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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

GOSPEL MEDITATION - ENCOURAGE DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF SCRIPTURE

March 10, 2019
1st Sunday of Lent

As we enter into this Lenten season of penance and self-denial, we're reminded that the God we follow is no stranger to these things. In this Sunday's Gospel, we see the temptations of Jesus which have parallels throughout Scripture and in our own lives. The apostle John warns against temptations to sensual lust, enticement of the eyes, and a pretentious life (cf. 1 John 2:16). Before Eve plucks the fruit from the tree, she hears it is good for food, pleasing to the eyes, and desirable for gaining wisdom (cf. Genesis 3:6). The temptations of Jesus are our own.

"Turn these stones to bread." Here is the lure of bodily comfort, like good food or sensual lust. It's the simplest of temptations because it's instinctual. We want good for our bodies! But there may be times these bodily goods don't serve the higher good for our souls. The leap "from the temple parapet" would entice the eye of the person watching. A feat like this would prove Jesus' Messianic ability. His popularity could be a shortcut to the cross. We might not be daredevils, but we want people to like us and be impressed by us. Do we sacrifice our values along the way? To "bow and worship" the devil - and so claim power and a pretentious life - seems like a dramatic temptation. Not everyone may feel enticed by power in the professional sense, but all of us want control. A volunteer team can feel just as intense as the boardroom! How often do we prefer to be in control of our lives (and perhaps even the lives of others), rather than allow God to be God?

When we consider areas of temptation and sin, it's not to feel ashamed. The temptation in the desert reminds us that we are not alone and that the strength of Jesus can be our strength, too.

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)

Parish Calendar

WE HAVE A NEW 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

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.

 

 

 

 

Morning Prayer

MORNING PRAYER ON FRIDAYS

Morning Prayer on Fridays after Daily Mass.

 Please join us!

ROSARY BEFORE MASS

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.

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

 

Fasting Rules

Fasting & Abstinence

LENTEN SCHEDULE 2019

Women's Guild News

ST. THOMAS WOMEN’S GUILD 

 

IMARK YOUR CALENDAR

March 26 (2PM) – March 28 (12 PM) 2019

St. Thomas’ Women’s Retreat

Sponsored by St. Thomas Women’s Guild

 Location will be at the NEW retreat facility in Benton, TN

CHRIST PRINCE OF PEACE RETREAT CENTER

290 Locke Lane Benton, TN 37307

(About a 3/4 hour drive – Directions will be provided)

Father David Mary Engo FFM  Retreat Leader

The price includes 2 breakfasts, lunches and dinners, coffee, conference room facilities and gratuities.  Total cost is $160.00 per person.  Sign up at membership drive or the guild meeting. Checks should be made to STWG. 

Christ, Prince of Peace Details: This is a brand new retreat center operated by the Diocese on a 52 acre site. The facility consists of three living pods, two chapels, conference meeting rooms and a dining area surrounded by peaceful fields and the Hiwassee River. Each pod is self-contained and has 5 bedrooms, each bedroom has a full bath.  In addition each pod has a large gathering area for discussion and fellowship as well as a complete snack kitchen with refrigerator, microwave etc. The plan is to limit occupancy to three women per room.  Unlike other retreats, at this location each retreatant is required to bring their own bed linens, towels and toiletries (some have already said that they will be bringing their sleeping bags). 

This retreat is open to All the women of our Parish! For reservations and questions or additional information, contact Nadine Mazienis 423-337-8894 or goofytn3@gmail.com. Deadline for sign up is March 11th. 


 

Fish Fry

English Stations of the Cross 6:00 PM in the Church

Fish Fry - immediately after Stations 

Spanish Stations of the Cross 7:00 PM

We are in the planning stages for the Lenten Fish Fry. If you would like to help in the set-up, preparing, cooking, serving, and/or clean-up on the Fridays during Lent, please contact Jerry Dougherty at jmdocsr@charter.net or call 458-4117. 

The menu will be Baked and Fried Fish, Fried Potato Slices, Hush Puppies, Mac & Cheese, Cole Slaw, and Green Beans. The  ticket price will be $8 for an individual and $20 for a family (children under 12-free).

 

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.

 

Preparing for Lent

Don’t give up chocolate for Lent…make this the year you do something more for your spiritual growth! 

One great way to grow spiritually is by participating in an Adult Faith Formation (AFF) program.  This weekend, you’ll have the opportunity to review and sign up for the study programs, small groups, and special events. Click here to download a listing of the programs and a handy sign-up form. Look for the AFF table in the Narthex after all of the Masses. 

Also, don’t forget that the beautiful Catholicism series continues this weekend.   Join us on Sunday at 10:15 AM in the Deacon Jose Room of the PFLC.  The topic is "Word Made Flesh, True Bread of Heaven:  The Mystery of the Liturgy and the Eucharist".  Don't worry if you haven't come before, each episode is unique and very insightful. “Every Parishioner should see this” has been a common reaction of fellow parishioners. 

Questions? Contact Jill St. Yves in the parish office at jill@sthomaslc.com or 865-986-9885 if you have questions. 

The St. Thomas the Apostle Adult Faith Formation Committee

Bulletin Notes

Email 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.


St. Thomas Welcome Committee Needs your help

The St. Thomas Welcome Committee is seeking to expand its ability to greet new parishioners as they join our faith Community.  The task is simple – welcome them, talk to them and let them know we are glad they joined us.  We would like to better coverage in Lenoir City as well as Tellico Village.  Please contact Deacon Dave at deacondave98@yahoo.com


We need your help!

We are looking for volunteers willing to work 2-3 hours every 5 weeks from April to October helping the with the lawn care of the church property. You would be working on a team of 6 parishioners who cut and trim the grass in and around the church and parish life center.  You will only utilize equipment (push mowers, riders, large 60” mowers, trimmers, leaf blowers, etc.) that you are comfortable operating. Please call Larry Elder 657-9722 or Keith Rivard 388-2478.


SAVE THE DATE

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 (kgwitwer@gmail.com or 865-657-9087) if you are interested in being a vendor. Please contact Mary Kay Hostetler (mkh8273@hotmail.com  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 (vazoro1@charter.net or 865-657-9216) or Cindy Rogers (cyn9350@aol.com or 312-590-2538) to join the committee.  We ask that you make contact by March 15.


HEARING ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE

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.


Society of St. Vincent de Paul 

In the Gospel today, Jesus uses images in speaking to his disciples: “Can a blind man act as guide to a blind man?...Why look at the speck in your brother’s eye when you miss the plank in your own?...A good tree does not produce decayed fruit....” It is true that donations come to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul via your contributions to the monthly parish charity collection because  good persons produce goodness from the good in their hearts. 

The next regular meeting will be on Friday, March 15 in the Deacon Jose Rivera Room at 9:15 am. Call     Larry  Finneran at 657-9119 for more information.


Stephen Ministry

Your doctor shook his head the last time you saw him.  It seems like you're always on some kind of medication.  Simple household jobs that you used to do with ease are beginning to be too much for you.  You're not ready for this.  You feel angry, upset, and a little bit worried.  A Stephen Minister would like to listen and care.  Contact Barbara Brennan 458-8922 or Tom Ringenbach 458-0915 to learn more.


Publicity/Marketing Help Needed for our Adult Faith Formation Programs and Events:

Do you enjoy and participate in some of the many Adult Faith Formation programs and classes we put on here at St. Thomas?  Would you like to help others become aware of this jewel that we have here at our parish?  Much work goes into publicizing our special events and regular programming, and we could use your assistance!  Basic computer skills needed; familiarity with graphics, a plus.  Enthusiasm and willingness to learn are most important. Contact Stephanie McElligott at stephmcelligott@gmail.com or 865-657-3059 for more information.


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. 


ROSARY MAKERS ARE LOOKING TO EXPAND THEIR MINISTRY

If you have an interest in making rosaries, we can teach you. We meet in Room 111 the last Thursday of every month from 6:00-7:00pm. No need to call, you just stop by and see if this is for you. We have everything you’ll need. 

If you have rosaries or parts of rosaries that you no longer use, please contact us. We can put them to good use and make new ones. 

If you know of someone who needs a Rosary just contact us. We can give them to you for free! 

Pam Geoghegan 865-657-0949


CATHOLICISM INQUIRY SESSIONS

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, orjkrepps1@charter.net


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 deacondave98@yahoo.com. He will explain the ministry to you and how you can help.

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!


 

AFF News

ADULT FAITH FORMATION  

Loving, Learning and Living Our Faith! 

The “Catholicism” DVD series 

Join us between Masses in the Deacon Jose Rivera Room (10:15-11:15 AM) to experience the truth, goodness, and beauty of the “Catholicism” DVD program in breathtaking and high-definition cinematography. Journey with Bishop Robert Barron through the Holy Land and Rome. 


Tuesday Men’s Group: “Kapaun’s Men” – starts February 12th

The most decorated Chaplain in U.S. Army History, Servant of God Emil Kapaun’s story inspires us and reminds us that every man can achieve the greatness to which God has called us. The Kapaun’s Men Virtue Series invites you to dive into the life of Father Kapaun and the virtues he exemplified. In this program, men from many walks of life help you to understand what the virtues of mercy, faith, hope, love, courage, and mission look like in today’s world. The 4 session series runs 2/12 - 3/5;   9:15 – 10:30 AM;   Room 110     Facilitator: Stu McFadden


 

St. Thomas Book Club: Meets Friday Feb. 22

10 AM in Room 118 - This month’s title: Tobit’s Dog by Michael Nicholas Richard


Magnetic Christianity

The Magnetic Christianity program continues, with over 150 people involved in one of 10 neighborhood or parish small groups. A few groups are still open: Mon. at 12:30 PM, Wed. at 9:30 AM, and Thurs. at either 9:30 AM or 6:30 PM, all in the Parish Family Life Center. If interested, contact Jill St. Yves at jill@sthomaslc.com or call the parish office at 865-986-9885. 

Adult Faith Formation Programs

ADULT FAITH FORMATION

Program Categories to Consider

Apologetics/Defending the Faith – Become more comfortable in discussing your Faith with others

Bible Study - Unpack Bible scripture to explore the mysteries of the Word and increase your understanding and Faith

Mariology – Learn about the Blessed Virgin and her place in Salvation history

Morality & Contemporary Issues - Fundamentals on Catholic teaching and practice for a Christ-like life

Parish Mission – A special three day event designed to enliven and renew your faith

Personal Spiritual Growth - Grow your faith with books and DVD programs that will inspire you about your Faith

The Sacraments – Augment your understanding of the Sacraments, especially as they relate to the Sacrifice of the Mass and the Holy Bible 

 


 

 Consecration to Jesus through Mary Introduction

There will be a short introduction on making a consecration to Jesus through Mary, Monday, February 11, 9:30am, in the Deacon Jose room.  Sue Courtney and Jill St. Yves will review the 33 day preparation and share their experience of making a consecration to Jesus.  Please join us and discover why St. Louis de Montfort says “Mary is the safest, easiest, shortest and most perfect way of approaching Jesus”.

 

Divine Mercy Chaplet online

 

 

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


 

 

SAVE THE DATE for JESSE MANIBUSAN!

SAVE THE DATE for JESSE MANIBUSAN!

SUNDAY, MAY 5, 2019    4:00 TO 6:00PM    

St. Thomas PFLC

“Loving, Learning and Living Your Faith through Stories & Songs"

If you like presentations that lift your spirit and bring smiles to your heart you’ll mark your calendars now to see Jesse Manibusan on May 5.  Jesse is a singer, songwriter, catechist, storyteller, humorist and evangelizer.  He shares from his heart the love of Christ and the call to live out our baptism in every aspect of life. Mark your calendars and remember to invite your friends for an evening that will make Loving, Learning and Living your Faith a truly joyful experience.  The event is FREE but free will donations will be appreciated.

To register, go to: https://bit.ly/2tFgpiu

 

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  

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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. 

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 UPDATE

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.

 

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

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.

Weekly Readings

Weekly reading

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