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.
Art Janes Arrangements
Art Janes passed away this morning (January 27). The funeral will be at 2:00 PM on Friday, February 6 at Alexian Village chapel. The address is 488 Alexian Way, Signal Mountain, TN.
Gladys Roche Arrangements
Funeral at St. Thomas the Apostle on Saturday, January 31 at 11:00 AM
Visitation from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 31.
Joyce Lewis Arrangements
Joyce Lewis passed away January 22, 2015. The family will receive friends on Friday, February 6, 2015 from 5 - 7:30 p.m. with a Rosary to follow at 7:30 p.m. at Click Funeral Home & Cremations - Tellico Village Chapel. Mass will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Lenoir City, TN. Burial will take place at a later date in New Baltimore, MI.
Click Funeral Home & Cremations is serving the family of Joyce Lewis. www.clickfuneralhome.com
May all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.
There is no Religious Education for grades K-7 on Sunday morning, January 25, and no Youth Group, grades 8-12, on Wednesday, January 28.All students and families come to CREED!
Fr. Doug and Fr. Antonio will be gone for three study days, therefore there will be no confession on Tuesday, February 3rd.
CREED WEEKLY JUSTICE CHALLENGE - 4th Week in Ordinary Time: On February 4th we celebrate the birthday of Rosa Parks, a woman of courage (and in her words, a tired woman) who chose to take a stand against segregation by refusing to move to the back of the bus. Rosa Parks is a stellar example of wisdom which can only come with age and experience. There is a tradition in the African American community of honoring the oldest person present at prayer or worship by inviting that elder to sit in a place of honor. The presider or lector then asks their permission to lead the community in prayer or to proclaim the Word. Your challenge this week is to honor an elder in your life—a grandparent, a senior citizen who lives next door, or a “Rose Parks” type of person in the parish or community. Invite this person to share some wisdom with your family through storytelling or simple conversation. Let the person’s 70 or 80 or 90 years of faithful living give your family insights into what God calls all of us to do. Then go out and do it!
Until further notice, there will not be Mass on Mondays at 8:30 AM. However, there will be communion services unless posted otherwise.
Fr. Antonio's voice is weaker as a result of the radiation treatments. This is a common side-effect and should be temporary. Thank you for your prayers for Fr. Antonio.
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.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION CHANGES
Effective October 1, Eucharistic Adoration will be on First Fridays only, from 9AM to 3 PM. This change was made reluctantly, but was unavoidable due to the difficulty in filling the hourly time slots and the periodic attendance lapses.If enough interest is shown and adequate attendance could be assured, the issue will be reviewed at a future time.
St. Thomas the Apostle parish is considering the formation of a Society of St. Vincent de Paul conference in our parish. The purpose of St. Vincent de Paul Societies is to find and offer person-to-person assistance to the poor and needy, as well as to bring the message of God's love to them.
We invite you to attend an information/organization meeting at 6:30 in the in the Deacon Jose Rivera Room of the PFLC on Thursday, February 12, at 6:30 pm.
THE ROMAN CATHOLIC MASS EXPLAINED WITH FATHER DOUG- Part III and IV
THURSDAY, JANUARY 29
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
We are a religion of rituals; our Roman Catholic Mass is filled with rituals. While attending Mass every weekend we give Praise and Glory to God. How do we do it? There are four (4) major parts to the Mass: the Opening Rites; the Liturgy of the Word, the Liturgy of the Eucharist and the Concluding Rites. Father Doug will explain the basics of the Mass so we know what we are doing, why we are doing it; what it does and how it is vital to Christian growth. Join us to obtain a deeper understanding of the Roman Catholic Mass. No registration needed.
“The Eucharist Is Our Most Beautiful Treasure” Pope Benedict XVI
We want to share with you more information about the St. Thomas’ Spiritual Lenten renewal program, and your opportunity to sign up for a small group (small groups as we had for Why Catholic). This is a three year program, with small groups meeting six (6) times this Lent. We begin the week of February 15, 2015, (Ash Wednesday Feb. 18th). Participating in the program activities is an outstanding way to make Lent an enriching spiritual experience to bring us closer to our Savior; deepen our comprehension of the Church’s teaching on the Eucharist; and understand the working of the Holy Spirit within the Eucharist and in daily life. This is the first Sign-Up weekend, which will take place in the PFLC. After you sign up for a small group, indicating which day and time works for your schedule, please pick up your copy of the Lenten devotional booklet, From Exodus to Easter: My Daily Journey Through Lent, plus the participant booklet for a total of $10. We will prepare for each Sunday Mass celebration by looking at and meditating on the Word, for the upcoming Sunday Mass. PLEASE JOIN US.
Sign Up: January 24/25 and January 31/ February 1
St. Thomas Lenten Program
Weeks: Feb. 15 – March 22, 2015
What was your New Year resolution? Perhaps it was to serve our parish in some short term capacity. We will support you in all ways including, an easy guide, time and place of your convenience and a training session with pizza on Feb 5th, at 6:00 pm.
We are into our third year of Living the Eucharist where our small groups look at the readings for the upcoming weekend Mass and discuss the lessons in the scriptures. This will better prepare us to have a deeper relationship with God and our community. In order to make this available to everyone in the parish, we are in need of facilitators or persons who will guide a small group (6 one week sessions). Please contact Jill St. Yves at 986.9885 or email@example.com. Please pray on this and let the Holy Spirit guide you in your decision. Thank you.
MEN’S LENTEN RETREAT- March 23 -25th
The men of the parish are invited to a Lenten Retreat to be held at the Living Waters Catholic Reflection Center in Maggie Valley, North Carolina. The retreat is sponsored by the Father John Savocca Council of the Knights of Columbus, St. Thomas the Apostle Parish. Cost is $75.00 per night with room, food and supplies included. Please do not let the cost deter your attendance. Father Joe Brando, a retired United States Army Chaplin, will lead the retreat. Several parishioners recently attended a Cursillo where Father Brando was the Spiritual Director. Their input led to the request that he be the retreat director for the Men’s Lenten Retreat. Contact Terry Camilleri for additional information or to reserve your spot; 865-458-1033 or via internet at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LENTEN FISH FRY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Our Lenten Fish Fries will be starting on Friday, February 20, 2015. We are looking for volunteers to help with the 6 week project (FRIDAY’S from 2/20/2015 thru 3/27/2015). Many volunteers will mean less work for all. We do not expect you to volunteer for all six weeks. Just let us know when and how often you can help.
Respond to Bill Twohig at email@example.com or call 865-408-9783 to volunteer. Leave your name, phone, email and when you are available. Thank you for considering helping with this parish-wide ministry.
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.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS - ANNUAL PASTA PARTY
The Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring its Annual Pasta Party on Friday, February 6, 2015 in the PFLC. The menu will include Dinner Salad, Fresh Pasta with Meatball Sauce, Fresh Italian Bread, and Homemade Cake, Iced tea and Coffee. Wine will be available at a small extra cost. There will be continuous service from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Tickets are available from any Knight, Joe Filosi 423-884-6979 or Mario Catani 408-9240. Price is $10.00 per person and $20.00 per family.
BLESSING OF THROATS
(St. Blaise’s feast day is February 3rd) After all Masses January 31 and February 1
SAVE THE DATE: 40 DAYS FOR LIFE
40 Days for Life, sponsored by the Diocese of Knoxville, is a prayerful, peaceful witness to the value and dignity of human life. St. Thomas parishioners will be praying at the 40 Days for Life on Saturday, February 21, 2015, and Sunday, March 15, 2015. Our prayer and witness will be at the Planned Parenthood abortion business in Knoxville at 710 North Cherry Street. Please join us on these dates anytime between 7 AM and 7 PM. More details to follow.
For questions please call Kay Sheldon at 742-7557.
A Conversation with the Cardinals on April 18, 2015
Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime experience in “A Conversation with the Cardinals” on April 18, 2015 from 7-9 pm at the Historic Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville featuring New York Archbishop Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Cardinal Justin Rigali and Cardinal William Levada. Bishop Stika will moderate this entertaining and informative night, the proceeds of which will benefit the St. Mary’s Legacy Foundation Mobile Health Clinic. Tickets can be purchased on a first come first serve basis at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 865-745-3000, online at www.tennesseetheatre.com, or at the Tennessee Theatre’s Clinch Avenue Box Office Monday-Friday 10 am – 5 pm and Saturday 10 am – 2 pm. For more information about this special event, please visit www.dioknox.org. Ticket sales will begin January 23rd at 10:00 am.
Eleven 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…
CRY ROOM NOW AVAILABLE
A Cry Room for those who wish to use it is now available in the chapel. Seats have been positioned so that Mass may be viewed through the glass wall and glass door. It is accessible from both the narthex and the nave.
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To register for the 2014-2015 Religious Education, Youth, and Confirmation programs
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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
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.
Contact info…need cell phone numbers for S & F informational text chain 865-310-5440 text Kevin your name and numbers.