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
September 23, 2018 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Oscars. The Super Bowl. TV talent shows. Your son's Little League championship. We live in a culture set on competition. The desire to "be the best" goes beyond hobbies and into politics, the corporate world, and parenting comparisons at the park. This desire is as old as the human race, and it surely arose in Jesus' day. While Biblical society was significantly less open and upwardly mobile than our own, power was attractive. From what we know, many of Jesus' disciples had come from lowly backgrounds. Now they followed an increasingly popular rabbi who seemed primed to do something big.
Jesus does his best to dissuade their high hopes by prophesying his own defeat. "The Son of Man is to be handed over ? and they will kill him." Internalizing the message proves challenging for the disciples, and their attention remains fixed on earthly glory. "They ? [discuss] among themselves on the way who was the greatest." True to style, Jesus flips their pretensions on their heads. "'If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.'"
We have heard these Biblical principles before. Do we believe them? In our professional lives, do we do whatever we can to get ahead, or are we concerned with the entire team succeeding? In the lives of our children, are we more concerned with victory or with building character? Jesus doesn't condemn success, but he reframes it. "'Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me.'" Today's Gospel is a reality check. In God's eyes, our success will not be measured by worldly output alone but by how much love and service we offer to others in the process.
Our International Food Festival is
Sunday, September 23, from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM.
Enjoy Anglo, Hispanic, and Philippine cuisine. Entertainment will include Blue Grass music, Hispanic folk dances, and Pilipino folk dances. Attendance is free and there will be activities for the children. You can purchase tickets for food items at the door. There will also be a soccer challenge for the youth of our parish along with other fun games and activities to keep them busy. Come and join in the fun for an enjoyable event.
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
COMING ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2018
6:00 – 8:00 PM in the STA Parish Family Life Center
The Theme: Humanae Vitae & the consequences predicted 50 years ago.
There is NO CHARGE to attend.
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.
EDGE, LIFE TEEN REGISTRATION
Tuition cost: $40 per 1 child family + $10 for each additional child.
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.
LIFE TEEN begins Wednesday, September 5th and will meet every Wednesday. Join us for faith, fun, and fellowship. All high school students are welcome.
Your doctor shook his head the last time you saw him. It seems like you're always on some kind of medication. Simple household jobs that you used to do with ease are beginning to be too much for you. You're not ready for this. You feel angry, upset, and a little bit worried. A Stephen Minister would like to listen and care. Contact Barbara Brennan 458-8922 or Tom Ringenbach 458-0915 to learn more.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
In today’s Gospel Jesus says “If a man wishes to come after me, he must deny his very self, take up his cross, and follow in my steps.” The cross of Jesus and the crosses of his members can evangelize us: the sick, who bear illness with courage; the grieving, who hope against hope; the dying, who clearly trust in the resurrection; the suffering of our poor brothers and sisters who are hungry and homeless, but who still trust in God’s love. Is there a neighbor or friend of yours who is in temporary need because of a loss of a job or an illness? Please leave a message for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul…we want to help! The next regular meeting will be on Friday, September 21 in the Deacon Jose Rivera Room at 1:00. Call Larry Finneran at (865) 657-9119 for more information.
Special Collection to support our Deacons next weekend, September 23
Next weekend is the Second Collection for Diocese of Knoxville Deacon Program. Our Diocese is blessed with 72 Permanent Deacons serving in 33 parishes. Additionally, there are currently 29 men discerning the diaconate in the Diocese of Knoxville. Your donation helps with new deacon formation and the continuing education of ordained deacons in the diocese. Deacons bring the Gospel and the gift of themselves to soup kitchens, food banks, prisons, and hospitals as well as to the parish in which they are assigned. Thank you and may God bless you for your generosity.
St. John Neumann Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective families from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p m. on Sunday, September 30th. We'd love to show you our faith-filled and beautiful school. SJNCS offers open enrollment pre-K 3 to 8th grade!
Save the Date-KNOXVILLE CELEBRATE LIFE BANQUET
October 15, 2018, 6:30 PM
Knoxville Convention Center
The Knoxville Celebrate Life Banquet will take place on Monday, October 15, 2018. We will carpool from the St. Thomas parking lot. There is no charge to attend, but an offering will be taken up after the banquet. For more information, please call Kay Sheldon, 458-8510. Thank you.
Sunday, December 2, 2018
It’s never too early to mark your calendar for this important event. St. Thomas Women’s Guild will hold its annual Advent by Candlelight for the women of our congregation and their women guests on Sunday, 12:30 pm, December 2nd. There is no charge for this event. This is a wonderful afternoon of Word, music, and fellowship to help you prepare your hearts for the Advent Season before the holidays get into full swing!
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.
Welcome to our Community
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!
The Holy Spirit & the Life of a Christian
Tuesday 9/25/18; Single Evening Event
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, PFLC Dining Hall
Facilitator: Sr. Anna Marie McGuan, RSM
This presentation will examine and help you answer the following questions: Who is the Holy Spirit? How does He work in my life? How does my relationship with Him affect my relationship with Jesus?
To Light a Fire on the Earth
Thursdays starting 9/27/18
Session 1 of 5
9:30 – 11:00 am.; DJR Deacon Jose Room
Facilitator: Deacon Dave Lucheon
As secularism gains influence and many think religion dull and backward, Bishop Robert Barron illuminates how beautiful, intelligent and relevant the Catholic faith is. Barron reveals why Church matters and how Catholics can engage a skeptical world.
TO SIGN UP FOR CLASSES, please contact Jill St. Ives at 865-986-9885 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
MARY QUEEN OF HEAVEN
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.