GOSPEL MEDITATION - ENCOURAGE DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF SCRIPTURE
November 26, 2017 Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
"Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me." Today we celebrate the feast of an unusual kind of king. Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, does not run his kingdom in the standard fashion. Instead of insisting upon the pomp and circumstance that usually surrounds earthly royalty, Jesus has a different focus. He thinks not of himself, but of those he loves. And in today's Gospel, his interest is especially focused on the poor and suffering in our midst.
Our King asks us to care for those in need--the hungry, the homeless, the foreigner, the sick and suffering. But then, he goes farther; he tells us that in caring for these least brethren, we will be ministering to HIM! What an incredible promise. Not only do we carry out the command to love our neighbor when we protect those in need, but we also show our love for Jesus in a direct and concrete way. This love for Christ through others is so real that Jesus actually tells us that our place on Judgment Day will depend on it: "'What you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.' And these will go off to eternal punishment." On the other hand, the "righteous" who ministered to the weak and poor will enjoy eternal life. Our King has spoken loud and clear. Now comes the question of whether or not we are obeying his orders?
Each of us is called to examine how well we are caring for the least among us. Sometimes, this means giving our time and energy for special ministries or missions, but often it means caring for those right in front of us--the sick or suffering in our own homes, families, neighborhoods, or parishes. Whatever our situation, may we have the eyes to see Christ in our midst and serve him.
HAVE YOU HEARD OF BLACK FRIDAY?
HOW ABOUT CYBER MONDAY?
Giving Tuesday is the charitable answer to our consumer driven culture and #iGiveCatholic is the Catholic community's version of Giving Tuesday.
ADVANCED GIVING RUNS NOVEMBER 10-26
All monies will be used to fund travel to missions and conferences for St. Thomas youth. St. Thomas and our youth need your help to fund these trips! Over 24 youth will be attending NCYC and it is very expensive but very necessary. Please consider a donation to help our youth further build their faith through unique travel experiences.
Below are some videos to show what some of these trips are about. Please consider helping....this type of travel is expensive for churches and families but so essential to helping true faith to take hold in our young people which is truly where our future is. Help to evangelize by supporting this cause.
THANKSGIVING DAY MASS
Thursday, November 23 @ 10:00AM
There will be no 8:30AM Mass this day.
NO DAILY MASS & NO COMMUNION SERVICE
Friday, November 24th.
PARISH OFFICE CLOSING
The parish office will close at 12 Noon on Wednesday, November 22nd and all day on
Thursday & Friday, November 23-24.
THANKSGIVING BULLETIN DEADLINE
The holiday season is just around the corner! Send your bulletin announcements for weekend November 25-26 no later than by noon on Wednesday, November 15th.
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
40 minutes before weekend Masses (not including Spanish)
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.
Friday 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Closed 12:00 PM-12:30 PM for lunch
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.
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.
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.
RECONCILIATION TIMES DURING ADVENT
Saturdays: beginning December 2 thru December 23
Sundays: beginning December 3 thru December 24
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.
Link to USCCB information on the Sacrament of Reconciliation Reconciliation
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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:
To buy a calendar, click link below
St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church
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.
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.
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
Adult Faith Formation Programs
St. Thomas Life Teen will be taking orders for poinsettias after each Mass. $12 each or $20 for two: Red, White, Pink. Sales help St. Thomas Life Teen attend Catholic HEART Workcamp.
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.
Time is limited so register now! Call Jill St. Yves, 986-9885 to register or for additional information.
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.
ATTENTION GIFT GIVERS!!!
Our Angel Gift Tree is now up in the Narthex. The tree is up early to give you enough time to shop for the children. We will need all gifts returned by Friday, December 1st to meet the Loudon and Lenoir City Resource Centers due dates. Thank you for taking part in our gift program this year.
"It's just not safe for you anymore," they say. "You could stay with one of us - or look into a place I know..." You can't live on your own anymore. And it hurts. Giving up some of your independence, adjusting to new routines... Let a Stephen Minister share this difficult time with you. To learn more about Stephen Ministry, contact Barbara Brennan 458-8922 or Tom Ringenbach 458-0915.
SOCIETY ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
The good news of today’s Gospel is the extravagance of what is being given us. All we need do is be faithful in “small matters.” The cost of fidelity has no comparison to the reward given. Have a blessed Thanksgiving and remember the poor in your contributions of food and funds. The next regular meeting will be on Friday, December 1 in the Deacon Jose Room at 9:30 following mass and morning prayer. 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.
Reminder - the monthly food and diaper drive is next weekend, November 25 and 26. Newborn size diapers and baby wipes are especially needed.
Do You Sew?
The Women’s Guild is continuing to make bags to present Christmas gifts for the children at the Child Advocacy Center. We have only made about 12 of the 25 bags that they need. If you would like to join us to help to sew the bags, please bring your machine and notions to the Chota Rec. Center on Nov. 11th from 9:00 - 1:00. Kits are also available if you would like to sew the bags at home. Please contact Allis Hanley to let her know if you’d like to come to Chota or to sew at home. (865) 458-8872.
Reservations for the Advent by Candlelight are now being accepted. Invite your female family members, friends and neighbors for a Christ-centered preparation for the holiday season on Sunday, December 3, at 2:00 PM at the PFLC. There is no charge for this event. The theme this year is Advent Around the World. Please make your reservations early! Sign up by contacting Bette Purvis firstname.lastname@example.org or 865.458. 8070. You won't want to miss this opportunity to prepare your heart for the Advent season.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
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!
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 email@example.com.
If you have recently registered and have not heard from our Welcome Committee, please contact Deacon Dave Pecot at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
FORMED for St. Thomas the Apostle
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
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
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.
- Fr. Doug Owens, Pastor
- Fr. Julian Cardona, Associate Pastor
- Deacon Sean Smith, Deacon
- Deacon Dave Pecot, Deacon
- Phil Johnson, Business Manager
- Lupe Cortes, Secretary/Receptionist
- Kevin Cooney, Director of Sports,Family and Youth Ministry
- Jill St. Yves, Director of Religious Education
- Kasey Ross, Echo Program Apprentice
- Marla Sloane Emerson, Music Coordinator
- Jim Polhamus, Liturgical Coordinator
- Christine Lucheon, Bookkeeper/Webmaster
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 email@example.com
If you would like to donate flowers for the altar, please contact the parish office at 865-986-9885.
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.
Edge Color Run
Use password STAYG2016
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
Youth Living Stations of the Cross 2016
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.
Readings for the Week of November 19, 2017
- Sunday: Prv 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 / Ps 128 / 1 Thes 5:1-6 / Mt 25:14-30 or 25:14-15, 19-21
- Monday: 1 Mc 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63 / Ps 119 / Lk 18:35-43
- Tuesday: 2 Mc 6:18-31 / Ps 3 / Lk 19:1-10
- Wednesday: 2 Mc 7:1, 20-31 / Ps 17 / Lk 19:11-28
- Thursday: 1 Mc 2:15-29 / Ps 50 / Lk 19:41-44
- Friday: 1 Mc 4:36-37, 52-59 / 1 Chr 29 / Lk 19:45-48
- Saturday: 1 Mc 6:1-13 / Ps 9 / Lk 20:27-40
- Next Sunday: Ez 34:11-12, 15-17 / Ps 23 / 1 Cor 15:20-26, 28 / Mt 25:31-46