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.

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
Rosary every Saturday evening at 4:30 PM

Labor Day- Monday, September 5 - 10AM only


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, September 5 Labor Day

Eucharistic Adoration




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.





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.

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.



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



In September, St Thomas the Apostle will begin a new program for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade young people. This program called EDGE is patterned after the high school Life Teen ministry and will meet twice per month on Wednesday nights. Students attending will also meet the requirements for the Sacrament of Confirmation. 



St. Thomas the Apostle will again offer Life Teen to our high school young people.  Participation in the Life Teen program will provide the preparation necessary for any high school student needing the Sacrament of Confirmation.


Monday afternoons 2:00-3:30 - Thirteen Weeks beginning September 12, New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton. 

Thursday mornings 9:30-10:45 - Five Weeks beginning September 8, The Second Greatest Story Ever Told by Fr. Michael Gaitley.

Thursday mornings 9:30-10:45 - Five Weeks beginning October 20, 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley in preparation for Consecration to Mary on November 21.


In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us to “strive to enter through the narrow gate.” Our call to be disciples and to follow Jesus demands that we learn to live for the sake of others.  Thank you for your gifts to help the poor through the parish charity collection.   Note that the Society can also accept donations of working washers, dryers, ranges and small to medium size refrigerators.  The next meeting of the Society will be on Friday, September 2 at 9:15 in the Deacon Jose Room of the Parish Family Life Center. Call Larry Finneran at (865) 657-9119 for more information.

 The monthly parish food drive will be next weekend, August 27/28.  Baby and Toddler diapers will also be appreciated.  Members will be collecting items at the door before all Masses. 


To help you deepen your faith, may we suggest a Cursillo Weekend?  We are hoping you can put this weekend on your calendar. Please pick up a brochure and application in the Narthex for the Cursillo weekend. For more information, contact Bette Purvis 458-8070 or

Women’s English Weekend*  –  October 27-30, 2016 

Location for weekend: *Apison Center near Chattanooga 


Fall Fling Parish Picnic

Sunday, October 2nd 

Parish Work Days

Friday, September 16 & Saturday, September 17

8:00 am-2:00 pm both days.


Please consider supporting the Second collection for Tuition Support of our Catholic School Families in the Diocese of Knoxville which will take place the weekend of August 27th and 28th

The Diocese of Knoxville Catholic schools provide spiritual and intellectual growth for over 3,300 students.  We welcome you to visit the Diocesan website at to find out more about our schools, including highlights and links to individual school websites.  By providing tuition support for our students, you are investing in Catholic families of our Diocese and the future of our Church in East Tennessee.  100% of the money collected in the 2nd collection for Diocesan Catholic School Tuition Support goes directly towards tuition support. Please be as generous as you possibly can. 

Thank you!  May God bless you for your generosity and please be assured of my prayers for you. 

Sister Mary Marta Abbott, R.S.M., Ed.S.

Superintendent of Catholic Schools


Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Adult Faith Formation Committee, Healing Hearts Ministry, and Stephen Ministry will present an “End of Life Issues” seminar at St. Thomas on Saturday, October 8.  This will be a daylong session starting with Holy Mass at 9:00 AM and will include a continental breakfast and lunch.  Topics will include the mystery of human suffering, end of life care, having a will, and planning your Catholic funeral.  Watch the bulletin for more details.


Team #27 is now being formed to minister to inmates at the Morgan County Correctional Facility. Volunteers are needed for this important ministry which will be held on Oct. 14-17. Parishes from around East TN are participating in this program. Our parish has two volunteers; we need to at least double that number. Please contact either Jim Mattavi 408-9653 or Harry Westcott 405-4884 for answers to any questions you may have. 



St. Thomas will introduce new “forever” hardback hymnals in September.  These new hymnals include familiar and new hymns plus lectionary in English for all 3 liturgical years.  The Spanish congregation has already implemented their new Flor y Canto hymnals which will be placed in the blue binders along with their missalettes. 

Why new hymnals?

Currently we have to replace hymnals every 2 years and missalettes 3 times each year.  We will same $2000 per year with the “forever” hymnals.  The choir has begun singing some of these newer hymns during the Masses.  We hope you enjoy them! 

What can I do?

In order to defray some of the costs, the Women’s Guild will be selling “In Memory Of” and In Honor Of” labels for $20 that will be placed in the front of the hymnals.  These hymnals will remain in the sanctuary.  If you would like, you may purchase a hymnal for $25 for your personal use.  Representatives of the Women’s Guild will be accepting your payment and dedication information after Masses in August. 

If you have any questions, please contact Donna Curry at 865-717-7017 or


Men's Tuesday Morning study group will be studying the Book of James, starting August 2, 9:15 - 11:00 am, in room 122 PFLC.  This is a 10 week study and will require a study book. Call Stu McFadden, at 458-3911 to make your reservations.


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).


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




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 Women's Guild


June 15th Meeting

Kay Sheldon, our guest speaker spoke on Building a Culture of Life. After Kay's preentation Donna Curry, our president led the guild in a brain storming activity to compile "A Million Works of Mercy" for the NCCW.  



July 20th Meeting:

Twenty three of our guild members participated in the tour of the Child Advocacy Center conducted by Executive Director, Chris Longmire.  Chris  shared their Mission - "To heal the pain of child abuse."They are a non-profit agency serving severely abused children between the ages of 3 to 17 in the counties of Loudon,Morgan, Meigs and Roane.     

After our tour, 19 guild member convened in Loudon for lunch and a very informative and enjoyable walking tour by one of parishioners Bo Carey. 

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.



Spanish Living Stations of the Cross

Image by Sue Duncan

Youth Living Stations of the Cross 2016

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, 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

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

Our Amazing Youth at Catholic Heart Workcamp

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

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