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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.

GOSPEL MEDITATION - ENCOURAGE DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF SCRIPTURE

January 21, 2018 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
"So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him." What did Zebedee think about all of this? His sons and his partners, James and John, suddenly left their post and followed Jesus. So there he stood in the boat with a crew of employees, but not one of his sons. We can't help but wonder whether Zebedee was in favor of this promise that his heirs would become "fishers of men." Most likely, this event was the cause of some familial tension.
Throughout the Gospels, Jesus instructs us to love and serve others for the love of God. But the Lord also makes it clear that our devotion to him is meant to trump our devotion to anything-or anyone-else. For our part, we are called to allow this divine allegiance to exist in those we love, even when it means a sacrifice for us as well. Parents for example, like Zebedee, are called to encourage their children to follow the Lord's call. A son or daughter's vocation to religious life certainly exemplifies this kind of sacrifice for a parent who might have had a different plan in mind. But in truth every son and daughter has a vocation from God and parents have the opportunity to support and assist their children as they seek to hear and follow God's special plan for their lives.
We don't know for sure how Zebedee responded to the vocation of his sons, but we know that James and John were counted among the Twelve Apostles and that their devotion and dedication helped to spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Regardless of what he might have thought as he stood in that boat, we can be quite sure that looking back now, Zebedee can rejoice heartily in the choice of his sons to leave their nets and follow Christ.

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

Weather Announcements

 

PARISH OFFICE IS CLOSED TODAY. TUESDAY, JANUARY 16.

THE PFLC IS OPEN, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR MEETING OR GROUP LEADERS FOR STATUS FOR MEETINGS TODAY.

 

 

 

Notice regarding inclement weather and scheduling:

  • Mass will be celebrated regardless of weather. Please use your judgement in venturing out in bad weather.
  • To the extent possible, weather-related announcements for parish office hours and other meeting cancellations etc will be posted on the website and in an email if possible.
    Thank you for your patience.

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.

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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

Morning Prayer

MORNING PRAYER ON FRIDAYS

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

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.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

PASTA DINNER

 

The Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring its Annual Pasta Dinner on Friday, January 26, 2018 in the St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Family Life Center.  The menu will include dinner salad, fresh pasta with tomato sauce, meatballs, fresh Italian bread, iced tea, cake and coffee.  Beer, wine and soda will be available at a small extra cost.  There will be continuous service from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  Tickets are available before and after all weekend Masses.  You may also call Joe Filosi, Pasta Dinner Chairman, for tickets at 423-884-6979.  Price is $10.00 per person and $20.00 per family.

Fr. John Orr-Defending the Faith

Please join the AFF committee to hear Fr. John Orr speak on "Defending your Faith"

January 18th, 6:30 - 8:00 PM here in the St Thomas PFLC Social Hall. 

 

Pro-Life Activities

MARCH FOR LIFE

St. Thomas Life Teen has space on their charter bus to the March For Life in Washington D.C. We will depart Thursday evening January 18, driving through the night to arrive at the Verizon Center for the rally and Youth Mass at 6:00 am. After the March concludes we will take the metro to VA, eat dinner and return home. It is truly a pilgrimage. Anyone not enrolled in high school and 18 years of age or older must be Virtus trained to ride with us. Virtus trained adults are welcome. Text or call Kevin at 865-310-5440.


KNOXVILLE MARCH FOR LIFE

Sunday, January 21, 2018   

On Sunday, January 21, 2018, Knoxville Right to Life will hold its annual March for Life to prayerfully remember the children killed by abortion since the 1973 Roe vs Wade decision to legalize abortion in the United States.  The March will start at 2:00 PM at the World's Fair Amphitheater, Knoxville.  There will be a brief service at the amphitheater and then a walk to the Clinch Street abortion facility where thousands of abortions have been performed.  You may participate in both the service and the March or only the service.    

Please plan to attend this event.  Carpools will leave from St. Thomas Church after the 11:30 AM Holy Mass.        Call Kay Sheldon at 742-7557 with questions.   Please be a witness for life in our community.

 

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. 

Bulletin Notes

Publicity Resource Needed for AFF and Related Church Promotions

We are in need of someone who is comfortable with using the computer to assist us in some small publicity projects at STA.  This is a small volunteer role, maybe a few hours each month at most to work with our Publicity person to expand our efforts at increasing communications within and external to the St. Thomas the Apostle Parish.  Basic skills using email, Microsoft Word, Excel and maybe PowerPoint or Publisher would be needed.  Contact Marlene Eeg at marleneeeg@earthlink.net.


STEPHEN MINISTRY

Was it really only last year?  You stayed up to watch the New Year come in together. You talked about the past year, all the memories, good and bad...How you laughed over some of them. But this year you're alone.  And memories bring you nothing but pain. During this time of pain, a Stephen Minister would like to be there with you.  He or she will listen and care as you sort through your feelings.  Call Barbara Brennan (458-8922) or Tom Ringenbach (458-0915).


SOCIETY ST. VINCENT DE PAUL

Today we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany, where the Magi find the newborn king and offer him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  Thank you for your charitable gifts.  The next regular meeting will be on Friday, January 19 in the Deacon Jose Room at 1:00.  Call Larry Finneran at (865) 657-9119 for more information.  


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.   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!


 

Home Campaign Update

Home Campaign Summary of Fund Received and Disbursed

 Funds Received since inception of campaign:                              $585,000

Amount used to pay off debt                                                          $500,000

Amount used for roof replacement                                                   $82,000

Amount in reserve for future projects                                                 $3,000 

(We have now reached the 75% threshold so we will receive back from the diocese 75% of all monies received-up from 50%).

 

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

Adult Faith Formation Programs

Adult Faith Formation Sign-Up Weekend

The St. Thomas the Apostle Adult Faith Formation (AFF) Committee will be holding a special event after each Mass the weekend of January 6th & 7th

The purpose is to announce the new AFF programs scheduled for you beginning January through March.  Based on feedback from the recent survey, the AFF Committee has chosen some excellent programs, at different times of the week, to hopefully match your interests and availability.  To provide you with more information on each available program offering, tables with the facilitator for each program will be set up for you to learn more about the program offering and to sign up to attend.  A complete Program Guidebook will also be available to you in the pews that weekend and on the counter in the Narthex.  Sample program materials such as books will be also be available for your review at the tables.  We encourage you to review the Program Guidebook and visit the tables to learn more about these wonderful faith-based programs.”

 

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.

 

Divine Mercy Chaplet online

 

 

 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.

Catholic Gifts and Books and Supplies

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.

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

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

 

        

 

 

 

 

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

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