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.
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.
Spring Fling and Parish Picnic
Saturday 7:00 PM Spanish Vigil
Sunday 9:00 AM
Sunday 11:30 AM
Mon-Fri 8:30 AM
Rosary immediately following daily Mass
Closed 12:00 PM-12:30 PM for lunch
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.
FOCUS Ministry Guest-August 1 and 2
On August 1 and 2, Deidre Merrill will be with us representing FOCUS Ministry. FOCUS stands for Fellowship of Catholic University Students. Deidre will be serving her second year as a missionary at Georgia Tech! She and her family are members of St. Thomas the Apostle.
FOCUS is the largest Catholic outreach program in the United States today, reaching out to students on college campuses. FOCUS was founded by Curtis Martin who recently visited us here in the Diocese of Knoxville. Curtis Martin is the author of the best-selling book Made for More (one of our gift books here at St. Thomas). In reflecting on the work of FOCUS, Timothy Cardinal Dolan stated, "If you're looking for hope, look to FOCUS." If you would like to learn more, click here.
Focus’s mission “is inviting college students into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church, inspiring and equipping them for a lifetime of Christ-centered evangelization, discipleship, and friendship, in which they lead others to do the same.”
This is the place where beliefs and dreams and values are formed — and, sadly, the place where most people walk away from the faith. FOCUS takes recent college graduates (like Deidre), trains them, and puts them right back onto college campuses, where they work with local pastors. FOCUS reaches students where they are and invites them to examine the meaning and purpose of their lives. They introduce college students to the person of Jesus Christ and the Catholic faith, and then empower these young people to share His Love with the world.
As a missionary, Deidre is called to fundraise 100% of her salary through individuals who support her on a monthly basis. There will be forms in the pews where you may fill in your contact information if you are interested in learning more and possibly supporting her in this life-giving mission. If you choose to fill out a form, Deidre will contact you and meet with you face-to-face to explain more about the mission. Deidre will also be in the back of church if you would like to meet her and she will also have a sign-up sheet in the back of the church as well.
“Some give by going, while others go by giving, without both there is no mission”
-Blessed Mother Teresa
To 10 Reasons for Attending St. Thomas Women’s Guild Fashion Show
The Fashion Show Committee has identified the top 10 reasons for attending the St. Thomas Women’s Guild Fashion Show:
1. Being served lunch is better than making it yourself.
2. Hanging with friends makes you happy.
3. Meeting new ladies on August 5th provides the opportunity to make
even more friends!
4. Listening to live music while you eat is good for your digestion.
5. Watching a fashion show will inspire you to be creative with your
6. Hearing comments about fashion trends is insightful.
7. Receiving a discount from Veronica G’s Boutique can put something
special in your closet. (The discounted coupon is valid within one week after the Fashion Show.)
8. Buying at the vendor tables helps you get an early start on Christmas
9. Eating and shopping under the same roof saves gas.
10. Supporting the fashion shop benefits local charities which is a good
thing to do.
Fashion Show Facts:
10:00 - 11:30 Vendor shopping in the Deacon Jose Room
11:30 Luncheon served in the Family Life Center, fashion show following
lunch, vendors open after fashion show.
Fashions from Veronica G’s Boutique located in convenient Turkey Creek,
diagonal to Publix.
ST. Thomas the Apostle Women's Guild Fashion Show
Women’s Guild Fashion Show - Answer to Summer Doldrums
Tired of the same old social activities? Feel like you’re stuck in a rut?
Take a break from golf, bridge games, and bookclubs and reserve a ticket to the St. Thomas Women’s Guild Fashion Show and Luncheon on
Wednesday, August 5th.
Don’t hesitate to shake it up; call or email Diane for a ticket today!
Remember..... shopping the vendor tables begins at 10:00 AM
lunch is served at 11:30 AM
and oohing and ahing over the latest fall fashions from Veronica G’s
Boutique in Turkey Creek can be a great way to add some pizzaz to your
TIME TO REGISTER FOR ADULT FAITH FORMATION CLASSES!!!
Registration for Fall and Winter AFF (Adult Faith Formation) classes will take place after Masses on
Please review the AFF booklet to see which classes you want to sign up for following Masses. You may order materials for the classes on these dates as well.
Catholic Inquiry Sessions
An August 3rd, Catholic Inquiry sessions will begin meeting every Monday at 6:00PM in Room 123 in the Parish Family Life Center. All are welcome to join us!
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
The St. Thomas Conference has begun assisting those in need effective July 1. The help line number is (865) 274-8697. The Conference is available for anyone seeking assistance. Please see the story below about our team and how they have reached out to our community.
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.
Second Collection for Tuition Support of our Catholic School Families in the Diocese of Knoxville will take place the weekend of August 22nd and 23rd.
By providing tuition support for our students, you are investing in Catholic families of our Diocese and the future of our Church in East Tennessee. You can also make a donation online by clicking on the “Support Catholic Schools Tuition Today” button or going to https://dioknox.org/catholic-schools-tuition-support/. All donations to this collection are tax deductible. The Diocese of Knoxville Catholic schools provide spiritual and intellectual growth for over 3,300 students. We welcome you to visit the Diocesan website at www.dioknox.org/schools to find out more about our schools, including school highlights and links to individual school websites. Thank you and may God Bless you for your generosity.
CURSILLO MEN’S WEEKEND
Calling all men of 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.
If you would like to make an announcement regarding a parish activity, please email the webmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor - Psalm 34
A story about faith and God’s love alive here in our parish……
from the heart and hands of our newly-formed Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
Through the Holy Spirit and the people of God who have hearts to bring God’s love to the poor, a single mother with four children is filled with gratitude to God and the members from our Society of St. Vincent de Paul who prayed with her and helped her avoid a financial crisis.
This single mother came to us with a large water bill. She had a water leak which created a utility bill of $648.00. She faced an imminent shut-off notice. Not knowing where to turn, she came to the church; and St. Thomas the Apostle’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul came to her aid.
Two of our society members visited and prayed with her at her home. Together, they prayed to the Holy Spirit for guidance. After visiting and praying with her, the St. Vincent de Paul team suggested an amount that she might pay, while we would contribute the remainder of the utility bill.
She was very hopeful that she would be able to do this and so grateful for the prayers and presence of the society members. During a time of mutual prayer led by our Vincentians, she received a phone call but chose not to answer her phone, so as not to interrupt the moment of prayer. We later found out that this was a very important call and an answer to that same prayer.
Our practice is to always reach out to our clients with a follow-up phone call. She was able to obtain her portion of the bill from an out of town uncle and the bill was paid. During the call, she expressed her profound gratitude for the financial assistance but was most appreciative for the prayers offered for her family by the St. Vincent de Paul team.
She then shared with us how overjoyed she was as she had been called to take a pre-screening drug test for one job and has a second interview on another (this was the call received during prayer with us). She was so joyful and thankful for the support of the church family and that her prayers were answered. God is truly good.
This story should be edifying for all of us as we see God’s very presence and love revealed through the people of the church loving and caring for each other as God calls us to do every day.
God's love will be witnessed by embracing all works of charity.
Youth-Coming in the Fall....Life Teen!
What is Life Teen?Life Teen is a movement within the Roman Catholic Church, Life Teen leads teenagers and their families into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church.
We are super excited to be launching our youth program next Fall with Life Teen!
Are you looking for a profound knowledge of God and his Church?
The goal of the Cursillo movement is to establish a closer and meaningful relationship with Christ by using the gospel as a way of life. Would you like to have the opportunity to experience this relationship with Christ and his church? The next three day weekends are coming soon.
The Cursillo movement of the Diocese of Knoxville announces their schedule.
2015 Event Location Dates
Men’s English Apison TN Oct 15-18
Women’s English Apison TN Nov 19-22
For more information call:
Men’s English: Women’s English
Tony Hartman 458. 0936 Bette Purvis 458. 8070
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.
What is Give Us This Day® ?
What is Give Us This Day® ?
A new, personal prayer periodical from Liturgical Press-a trusted publisher of liturgy, Scripture, and spirituality founded by the Benedictines of Saint John's Abbey in 1926.
Deeply rooted in the Catholic tradition, Give Us This Day® is about prayer-praying daily, praying well, praying with confidence.
Give Us This Day® supports your desire to establish prayer as a part of your life, enhancing your existing practices and deepening your encounter with God by providing:
- A practical approach to daily prayer
- Prayers and readings for daily Mass
- Daily prayer, Morning and Evening
- A reflection on the Scriptures for each day
Our Amazing Youth at Catholic Heart Workcamp
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 Jose Rivera (Retired), Deacon Emeritus
- Deacon Sean Smith, Deacon
- Deacon Tom Bomkamp, 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
- Marla Sloane Emerson, Music Coordinator
- Jim Polhamus, Liturgical Coordinator
- Paul Carter, Maintenance 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.
If you would like to donate flowers for the altar, please contact the parish office at 865-986-9885.
MARRIAGE AND THE SUPREME COURT
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.
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.
Readings for the Week of July 26, 2015
- Sunday: 2 Kgs 4:42-44 / Eph 4:1-6 / Jn 6:1-15
- Monday: Ex 32:15-24, 30-34 / Mt 13:31-35
- Tuesday: Ex 33:7-11; 34:5b-9, 28 / Mt 13:36-43
- Wednesday: Ex 34:29-35 / Jn 11:19-27 or Lk 10:38-42
- Thursday: Ex 40:16-21, 34-38 / Mt 13:47-53
- Friday: Lv 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34b-37 / Mt 13:54-58
- Saturday: Lv 25:1, 8-17 / Mt 14:1-12
- Next Sunday: Ex 16:2-4, 12-15 / Eph 4:17, 20-24 / Jn 6:24-35