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.



July 18-22, 2016

Please note the changes to VBS this year.  Sadly, Totus Tuus will not be here but we will have a week of great fun and learning!   Please note the new date: Monday – Thursday,  July 18-21, 9:00am – noon.  Friday, July 22, a special day, 9:00am – 1:30pm, that will include lunch followed by “Water Play” – guaranteed to get you wet!  Children ages 5 and older – including visiting grandchildren.  Registration begins July 2/3. 


To see a video from Catholic HEART Workcamp, click here!

CHWC 2016



Spanish Living Stations of the Cross

Image by Sue Duncan

Youth Living Stations of the Cross 2016

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


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

CLOSED - Monday, July 4

Eucharistic Adoration




On Friday, July 1, 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 3:00 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



Click here to go to Daily Divine Office where you can read and/or listen to the office of prayers.




There are five volunteer ministries which assist our priest before, during, and after Masses.  These ministries offer a chance to share our Faith in a deeper participation, which brings us closer to Our Lord, Jesus.  The ministries are: 


This ministry assists the priests and deacons in distributing the Precious Body and Blood. 


This ministry proclaims the Word during Mass, helping the congregation hear and reflect on the passages. 


This ministry sees that the people are greeted and seated prior to Mass, the offertory is collected, and a reverent flow is maintained during the distribution of Holy Communion. 


This ministry allows younger parishioners to experience the Mass in a close and personal manner.  Serving gives them a unique perspective and helps foster an early love and appreciation of Our Lord's sacrifice. 


Sacristans play an important role before and after each Mass.  They make sure that all vessels, linens and other items are in place prior to Mass.  They also make sure that all ministry positions are filled.  After Mass, sacristans ensure that all items used for Mass are returned to their proper places.

New ministers are always needed and welcome. If you are interested in any of these grace-filled and spiritually rewarding positions, please contact Jim Polhamus, Liturgical Coordinator, at the parish office by phone (986-9885) or email ( All training and materials will be provided.


Mark your calendars and plan to join the St. Thomas group retreat at the Ignatius House in Atlanta, GA.  Retreat begins on Sunday, August 7, with dinner and ends after breakfast on Wednesday, August 10.  During the retreat a Retreat Director will give presentations based on Jesuit spirituality.  

Ignatius House offers private bedrooms with private baths.  Meals and snacks are provided.  There are 20 acres surrounding the Chattahoochee River with walking trails.  The cost of the 3 night/2 full day retreat is $390 per person.  Transportation is not included.  Call the office, 865-986-9885, to register.  Space is limited.



Some of you have expressed interest in starting a Book Club at STA.  To celebrate the upcoming canonization of Mother Teresa, let’s start with a Summer Series of Saints to kick this off.   Each month we’ll read independently at home a book about one of the Saints and then gather as a group for an hour to share our thoughts and recommend other books to the group. This will be very informal, no homework, no tests…just read the book and share your passion for reading with the group! We’ve chosen short read, inexpensive paperback books which are available ($12 to $15 each) new or less for used. 

Friday,  June 24, 10:00am- Mother Teresa, title “No Greater Love

Friday, July 29, 10:00am -Saint Clare of Assisi, title “The Letters to Agnes

Friday, August 26, 10:00am -To Be Determined: Possibly a book on Dorothy Day

Each discussion session will meet in Room 118 of the Parish Family Life Center. 

If you have questions or would like to participate, contact Marlene Eeg (865.548.0087) or email for more details. Come join us!


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.


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.

Catholic Gifts and Books and Supplies

Home Campaign Volunteer Dinner

If you were one of Fr. Doug's apostles calling and/or working on the Home Campaign, please allow us to show our appreciation for your hard work and join us for a celebration on July 8. 

Please plan to join us with your spouse for a catered casual  dinner at the PFLC at 6:00PM.

Please RSVP by calling or emailing Chris at 865-986-9885 or

See you soon!




Home Campaign Information

A Good Turn-out for the Home Campaign Town Hall Meeting

We had a Town Hall Meeting to discuss the potential initiatives of the  Home Campaign for St. Thomas and to learn more about the campaign in general. Several presentations were made by Fr. Doug, and John Deinhart. And, small group discussion was facilitated. More infourrmation will be coming in the coming weeks and months about the Home campaign and how we can all help.  
Click here to download a PDF of the presentation. 
If you have any questions or concerns or suggestions for St. Thomas campaign initiatives, you may send an email to




 During Masses the weekend of January 9, we conducted a survey in church regarding Home Campaign parish initiatives. Thank you for your wonderful participation. Survey results will be shared after they are all compiled and reviewed.

To download or view a copy of Frequently Asked Questions about the Home campaign and the Survey results, please click here.


Adult Faith Formation this Summer


Deacon David Lucheon is offering a six-week class on Bishop Robert Barron's "Untold Blessing: Three Paths to Holiness" on Thursday mornings from 9:30-10:45 AM beginning June 9th in the Deacon Jose Rivera Room.  The three paths are "Being Centered in Christ," "Knowing You are a Sinner" and "Your Life is Not About You."  This is Deacon David's favorite Barron series, as he has witnessed its powerful impact on the spiritual lives of individuals who have taken this class.  Each class will consist of 20-25 minutes of video of Bishop Barron, insights from Deacon David, class discussion and faith sharing.  There is no cost for this series. 



Some of you have expressed interest in starting a Book Club at STA.  To celebrate the upcoming canonization of Mother Teresa, let’s start with a Summer Series of Saints to kick this off.   Each month we’ll read independently at home a book about one of the Saints and then gather as a group for an hour to share our thoughts and recommend other books to the group. This will be very informal, no homework, no tests…just read the book and share your passion for reading with the group! We’ve chosen short read, inexpensive paperback books which are available at ($12 to $15 each) new or less for used.

Friday,  June 24, 10:00am - Mother Teresa, title “No Greater Love

 Friday, July 29, 10:00am - Saint Clare of Assisi, title “The Letters to Agnes

 Friday, August 26, 10:00am - to Be Determined; Possibly a book on Dorothy Day 

Each discussion session will meet in Room 118 of the Parish Family Life Center. 

If you have questions or would like to participate, contact Marlene Eeg (865.548.0087) or email for more details. Come join us!


Home Campaign Donations-Please read!

 Thank you all for your generous gifts!! 

Please remember to make checks payable to the Home Campaign-St. Thomas.  We are receiving many checks payable only to St. Thomas. In addition, please do not combine Home Campaign donations with any other church donation. Because  Home donations go to the Diocese first for processing, these gifts cannot be combined with other church donations. Please advise any charitable trusts of these directions as well. 

If you have made a pledge, you will receive reminders/envelope from the Diocese. Ideally, all payments will be mailed to the Diocese. Any payments sent to our office are held here for a week and mailed at one time to the Diocese for processing. 

These guidelines will help to ensure proper processing of all of your gifts. 

Thank you from the finance office!



St. Thomas the Apostle’s Home campaign gift and pledge numbers are on the rise!  As of June 27, pledges are over $2,335,000! We have surpassed our goal, but the more we raise, the more we can do here at St. Thomas to improve our areas for family and recreational activities. 

Thank you to everyone who has participated so far, and to those who are praying about how they may make a difference!  Even though we have achieved our goal, on the weekend of July 2-3, we will have an in-pew pledge process to give those who have not yet pledged an opportunity to pledge. 

We need everyone’s help, so that we can pay off our debt, fund a new roof, increase our maintenance reserve, and increase the usefulness of our campus grounds, as well as supporting critical diocesan initiatives.  

Please continue to pray for St. Thomas the Apostle’s success and for our hard-working campaign volunteers who are giving of their time and hearts. 


One of the most well-known projects associated with the Home Campaign is the new Cathedral. It is helpful to know that provided we meet our goal of $2,000,000, we here at St. Thomas the Apostle will receive at least 65% of all funds we raise to help us at St. Thomas the Apostle and that about 13% of what we raise will go toward the building of the new Cathedral. In fact, Sacred Heart Cathedral and major donors will fund $20 million of this project, while the remaining 50 parishes in our diocese will combine to provide an estimated $4.5 million in support. As the Mother Church of the Diocese, the Cathedral belongs to every Catholic in East Tennessee. Current and future generations will benefit from this worship space for decades to come.

As you know, we recently kicked off the Home Campaign. 

Our parish goal is $2,000,000 with a majority of those funds coming back to our parish for our parish initiatives: Debt Reduction, Roof Replacement, increasing Maintenance Reserve, and campus enhancements for family use.

With our generous parishioners, this is VERY attainable!

Everyone should have received a letter in the past couple of weeks.

The letter includes a specific sacrificial gift amount that I’m asking you to consider. 

Please review the campaign materials and pray about your response.

Many of you have already heard from one of our campaign volunteers – who is a fellow St. Thomas the Apostle parishioner.

These volunteers simply want to answer your questions and help complete your
pledge forms.

I can assure you they do not know what you have been asked to consider contributing,
and when you are filling out the form, you will not be asked to share with them what you have given. 

If a volunteer contacts you, please be sure to thank him/her for assisting our parish with the Home Campaign. 

The campaign began in September 2014, and so far 34 parishes have completed their campaigns. To date, the campaign has secured gifts and pledges of more than $36 million! It is now our turn to continue the great momentum. 

We’ll be sharing more information with you as we begin our campaign next weekend. Also, be sure to read the East Tennessee Catholic which will have additional information about the campaign.

To view a video about the campaign and the development of it, please see below links.






Do you have a family member or friend who is interested in learning about the Catholic faith? Do you know someone who was baptized Catholic as an infant, but never received any other sacraments, or attended religious education or Mass while growing up? Are you a visitor, curious about what the Catholic Church teaches? Perhaps thinking about joining the Catholic Church? 

Catholic Inquiry sessions:  Every Monday at 6pm in Room 111.  All are welcome to join us! We will NOT meet during July, but you are welcome to call Edie Shanahan at any time with questions. 

For more info, please call Edie Shanahan, 865-271-9276, or


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).


In today’s Gospel we see how Jesus, on his way to Jerusalem, sent “messenger on ahead of Him.” To be the messengers of God, we must know well what it is God wants to say and do through us, as he sends us out to bring his love to others.  Thank you for all your gifts to assist the poor.  The next meeting of the Society will be at 9:15 on Friday, July 1 in the Deacon Jose room.  Call Curt Sheldon at 865-458-8510 for more information.

St. Vincent de Paul will be collecting groceries every 4th weekend of the month.  Members will be in front of church 15 minutes before each Mass to collect your donations. 

Also, St. Vincent de Paul is now accepting donations of working major appliances in good condition (refrigerators, ranges, washers and dryers).  Please call the help line (865) 274-8697 to arrange for pick up.  


Can You Help with Coffee in the Courtyard? 

Call Kevin Cooney  986-9885 ext. 14 or


All announcements will be made by the cantor five minutes prior to the start of Mass. 

Any parish organization, group or individual wishing to include an announcement on any given Sunday must submit it to Jim Polhamus via e-mail by 4PM on Thursday of the same week, but no more than one week prior to the event. Announcements will be edited for length and clarity. 

 If you would like to make an announcement regarding a parish activity, please email the webmaster at



St. Thomas Women's Guild

At our April meeting our Youth Director, Kevin Cooneyled the women’s guild on a journey both remarkable and meaningful through St. Thomas’  “Walk of Saints”. 

In May, we held our 18th Annual Luncheon and Card Party.  It was a great success and lots of fun for all.  Please see our pictures!

St. Thomas Women's Guild Card Party

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. 

Altar Flowers

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


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!
 No Inquiry Sessions in July.



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

Jubilee of Mercy



Work of Mercy

Mercy Actions

December 2015

Instruct the Ignorant and Admonish Sinners

Opening of the Year of Mercy at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, December 8; Opening of the Door of Mercy at the Church of Divine Mercy on Dec. 6; Opening of the Door of Mercy at St. Mary, Johnson City on Dec. 13.

Reach out to those who are afraid, who are confused about their faith or longing for what the world cannot provide, and lovingly share the mercy of Jesus and his Church for them.

Pray outside an Abortion Clinic or donate to Catholic Charities of East TN Pregnancy Help Center.

January 2016

Shelter the Homeless

Opening of the Door of Mercy at the Basilica of Sts Peter and Paul in Chattanooga.

Donate to Catholic Charities of East Tennesseeor an agency serving the homeless.

Sponsor a refugee family through Bridge Refugee Services operating in Knoxville and Chattanooga.

February 2016

Feed the Hungry

Donate non-perishable food to the Ladies of Charity or Good Samaritan of Loudon County.

Donate to Catholic Relief Services to alleviate global poverty.

March 2016

Visit the Imprisoned

Volunteer to help Kairos prison ministry efforts or donate to the Dismas Ministry that assists our diocese with materials for those in prison—pray for prisoners and their families.

April 2016

Comfort the Afflicted

Reach out in a special way to the lonely and those suffering physically or spiritually and take specific action to bring them comfort.

Reflect upon the Church’s teaching on the meaning of salvific suffering and the “offering up” of one’s sufferings as a share in Christ’s sufferings for spiritual good of others.

May 2016

Bury the Dead

Volunteer to help with our Bereavement Ministry and help those mourning the loss of a loved one.

Visit the grave of a family member or friend and pray for them and the families they leave behind.

June 2016

Forgive Offenses Willingly and Bear Wrongs Patiently

Reflect on who has hurt you, ask God to bring you healing, and pray for the well-being of those who have harmed you.

July 2016

Give Drink to the Thirsty

Donate to global efforts to help the world’s poor through Catholic Relief Services or donate your time and resources to local efforts such as our Society St. Vincent de Paul Conference or the Ladies of Charity.

August 2016

Counsel the Doubtful    

Help those experiencing doubt or despair in their lives and share your experience of God’s presence and power in your life.

September 2016

Clothe the Naked

Donate clothes or supplies to a shelter, Catholic Charities of East TN, our Society of St.Vincent de Paul Conference, the Ladies of Charity or Good Neighbor's Shop.

October 2016

Visit the Sick

Volunteer at a hospital/care center or the St. Mary Legacy Clinic, and visit the infirm or elderly.

November 2016

Pray for the Living and the Dead
Closing of the Year of Mercy
Christ the King of the Universe
November 20, 2016

Attend All Saints and All Souls DayMasses and pray that Christ will be the Universal King in the hearts of all the living and the dead.



Life Teen-Every Wednesday Evening


LifeTeen is a national high school youth ministry program that offers true Catholic catechesis and spirituality, service, and social opportunities.

Our high school youth group meets on Wednesday nights from 7:00pm-8:30pm during the school year. 

My high schooler goes to Catholic school.  Why should they come to Life Teen?

Investing in Catholic schooling is a big commitment and provides teens with incredible intellectual formation in the teachings of the Catholic faith.  At Life Teen, we believe that the key to engaging a teen in their faith is to move them beyond knowing things about God to actually knowing God.  

The intellectual formation that your teen has received at school will be a great foundation to their experience at Life Teen where we build community, tackle challenging issues in the life of a Catholic Teen, and help them discover God's great love and respond with a life of discipleship 

Life Teen leads teenagers and their families into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church.  

Please visit this site, to read about Life Teen.


Youth Help and Dance the Night Away at KOC Polish Night

Trunk or Treat

Advent by Candlelight

St. Thomas Women's Guild November Meeting

Spaghetti and Karaoke

Women's Guild Fashion Show Fun

Neighbors Gather for Prayer

August kicks off our “Year of Prayer”

On August 12th, Fr. Doug met with a small gathering of Toqua neighbors to share thoughts on prayer and scripture reflection.  Once a month, throughout the coming year a different host family will invite 10-12 neighbors to their home to meet with Fr. Doug. 

We hope that these initial gatherings will ignite a desire for neighbors to continue to meet and share faith and fellowship together on a regular basis which will in turn continue to build up our community of faith here at St. Thomas and the community at large.

Fr. Doug celebrates Mass at Morning Pointe

Coffee in the Courtyard

Please join us for coffee, donuts and fellowship after the 9:00 AM and 11:30 AM Masses on Sunday.


Can You Help with Coffee in the Courtyard? 

Call Kevin Cooney 986-9885 ext. 14 or


Life Teen Week Two-Pro-Life

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

Life Teen First Night-September 16

CREED- 10/25/15

Our Amazing Youth at Catholic Heart Workcamp

Totus Tuus

Spring Fling and Parish Picnic

New 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 beginning on March 9, 2015:

  • 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 will 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.
  • To be fair to those requests made before the policy change: any Mass intentions requested prior to this change in policy (March 9, 2015), the name will be announced during the Prayers of the Faithful.

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!