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.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It is with sadness that I inform you of the upcoming change of assignment of Father Antonio Giraldo. Bishop Stika has assigned Father Antonio as Associate Pastor of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta in Maynardville and Saint Pope John Paul II in Rutledge, effective July 1. Father will be celebrating his last Mass assigned here on June 1. Since the Priests of the Diocese will be at the yearly convocation and Father Antonio will be gone to Colombia for his yearly mission, he will be gone the month of June. I would like to thank Father Antonio for his years of dedicated ministry and service to the people of Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish for which he will be greatly missed.
We will be holding farewell receptions for him after the 7:00 PM Mass on May 30th and after 9:00 AM Mass on May 31st.
Bishop Stika has assigned Fr. Julian Cardona, currently assigned as Associate Pastor at Saint Mary Parish in Johnson City as the new Associate Pastor here effective July 1. Fr. Julian is from Colombia and he is a graduate of Saint Meinrad Theological Seminary in Saint Meinrad, IN. He was ordained to the Priesthood in 2014.
Please pray for Father Antonio and Father Julian as they prepare for their new assignments serving the people of the Diocese of Knoxville.
In Christ through Our Lady,
Fr. Doug Owens
My full name is Jose Julian Cardona Cardona, but everyone calls me Julian. I am 33 years old. I am from Colombia, where my parents and two of my siblings live; my other sister lives in New Jersey. I studied at the Seminary in Colombia for five years. After several years outside the Seminary I had the great opportunity to come here to the United States to continue my priestly formation for three more years at the St. Meinrad School of Theology in Indiana. By God’s grace, I was ordained a transitional deacon in 2013, and I was ordained a priest by Bishop Richard Stika on May 31, 2014 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Knoxville. I hope to serve with all my soul and my abilities at this community which is dedicated to our blessed Mother Mary. I want to become an image of Christ for all.
The “most important thing” on my mind to tell you is this: I want to invite you to seek Christ and follow Him without fear, because He is the one and true happiness.
Beside the Virgin Mary, other saints who have been significant in my vocation life are St. John Vianney and St. John Paul II because they are my model of men who fully lived their priestly ministry for God’s glory and the Church’s sake.
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.
There will not be Daily Masses from June 2nd thru June 4th.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Priests will be at an annual convocation.
Click here to go to Daily Divine Office where you can read and/or listen to the office of prayers.
Fr. Doug will lead a book discussion on Thursday, June 11, 6:30 – 8:00pm in the Parish Family Life Center. The book “Joy of the Gospel” by Pope Francis was the parish Easter gift.
You are invited to attend even if you have not started or finished reading the book.
Light refreshments will be served.
St. Thomas’ AFF presents a FAMILY SEDER MEAL
Sunday, May 31, 2015, @ 4 PM
COME TO THE TABLE
We just completed Lent and heard the scripture readings on Holy Thursday, Jesus’ Last Supper. What was the meal that Christ had with His Apostles on the night before he was crucified on the cross? Jesus was a Jew who on the night before He died celebrated His Passover Seder Meal. We know it as the Last Supper, which was the First Mass! The St. Thomas parish family will celebrate a Seder Meal, which will focus upon the Passover as the preparation for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. This is a parish wide event that will help us all have a deeper knowledge of our Faith. The Seder Meal is a connection between the Jewish Passover and the Catholic Mass; a meal and a sacrifice. We are taking this opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of Jesus and His Jewish roots in celebrating both the Seder Meal and the Mass. We would like to have a wonderful large crowd of curious Catholics for this event, so mark your calendar.
Registration forms available
NEEDING SOMEONE TO TALK TO.......
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PARISH FAMILY DIRECTORIES ARE AVAILABLE NOW!
We have received the Parish Directories. If you had your picture taken for the directory, you may pick up your copy in the Parish Office during the week.
The Parish Office is open Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm; closed for lunch from 12pm-12:30pm. On the third Wednesday of each month, we are closed from 12pm-2pm for staff meeting.
Thank you to everyone that helped make this project successful!
CURSILLO MEN’S WEEKEND
Calling all menof 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Seventeen 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…
If you would like to make an announcement regarding a parish activity, please email the webmaster at email@example.com.
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
To register for the 2014-2015 Religious Education, Youth, and Confirmation programs
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If you would like to donate flowers for the altar, please contact the parish office at 865-986-9885.
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.
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:
If you have questions regarding these changes, please contact Fr. Doug directly.
Contact info…need cell phone numbers for S & F informational text chain 865-310-5440 text Kevin your name and numbers.