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.

3rd Sunday of Advent
In the same sentence where he reminds his listeners that he has cured the blind, the lame, the deaf, the sick, and even raised the dead, Jesus concludes by adding, "The poor have the good news proclaimed to them." How did that make the list of supernatural cures? What's so miraculous about good news? The poor are not just those in physical poverty, but those whose sins have impoverished their souls. This of course applies to us. The poverty of our own sinfulness can be overcome by the forgiveness offered to us in Christ. Because of this, we have cause to rejoice!

And on this Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, we are encouraged to rejoice. Gaudete Sunday derives its name from the opening prayer of the Mass for this day, where we pray, "Gaudete in Domino semper" ("Rejoice in the Lord always"). So in the midst of Advent fasting and devotions, we rejoice because the time we have been preparing for is almost at hand. We pause in this season of anticipation to remember that, in truth, our hopes have already been fulfilled. He is among us, saving us even now!

VIEW A SHORT VIDEO ON NEXT WEEK'S READINGS FROM FORMED BY CLICKING HERE.

Holy Days / Holiday Mass Schedule 2017

Holy Days / Holiday Schedule 2017  

 

Tuesday, December 12 – Our Lady of Guadalupe

            7:00PM – Spanish

 Sunday, December 24 – Christmas Eve (These Masses do not satisfy the Sunday Obligation)

            4:30PM – English

            7:00PM – Spanish

            9:30PM – English 

Monday, December 25 – The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)

           10:00AM - English

 Sunday, December 31 –Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, Vigil (Not a Holy Day of Obligation)

            7:00PM – Spanish

Monday, January 1 - Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God (Not a Holy Day of Obligation)

            10:00AM – English


PARISH OFFICE CLOSING
December 22 thru January 1, 2018. 
 
NO DAILY MASS OR COMMUNION SERVICE
Tuesday, December 26th.
 
NO CONFESSIONS
There will  be NO Confessions on Tuesday, December 12th due to Mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe or on Tuesday, December 26.

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
40 minutes before weekend Masses (not including Spanish)

Events/Calendar

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.

Events

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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

Divine Mercy Chaplet online

 

 

Morning Prayer

MORNING PRAYER ON FRIDAYS

Morning Prayer on Fridays after Daily Mass, starting June 2nd. Please join us!

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. 

Please click here for a link to Deacon Dave Pecot's Sunday homily blog.

Eucharistic Adoration

 

EUCHARISTIC  ADORATION 

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.

 

 

 

 

RECONCILIATION TIMES DURING ADVENT

Tuesdays: 6:00pm 

Saturdays: beginning December 2 thru December 23

        3:00pm-4:30pm 

Sundays: beginning December 3 thru December 24

            8:00am-8:45am

           10:15am-11:00am

ROSARY BEFORE MASS

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.

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

 

 

Catholic Gifts and Books and Supplies

Ladies of St. Thomas Parish

Ladies of St. Thomas Parish
Save a picture to add to a display for the 2018 Advent by Candlelight.
 
If you can see far into the future and plan to attend Advent by Candlelight on December 2, 2018,
take a picture (or pictures) of a nativity/manger display that inspires or has special meaning to you.
Any questions, email Mary at lilygma@gmail.com

New Men's Group

Invitation to all men of St Thomas Parish 

The Monday morning Men’s Study Group is starting a new program on Monday, January 8, 2018. We meet at 9:15 am (after morning Mass) in room 122 of the PFLC.Our session lasts about an hour to 90 minutes. 

Our topic will be the study of,  “Laudato Si”, Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, “On care for our common home”. The book is available from Amazon ($8) and Dave Breen is going to order the books prior to January 8. The book includes critical questions for discussion at our meetings. 

We are a small group of 4 to 6 men at the moment and we would really love to have some new men join our group. The more men we have the more perspectives we get during the discussion phase of our sessions. Contact Bill Twohig atbombero@charter.net or 865-607-2248 to join our Monday morning group.

There is also a Tuesday morning men’s group facilitated by Stu McFadden. They will begin a new FORMED program, on January 9, 2018. You can contact Stu at 865-458-3911 for additional information on the Tuesday group. 

Bags of Love

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

Calendar Sales to Support Catholic Schools

Would you support Catholic education for just 10 cents a day?

Would you like to be in a raffle to benefit Catholic Education??

As part of the Diocese of Knoxville’s ongoing efforts to support Catholic education, all ten diocesan schools are participating in a Calendar Raffle

For only 10 cents a day, you can support Catholic education in East Tennessee and receive a beautiful calendar that features the ten schools in our diocese. By purchasing a calendar on behalf of your schools choice for $36.50 (or 3 for $100), you receive not only the calendar itself (a great Christmas gift), but with each calendar purchased you increase your chances to win!  Each order form has a unique ID number that also serves as your raffle ticket.

On January 3rd, all 365 tickets totaling $50,000 in cash prizes will be drawn and you will have the opportunity to win between $100 and $500 for every calendar purchased prior to December 23rd.

To watch a video explaining the Calendar/Raffle, click link below:

Calendar Raffle Video

To buy a calendar, click link below

Calendar Purchase

 

Bulletin Notes

SOCIETY ST. VINCENT DE PAUL 
In today’s Gospel John the Baptist urges us to “Prepare the way of the Lord.”. We are called to help prepare the way of the Lord by making the real meaning of Christmas come alive in our own hearts, in our family and to reach out to those in need. Is there a family you know who needs assistance? Please call the Society of St. Vincent de Paul so that together we can help the suffering and poor to celebrate Christmas.
 
The next regular meeting will be on Friday, December 15 in the Deacon Jose Rivera Room at 1:00pm.  Call Larry Finneran at (865) 657-9119 for more information.  Note that the Society can also accept donations of working washers, dryers, ranges, counter top microwaves and small to medium size refrigerators.
 
The Food and Diaper Drive will be held next weekend, December 16 and 17 rather than Christmas weekend.  Newborn size diapers are especially needed.  Thank you for your very generous donations.
STEPHEN MINISTRY
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. 

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:

  1. Instrumentalists.  We especially need guitar players (electric guitar, and electric or acoustic Bass, and drums.) These folks need to be mature musicians who won’t need lessons or other help with playing.
  2. Youth Singers!  We would love to have more singers for these Masses, especially young adults and teens!

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. 


 KROGER SHOPPERS

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.  This last quarter Kroger sent us a check for $104.21.  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!


 

St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church

 “Active Shooter”

Awareness, Action Plan and Protocol 

Note: This program and action plan has been coordinated with the Loudon County Sheriffs’ departments “Home Land Security” approved program. Additionally, the program training will be conducted by Home Land Security Certified training Officers.

Purpose:

The purpose of this document is to outline St. Thomas’s action plan to affectively operate and maintain a safe campus environment for its parishioners and staff.

Content:

This document will include:

  • A Parishioner and staff training plan
  • Campus Security measures and upgrades
  • Interim ActionsParishioner
  • General “Active Shooter Awareness Training”

A certified Trainer from the Ft. Loudon Sheriffs’ department will facilitate the subject class that will provide parishioners’ with awareness understanding and their roles/ responsibilities as parishioners. (there will be 2 day and 1 evening English speaking classes TBD and 1 Spanish speaking class TBD) these classes will be open to all parishioners.

  • Select staff and parishioner specific Active Shooter and first responder training.

A certified Trainer from the Ft. Loudon Sheriffs’ department will facilitate the subject class that will provide this group with the required training to fulfill the requirements to serve in this capacity.   

  • Campus Security measures and upgrades:
  • Fire Protection and Security monitor system upgrades and enhancements are being made.
  • Installation of emergency panic buttons in the Sanctuary and Parish office.
  • Installation of additional lighting in the rear parking lot located behind the PFLC.
  • Installation of additional campus security cameras. 
  • Interim Actions:
  • A Ft. Loudon Sheriffs’ officer will be parked in front of the Sanctuary during all weekend Masses.
  • The outside doors to the Sanctuary will be locked and monitored during Masses

 

        

 

 

 

 

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 deacondave98@yahoo.com.

If you have recently registered and have not heard from our Welcome Committee, please contact Deacon Dave Pecot at deacondave98@yahoo.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.

 

 Confirmation Requirements for 6-8th grade

Students who wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in May 2018 must:

  • Attend Edge every Wednesday evening from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Banquet Hall of the PFLC
  • Attend CREED sessions on:

October 22                          November 19                    January 28          

February 25                        March 25                             April 22

  • CREED sessions begin at 12:30 with lunch.  Confirmation preparation classes will begin after lunch and will meet in classrooms on the lower level of Parish Family Life Center.
  • Attend the diocesan Confirmation retreat on Saturday, January 27th at St. John Neumann Church. Please keep this date free in your calendars. More information is to come.
  • Go to Mass every weekend!  Remember to check off your name in the binder in the narthex.

Register for Religious Education/Sacrament Preparation

 

It’s time to register your children for Religious Education classes grades K-5.  Classes begin on Sunday, September 10, 10:20am and students need to be registered in advance.  If your child is in the 2nd grade and baptized he/she will be prepared to receive First Holy Communion and they must begin classes in September.  Students in the 5th grade or higher will receive preparation for Confirmation.

To fill in registration form online, please click here.

To pay online, please click here.

Time is limited so register now!  Call Jill St. Yves, 986-9885 to register or for additional information.

 

FORMED for St. Thomas the Apostle

 Your FREE On-Line Subscription to FORMED

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

 

 

VBS 2017

  • Queen of Heaven Express-with Her builder

Youth Volunteers and Honorees at KOC Awards

Steubenville Youth Conference Video

Youth and Leaders travel to Steubenville Youth Conference

Youth and Leaders travel to Stebubenville Youth Conference

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

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. 

Staff

Annointing

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. 

Becoming Catholic

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  jkrepps1@charter.net

 
 

Altar Flowers

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

 

STWG News

The Women's Guild sponsored several fund raising events throughout 2016.  At our January meeting, funds raised from these events were distributed to Catholic, Loudon and Monroe County charities. The recipient agencies attended our meeting and provided us with an overview of their services.  

Agencies pictured:  St. Vincent De Paul Society, Catholic Charities, Boy Scouts, St. Mary's Legacy Clinic. Seminarian Stephen Hamby, Boys & Girls Club Loudon County, Branches of Monroe County,Friendship Kitchen, Good Samaritan, Iva's Place, Child Advocacy Center, CCW Project - Right to Life and Smokey Mountain Service Dogs.


At the Guild's February meeting, we toured the Farragut Museum and enjoyed lunch together at Mimi's Café.


To download a copy of the 2017 Guild brochure, click here.


 

Edge Color Run

Trunk or Treat

St. Thomas Women's Guild Card Party

Youth Help and Dance the Night Away at KOC Polish Night

Advent by Candlelight

St. Thomas Women's Guild November Meeting

Spaghetti and Karaoke

Women's Guild Fashion Show Fun

Spanish Living Stations of the Cross

Image by Sue Duncan

Youth Living Stations of the Cross 2016

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

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.

  • 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 may 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.

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!

 

Weekly Readings

Weekly reading