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 - ENCOURAGE DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF SCRIPTURE
January 21, 2018 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
"So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him." What did Zebedee think about all of this? His sons and his partners, James and John, suddenly left their post and followed Jesus. So there he stood in the boat with a crew of employees, but not one of his sons. We can't help but wonder whether Zebedee was in favor of this promise that his heirs would become "fishers of men." Most likely, this event was the cause of some familial tension.
Throughout the Gospels, Jesus instructs us to love and serve others for the love of God. But the Lord also makes it clear that our devotion to him is meant to trump our devotion to anything-or anyone-else. For our part, we are called to allow this divine allegiance to exist in those we love, even when it means a sacrifice for us as well. Parents for example, like Zebedee, are called to encourage their children to follow the Lord's call. A son or daughter's vocation to religious life certainly exemplifies this kind of sacrifice for a parent who might have had a different plan in mind. But in truth every son and daughter has a vocation from God and parents have the opportunity to support and assist their children as they seek to hear and follow God's special plan for their lives.
We don't know for sure how Zebedee responded to the vocation of his sons, but we know that James and John were counted among the Twelve Apostles and that their devotion and dedication helped to spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Regardless of what he might have thought as he stood in that boat, we can be quite sure that looking back now, Zebedee can rejoice heartily in the choice of his sons to leave their nets and follow Christ.
PARISH OFFICE IS CLOSED TODAY. TUESDAY, JANUARY 16.
THE PFLC IS OPEN, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR MEETING OR GROUP LEADERS FOR STATUS FOR MEETINGS TODAY.
Notice regarding inclement weather and scheduling:
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.
MORNING PRAYER ON FRIDAYS
Morning Prayer on Fridays after Daily Mass, starting June 2nd. Please join us!
FIRST FRIDAY 24-HOUR
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.
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.
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.
Link to USCCB information on the Sacrament of Reconciliation Reconciliation
The Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring its Annual Pasta Dinner on Friday, January 26, 2018 in the St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Family Life Center. The menu will include dinner salad, fresh pasta with tomato sauce, meatballs, fresh Italian bread, iced tea, cake and coffee. Beer, wine and soda will be available at a small extra cost. There will be continuous service from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Tickets are available before and after all weekend Masses. You may also call Joe Filosi, Pasta Dinner Chairman, for tickets at 423-884-6979. Price is $10.00 per person and $20.00 per family.
Please join the AFF committee to hear Fr. John Orr speak on "Defending your Faith"
January 18th, 6:30 - 8:00 PM here in the St Thomas PFLC Social Hall.
MARCH FOR LIFE
St. Thomas Life Teen has space on their charter bus to the March For Life in Washington D.C. We will depart Thursday evening January 18, driving through the night to arrive at the Verizon Center for the rally and Youth Mass at 6:00 am. After the March concludes we will take the metro to VA, eat dinner and return home. It is truly a pilgrimage. Anyone not enrolled in high school and 18 years of age or older must be Virtus trained to ride with us. Virtus trained adults are welcome. Text or call Kevin at 865-310-5440.
KNOXVILLE MARCH FOR LIFE
Sunday, January 21, 2018
On Sunday, January 21, 2018, Knoxville Right to Life will hold its annual March for Life to prayerfully remember the children killed by abortion since the 1973 Roe vs Wade decision to legalize abortion in the United States. The March will start at 2:00 PM at the World's Fair Amphitheater, Knoxville. There will be a brief service at the amphitheater and then a walk to the Clinch Street abortion facility where thousands of abortions have been performed. You may participate in both the service and the March or only the service.
Please plan to attend this event. Carpools will leave from St. Thomas Church after the 11:30 AM Holy Mass. Call Kay Sheldon at 742-7557 with questions. Please be a witness for life in our community.
Invitation to all men of St Thomas Parish
The Monday morning Men’s Study Group is starting a new program on Monday, January 8, 2018. We meet at 9:15 am (after morning Mass) in room 122 of the PFLC.Our session lasts about an hour to 90 minutes.
Our topic will be the study of, “Laudato Si”, Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, “On care for our common home”. The book is available from Amazon ($8) and Dave Breen is going to order the books prior to January 8. The book includes critical questions for discussion at our meetings.
We are a small group of 4 to 6 men at the moment and we would really love to have some new men join our group. The more men we have the more perspectives we get during the discussion phase of our sessions. Contact Bill Twohig firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-607-2248 to join our Monday morning group.
There is also a Tuesday morning men’s group facilitated by Stu McFadden. They will begin a new FORMED program, on January 9, 2018. You can contact Stu at 865-458-3911 for additional information on the Tuesday group.
Publicity Resource Needed for AFF and Related Church Promotions
We are in need of someone who is comfortable with using the computer to assist us in some small publicity projects at STA. This is a small volunteer role, maybe a few hours each month at most to work with our Publicity person to expand our efforts at increasing communications within and external to the St. Thomas the Apostle Parish. Basic skills using email, Microsoft Word, Excel and maybe PowerPoint or Publisher would be needed. Contact Marlene Eeg at email@example.com.
Was it really only last year? You stayed up to watch the New Year come in together. You talked about the past year, all the memories, good and bad...How you laughed over some of them. But this year you're alone. And memories bring you nothing but pain. During this time of pain, a Stephen Minister would like to be there with you. He or she will listen and care as you sort through your feelings. Call Barbara Brennan (458-8922) or Tom Ringenbach (458-0915).
SOCIETY ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
Today we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany, where the Magi find the newborn king and offer him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Thank you for your charitable gifts. The next regular meeting will be on Friday, January 19 in the Deacon Jose Room at 1:00. Call Larry Finneran at (865) 657-9119 for more information.
LIFE TEEN BAND!
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:
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!
ROSARY BEFORE MASS
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 Kroger.com. 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!
Home Campaign Summary of Fund Received and Disbursed
Funds Received since inception of campaign: $585,000
Amount used to pay off debt $500,000
Amount used for roof replacement $82,000
Amount in reserve for future projects $3,000
(We have now reached the 75% threshold so we will receive back from the diocese 75% of all monies received-up from 50%).
In keeping with the mission to heal the pain of child abuse, members of the St. Thomas Women’s Guild display “Bags of Love” which they volunteered to assemble and sew for the children who are served by Kids First Child Advocacy Center. The children are victims of severe abuse. The bags will hold Christmas gifts for the children.
Pictured are Virginia Zorovich, Donna Maloney, Cindy Rogers, Allis Hanley and Ellen Hubrig
Adult Faith Formation Sign-Up Weekend
The St. Thomas the Apostle Adult Faith Formation (AFF) Committee will be holding a special event after each Mass the weekend of January 6th & 7th.
The purpose is to announce the new AFF programs scheduled for you beginning January through March. Based on feedback from the recent survey, the AFF Committee has chosen some excellent programs, at different times of the week, to hopefully match your interests and availability. To provide you with more information on each available program offering, tables with the facilitator for each program will be set up for you to learn more about the program offering and to sign up to attend. A complete Program Guidebook will also be available to you in the pews that weekend and on the counter in the Narthex. Sample program materials such as books will be also be available for your review at the tables. We encourage you to review the Program Guidebook and visit the tables to learn more about these wonderful faith-based programs.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have recently registered and have not heard from our Welcome Committee, please contact Deacon Dave Pecot at email@example.com.
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.
Students who wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in May 2018 must:
October 22 November 19 January 28
February 25 March 25 April 22
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.
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.
Time is limited so register now! Call Jill St. Yves, 986-9885 to register or for additional information.
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
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.
COME EXPLORE CATHOLICISM
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. We have an ongoing Inquiry Class every Monday evening at 6:30pm in Room 118, downstairs in the Parish Family Life Center. We also have a class every Sunday morning from 10:15am to 11:15am, also in Room 118. For more information, call Deacon John Krepps, 469-0604, or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church
Awareness, Action Plan and Protocol
Note: This program and action plan has been coordinated with the Loudon County Sheriffs’ departments “Home Land Security” approved program. Additionally, the program training will be conducted by Home Land Security Certified training Officers.
The purpose of this document is to outline St. Thomas’s action plan to affectively operate and maintain a safe campus environment for its parishioners and staff.
This document will include:
A certified Trainer from the Ft. Loudon Sheriffs’ department will facilitate the subject class that will provide parishioners’ with awareness understanding and their roles/ responsibilities as parishioners. (there will be 2 day and 1 evening English speaking classes TBD and 1 Spanish speaking class TBD) these classes will be open to all parishioners.
A certified Trainer from the Ft. Loudon Sheriffs’ department will facilitate the subject class that will provide this group with the required training to fulfill the requirements to serve in this capacity.
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.
If you have questions regarding these changes, please contact Fr. Doug directly.