Contact Info

1580 St. Thomas Way
Lenoir City, TN 37772
P: 865-986-9885
F: 865-988-8230

St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church

Palm Sunday-March 29, 2015

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.

Looks like we did it......5,180 pounds of canned love!


We exceeded our goal of 2 tons of love and according to sources at Good Samaritan, our donation was their largest single donation ever received. Thank you to all for helping our brothers and sisters in need. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.





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Office Hours

Monday-Friday 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Closed 12:00 PM-12:30 PM for lunch

Good Friday, April 3
Easter Monday, April 6


Click here to go to Daily Divine Office where you can read and/or listen to the office of prayers.

Spring Soccer Saturdays Sign-Up


Spring Soccer Saturdays

April 11-May 23


Sign up for Spring Soccer Saturdays by picking up a form from church or download a form here.

Mass Times

Saturday 5:00 PM English Vigil
Saturday 7:00 PM Spanish Vigil
Sunday 9:00 AM
Sunday 11:30 AM
During Lent-Wednesday 6:00 PM

Holy Thursday, April 2
Good Friday, April 3
Easter Monday, April 6
Tuesday, April 7

Mon-Fri 8:30 AM
Rosary immediately following daily Mass

Eucharistic Adoration



Eucharistic Adoration will be on First Fridays,from  9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Morning Prayer Every Friday during Lent from 7:30 AM – 8:15 AM 

Additional times of Adoration are available during Lent, please see the Lenten Activities below for those times.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Reconciliation is available Tuesdays at 6:00 PM and Saturdays from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM.


During Lent:

Confessions will also be available on Wednesday at 5:00 PM.

See Lenten activities for other times on Sundays.

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

New 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 beginning on March 9, 2015:

  • 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 will 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.
  • To be fair to those requests made before the policy change: any Mass intentions requested prior to this change in policy (March 9, 2015), the name will be announced during the Prayers of the Faithful.

If you have questions regarding these changes, please contact Fr. Doug directly.



St. Thomas Women’s Guild Spring Card Party and Luncheon will be held on Thursday, May 7th.  All women of the parish are invited to attend and to bring their friends to enjoy a lovely lunch and a day of cards or games.  It is an important fundraiser for the Guild; all proceeds will go to local charities.  It is always a fun day! 

Tickets for the event are $16. They will be on sale at the Guild meeting on Monday, March 23rd or from Bette Purvis at 458-8070. 

Volunteers are always needed.  Please call Sandra Meyer at 657-5032 to add your name to the list or email her at


Diocesan Events-Visit for Information



Los sábados de 12pm-2pm 

En el Centro Parroquial 

Comenzamos a jugar el 11 de abril

Thank you to all who have been supporting Catholic education by saving Boxtops and Labels for Education for St. John Neumann Catholic School. The last turn-in for the year will be in early April. Please put your Boxtops in the box at the PFLC by the last Sunday of March for pickup. Call Eileen (816-3714) for information.


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 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. 

In preparation for the Synod of Bishops in October that will further reflect upon The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World, the Vatican has sent a list of 46 questions to all the Bishops of the Church.  The purpose of these survey questions is to aid in developing the Synod’s agenda and working document.  Though the intended audience for these questions are academic institutions and church associations and organizations, Bishop Stika encourages anyone who is interested to participate in the survey.  The link for the diocesan survey can be found at and must be completed no later than March 15.

A Conversation with the Cardinals on April 18, 2015 

Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime experience in “A Conversation with the Cardinals” on April 18, 2015 from 7-9 pm at the Historic Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville featuring New York Archbishop Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Cardinal Justin Rigali and Cardinal William Levada.  Bishop Stika will moderate this entertaining and informative night, the proceeds of which will benefit the St. Mary’s Legacy Foundation Mobile Health Clinic.  Tickets can be purchased on a first come first serve basis at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 865-745-3000, online at, or at the Tennessee Theatre’s Clinch Avenue Box Office Monday-Friday 10 am – 5 pm and Saturday 10 am – 2 pm.  For more information about this special event, please visit


Please beware of individuals soliciting for contributions on St. Thomas property.  We have experienced some repeated problems, and most often those soliciting are dishonest and manipulative.  If you are approached, please refer the solicitor to Good Samaritan Center, 119 North A Street, Lenoir City, or to the Parish Office.  

By making personal contributions we are encouraging and attracting fraudulent solicitations.  If you would like to help with real emergency needs, please make your gift to the Charity Fund at St.Thomas, or directly to the Good Samaritan Center.  

When emergency needs arise we want to help, but we must be cautious.  If you have questions, or if you observe someone soliciting on parish grounds, please notify the Parish Office immediately. 


The Women's Guild of St. Thomas will host their 17th Annual Spring Card Party and Luncheon Thursday, May 7th.Please mark your calendars, alert your friends, plan to attend and have some fun.


Eleven 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…


A Cry Room for those who wish to use it is now available in the chapel. Seats have been positioned so that Mass may be viewed through the glass wall and glass door.  It is accessible from both the narthex and the nave. 

If you would like to make an announcement regarding a parish activity, please email the webmaster at



What are Coptic Christians and Why You Should Know

Click on the picture to learn more!


Religious Education and Youth Ministry Information


To download a Youth Ministry Schedule (grades 8-12), please click here.
To download a Religious Education Schedule (grades K-7), please click here.

To register for the 2014-2015 Religious Education, Youth, and Confirmation programs

Grades (K-12)

please click on the picture below:  

 To pay Religious Education Fees online, please click here.


Online Giving

 Click on the the above box to be redirected to the WeShare site.

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

Click here to see an Online Giving Flyer  

Our Kids be (W)rapping-October 22

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. 


Online Parish Registration

To register online, click below. 

Becoming Catholic

Are you interested in becoming Catholic or learning more about the Catholic faith? Please click on the picture for more information!

Altar Flowers

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


Prayer Requests

Click on Picture to make a prayer request

Click on the picture to fill out online prayer request form.


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. 

Religious Education -1st Week 2014

CREED-October 27

Sports and Family Ministry



 Contact info…need cell phone numbers for S & F informational text chain 865-310-5440 text Kevin your name and numbers.  


Youth - 1st Week 2014


Weekly reading

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