, gluttony, avarice and lust are all presented as patterns of dysfunction within us that lead to unhappiness. Bishop Barron shows us how to counteract these seven sinful patterns through a conscious process of opposition, known as the “seven lively virtues." These offer antidotes to each sin and help set us on the right path to healing and happiness. Program (men only) starts on April 23 in room 110 of the PFLC. Facilitated by Stu McFadden.

Women's Guild Card Party

Bulletin Notes



Today as we celebrate the feast of Easter, like Mary Magdalene and the Disciples we find the challenge of also seeing and believing the resurrection.  As you put your gift into the parish monthly charity collection, you help those who are poor and hungry to “see and believe” in the Resurrection. The next regular meeting will be on Friday, May 3 in the Deacon Jose Room at 9:15 am. Call Larry  Finneran at 657-9119 for more information.   

Please remember your food and diaper donations next weekend! Thank you!


Stephen Ministers are members of Saint Thomas who have been through extensive training and provide confidential, one-to-one, Christian care to people who are experiencing a difficult time. They will listen, care, encourage, pray with and for you, and provide weekly support for you as long as your need persists. If you are hurting, contact Barbara Brennan 458-8922 or Tom Ringenbach 458-0915.  Our Stephen Ministers are ready to bring God’s love and care into your life.


Bishop Stika will celebrate a Diocesan-Wide Confirmation Mass on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 4:00 pm at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Any adult (18 and over) who has had the sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, and Reconciliation, but has not been confirmed, can receive the sacrament on this date. If you are interested, please let the parish office know by May 20, 2019.

Catholic Charities - Pregnancy Help Center Baby Bottle Drive

On the weekend of May 4 – 5, 2019, St. Thomas parishioners will have the opportunity to help the Catholic Charities Pregnancy Help Center by taking home a baby bottle, filling it with change, bills, or a check, and returning it the next weekend, May 11 - 12.  The Pregnancy Help Center offers unconditional support to mothers, fathers, and babies and to any woman facing a difficult or unplanned pregnancy.  Your generosity will make a big difference in their lives. Thank you for your support.

Easter Sunday Music

Easter Sunday 9:30 a.m. Mass will include special music to enhance the celebration of our Risen Lord!  The prelude will begin at 9:10 with a variety of instrumental and vocal music including a brass Passion Chorale and excerpts from the St. John Passion by John Chilcotte.  The St. Thomas Choirs will be joined by an ensemble of brass and percussion, adding to the celebration!  The 7 a.m. Mass will also include instrumental and vocal pieces with prelude beginning at 6:50 am.  Join us in the celebration!

Help is needed to clean the church

“Housekeeping ain’t no joke” – Louisa May Alcott

Help is needed to clean the church, every first Monday at 10:00AM. See Sharon May 423-612-9529.


Email and Text Scams

Please be advised that no priest, staff person or official volunteer for the church will ever ask for your help financially via email or  text....we will not ask you to send money or buy itunes cards or anything similar. Please do not respond to any such emails. Scammers are more and more clever and are using websites to find out names and they are creating email addresses and asking for help. Please do not respond! Father Julian's email was the latest to be used in this way.


It’s not too early to mark your calendars for the St. Thomas Women’s Guild Luncheon and Fashion Show on Wednesday, August 7. Since we have a number of vendors who would like to return, we want to give our parishioners the first option to join in the fun. Contact Kathy Witwer ( or 865-657-9087) if you are interested in being a vendor. Please contact Mary Kay Hostetler (  or 217-498-9590) if you would like to model fashions from the Whistle Stop in Loudon.  Finally the committee is looking for interested women who would like to head the sub-committees for kitchen/food prep, set up/clean up or table décor/ centerpieces. Please contact Virginia Zorovich ( or 865-657-9216) or Cindy Rogers ( or 312-590-2538) to join the committee.  We ask that you make contact by March 15.


Hearing assistance transmitters and headphones are available in the closet next to the sound control board in the back corner of the sanctuary.  If you have difficulty hearing, please take advantage of these devices.  Just pick them up at the closet prior to Mass, and return after Mass.


If you’re sad or struggling inside, don’t suffer alone. Ask for help. We’ve got a team of Stephen Ministers who are ready to listen, care, encourage, pray, and help you through a tough time. Men are matched with men, and women with women. (It’s completely confidential too!) To find out more about Stephen Ministry for you or someone you know, contact Barbara Brennan 458-8922 or Tom Ringenbach 458-0915.


Publicity/Marketing Help Needed for our Adult Faith Formation Programs and Events:

Do you enjoy and participate in some of the many Adult Faith Formation programs and classes we put on here at St. Thomas?  Would you like to help others become aware of this jewel that we have here at our parish?  Much work goes into publicizing our special events and regular programming, and we could use your assistance!  Basic computer skills needed; familiarity with graphics, a plus.  Enthusiasm and willingness to learn are most important. Contact Stephanie McElligott at or 865-657-3059 for more information.

Memorial Day - May 27, 2019

Did you know that you can have a commemorative brick installed at the Veterans’ Plaza in front of the parish office. This is a great way to honor a deceased family member who served our country in the military. The cost of the brick is $150. The engraving is limited to 2 lines of 13 characters per line (including spaces). Order forms can be picked up at the parish office. 


Do you have a family member or friend who is interested in becoming Catholic? The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a ministry for those who are not baptized or who have been baptized in another faith tradition and wish to learn more about and possibly enter the Catholic Church. Our Inquiry sessions are held every Sunday morning (10:15am-11:15am) or Monday evening (6:30pm-8pm) in Room 118 downstairs in the Parish Family Life Center. You may attend either session as they will both contain the same information. For more information, call Deacon John Krepps, 469-0604,

Welcome to our Community 

The ministry of hospitality is in need of more volunteers to contact new parishioners who join our parish family. This ministry does more than welcome. The task is to meet with new parishioners and help them assimilate into the community, to encourage them to use their gifts and to know we are a family of believers not a church of independent worshipers. If you love to talk to people, enjoy meeting new people or just want another way to help our community contact Deacon Dave at 458-9628 or email He will explain the ministry to you and how you can help.


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. 


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.   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!


Fasting Rules

Fasting & Abstinence



SUNDAY, MAY 5, 2019    4:00 TO 6:00PM    

St. Thomas PFLC

“Loving, Learning and Living Your Faith through Stories & Songs"

Families of St. Thomas:  Plan to attend a presentation that lifts your spirit and brings a smile to your heart.  Mark your calendar to see Jesse on Sunday, May 5th.  Jesse is a singer, songwriter, catechist, storyteller, humorist and evangelizer.  He shares from his heart the love of Christ and the call to live out our baptism in every aspect of life.  Invite your friends for an afternoon that will make Loving, Learning and Living your Faith a truly joyful experience.  The event is FREE, register today at:  Free will donations at the event are appreciated.




Loving, Learning and Living Our Faith! 

Reserve your space NOW for Jesse Manibusan on Sunday, May 5

Lift your spirits and bring smiles to your heart by joining us as we welcome Catholic singer, catechist, and storyteller, Jesse Manibusan, who will be performing here at St. Thomas from 4-6PM. Limited seating.  Get your tickets now. To register or get more information, visit the St. Thomas website or contact the parish office for more information. Tickets are free, but donations will be appreciated! 

Last Lunch with Deacon Dave Pecot, Tuesday, April 9

David, a man after God's own heart, provides us with all we need to know about living an imperfect life in intimacy with a perfect God without feeling guilty about our sinfulness.   The final puzzle piece of becoming a person after God's own heart is revealed.  Come and discover how we can love God, sin and still be certain of God's delight in us in the final installment of the “Tuesdays with Deacon Dave” series on Tuesday, April 9 starting at 11:30 AM in the Deacon Jose Room of the Parish Family Life Center. Lunch is provided (donations accepted). Sign-ups are requested so enough food is prepared. Look for the Sign-up Sheet in the Narthex or contact the parish office.  

The Holy Land comes to St. Thomas on Monday, April 8!

If you’ve never been to the Holy Land (or even if you have!), come and share in this fabulous pilgrimage, as told through a PowerPoint presentation by parishioner Jim Gecsei who traveled with Cardinal Rigali and 21 other pilgrims following “In the Footsteps of Jesus”. The pilgrimage begins in the city of Tiberius on the Sea of Galilee and concludes in Jerusalem.  Walk with Jim through these Holy Lands as you encounter the path of Jesus. Join us in the PFLC from 6:30-8 PM. Light refreshments will be served. No sign up necessary…just come!

 Learn about St. Peter, our First Pope

Peter:  Cornerstone of Catholicism offers a fascinating, in-depth study series on the life and meaning of St. Peter.  Bringing together biblical stories, historical knowledge, solid Church teaching, and personal insights, presenter Dr. Tim Gray gives a fresh perspective on the fisherman to whom Jesus entrusted his Church. Starts Tuesday, April 9 through June 11, 9:30-11:00 AM, facilitated by Rafael Pubillones. Study guides are available for $10 at the parish office.


FORMED for St. Thomas the Apostle

By the Augustine Institute

The Catholic Faith – On Demand – Anytime
Movies – Books – Interactive Video Programs

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



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


For more information, call Deacon John Krepps, 469-0604, or 



Altar Flowers

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


The choir sings at the Cathedral

St. Thomas Mixed Choir making their debut at The Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Catholic Gifts and Books and Supplies

Women's Guild Meetings

  • Women's Guild April 16th meeting. Three deacon's wives sheared with us ...
  • Women's Guild March 19th meeting. Speaker Lisa Healy, Interim Executive Director, ...
  • Women's Guild May 17th - 20th Annual Luncheon and Card Party ...

May Crowning

Casino Night

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.

Weekly Readings

Weekly reading

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