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.
Dear St. Thomas family,
Many of you know that this is the time for priest reassignments. I write to inform you that I have been appointed as the pastor of All Saints Catholic Church. My last weekend at St. Thomas will be June 23 and 24 and my last day in the office will be Friday, June 22.
The past five years here at St. Thomas the Apostle have been a tremendous and priceless blessing to me (and Tripp). You made becoming a pastor as easy possible especially in light of the loss of my mother shortly before coming to St. Thomas. It is difficult to fully express my gratitude for your constant love and support through the years especially after my heart stint and later my neck surgery. I love you all and am grateful to have been here for my first assignment as a pastor.
Times of transition are always challenging but they usually contain great blessings and graces; this was my experience when coming to St. Thomas and I trust it will be during this next transition also. Let us all embrace our Bishop's episcopal motto and the words St. Faustina proclaimed, “Jesus, I trust in You”.
It has been a pleasure to become a part of this parish family. I trust in our Bishop and God's plan for my ministry and look forward to serving All Saints. I have expressed to Fr. Ray Powell, your future pastor, how wonderful this parish family is and he is eagerly looking forward to serving as your pastor.
I will miss you all but will remember with great pleasure and gratitude the people of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. You will be in my prayers and ask that you continue to pray for me.
In Christ through Mary,
Very Reverend Doug Owens, VG
DAILY MASS ON MONDAY, MAY 28TH
There will not be an 8:30AM daily Mass on Monday, May 28th;
Mass will be at 10:00AM.
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
GOSPEL MEDITATION - ENCOURAGE DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF SCRIPTURE
May 27, 2018 Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
Happy Trinity Sunday! In today's Gospel, we hear Jesus declare together all three Persons of the Trinity. "Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."
When we speak of the Trinity, two different theological words are sometimes used: immanent and economic. The immanent Trinity is the life of the three Persons within themselves, the inner harmonious relationship between Father, Son, and Spirit. We see this in the Gospels when Jesus speaks of his Father and promises to send the Holy Spirit. The term "economic" has its roots in the Greek word oikonomia, roughly meaning "household management." The economic Trinity is our three-Personed God's relationship with creation; it is creation and redemption and ongoing relationship with us.
Made in the image and likeness of God, we are called to imitate God's immanence by giving and receiving love with one another in community. However, this is not limited only to those close to us, though that's where love often starts. We also imitate the economy of God when we go out, when we extend our love and care in a life-giving way. "Go therefore ?"
Every believer is sent on mission. Every believer is invited to follow Jesus and the Apostles "to the nations," to the margins, to the people who require a little extra reach. This could be a distant relative, the residents of your local homeless shelter or even the forgotten neighbor next door! When we love well, we create something beautiful-a relationship, a holy moment, a foretaste of heaven. This Trinity Sunday, take some time to examine the relationships in your life. How well do you love those nearest to you? How well do you reach out to those farther away? How are you creating something beautiful?
Do I have enough money to live on for the rest of my life?
How can I provide for my spouse, children and grandchildren?
How can I give to my heirs prudently and responsibly?
How can I minimize taxes and support causes I believe in?
Join Father Doug and Mr. Jeremy Pharr - JD, FCEP (the only free lawyer you’ll ever meet) for an exclusive introductory session to values-based estate planning held in the Deacon Jose Rivera Room following morning Mass on
Friday, May 25th
“Transferring Your Values as Well as Your Valuables”
This exclusive service is offered by the Diocese of Knoxville at no charge to you. There is no hidden agenda, no sales pitch, no pressure and no obligation.
We hope only that this opportunity for values-based estate planning helps ensure that your plan reflects the same values, beliefs and love that have defined and inspired you throughout your life.
The session will last approximately one hour.
Refreshments will be served.
Maria Cisneros Coral Cortez Jenny Gonzalez Jessica Leyva
Luke Cooney Maria Espinoza Tony Gonzalez Ulises Mora
Gaby Cornejo Jose Espinoza Haley Howard Lesli Nolazco
Rosio Corona Diego Garcia German Juarez Soledad Olvera
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.
The program Queen of Heaven has been rescheduled to August. We apologize for this reschedule, but hope all who previously registered can still attend.
Tuesday evening, August 7; 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Tuesday evening, August 14; 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Tuesday evening, August 21; 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Monday evening, August 27; 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Thursday evening, August 30; 6:30 – 8:00 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
email@example.com, or sign up this weekend before or after Mass. Look for Mary’s table in the Narthex.
"Six weeks - maybe a little more. We can't really say." And as you look down on her in her hospital bed, memories crowd into your mind...The first day you met. A special birthday dinner. A night walk on the beach. But now she's facing terminal illness. And you're facing it with her. A Stephen Minister can care for you during this time of grief and pain. Contact Barbara Brennan 458-8922 or Tom Ringenbach 458-0915 to learn more.
PARISH OFFICE CLOSING
Monday, May 28th in observance of Memorial Day
ETHRA, summer lunch program for hungry children is looking for drivers
Our St. Vincent de Paul Society is delivering lunches from 10:45 ‘til 12:30 to three nearby locations. If you can help, please contact Kathie Trocolla for more information, 423-884-6061.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Today as we celebrate Pentecost the Holy Spirit wants to make us advocates of God’s presence to bring new life to others, especially those who do not know the love of God in their lives. Your gift in the monthly charity collection will help the poor to believe in the mystery of God’s love for them. . The next regular meeting will be on Friday, June 1 in the Deacon Jose Room at 9:15. Call Larry Finneran at (865) 657-9119 for more information.
Remember the monthly food and diaper collection next weekend May 26 and 27.
On Memorial Day, a Mass will be held Monday, May 28th at 10:00 AM. Following the Mass, there will be at short ceremony honoring our deceased military veterans at the Memorial flagpole. We hope you will be able to attend this tribute.
Thank you for your continued support.
St. Thomas the Apostle Veterans Committee
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!
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.