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.
My full name is Jose Julian Cardona Cardona, but everyone calls me Julian. I am 33 years old. I am from Colombia, where my parents and two of my siblings live; my other sister lives in New Jersey. I studied at the Seminary in Colombia for five years. After several years outside the Seminary I had the great opportunity to come here to the United States to continue my priestly formation for three more years at the St. Meinrad School of Theology in Indiana. By God’s grace, I was ordained a transitional deacon in 2013, and I was ordained a priest by Bishop Richard Stika on May 31, 2014 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Knoxville. I hope to serve with all my soul and my abilities at this community which is dedicated to our blessed Mother Mary. I want to become an image of Christ for all.
The “most important thing” on my mind to tell you is this: I want to invite you to seek Christ and follow Him without fear, because He is the one and true happiness.
Beside the Virgin Mary, other saints who have been significant in my vocation life are St. John Vianney and St. John Paul II because they are my model of men who fully lived their priestly ministry for God’s glory and the Church’s sake.
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.
NO CONFESSIONS ON TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2015
As most of you know, the Supreme Court has declared that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 States. To help inform you regarding the Church's teaching on marriage, I have included a link to information on the USCCB's site, and also a link to a statement from Archbishop Kurtz, President of the USCCB. Bishop Stika's reaction is below.
Echoing the teachings of the Church as well as what was expounded upon by both Archbishop Kurtz and Bishop Stika, we are disappointed in the Supreme Court's decision. While we appreciate the dignity and respect all human beings, we still hold that marriage can only be between a man and a woman.
I encourage you to read these articles so that we can fully understand and support the teachings of the Church; in Bishop Stika' s words "I urge people not to condemn the decision but rather to just say what we believe...". I also urge you to pray for a greater and more profound respect for the sanctity of the Sacrament of Marriage. Below is a copy of the prayer for the defense of marriage.
In Christ through Mary,
Link to Archbishop Kurtz's article on OSV Newsweekly
Bishop Richard F. Stika issued a statement following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on June 26 calling for all states to license and recognize same-sex unions.
I am disappointed in today’s Supreme Court decision,” Bishop Stika said shortly after the court decision.
“Regardless of the ruling, as Catholics and Christians, we will not apologize for our beliefs. The Bible and sacred scripture teaches us that marriage is a sacred bond between a man and a woman. We believe this as truth.”
Later in the day, Bishop Stika answered questions during a brief session with Knoxville media and reiterated his feelings.
“We believe what we believe in. It’s important and it’s our truth. It is that which has given us guidance for centuries. I don’t apologize for that. I am just asking people to be respectful of our position. I urge people not to condemn the decision but rather to just say what we believe in.
We can stand behind our own truth of faith and what a sacrament of union is, so we just kind of move on. We don’t have to attack. We have to accept what the supreme court has made a decision on and still stand on what we believe in.”
Prayer In Defense Of Marriage
God our Father, we give you thanks
for the gift of marriage: the bond of life and love,
and the font of the family.
The love of husband and wife enriches your Church with children,
fills the world with a multitude of spiritual fruitfulness and service,
and is the sign of the love of your Son, Jesus Christ, for his Church.
The grace of Jesus flowed forth at Cana at the
request of the Blessed Mother. May your Son,
through the intercession of Mary, pour out upon us
a new measure of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit
as we join with all people of good will
to promote and protect the unique beauty of marriage.
May your Holy Spirit enlighten our society
to treasure the heroic love of husband and wife,
and guide our leaders to sustain and protect
the singular place of mothers and fathers
in the lives of their children.
Father, we ask that our prayers
be joined to those of the Virgin Mary,
that your Word may transform our service
so as to safeguard the incomparable splendor of marriage.
We ask all these things through Christ our Lord,
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
9:00PM Friday, July 3rd thru
7:00AM Saturday, July 4th
Breakfast will be provided
Grab a tent!
Questions? Call Kevin 865-310-5440
A huge thank you to all the youth for serving and helping organize the Spring Fling and Parish Picnic. A great time was had by all! Another huge, thank you to Kevin Cooney, Director of Youth, Sports, and Family Ministry, and his family and team of youth and other helpers for making this a fun and delicious afternoon!
We can hardly wait for the next one!
Or come and choose that special child for your own from El Salvador! Stop by the table in the Narthex after Mass the weekend of July 11 and 12 for details or call Stu & Jan McFadden 458-3911, George & Theresa Beyer 458-1519 or John & Crystal Deinhart 671-1642. Join us November 11-15th to experience the joy and happiness of the children as they celebrate graduation and Quinceañera.
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Vacation Bible School is called Totus Tuus. This program sponsored by the Diocese of Knoxville sends college students and seminarians to our parish to spread the Good News of our Lord among children. There will be catechetical instruction, songs, games, Mass, lunch and so much more. Come join the fun!
Monday - Friday
Lunch is provided
Please call the office to register, 986-9885.
Space is limited.
SAVE THE DATE
Sunday, July 19 – 2:00pm
We are privileged to have Esteban Salazar Duque, a young man from Colombia, perform a classical vocal concert for us in the Parish Family Life Center. No charge for admission. Free will offerings accepted. If you have any questions please call: Sherry Qualkenbush at 865-643-0750.
ARE YOU INTERESTED?
Fr. Doug is planning opportunities for you to experience two prayer retreats from different spiritual perspectives in the coming year. One retreat will be at the Abbey of Gethsemani near Louisville, KY and the other will be at Ignatius House outside of Atlanta. Each retreat will be 2 nights/3 days and will cost approximately $200 - 260 pp plus transportation. We are looking at the months of April, June, or August. We cannot provide specific information until we know how many adults might be interested. Please call the office, 986-9885, or firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know if you are interested in going on one or both of these retreats. Indicating an interest will not oblige you to participate.
NEEDING SOMEONE TO TALK TO.......
Ever felt this way? Caring communication with others is a basic human need. Stephen Ministers can help meet that need. For a listening ear, call Barbara Brennan, 458-8922 or Tom Ringenbach, 458-0915.
CURSILLO MEN’S WEEKEND
Calling all menof St. Thomas parish to our annual Cursillo Men’s Weekend at Apison Retreat Center this Oct 15-18th. The retreat center is off the Ooltewah exit just north of Chattanooga. Fr. Joe Brando will be the resident clergy for the retreat. The talks will be presented by select Diocesan laity.
It is a great program; one you won’t soon forget; with the help of the Holy Spirit the Cursillo will enable you to get more in touch with God, the Church, and your fellow brothers and sisters. There is no better spiritual way to spend an October weekend than this Men’s Weekend. God-willing it can become the most memorable weekend you have ever spent.
As a means to further visualize the Cursillo Weekend, the following definition is offered: Cursillo (Spanish) meaning “little course” is a course in Christianity that moves you to recognize how you are called to live out your Christian life.
If you would like more information or want to join us, please contact Lance Lyons at email@example.com or 865-405-3151.
Can You Help with Coffee in the Courtyard?
Call Kevin Cooney 986-9885 ext. 14 or
WEEKEND MASS ANNOUNCEMENTS
A new Mass announcement policy has been implemented. Until further notice, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Seventeen saints have found their niche thanks to Stu McFadden and Ken Naumann for their carpentry work, and Fr. Doug for his support of this project. Take a walk, enjoy the crisp air, and say a prayer. More to come…
If you would like to make an announcement regarding a parish activity, please email the webmaster at email@example.com.
Contact info…need cell phone numbers for S & F informational text chain 865-310-5440 text Kevin your name and numbers.
If you have changed your donation amount on a pledge form for 2015, please note that you will need to go into WeShare and change your donation amount in WeShare as well in January.
In January, all giving opportunities for the year will be on the site for one month so that you can set up your entire year of giving to all collections if you choose to do so. After January, only current collections will be listed.
Learn more about online giving and the opportunities for giving at St. Thomas the Apostle
If you would like to donate flowers for the altar, please contact the parish office at 865-986-9885.
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.
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:
If you have questions regarding these changes, please contact Fr. Doug directly.