Contact Info

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

St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church

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.

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

Labor Day-September 1, 2014

Office Hours

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

OFFICE CLOSED-Labor Day, September 1

Eucharistic Adoration

Click on picture to view the schedule of Eucharistic Adoration.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Reconciliation is available Tuesdays at 6:00PM and Saturdays from 3:00 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




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Evenings with Father Doug


Wednesday, September 10  6:30-8:00 pm

St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church

Father Doug will enrich our understanding of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and its three elements:  conversion, confession, and celebration.  Our main intention in this sacrament is to reconcile with God like the “prodigal son” and to acknowledge our sins with true sorrow before the priest.   By reading and listening to the Gospels, we understand how important forgiveness of our sins is for all of us. As we grow in holiness, we will have a stronger sense of sin, sorrow for sins, and a need for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. 

No registration necessary.  We will meet in the PFLC.

Religious Education and Youth Ministry Begin in September

To register for the 2014-2015 Religious Education programs (Grades K-12),
please click on the picture below:
First Session for grades K-7 will be Sunday, September 7, 2014
First Session for Youth Group and Confirmation, grades 8-12 will be
Wednesday, September 10, 2014



To pay Religious Education Fees online, please click here.

To download a Youth Ministry Brochure (grades 8-12), please click here.

To download a Religious Education Brochure (grades K-7), please click here.

Adult Faith Formation Opportunities starting soon!


Time to register for the the Adult Faith Formation programs that will begin in September. Please stop by the registration table in the narthex after Mass.

Two exciting DVD programs will be offered simultaneously in morning sessions and evening sessions.
Fr. Robert Barron’s beautiful series, Catholicism, and Steve Weidenkopf’s, Epic. 

Please click here to see a booklet of all scheduled Adult Faith Formation programs for the year or go to the Adult Faith Formation page for more information.



A Journey through Church History Presented by Steve Weidenkopf

Mondays, September 8 – November 10        7:00 PM – 8:30 PM PFLC Facilitator – Jim Gescei
Thursdays, September 11 – November 13     9:30 AM – 11:00 AM PFLC Facilitator – Jill St. Yves

Church history is not just the recitation of popes, people, places and events: it is a story of adventure, intrigue,
rebellion, reform and devotion. The story is our story: this is our family. Come and learn the true story of the
Crusades, the Protestant Reformation, Spanish Inquisition, the major people and events of the past 2,000 years.
Discover how the Catholic Church helped build a great civilization and spread the Gospel throughout the world.

Catholicism Presented by Fr. Robert Barron

Mondays, September 8 – November 10       7:00 PM – 8:30 PM PFLC Facilitator - Pam Wallace
Thursdays, September 11 – November 13    9:30 AM – 11:00 AM PFLC Facilitator – Deacon David Lucheon

What is Catholicism? In Catholicism, Fr. Robert Barron examines this question and more, bringing the mysteries of
the faith to life. Beautifully filmed in more than 50 locations around the world, the 10 sessions of Catholicism unlock
the beauty and truth of the Catholic Faith.



Alpha… It Can Change Your Life!


Looking for something to energize your Spiritual Life? – Try Alpha

Alpha is a program that presents the basic core beliefs of the Christian faith in a challenging, fun, and life-changing way.  The course is for faithful members of the church as well as those who are going through the motions.

The Alpha Course, an eight-week program begins on September 9th, at 6:15 PM.  The program starts with a wonderful cooked meal, followed by a presentation and then discussions on that presentation.  Over the years, participants have said that “Alpha will challenge your faith in a way that will move your faith from your head to your heart.”  . 

Alpha participation is limited so register early for this session! 

Registration forms are available in the Church Narthex or by clicking HERE

To view a video on the Catholic perspective on ALPHA, click HERE!


Call Deacon Dave Pecot@ 458-9628 or Jill St. Yves @ 986-9885 for more information.



CREED kicked off on Sunday, August 24
Next CREED Sunday is September 28  

Families can choose between an early session, 4:00-5:30 PM or a later session, 6:30-8:00 PM on CREED Sundays.

Dinner will be served at 5:45 PM for both sessions. 

So, come to the early session and then eat dinner or eat dinner and stay for the later session-either way CREED is a faith formation experience for the entire family and a wonderful opportunity for fellowship together.

We look forward to seeing all of our families at CREED this year!

Casino Night

St. Thomas Casino Night
Friday, September 26, 2014
6:30 – 10:00 PM


Click here to download a flyer

Each event ticket comes with a complimentary wine glass and 2 drink
$25 = $100 in chips plus 2 prize tickets
$50 = $250 in chips plus 5 prize tickets
Additional chips can be purchased $10 = $50 in chips plus 1 prize ticket
Additional prize tickets: $100 in chips = 1 prize ticket
Additional drink tickets can be purchased for $3


For further information, contact:
Donna Curry
Don Hoyle

Purchase tickets in September
Online with credit card— or 
Before/after Mass with checks or





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.


Calling all Men of St. Thomas parish to our annual Cursillo Men’s Weekend at Apison Retreat Center this Oct 16th-19th. 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’s 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’s no better spiritual way to spend an October weekend.. God willing it can become the most memorable weekend you have ever experienced. 

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 or 865-405-3151.

Diocesan Homecoming Family Day Celebration and Mass

Please join Bishop Stika on Saturday, September 13th for our “Diocesan Homecoming” Family Day Celebration and Closing Mass” on the campus of Knoxville Catholic High School.  Admission is FREE and a Domino’s catered lunch is provided—please help us with ordering our complimentary food by registering at —it’s quick and easy! Our day of fun activities for all ages begins at 10:00 am and concludes with an outdoor Mass celebrated by Bishop Stika beginning at 4:00 pm (fulfilling the Sunday obligation).  We look forward to seeing you September 13th!!! 

Celebración Diocesana de la Familia y  Misa

Por favor, acompañemos al Obispo Stika el Sábado,13 de septiembre en nuestro "Día Diocesano de la Familia" y la Misa de clausura "en el campus del Knoxville Catholic High School. La entrada es gratis y el almuerzo será provisto por  Domino’s Pizza. Por favor, ayúdennos a  pedir la comida gratuita inscribiéndose en ―¡Es rápido y fácil! Nuestro día de actividades y entretenimiento para todas las edades comienza a las 10:00 am y concluye con una Misa al aire libre, celebrada por el Obispo Stika a las 4:00 pm (cumple con la obligación dominical). ¡Esperamos verlos el 13 de septiembre! 


In November, Amendment 1 will state: Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion. The people retain the right through their elected state representatives and state senators to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the life of the mother.  Because of a radical 4 to 1 ruling by the Tennessee Supreme Court in 2000, TN now boasts a broader right to abortion than that recognized by Roe v. Wade or the U.S. Constitution.  In 2008, 23.7% of abortions were sought by women residing out-of-state. "YES on 1" is a non-profit pro-life group that is helping to spread the word and educate TN residents about this important ballot measure.  Please see this site for more information.    VOTE YES on Amendment One! 


We as a diocese are moving forward with a capital campaign that will benefit all of our parishes and the diocese.  It will be comprised of a pilot wave and three subsequent waves as well as a major gift component. Please visit the campaign page to see view or download the letters from Bishop Stika.

The pilot wave, which will include about 5-6 parishes will begin this September.  I wanted to inform you that St. Thomas plans to participate in the last phase of the campaign which means that our fundraising for the campaign will not begin until early 2016. However, in the meantime you may be contacted directly by the diocese to contribute to the major gift portion of the campaign.

Over the coming months, we will begin to plan a project for our campaign as well as form committees to assist us with the campaign process.  We will continue to inform you about our campaign planning phase through our website and the bulletin.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

In Christ,

Fr. Doug 

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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. 



Family Fun Nite

Sports and Family Ministry

Soccer Academy…every Wednesday

 Fall Soccer Sign-up options:

  • During Soccer Academy 
  • Pick up a form in the St. Thomas parish offices
  • Print a form by following the link below to the Sports and Family page.

To only process an online payment for Fall Soccer click here.

For more information or to download registration form, click here!

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


Retiro Pentecostes

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  

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!

Liturgical Tribute Fund

To receive more information on the Liturgical Tribute Fund, please click on the chalice.



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. 

Celebrate St. Thomas Family Camp-out


Weekly reading

Weekly reading

Readings for the Week of August 24, 2014

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