AUGUST 20, 2017 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
CYCLE A AUGUST 20, 2017
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
"O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish." This woman was an outsider. She was a Canaanite, not an Israelite, and as such she would have been considered ritually unclean. But she approached Jesus nonetheless and asked for his help. And Jesus used this opportunity to teach his disciples an important lesson.
In the verses directly before today's passage, Jesus had told Peter that what defiles a person comes from the heart, not from ignoring external purity practices. Then, Jesus traveled with his disciples from Galilee to the region of Tyre and Sidon where they were much more likely to encounter someone considered to be unclean.
At first it appeared that Jesus wasn't going to acknowledge the woman who begged for help. His comment, "It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs," was a common comparison between Jews (the children) and Canaanites (the dogs). But, in fact, Jesus said this only to go right ahead and break this social code! He showed by his actions that it did not matter whether someone was Jewish or not, what mattered was the faith in a person's heart. And this woman proved to Jesus and the doubting disciples that she had great faith. How many others would have even approached Jesus to ask for his help? How many others would have persevered when he appeared unresponsive? By pausing in his response, and first mentioning the standard reply, Jesus gave this woman the opportunity to demonstrate her great faith. And then, he answered her request and praised her extraordinary faith. What a lesson for his prejudiced disciples! And what a lesson for us, both to persevere in faith, and never to judge others on mere appearances.
Parish Office Closed on Eclipse Day
THE PARISH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED ON ECLIPSE DAY (Monday), DUE TO SHORT STAFFING.
MASS WILL BE CELEBRATED AS USUAL AT 8:30 AM.
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)
Please note if you need to check on room availability for our facility, please contact the parish office at 865-986-9885. The below list of events is for special events and does not include every activity taking place everyday. Thank you.
Friday 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Closed 12:00 PM-12:30 PM for lunch
ROSARY BEFORE MASS
The Rosary is prayed 40 minutes before 5:00PM Mass, 9:00AM 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 ON FRIDAYS
On an experimental basis, Father Doug would like to start saying Morning Prayer on Fridays after Daily Mass, starting June 2nd. Please join us!
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.
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.
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.
Link to USCCB information on the Sacrament of Reconciliation Reconciliation
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St. Thomas the Apostle Presents ALPHA
September 26 – November 14, 6:15-8:30 pm.
- Bolster Your faith
- Expand Your Heart and Mind
- Become A Better Disciple of God and the Holy Spirit
Join Deacon Dave Pecot and Deacon John Krepps for the St. Thomas the Apostle Alpha Experience.
September 26 – November 14, 6:15-8:30 pm.
Click on the link for more information and registration form.
Learn More About ALPHA, www.alphausa.org/catholic
Deacon Dave Pecot
ALPHA Course Leader
ALPHA Coordinator Chipmunk322@gmail.com
Adult Faith Formation Programs
SOCIETY ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
In the Gospel, Jesus says: “There is no need for them to go away; give them some food yourselves,” and taking the five loaves and two fish, he blessed them and gave them to the disciples to feed the crowd. Special thanks for your food and diaper donations last week. Your gifts to help those living in poverty touch many lives just like the loaves and fishes. The next meeting of the Society will be on Friday, August 18, at 1:00 in the Deacon Jose Rivera Room of the PFLC. Call Larry Finneran at (865) 657-9119 for more information.
The Sacrament of Confirmation will be received in 5th
grade or older. Students will be prepared for Confirmation through their regular religion class either Sunday mornings for 5th grade or Wednesday evenings for grades 6-12 and all CREED Sundays.
Candidates will also attend a one-day diocesan retreat.
Candidates for Confirmation are expected to attend Mass faithfully each week.
The Sacrament of Confirmation will take place at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Knoxville on May 6, 2018, 4:00pm.
LIFE TEEN BAND!
The music ministry is gearing up for a new year of Life Teen Masses! We are looking for the following people who might be interested in participating in this ministry:
- Instrumentalists. We especially need guitar players (electric guitar, and electric or acoustic Bass, and drums.) These folks need to be mature musicians who won’t need lessons or other help with playing.
- Youth Singers! We would love to have more singers for these Masses, especially young adults and teens!
The Life Teen Mass is the 4th Sunday of each month, at the 11:30 Mass. Our 1st Mass will be on August 27. These Masses coincide with the Creed Program, which is also each month on the 4th Sunday. Creed lunch is at 12:30, and Creed begins at 1:00. This is a nice tie in for both of these programs. Please get in touch with Marla Emerson (phone # on front of the bulletin) for more info. or to sign up for the Life Teen band!
If you’re sad or struggling inside, don’t suffer alone. Ask for help. We’ve got a team of Stephen Ministers who are ready to listen, care, encourage, pray, and help you through a tough time. Men are matched with men, and women with women. (It’s completely confidential too!) To find out more about Stephen Ministry for you or someone you know, contact Barbara Brennan 458-8922 or Tom Ringenbach 458-0915.
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.
August 20TH Diocesan Collection for Catholic School Need Based Scholarship
The Catholic schools in our diocese provide spiritual and intellectual growth for approximately 3,100 students in our two high schools and eight foundational schools. With numerous awards, unbeatable graduation rates, and a passion to develop the youth of today into the leaders of tomorrow – our Catholic schools not only equip children for the journey of life but, more importantly, help to guide them along their journey to Heaven.
Yet, some families continue to struggle in difficult economic times. Need for supplemental tuition support over the past 5 years has grown over 30%. $3.8 million was given in tuition support to families this past year – a record amount.
Your support helps to make a Catholic school education a reality for children most in need. With your help, additional children will experience the spiritual and academic advantages of a Catholic school education. Please consider making a donation today. We welcome you to www.dioknox.org/schools/ to learn more about our schools, including school highlights and links to individual school websites. You may also give on-line through the St. Thomas WeShare site or the diocesan website.
QUALIFIED CHARITABLE DISTRIBUTIONS
From the Diocese:
In December 2015, Congress made permanent a law allowing individuals to give up to $100,000 to charity directly from an individual retirement account (IRA) when they are over 70 ½ years old without counting the distribution as taxable income. This type of charitable gift is called a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD).
While IRA donations can be acknowledged by the charity, they should not be tax receipted. There is no income tax deduction for a donor’s contribution through an IRA. However, the sum going to charity is not included in his or her adjusted gross income. Donating these assets as a charitable rollover means the donor does not have to take a minimum required distribution beginning at 70 ½ that they would have to pay taxes on.
Sometimes it is difficult for charities to know if a contribution is one of these donations. All tax letters from St. Thomas will have a disclaimer on them this year stating that if any contribution were a from an IRA, the donor should consult with their tax professional regarding deductibility.
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.
SING TO THE LORD A NEW SONG! HYMN SUGGESTIONS!
Do you have a favorite hymn that you would love to sing during our weekend Masses? The Music Ministry would like your ideas and input!! You are invited to submit your suggestions for your favorite hymns. We have placed a large sign board in the narthex with spaces for you to write in your favorite hymn from our current hymnals: The St. Augustine Hymnal or Flor Y Canto. All we ask is for you to write in the name of the hymn AND the hymn number. That’s it! Your suggestions will help us to plan out future music schedules. Thanks from the St. Thomas Music Ministry.
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. This last quarter Kroger sent us a check for $104.21. 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!
ROSARY MAKERS NEED YOUR HELP
The parish Rosary makers are in need of older rosary beads. If you have an old rosary that cannot be repaired or is missing beads consider donating what you have to our rosary makers. One of the challenges we have is sourcing beads to repair older rosaries that have sentimental value but are missing beads. Drop them off at the office or call Pam Geoghegan (865.657.0949) if you have any questions.
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 email@example.com.
If you have recently registered and have not heard from our Welcome Committee, please contact Deacon Dave Pecot at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
Youth Volunteers and Honorees at KOC Awards
Steubenville Youth Conference Video
Youth and Leaders travel to Steubenville Youth Conference
Youth and Leaders travel to Stebubenville Youth Conference
Living Stations of the Cross
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
- 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.
The Women's Guild sponsored several fund raising events throughout 2016. At our January meeting, funds raised from these events were distributed to Catholic, Loudon and Monroe County charities. The recipient agencies attended our meeting and provided us with an overview of their services.
Agencies pictured: St. Vincent De Paul Society, Catholic Charities, Boy Scouts, St. Mary's Legacy Clinic. Seminarian Stephen Hamby, Boys & Girls Club Loudon County, Branches of Monroe County,Friendship Kitchen, Good Samaritan, Iva's Place, Child Advocacy Center, CCW Project - Right to Life and Smokey Mountain Service Dogs.
At the Guild's February meeting, we toured the Farragut Museum and enjoyed lunch together at Mimi's Café.
Edge Color Run
Use password STAYG2016
Trunk or Treat
St. Thomas Women's Guild Card Party
Youth Help and Dance the Night Away at KOC Polish Night
Advent by Candlelight
St. Thomas Women's Guild November Meeting
Spaghetti and Karaoke
Women's Guild Fashion Show Fun
Spanish Living Stations of the Cross
Youth Living Stations of the Cross 2016
Youth Rafting Trip-September 6
Our Amazing Youth at Catholic Heart Workcamp
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.
- 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 may 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.
If you have questions regarding these changes, please contact Fr. Doug directly.
Readings for the Week of August 20, 2017
- Sunday: Is 56:1, 6-7 / Ps 67 / Rom 11:13-15, 29-32 / Mt 15:21-28
- Monday: Jgs 2:11-19 / Ps 106 / Mt 19:16-22
- Tuesday: Jgs 6:11-24a / Ps 85 / Mt 19:23-30
- Wednesday: Jgs 9:6-15 / Ps 21 / Mt 20:1-16
- Thursday: Rv 21:9b-14 / Ps 145 / Jn 1:45-51
- Friday: Ru 1:1, 3-6, 14b-16, 22 / Ps 146 / Mt 22:34-40
- Saturday: Ru 2:1-3, 8-11; 4:13-17 / Ps 128 / Mt 23:1-12
- Next Sunday: Is 22:19-23 / Ps 138 / Rom 11:33-36 / Mt 16:13-20