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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

July 15, 2018 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time


"He summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two." This Sunday we read the first sending of the Apostles to preach, teach, and heal. For many of us, it can be easy to think we "just don't have enough" to be disciples and evangelists ourselves. We don't have enough education and training. We don't have enough experience talking to people about Jesus. We don't pray enough. We don't have enough faith.
If you look at the Apostles in today's Gospel reading, they didn't have much either. "No food, no sack, no money in their belts." They didn't plan out their itinerary or book their lodging in advance. From what we know of the Apostles, they were not the religiously trained and educated ones. They were fisherman, tax collectors, and political activists. But what does being a fisherman require? Someone like Peter needed a strong work ethic to rise at strange hours. He needed patient calm to wait for the catch. Once ashore, he needed a savvy mind to fetch a good price for his labors.
As Peter became a fisher of men, he would need diligence to persevere through the hard journeys, long days, and persecution that awaited him. He would need patient calm with those who disagreed with him. As the leader of the Apostles, he would need a savvy mind to navigate challenges facing the early Church. From one perspective, Peter has nothing to offer the mission of Jesus. Thinking more creatively, one can see that -- joined with faith and love -- perhaps Peter had everything he needed. 
Jesus sends you as well. As you take stock of your own talents, consider how they might be offered as a gift to others. Maybe you already have more than enough.

Please Welcome our New Pastor, Fr. Ray Powell

Fr. Ray Powell Joins St. Thomas 

The St. Thomas Parish Family welcomes Fr. Ray Powell as our new Pastor! He comes to St. Thomas after spending the past two years as the pastor of three parishes in three different counties in the northwestern part of our diocese (OLPH in La Follette, Christ the King in Tazewell, and St. Jude in Helenwood). 

Fr. Ray was born and raised in east-central Iowa where he spent most of his life. He is a graduate of The University of Iowa with a Computer Science degree, and worked for 20 years as a Software Engineer and Systems Analyst.

In 2004, at the age of 39, he completed RCIA and converted to Catholicism. Then in 2005, he moved to Chattanooga to be closer to his two older brothers and their families. While living in Chattanooga, he was called to the priesthood and in 2010 was accepted as a seminarian for the Diocese of Knoxville. Fr. Ray spent five years of priestly formation at Sacred Heart Seminary & School of Theology in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, completing his formation and theological studies in May 2015. He was ordained on June 27, 2015, and spent the first year of his priestly ministry as a Pastoral Associate at OLPH in Chattanooga. 

Here are a few interesting facts about our new pastor, Fr. Ray: 

* Like all Iowans, he’s an unofficial “expert” on corn and pork chops. 

* He has a strong personal devotion to Mary, but also some other favorite saints like St. Dominic, St. Faustina, St. Padre Pio and St. Louis Marie deMontfort. 

* His father is a retired elementary school principal and just recently moved to Chattanooga from the Midwest. His mother passed away in 1991; she was a home economics teacher. His two older brothers live in the Chattanooga area with their families. 

* He enjoys cooking, although admittedly he is not a great cook. 

* Favorite meal: Mexican food

*Favorite sport: hockey (Chicago Blackhawks)

*Favorite movies: Ben Hur (1959 version), the Seven Samurai (1954) and Star Wars (specifically The Empire Strikes Back).

*Favorite toys: Legos 

* His dog, Jonah, is named him after Fr. Ray’s favorite Old Testament prophet. Jonah is a rescue puppy, turned one year old this past April. 

* Fr. Ray pole vaulted in high school track and before going off to seminary used to enjoy riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle (which he sold after being accepted as a seminarian). 


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)


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.




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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





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 after Daily Mass.

 Please join us!


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



Bulletin Notes

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.

In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus tells his disciples to “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” Vincent de Paul, a great man of action was also a contemplative. His contemplation of God’s love overflowed into practical love for the poor.  Please say a special prayer for the poor and forgotten.  Thank you for your gifts of food and diapers this weekend.   The next regular meeting will be on Friday, August 3 in the Deacon Jose Room at 9:15.  Call Larry Finneran at (865) 657-9119 for more information.   

4th Grade Catechist Needed! 

Please consider using your time and talent to pass on your love for Jesus Christ and our rich Catholic faith to our 4th grade class next year. Contact Jill St. Yves, or 986-9885.

Bookkeeper Office Schedule 

Please be advised that Christine Lucheon, Bookkeeper/Webmaster will be changing scheduled hours beginning July 1. 

Effective July 1, she will be in the St. Thomas office all day on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She will be checking emails when not in the office. If you need to set up a meeting or phone call, it is probably best to do so via email at

Thank you very much! 

Consecration to Jesus through Mary

Saint Louis de Montfort calls total consecration to Jesus through Mary as “quickest, easiest, and surest way to holiness”.  Consider making or renewing this consecration on the Marian feast day, The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15.   The 33 days of preparation for consecration begins on July 13.  If you are looking for materials to use in preparation there are two books available in the office: 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley, $10 and/or Total Consecration by Fr. Hugh Gillespie, $10.  For more information on Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary please contact Jill St. Yves, or 865-986-9885.

July Book Club

Friday, July 27, 2018

10:00 – 11:00 am

PFLC, Room 118

The Secular Franciscan Companion by Marion Habig, O.F.M. 

A short history of the Secular Franciscan Order, the Rule of the Secular Franciscan, Includes prayers to various saints and for various purposes, prayers to Franciscan saints, meditations, liturgical prayers and offices, devotions, litanies, and a calendar of Franciscan saints. As always, you don’t need to read the book to attend book club.  All is welcome for the conversation.


The Adult Faith Formation Committee is looking to add a few good people that are interested in promoting and publishing our programs for our parish. Please contact Bette Purvis at 865. 405. 1937 for additional information.


During the last few months several of our Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion have moved, died or left the ministry for other reasons.  Unfortunately, the number of new EMHCs has not kept pace with the departures. This has resulted in the active EMHCs being scheduled more frequently than normal. This has been most evident at the 5PM Mass on Saturdays and the 11:30AM Mass on Sundays. Please consider joining this vital grace- filled ministry to help our priests and deacons distribute Holy Communion during Masses. Training will be provided along with written guidelines. For questions and details contact Jim Polhamus, Liturgical Coordinator, in the parish office at 986-9885 or Thanks you for your prayerful consideration.

Attention first responders!

In efforts to enhance the safety and security for St. Thomas’ parishioners and our campus, we would like to identify all of our members who are currently first responders. If you are currently involved in Emergency Medical Services; i.e.: EMT, EMS, PA, Law Enforcement, Doctor, Nurse, etc. We would request you to please send an email to John David Curry: or call 423-802-1167 with the following: 

Your name:

Phone number:


Brief job description:

Which Mass you normally attend: 

Thank you for your help!

John David 

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. Please call Larry Elder 865-657-9722 or Keith Rivard 865-388-2478.

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!


Casino Night


Purchase Casino Night Tickets

To Purchase Tickets to Casino Night, click on the cards.

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.


Catholic Gifts and Books and Supplies

Consecration to Jesus through Mary

Consecration to Jesus through Mary

Saint Louis de Montfort calls total consecration to Jesus through Mary as “quickest, easiest, and surest way to holiness”.  Consider making or renewing this consecration on the Marian feast day, The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15.   The 33 days of preparation for consecration begins on July 13.  If you are looking for materials to use in preparation there are two books available in the office: 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley, $10 and/or Total Consecration by Fr. Hugh Gillespie, $10.  For more information on Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary please contact Jill St. Yves, or 865-986-9885.


Special 3-Night Event - December 2-4, 2018


Special 3-Night Event - December 2-4, 2018 

Gus Lloyd, popular radio host of Sirius XM morning show, Seize the Day, on the Catholic Channel will be coming to St. Thomas the Apostle as our guest for 3 evening events this December.  His “Minute in the Church” publications are well known and we will be sharing excerpts in our bulletin throughout the summer and fall.  Event details on registration will be made available later this fall.  In the meantime, 

AFF News


The Adult Faith Formation Committee continues to add new educational programs and special events each month for you to consider.  There is a growing number of short and longer programs of different topics for you to consider.  Attached you will find the schedule of the new programs which start in April.  We encourage you to consider attending any or even all of these sessions, and no formal advanced signup is needed.  If you have not participated in any programs like this in the past, simply come to one and give it a try.   Facilitators will welcome you with ease and plan to enjoy the casual atmosphere to learn more about Catholicism and strengthen your faith.

The class listing is below and the calendar can be also be downloaded below or viewed on the AFF programs page.

The Adult Faith Formation Committee

Adult Faith Formation Programs

NEW Women’s Prayer Group

The formation of a women’s prayer group is now underway at St. Thomas the Apostle. In recent months we received suggestions from several women the Parish who wish to participate.  More details will be announced in the coming weeks.  If you want more info or to join the group, email


Beginning 6/14/18

Thursdays, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m., Deacon Jose Room

Who am I to Judge?

Facilitator: Deacon David Lucheon 

Monthly Book Club

Friday, 6/22/18, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Room 118

Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis

Facilitator: M. Eeg

To download an AFF schedule for the month, click here 



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

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.

Draw Closer to Our Mother, Mary!


The program Queen of Heaven has been rescheduled to August.  We apologize for this reschedule, but hope all who previously registered can still attend.   


Tuesday evening, August 7; 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Tuesday evening, August 14; 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Tuesday evening, August 21; 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Monday evening, August 27; 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Thursday evening, August 30; 6:30 – 8:00 pm 

All sessions will be held in the PFLC Deacon Jose Room 

Those who have registered earlier do not need to register again. If you cannot attend on these dates, and wish to be taken off the list, please let us know.  Anyone who purchased and picked up the study guide can return it for a refund if you cannot attend the August discussions.  There is still room for others to register if you have not.  Contact Mar Eeg at 423.884.2465 or email to register or have questions. We are very excited about this program, and again apologize for the delay.

A NEW, Four-Part Series of Beautiful DVD Learning Videos & Group Discussions!        


Refreshments Will Be Served  

Come Discover The Amazing story of our Queen and the battles that she won for us!

Better understand her life in Scripture

Walk with Mary throughout History

Learn daily Marian devotional practices

Let her lead you to Christ!

Virtually travel to some of the most well-known

Pilgrimage sites in the US! 

Workbook is only $25.  Contact Marlene Eeg at, or sign up this weekend before or after Mass.  Look for Mary’s table in the Narthex.

Divine Mercy Chaplet online



FORMED for St. Thomas the Apostle

 Your FREE On-Line Subscription to FORMED

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



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


No Inquiry Sessions will be held from Monday, March 26 through Monday, April 23. 

NEW PROGRAM: All those interested are welcome to join us for a 5 session Bible Study on the Gospel of John beginning on Sunday, April 29, at 10:15am, in Room 118 of the PFLC. We will meet twice a month on the following dates: April 29, May 13 & 27, and June 10 & 24. Please bring a Bible! For more information, call Deacon John Krepps, 469-0604, or 

There will be no Inquiry sessions during July.

Our regular Catholic Inquiry sessions will begin again on August 5 & 6.


Altar Flowers

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


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

Holy Land Pilgrimage