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
August 19, 2018 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
In this Sunday's Gospel, the conflict escalates in the Bread of Life Discourse. Confusion is mounting in the crowd. "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" Their minds were thinking literally, not mystically. Jesus doesn't seem to help, however, and only drives his point home with more emphasis. "Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you." Jesus would later institute the Eucharist at the Last Supper. There he would definitively establish the sacramental reality in which bread and wine become substantially his own Body and Blood. We celebrate this sacrament in the Mass.
Perhaps we do not always understand what we receive. "My flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink." What is the essence of food and drink? Food nourishes our bodies, providing essential calories for our survival. Water is used throughout the body to cushion joints, regulate body temperature, and protect sensitive tissues like the brain. When we receive the Eucharist, we receive the spiritual equivalent of these essential elements. Like water, the Eucharist strengthens the sanctifying grace moving through us. "Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him." The Eucharist connects us intimately to Jesus and confirms our union with him. That is why we abstain from the Eucharist while in a state of mortal sin. It would be a contradiction and deep disrespect to these words of Jesus. To receive the Body and Blood of Jesus is not a right but a gift we receive with deep humility.
As we receive the Bread of Life, grace strengthens our love, separates us from sin -- even wiping away venial sins -- unifies us with the universal Church, and helps commit us to humble service. Together we are nourished for our mission in the world!
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.
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.
MORNING PRAYER ON FRIDAYS
Morning Prayer on Fridays after Daily Mass.
Please join us!
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.
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
Gus Lloyd, popular radio host of Sirius XM morning show, Seize the Day, on the Catholic Channel will be coming to St. Thomas the Apostle as our guest for 3 evening events this December. His “Minute in the Church” publications are well known and we will be sharing excerpts in our bulletin throughout the summer and fall.
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 email@example.com.
If you have recently registered and have not heard from our Welcome Committee, please contact Deacon Dave Pecot at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Beginning Thursday, September 6th, EDGE will meet the first three THURSDAYS of each month. A chance to learn more about our faith in a fun environment. Register Sunday August 26th at 12:30pm in the Parish Family Life Center.
LIFE TEEN begins Wednesday, September 5th and will meet every Wednesday. Join us for faith, fun, and fellowship. All high school students are welcome.
Register Sunday August 26th at 12:30pm in the Parish Family Life Center.
DIOCESAN COLLECTION FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOL TUITION SUPPORT
A second collection will be taken up the weekend of August 18/19 for Diocesan Catholic School Tuition support. The Catholic schools in our diocese provide spiritual and intellectual growth for nearly 3,100 students in our two high schools and eight elementary schools. With numerous awards, unbeatable graduation rates and a passion to develop the youth of today into the leaders of tomorrow - our Catholic schools not only equip children for the journey of life but, more importantly, help to guide them along their journey to Heaven.
Yet, some families continue to struggle in difficult economic times. Need for supplemental tuition support over the past 10 years has more than doubled. This past year, $3.8 million was given in tuition support to families – a record amount.
Your support helps to make a Catholic school education a reality for children most in need. With your help, additional children will experience the spiritual and academic advantages of a Catholic school education. Please consider making a donation today. We welcome you to www.dioknox.org/schools/ to learn more about our schools, including school highlights and links to individual school websites.
"I get by with a little help from my friends." Remember the Beatles song? We all need a concerned, caring friend at difficult times in our lives. A Stephen Minister can listen and care for you or for someone you know who is going through a tough time. To learn more about how a Stephen Minister can help, contact Barbara Brennan (458-8922) or Tom Ringenbach (458-0915).
CATHOLICISM INQUIRY SESSIONS
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, email@example.com.
SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
The Gospel tells us “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” By “listening” we are able to live the gospel. Gospel living is something so simple as taking the time to listen to those who need to spill out their hearts when seeking help. Through your gift to the monthly charity collection you enable the members of the Society to become a “listening heart” to the hungry, the homeless and the struggling poor. The next regular meeting will be on Friday, August 17 in the Deacon Jose Room at 1:00. Call Larry Finneran at (865) 657-9119 for more information.
4th Grade Catechist Needed!
Please consider using your time and talent to pass on your love for Jesus Christ and our rich Catholic faith to our 4th grade class next year. Contact Jill St. Yves, firstname.lastname@example.org or 986-9885.
Bookkeeper Office Schedule
Please be advised that Christine Lucheon, Bookkeeper/Webmaster will be changing scheduled hours beginning July 1.
Effective July 1, she will be in the St. Thomas office all day on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She will be checking emails when not in the office. If you need to set up a meeting or phone call, it is probably best to do so via email at email@example.com.
Thank you very much!
SAVE THE DATE: SILVER ROSE PRAYER SERVICE
Tuesday, August 21 at 8:00 p.m.
St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Lenoir City
Attention first responders!
In efforts to enhance the safety and security for St. Thomas’ parishioners and our campus, we would like to identify all of our members who are currently first responders. If you are currently involved in Emergency Medical Services; i.e.: EMT, EMS, PA, Law Enforcement, Doctor, Nurse, etc. We would request you to please send an email to John David Curry: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 423-802-1167 with the following:
Brief job description:
Which Mass you normally attend:
Thank you for your help!
We need your help!
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!
ATTENTION ST. THOMAS THE APOSTLE PARISHIONERS
The Adult Faith Formation Committee continues to add new educational programs and special events each month for you to consider. There is a growing number of short and longer programs of different topics for you to consider. Attached you will find the schedule of the new programs which start in April. We encourage you to consider attending any or even all of these sessions, and no formal advanced signup is needed. If you have not participated in any programs like this in the past, simply come to one and give it a try. Facilitators will welcome you with ease and plan to enjoy the casual atmosphere to learn more about Catholicism and strengthen your faith.
The class listing is below and the calendar can be also be downloaded below or viewed on the AFF programs page.
The Adult Faith Formation Committee
Apologetics/Defending the Faith – Become more comfortable in discussing your Faith with others
Bible Study - Unpack Bible scripture to explore the mysteries of the Word and increase your understanding and Faith
Mariology – Learn about the Blessed Virgin and her place in Salvation history
Morality & Contemporary Issues - Fundamentals on Catholic teaching and practice for a Christ-like life
Parish Mission – A special three day event designed to enliven and renew your faith
Personal Spiritual Growth - Grow your faith with books and DVD programs that will inspire you about your Faith
The Sacraments – Augment your understanding of the Sacraments, especially as they relate to the Sacrifice of the Mass and the Holy Bible
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.
The program Queen of Heaven has been rescheduled to August. We apologize for this reschedule, but hope all who previously registered can still attend.
Tuesday evening, August 7; 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Tuesday evening, August 14; 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Tuesday evening, August 21; 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Monday evening, August 27; 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Thursday evening, August 30; 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Monday evening, October 1; 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Monday evening, October 8; 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Monday evening, October 15; 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Monday evening, October 22; 6:30 – 8:30 pm
All sessions will be held in the PFLC Deacon Jose Room
Those who have registered earlier do not need to register again. If you cannot attend on these dates, and wish to be taken off the list, please let us know. Anyone who purchased and picked up the study guide can return it for a refund if you cannot attend the August discussions. There is still room for others to register if you have not. Contact Mar Eeg at 423.884.2465 or email email@example.com to register or have questions. We are very excited about this program, and again apologize for the delay.
A NEW, Four-Part Series of Beautiful DVD Learning Videos & Group Discussions!
Refreshments Will Be Served
Come Discover The Amazing story of our Queen and the battles that she won for us!
Better understand her life in Scripture
Walk with Mary throughout History
Learn daily Marian devotional practices
Let her lead you to Christ!
Virtually travel to some of the most well-known
Pilgrimage sites in the US!
Workbook is only $25.
Contact Marlene Eeg at firstname.lastname@example.org,
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 UPDATE
No Inquiry Sessions will be held from Monday, March 26 through Monday, April 23.
NEW PROGRAM: All those interested are welcome to join us for a 5 session Bible Study on the Gospel of John beginning on Sunday, April 29, at 10:15am, in Room 118 of the PFLC. We will meet twice a month on the following dates: April 29, May 13 & 27, and June 10 & 24. Please bring a Bible! For more information, call Deacon John Krepps, 469-0604, or email@example.com
There will be no Inquiry sessions during July.
Our regular Catholic Inquiry sessions will begin again on August 5 & 6.
If you would like to donate flowers for the altar, please contact the parish office at 865-986-9885.