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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 - ENCOURAGE DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF SCRIPTURE
June 16, 2019
The Most Holy Trinity
If God is one, how can He be three? The most intelligent theologians have racked their brains over the problem, and the most prayerful ones have surrendered to the mystery. How it can be, we can't explain. But what it means, we can join! Our God is an ever-unfolding relationship. Theologians speak of the immanent and economic Trinity. The Trinity is immanent in the sense that the Persons are close and entirely sufficient within Godself. In other words, God doesn't require us for God to exist. The word economic is rooted in the Greek word for management of a household or family. The Trinity is economic in the sense that God has invited us to be part of Him. He's growing the family! We see the dynamic here in today's Gospel.
Jesus says the Spirit "will take from what is mine and declare it to you" and that "everything that the Father has is mine." There is relationship here. Jesus speaks (and is) the word of the Father. The Holy Spirit speaks what He hears from the Son. The Father gives everything to the Son, and the Spirit speaks that inheritance over us. God invites us into the Trinitarian family!
The doctrine of the Trinity isn't something to brush off as overwhelming. After all, "the Spirit of truth... will guide you to all truth." This occurs most perfectly in the Church, who protects all that has been revealed by God in Scripture and gradually unpacked in tradition. We can trust the declarations of Her theologians and learn from the lives of Her saints. The Trinity may be a mystery, but, by the grace of God, we can have real truth about who God is and how we can love like Him.
Saturday, June 15
We will not have daily Mass on June 15 or 21, Communion Services will be offered.
Mass on July 4
Daily Mass on 4th of July
Daily Mass on Thursday, July 4 will be at 10:00AM, therefore we will not have an 8:30AM Mass.
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)
WE HAVE A NEW 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.
Friday 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Closed 12:00 PM-12:30 PM for lunch
CLOSED THURSDAY JULY 4 AND FRIDAY, JULY 5
ROSARY BEFORE MASS
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 ON FRIDAYS
Morning Prayer on Fridays after Daily Mass.
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.
First Friday Adoration June & July
First Friday Eucharistic Adoration will start at 12 Noon on June 7th and canceled in July.
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.
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 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.
Pictured (left to right): Joel Studer, Maria Cornejo, Nancy Howard, Yadira Gonzalez, Mary Gonzalez, Jim Wogan, Ashley Siferd, Father Ray Powell
MEET ST. THOMAS’ PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL
Joel Studer is a sales representative at Aytu Bioscience and has been a member of St. Thomas the Apostle since 2006. He enjoys boating on Tellico Lake with his family and spending time outdoors. He usually attends the Sunday 9 a.m. Mass with his wife Amanda and his daughter Jaiden. Joel is chairperson of the Security and Operations Committee.
Maria Lupe Cornejo works for the family business, La Lupita, and has been a member of St. Thomas the Apostle since 1997. She is a runner and enjoys reading. She usually attends the Saturday 7 p.m. or 11:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday with her husband Marco and their daughter, Katie. Maria serves on the parish council as a representative of the Junta Pastoral.
Nancy Howard is VP Marketing for Provision CARES Proton Therapy and has been a member of St. Thomas the Apostle since 2008. Nancy lives in Farragut, and usually attends the Sunday 11:30 a.m. Mass with her husband John, and sometimes with her daughter Haley, when she is home from college. Nancy is chairperson of the Spiritual Life and Wellness Committee.
Yadira González was born in Mexico and moved to Tennessee in 1999. She has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and works as a human resources manager. Yadira comes from a Catholic background and has been a member of St. Thomas the Apostle for several years. She lives in Sweetwater with her husband and three children. Yadira serves on the parish council as a representative of the Junta Pastoral.
Ashley Siferd is a program officer for the nonprofit East Tennessee Foundation and has been a member of St. Thomas since 2001. She continues her involvement in several liturgical ministries and youth group, formerly as a student member and now as an adult leader. Ashley is a 200-hour certified yoga teacher, a volunteer team leader for Horse Haven of Tennessee, and speaks Spanish. She enjoys hiking with her fiancé Will and spending time with her family and friends. Ashley usually attends the Sunday 9 a.m. Mass and is chairperson of the Social Action Committee.
Mary González has been working for the Lenoir City School system for 5 years. She has been a member of St. Thomas since 1996. She has a husband, Juan, and 3 beautiful children. Her mission and her goals are to do all she can to serve her community and parishioners. Mary is chairperson of the Education and Evangelization Committee.
Jim Wogan is a former television sportscaster and has been the Director of Communications for the Diocese of Knoxville since 2014. Jim and his wife Mary have lived in East Tennessee since 1986. They have been members of St. Thomas the Apostle since 2001 and they usually attend the Sunday 9 a.m. Mass. Jim serves as the council president and is chairperson of the Communications Committee.
Job Opening-Youth Minister
POSITION TITLE: COORDINATOR OF YOUTH MINISTRY
LOCATION: St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church
Lenoir City, TN 37772
REPORTS TO: Pastor
CLASSIFICATION: Full-time, Exempt
POSITION SUMMARY: The Coordinator of Youth Ministry will provide vision, coordination, and implementation of the parish’s efforts in ministry to our parish young people (6th through 12th grade) and their families. The successful candidate would be self-motivated while being team-oriented, comfortable with a flexible schedule, and show a clear love and enthusiasm for helping young people build up their Catholic faith and relationship with Jesus Christ.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSABILITIES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
- Plan, coordinate, and lead middle school youth ministry for grades 6-8, currently served through weekly sessions using the Edge program.
- Plan, coordinate, and lead high school youth ministry for grades 9-12, currently served through weekly sessions using the LifeTeen program.
- Recruit, prepare, and maintain a solid core team of adult volunteers.
- Organize and supervise camps, conferences, retreats, and conventions.
- Development & implementation of Confirmation preparation (grades 6-12).
- Provide service & community outreach opportunities for youth.
- Ability to work within a bi-lingual (English/Spanish) ministry environment.
- Provide Christ-centered leadership and direction that follows Catholic Church teaching and Diocese of Knoxville guidelines and best practices.
- Due to the nature of this ministry position, the candidate must be a practicing Catholic willing to teach and promote the full teachings of the Catholic Church in line with the Magisterium of the Church.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
- Demonstrated calling to work with young people and their families.
- Knowledge of Catholic teachings on and for youth ministry.
- Degree and/or training in youth ministry or related field preferred.
- While not required, the ideal candidate would be able to communicate with Spanish speaking parishioners.
- Proficient in the use of various forms of social media.
- Successful completion of VIRTUS training and background checks required.
To apply, please submit resume by July 1st to Phil Johnson, Office Manager, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Parish Office Closed
Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5 for Independence Day
Mechanical Engineers Needed
Use your mechanical engineering training to help our church! We are establishing a team of volunteers to help oversee our HVAC system in the church. We have a very specialized system consisting of six water-cooled heat pumps, and it will be extremely helpful to have a team that is aware of the technical aspects of our system, and available to advise when needed. Time requirements are minimal, but you must be willing to attend a few initial sessions to learn about the components in our system. Instruction will be provided by Dave Breen. If you have questions, or if you are interested in joining our team, please contact Dave Breen (email@example.com) or Phil Johnson (986-9885).
Daily Mass on 4th of July
Daily Mass on Thursday, July 4 will be at 10:00AM, therefore we will not have an 8:30AM Mass.
You’ve heard it time and time again: “Pull yourself together. . . Cheer up. . . Tough it out. . . It’s not that bad.” Perhaps people have said it to you. Or perhaps you keep saying it to yourself. But it hasn’t helped. You’re still hurting. Here’s the good news: You don’t have to go through your struggles alone. Our Stephen Ministers are trained caregivers who will walk with you, listen to you, and provide confidential, one-to-one care as you search through the pieces and find what is truly in your heart. To learn more about what Stephen Ministry can do for you, contact Barbara Brennan 458-8922 or Tom Ringenbach 458-0915.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Today we celebrate the precious gift of the Body and Blood of Christ! We hear Jesus ask his disciples, “Why do you not give them something to eat yourselves?” And he shows them how by the multiplication of the five loaves and two fish. When you donate to the parish monthly charity collection, like Christ's multiplication of the loaves and fish then, the hungry will be fed now.
The next regular meeting will be on Friday, July 19 in the Deacon Jose Rivera Room at 1pm. Call Larry Finneran at 865-657-9119 for more information.
Thank you for your food and diaper donations today! If you were not able to bring anything today, please drop off an item or two of food and/or some diapers anytime! Every donation helps and is really needed more than ever right now! Thanks so very much!!!
We will not have daily Mass on June 15 or 21, Communion Services will be offered.
Welcome Deacon David Egan and Karen
On behalf of our entire parish, I would like to welcome Deacon David Egan and his wife Karen to our parish. They recently moved from Chicago, Illinois where Deacon David just recently retired. In addition, it is with great joy that I get to announce that Bishop Stika has assigned Deacon David to our parish. We give thanks to God for this wonderful blessing! Join us in welcoming and greeting Deacon David and Karen on Sunday, June 2nd at the 10am Pancake Breakfast.
St. Thomas’ Bell Choir
Do you like hearing the bells at Mass? Would you like to learn to play the bells? If you can read music, or even if you can’t, please consider learning to play bells. If we are to continue this music ministry, we need your help.
We are also looking for someone with a musical background who would be willing to direct the Bell Choir. Please contact Judy Heard, 423-884-3146 or Mary Mills, 865-986-6548.
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.
SAVE THE DATE
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-657-9087) if you are interested in being a vendor. Please contact Mary Kay Hostetler (email@example.com 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-657-9216) or Cindy Rogers (email@example.com or 312-590-2538) to join the committee. We ask that you make contact by March 15.
HEARING ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
New Adult Faith Formation Programs
Consecration to Jesus through Mary Introduction
There will be an introduction on making a consecration to Jesus through Mary; Monday, July 8, 9:30 – 11:00am, in room 111 of the PFLC . Sue Courtney and Jill St. Yves will review the 33 day preparation and share their experience of making a consecration to Jesus. Please join us and discover why St. Louis de Montfort says “Mary is the safest, easiest, shortest and most perfect way of approaching Jesus”. For additional information please contact Jill St. Yves, email@example.com or 865-986-9885.
Summer Study! Take a Biblical Walk Through Christ’s Passion!
Don’t take the summer off from learning more about your faith! Join best-selling author Edward Sri as he guides you through the last hours of Christ's life in this biblical pilgrimage filmed on location in the Holy Land. Deacon David Lucheon will lead two classes of this program, entitled “No Greater Love: A Biblical Walk Through Christ’s Passion”, starting on Thursday, June 6 from 9:30-11:00 AM and Monday, June 10 from 12:30-1:45 PM. Choose which time best fits your schedule. Both sessions will be in the Deacon Jose Rivera Room.
Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth (BIBLE)
Join Deacon John Krepps in studying the Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth (BIBLE). This will be an in depth discussion of the Gospel of John which started last summer and we made it through the first 4 Chapters. Don’t be daunted if you did not attend last year (all are welcome). We will do a brief recap during the first week and are not on a set agenda so there will be plenty of time for questions and discussions. The classes will be held in room 118 (RCIA room) in the basement of the Parish Family Life Center. The classes will be held on Sundays from 10:15 to 11:15 starting on May 19 and continuing every other Sunday through July 28.
Come find out why the Gospel of John soars above the rest.
New on Formed
Can’t make an Adult Faith Formation program in person or looking for something different than what’s offered? Try the Formed.org website. Access is free to St. Thomas parishioners through the parish website www.sthomaslc.com using access code HKP7F3. With May being the month of Mary, why not learn more about her by watching the film “Mary of Nazareth” or listen to an audio program called “Answering Common Objections: Mary” by Scott Hahn. Plus, there are many other titles to choose from to nourish your Catholic faith.
Hungry to learn more about our faith?
Check out the new books and CDs available in the Narthex by well known authors including: Cardinal Chaput, Scott Hahn, Tim Gray, Fr. Larry Richards, and Jeff Cavins. There are titles in English and in Spanish. Share them with your family or pass them along to a friend when you are done with them! Make a donation to offset the cost if you can, but it is not necessary.
Welcome Deacon David and Karen
Women's Guild Meeting
St. Thomas Women’s Guild Meeting
Monday, June 17th
Susan Fox, the Family Resource Director for Lenoir City schools since 1991, will be our speaker at the June meeting. Come and hear what Susan has to say. Her presentation will be informative and enlightening. All women of the parish are welcome!
Join us after the 8:30a.m. Mass on June 17th in the Deacon Jose Rivera room of the Parish Family Life Center for light refreshments prior to the meeting. Meeting begins at 9:30 am. See you there!
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
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.
- Fr. Ray Powell, Pastor
- Fr. Julian Cardona, Associate Pastor
- Deacon Sean Smith, Deacon
- Deacon John Krepps, Deacon
- Deacon David Egan, Deacon
- Deacon Dave Pecot, Deacon
- Phil Johnson, Business Manager
- Lupe Cortes, Secretary/Receptionist
- Kevin Cooney, Director of Sports,Family and Youth Ministry
- Jill St. Yves, Director of Religious Education
- Marla Sloane Emerson, Music Coordinator
- Jim Polhamus, Liturgical Coordinator
- Christine Lucheon, Bookkeeper/Webmaster
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
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 choir sings at the Cathedral
St. Thomas Mixed Choir making their debut at The Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
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Deacon Dave's Second Helpings
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.
Readings for the week of June 23, 2019
- Sunday: Gn 14:18-20 / Ps 110:1, 2, 3, 4 [4b] / 1 Cor 11:23-26 / Lk 9:11b-17
- Monday: Vigil: Jer 1:4-10 / Ps 71:1-2, 3-4a, 5-6ab, 15ab and 17  / 1 Pt 1:8-12 / Lk 1:5-17. Day: Is 49:1-6 / Ps 139:1b-3, 13-14ab, 14-15  / Acts 13:22-26 / Lk 1:57-66, 80
- Tuesday: Gn 13:2, 5-18 / Ps 15:2-3a, 3bc-4ab, 5 [1b] / Mt 7:6, 12-14
- Wednesday: Gn 15:1-12, 17-18 / Ps 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9 [8a] / Mt 7:15-20
- Thursday: Gn 16:1-12, 15-16 or 16:6b-12, 15-16 / Ps 106:1b-2, 3-4a, 4b-5 [1b] / Mt 7:21-29
- Friday: Ez 34:11-16 / Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6  / Rom 5:5b-11 / Lk 15:3-7
- Saturday: Vigil: Acts 3:1-10 / Ps 19:2-3, 4-5 [5a] / Gal 1:11-20 / Jn 21:15-19. Day: Acts 12:1-11 / Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9  / 2 Tm 4:6-8, 17-18 / Mt 16:13-19
- Next Sunday: 1 Kgs 19:16b, 19-21 / Ps 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11 [cf. 5a] / Gal 5:1, 13-18 / Lk 9:51-62