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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

May 26, 2019
6th Sunday of Easter
Theology has two words to describe the space between God and us - transcendent and immanent. When we say God is transcendent, we speak of the One whose ways are not our ways, the placer of stars and maker of mountains. This is God who transcends our understanding, whose being goes beyond what we can know. When we say God is immanent, we mean His nearness to us. This is the way Jesus speaks of himself in today's Gospel. "Whoever loves me keeps my word...and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him." 
The Hebrews saw God as intimately involved with the fate of their people. But for all His care, God was still distant to most. He spoke through prophets and was represented in blazes of fire and pillars of cloud. Priests offered animal sacrifice to atone for the nation's sins. While we still know that God is transcendent - any morning's resplendent sunrise confirms this - Jesus introduces us to himself in a new way. Not only does Jesus walk among us, but the Holy Spirit dwells within us. "The Advocate, the Holy Spirit...will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I told you. Peace I leave with you!"
How do you tend to view God? For many of us, the transcendent sense of a distant God might fill our perception. Today's Gospel reminds us of something altogether different, something more intimate. Our God remains with us. He overcomes the confusion of the world and speaks peace to our troubled hearts. Our God is not far from us. The more we remain connected to Him and love as He loved, the more we will experience His nearness. We can have confidence in His presence and rest in His encouragement: "Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid."

Mass on Memorial Day

Mass on Memorial Day & Ceremony

Please join us for Mass on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th at 10:00 AM.  Mass will be followed by a tribute to our veterans at the  Veterans’ Memorial.  The wreath presentation will be made by LCDR Tony Hartman, USN Retired.  Thank you for your support.

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

40 minutes before weekend Masses (not including Spanish)

Parish Calendar

The complete parish calendar can be found at the bottom of the homepage or you may click on the menu item, Calendar to be directed to a new page.

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

MEMORIAL DAY-Monday, May 27


The Rosary is prayed 40 minutes before 5:00PM Mass 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.

Morning Prayer


Morning Prayer on Fridays after Daily Mass.

 Please join us!

Eucharistic Adoration





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.





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


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

If you have recently registered and have not heard from our Welcome Committee, please contact Deacon Dave Pecot at

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.


New Adult Faith Formation Programs


Unpacking the Mystery of Pentecost

Join our own Deacon Dave Pecot for the second session in the three part series exploring that Acts of the Apostles and how the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost is a critical piece in God's plan for our Salvation. Session 2 will be held on Monday, May 20, asking the question “is the Sprit more important for us than the gift of salvation?”. It’s OK to attend even if you missed session 1. This and the subsequent session on June 3 will be held in the Parish Family Life Center, with refreshments available at 6:00 PM and the program from 6:30-8:00 PM. Sign up on the registration list in the Narthex or contact the parish office.

Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth (BIBLE)

Join Deacon John Krepps in studying the Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth (BIBLE).  This will be an in depth discussion of the Gospel of John which started last summer and we made it through the first 4 Chapters. Don’t be daunted if you did not attend last year (all are welcome). We will do a brief recap during the first week and are not on a set agenda so there will be plenty of time for questions and discussions. The classes will be held in room 118 (RCIA room) in the basement of the Parish Family Life Center. The classes will be held on Sundays from 10:15 to 11:15 starting on May 19 and continuing every other Sunday through July 28.

Come find out why the Gospel of John soars above the rest.

New on Formed

Can’t make an Adult Faith Formation program in person or looking for something different than what’s offered? Try the website. Access is free to St. Thomas parishioners through the parish website using access code HKP7F3. With May being the month of Mary, why not learn more about her by watching the film “Mary of Nazareth” or listen to an audio program called “Answering Common Objections: Mary” by Scott Hahn. Plus, there are many other titles to choose from to nourish your Catholic faith.

 Hungry to learn more about our faith?

Check out the new books and CDs available in the Narthex by well known authors including: Cardinal Chaput, Scott Hahn, Tim Gray, Fr. Larry Richards, and Jeff Cavins. There are titles in English and in Spanish. Share them with your family or pass them along to a friend when you are done with them! Make a donation to offset the cost if you can, but it is not necessary.


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



Bulletin Notes

Relic Pilgrimage of St. Jean Vianney’s Incorrupt Heart at the Cathedral, Thursday, May 23

Where would we be without the priesthood?  The diocese is blessed to host at the Cathedral on Thurs, May 23 the Pilgrimage Relic of the Incorrupt Heart of St. Jean Vianney,  the patron saint of parish priests.  Public veneration at the Cathedral begins at 9:00 am and will conclude with a Rosary at 7:00 pm.  Bishop Stika is encouraging all our parishes to make a pilgrimage visit to the Cathedral on this special occasion and to pray for your priests.  Bishop Stika will celebrate with the priests of the diocese a Mass at 12 noon and invites all to join him.  The Rosary at 7:00 pm will be for the intentions of all our priests and for vocations as well.  Come and venerate and pray for your priests before the “Heart of a Priest” who lived the priesthood as beautifully as St. Jean Vianney.  For questions, please contact Paul Simoneau at / 865-862-5753.

St. Thomas’ Bell Choir

Do you like hearing the bells at Mass? Would you like to learn to play the bells? If you can read music, or even if you can’t, please consider learning to play bells. If we are to continue this music ministry, we need your help. 

We are also looking for someone with a musical background who would be willing to direct the Bell Choir. Please contact Judy Heard, 423-884-3146 or Mary Mills, 865-986-6548.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul 

In the Gospel today, Jesus says “I give you a new commandment: love one another….This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”  By your gift to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul you show that you have love for one another, especially those suffering and poor, and that indeed you are the disciple of Jesus. The next regular meeting will be on Friday, June 7 in the Deacon Jose Room at 9:15 am. Call Larry  Finneran at 865-657-9119 for more information.

La Vida en Rosa 2019

High School Girls’ Retreat

We invite the high school young ladies (especially those planning to celebrate their quinceañera) to the La Vida en Rosa Retreat.  The theme this year is You are more precious than pearls (Proverbs 3:15).  Girls:  during this retreat you can expect games, time to reconnect with God, excellent talks, good food, meeting new friends, fun activities, and learning a lot about your worth and dignity as a daughter of God.  Some talks and activities will be in Spanish and others in English.  The retreat will be from Friday May 31 at 6:30 PM until Sunday June 2 at 4 PM in the Christ Prince of Peace retreat house in Benton, TN.  The cost is $35. We have space for 50 teens.  Bring a friend.  We will see you there! To register, contact Brittany García, coordinator of Pastoral Juvenil Hispana, at (865) 776-9635 or

 Massive Summer Sale

The Paraclete Catholic Bookstore is having a massive summer sale June 1-15.  We are clearing out overstock in all departments! Sale items are 40-90% off.  Sale will be held inside so beat the heat and come on in! 417 Erin Drive (located on the campus of Sacred Heart Cathedral), Knoxville (865) 588-0388.


Saturday, June 15               ◊          8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

 Volunteer Landing, 400 Neyland Drive, Knoxville, TN 

Join the Ladies of Charity Knoxville for the 3rd Annual 5K and Kids’ Mile Race – a family friendly event! 

Kids’ Mile 8:00 am                  ◊                      5K 8:30 am                  ◊                      Awards 9:30 am 

For more information visit:


Stephen Ministers are members of Saint Thomas who have been through extensive training and provide confidential, one-to-one, Christian care to people who are experiencing a difficult time. They will listen, care, encourage, pray with and for you, and provide weekly support for you as long as your need persists. If you are hurting, contact Barbara Brennan 458-8922 or Tom Ringenbach 458-0915.  Our Stephen Ministers are ready to bring God’s love and care into your life.


Bishop Stika will celebrate a Diocesan-Wide Confirmation Mass on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 4:00 pm at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Any adult (18 and over) who has had the sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, and Reconciliation, but has not been confirmed, can receive the sacrament on this date. If you are interested, please let the parish office know by May 20, 2019.

 Help is needed to clean the church

“Housekeeping ain’t no joke” – Louisa May Alcott

Help is needed to clean the church, every first Monday at 10:00AM. See Sharon May 423-612-9529.

Email and Text Scams

Please be advised that no priest, staff person or official volunteer for the church will ever ask for your help financially via email or  text....we will not ask you to send money or buy itunes cards or anything similar. Please do not respond to any such emails. Scammers are more and more clever and are using websites to find out names and they are creating email addresses and asking for help. Please do not respond! Father Julian's email was the latest to be used in this way.


It’s not too early to mark your calendars for the St. Thomas Women’s Guild Luncheon and Fashion Show on Wednesday, August 7. Since we have a number of vendors who would like to return, we want to give our parishioners the first option to join in the fun. Contact Kathy Witwer ( or 865-657-9087) if you are interested in being a vendor. Please contact Mary Kay Hostetler (  or 217-498-9590) if you would like to model fashions from the Whistle Stop in Loudon.  Finally the committee is looking for interested women who would like to head the sub-committees for kitchen/food prep, set up/clean up or table décor/ centerpieces. Please contact Virginia Zorovich ( or 865-657-9216) or Cindy Rogers ( or 312-590-2538) to join the committee.  We ask that you make contact by March 15.


Hearing assistance transmitters and headphones are available in the closet next to the sound control board in the back corner of the sanctuary.  If you have difficulty hearing, please take advantage of these devices.  Just pick them up at the closet prior to Mass, and return after Mass.


Memorial Day - May 27, 2019

Did you know that you can have a commemorative brick installed at the Veterans’ Plaza in front of the parish office. This is a great way to honor a deceased family member who served our country in the military. The cost of the brick is $150. The engraving is limited to 2 lines of 13 characters per line (including spaces). Order forms can be picked up at the parish office. 


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. Our Inquiry sessions are held every Sunday morning (10:15am-11:15am) or Monday evening (6:30pm-8pm) in Room 118 downstairs in the Parish Family Life Center. You may attend either session as they will both contain the same information. For more information, call Deacon John Krepps, 469-0604,

Welcome to our Community 

The ministry of hospitality is in need of more volunteers to contact new parishioners who join our parish family. This ministry does more than welcome. The task is to meet with new parishioners and help them assimilate into the community, to encourage them to use their gifts and to know we are a family of believers not a church of independent worshipers. If you love to talk to people, enjoy meeting new people or just want another way to help our community contact Deacon Dave at 458-9628 or email He will explain the ministry to you and how you can help.


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.   To register visit  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!


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. 



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


For more information, call Deacon John Krepps, 469-0604, or 



Altar Flowers

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


The choir sings at the Cathedral

St. Thomas Mixed Choir making their debut at The Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Catholic Gifts and Books and Supplies

Women's Guild Meetings

  • Women's Guild April 16th meeting. Three deacon's wives sheared with us ...
  • Women's Guild March 19th meeting. Speaker Lisa Healy, Interim Executive Director, ...
  • Women's Guild May 17th - 20th Annual Luncheon and Card Party ...

May Crowning

Casino Night

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.