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
February 25, 2018 2nd Sunday of Lent
How are your Lenten resolutions? By the time week two rolls around, plenty of well-meaning people have skipped, neglected, or outright forgotten their Lenten resolutions at least once. It can be easy to start excusing our Lenten commitments altogether.
Last week we saw Jesus driven into the desert. This Sunday, we see Jesus leading his disciples to an equally barren place: he "led them up a high mountain apart by themselves." But what happens there? "And he was transfigured before them and his clothes became dazzling white." Today's Gospel reminds us of the goal. We don't enter into the desert for the sake of suffering, but for the sake of transformation.
Mountain imagery is prevalent throughout Scripture. The sacrifice of Isaac, Moses receiving the 10 Commandments, Elijah's revelation of God as a tiny whispering sound: all these occur on the mountaintop. Mountains are strenuous to hike. To assist the traveler in the assent, trails often involve switchbacks. These lead the traveler back and forth across the mountainside, sometimes appearing as if hardly any ground is gained. Perhaps Peter, James, and John hiked a similar path as Jesus led them up the side of Mount Tabor.
A climb is difficult. A climb in a barren place leaves you thirsty, exhausted, and quite possibly frustrated or discouraged. Yet this is precisely how Jesus leads his closest disciples. Why? Because he has something to reveal to them. Practically speaking, Jesus needed to bring Peter, James and John away from the crowds for this revelation of glory to remain hidden. There are spiritual truths we will encounter only if we pass through difficulty. So let's persevere this Lent! Today's Gospel invites us to trust that, if we persevere in following Jesus, he'll lead us to something beautiful and glorious as well.
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, starting June 2nd. Please join us!
The Rosary is prayed 40 minutes before 5:00PM Mass, 9:00AM 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.
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
English Stations of the Cross at 6:00pm in the church.
Fish Fry - immediately after Stations.
Spanish Stations of the Cross at 7:00pm in the church.
The menu will be baked and fried fish, fried potatoes slices, hush puppies, mac & cheese, cole slaw, and green beans.
The individual ticket price will be $8 and $20 for a family.
Consecration to Jesus through Mary
Saint Louis de Montfort calls total consecration to Jesus through Mary as “quickest, easiest, and surest way to holiness”. Consider making or renewing this consecration on the Marian feast day, The Solemnity of the Annunciation.
Please note the date change in the liturgical calendar this year. Because March 25 falls on Palm Sunday, the Solemnity of the Annunciation will be celebrated on April 9.
Consequently, the 33 days of preparation for consecration begins on March 7 this year. For more information on Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary please contact Jill St. Yves, email@example.com or 865-986-9885.
ADULT FAITH FORMATION – IMPORTANT EVENTS
New! Lectio: Prayer Program Deacon Jose Room
Starts 2/11/18 – Sundays between Mass, 10:15 – 11:15 am
New! “Resisting Happiness” Program for Lent
Facilitated by Deacon David Lucheon Deacon Jose Room
Thursdays, Start 2/22/18, 9:30 – 11:15 am. 1 of 6 sessions
New! “Ephesians” Study Program
Facilitated by Rafael Pubillones Room 118
Tuesdays, Start 2/27/18; 9:30 – 11:00 am 1 of 8 sessions
Guest Presentation, Monsignor Al Humbrecht, Pastor Soddy Daisy
“World Religions: Christianity Judaism, Islam” PFLC Social Hall
Tuesday, 2/27/18; 6:30 – 8:00 pm – Come for refreshments at 6:15 pm
For more information, please contact the office at (865) 986-9885.
All are welcome, bring a friend!
“Conversations on World Religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam”
Monsignor Al Humbrect, Pastor from Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Soddy Daisy, TN, will honor us with a presentation on World Religions at St. Thomas the Apostle Church.
Mark your calendars, plan to attend, and learn more about the similarities and differences between these religions.
Monsignor Humbrecht has served the Diocese of Knoxville since 1972, with an impressive list of positions as Priest, serving the two largest parishes in the Diocese, teaching and leadership positions at Knoxville High School and Notre Dame High School of Chattanooga, served several terms as Dean of the Chattanooga and Smokey Mountain Deanery, was chosen by the College of Consultors to be Diocesan Administrator, and now serves as Pastor at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Soddy Daisy, Tennessee.
Save the Date!
St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Dance
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The 17th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Dance, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, will be held on Thursday, March 15. Tickets will be sold after all of the Masses for the next few weeks. Cost is $27.50 PP includes meal, liquid refreshments, and music by Vocal Point.
In the recent survey, many of you asked for more prayer programs, and now you can sign up to participate! A program that will enhance your prayer life is being offered on Sunday mornings from 10:15 -11:15 AM, between the two morning Masses in the Deacon Jose Room. Starting Sunday Feb. 11, this six week program is a perfect way to grow during Lent this year. For information and to register, contact Shawna and Warren Hunt at firstname.lastname@example.org or (865) 657-3593.
GET TO KNOW JESUS THIS LENT
Journey through the Gospel of Mark with a daily 2-3 minute video presented by Redeemed online in partnership with Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Sign up today at www.lentseries.com and participate independently. There is no charge to participate.
We need your help!
We are looking for volunteers willing to work 2-3 hours every 5 weeks from April to October helping the with the lawn care of the church property. You would be working on a team of 6 parishioners who cut and trim the grass in and around the church and parish life center. Please call Larry Elder 865-657-9722 or Keith Rivard 865-388-2478.
SAVE THE DATE; SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 2018
DAY OF RECOLLECTION FOR ALL THE MEN OF THE PARISH
Fr. Doug is going to conduct a Day of Recollection for all the men of the parish on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Watch for additional details to come in future bulletins. For now just save the date on your calendars.
WASHING OF FEET DURING THE HOLY THURSDAY MASS OF THE LORD'S SUPPER
If you would like to have your feet washed on Holy Thursday, March 29 @ 7:00PM, please contact the parish office 986-9885. We need 12 volunteers.
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
Lent is a call not just to “give up something” but more important to “give something for the poor.” There are families in need in many parts of the counties served. When in need of assistance they call the parish office or the St. Vincent de Paul help line. They are in effect, asking for your help. The next regular meeting will be on Friday, March 2 in the Deacon Jose Rivera Room at 9:15. Call Larry Finneran at (865) 657-9119 for more information.
Welcome to our Community
The ministry of hospitality is in need of more volunteers to contact new parishioners who join our parish family. This ministry does more than welcome. The task is to meet with new parishioners and help them assimilate into the community, to encourage them to use their gifts and to know we are a family of believers not a church of independent worshipers. If you love to talk to people, enjoy meeting new people or just want another way to help our community contact Deacon Dave at 458-9628 or email email@example.com. He will explain the ministry to you and how you can help.
Cathedral Mass of Dedication
The Mass of Dedication at the new cathedral on Saturday, March 3, at noon is a TICKET REQUIRED CELEBRATION-- you must have a ticket to enter the cathedral. All tickets to the Mass of Dedication have been distributed and there are no remaining tickets available. Parishioners are welcome to attend other weekend events and Masses without tickets, including the first gathering at the new cathedral--- the Vigil with the Relics (Vespers) on Friday, March 2, at 7 p.m. The new cathedral will also have its normal Saturday Vigil Mass at 5 p.m., and Sunday Masses at 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. (Spanish Mass with the Papal Nuncio), and 3 p.m. (Polish Mass with Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, Archbishop Emeritus of Kraków and long-time Secretary to Saint John Paul II as principal celebrant). Additionally, parishioners are invited to attend the Conversation with the Cardinals at the new cathedral on Sunday, March 4, at 7 p.m. This event is free and no ticket is required.
FOOD COLLECTION UPDATE
Our monthly St. Vincent de Paul Food and Diaper collection continues to be a great success. Monthly donations average close to 1000 pounds . The collected food is given to needy families and local food banks. Recently, the need for food within our parish has increased. Our ability to provide for more people within our parish depends on the types of food collected. Therefore, we are suggesting that priority be given to the following items:
Canned Vegetables Peanut Butter Canned Fruits Macaroni & Cheese Tuna Oatmeal & Cereals Canned Meats Soups Pastas & Sauces Flour/Rice/Beans Canned Beans/Chili Boxed side dishes
Assortments of the listed foods are packed in boxes of 30-35 pounds. Food in cans, boxes, jars, and bottles, and bags of rice, beans, sugar and flour are easy to handle and have a long shelf life. Items in bags such as snacks, bread, crackers, candy, cereals, etc., have a shorter shelf life or are subject to being crushed or torn open. While the above are suggested, all donations are welcome and appreciated. Our St. Thomas family is incredibly generous and deserves many blessings for feeding the hungry among us.
LIFE TEEN BAND!
The music ministry is gearing up for a new year of Life Teen Masses! We are looking for the following people who might be interested in participating in this ministry:
The Life Teen Mass is the 4th Sunday of each month, at the 11:30 Mass. Our 1st Mass will be on August 27. These Masses coincide with the Creed Program, which is also each month on the 4th Sunday. Creed lunch is at 12:30, and Creed begins at 1:00. This is a nice tie in for both of these programs. Please get in touch with Marla Emerson (phone # on front of the bulletin) for more info. or to sign up for the Life Teen band!
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!
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.
Students who wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in May 2018 must:
October 22 November 19 January 28
February 25 March 25 April 22
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.
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
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. We have an ongoing Inquiry Class every Monday evening at 6:30pm in Room 118, downstairs in the Parish Family Life Center. We also have a class every Sunday morning from 10:15am to 11:15am, also in Room 118. 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.
In keeping with the mission to heal the pain of child abuse, members of the St. Thomas Women’s Guild display “Bags of Love” which they volunteered to assemble and sew for the children who are served by Kids First Child Advocacy Center. The children are victims of severe abuse. The bags will hold Christmas gifts for the children.
Pictured are Virginia Zorovich, Donna Maloney, Cindy Rogers, Allis Hanley and Ellen Hubrig
On January 15, St. Thomas Catholic Women's Guild members gathered in the deacon Jose Room to present donations to a group of charitable and civic organizations for their dedication to the greater Knoxville community. Fundraisers which were held in 2017 and sponsored by the Guild provided the funds for the donations.
Donna Curry, 2017 president of the Guild, performed her last official duty, by presenting checks to representatives from Focus, Right To Life, CAC, Cathloic Charities of East TN, Project Lifesaver, Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts, and Bridge Refugee Services.
After distributing the donations, Donna introduced incoming president Kay Sheldon and the members of the 2018 Board of Guild officers:
Jan Scobey - Vice- President Penny Manczko - Secretary Karen Schutte - Treasurer Nadine Mazienis - Program Chair Ida Ames - Program Co-Chair Mary Mills - Membership Chair Jan Cosens - Membership Co- Chair Mary Beth Bruss - Publicity Chair Mary Vaughan - Publicity Co- Chair Donna Curry - At Large Member
Guild programs for this year will include -
St. Vincent DePaul speaker, Larry Finneran
Catholic Charities speaker, Lisa Healy
May Card Party
July Tour of New Cathedral in Knoxville
POW Bill Robinson presentation
October Ladies Retreat off campus
November Assembling Soup in a Jar
December Advent By Candlelight
All women of the parish are invited to attend meetings on the third Monday of the month.
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.
If you have questions regarding these changes, please contact Fr. Doug directly.