Please join us!

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.

Happy Easter!

Living Stations of the Cross

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.

 

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

 

 

COMMUNION SERVICES

We will not be having Daily Mass on Friday, April 21 or on Friday, April 28; Communion Services will be offered.

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
30 minutes before Saturday PM and
Sunday morning Masses

Events/Calendar

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.

Events

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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

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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.

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

 

Catholic Gifts and Books and Supplies

Bulletin Notes

COMMUNION SERVICES

We will not be having Daily Mass on Friday, April 21 nor on Friday, April 28; Communion Services will be offered.


SOCIETY ST. VINCENT DE PAUL

In this Sunday’s Gospel, as we hear the story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus, we also come to know that our daily reaching out to our neighbor is our daily walk with the risen Christ; we recognize him in others.  The next meeting of the Society will be on Friday, May 5 at 9:15 in the Deacon Jose Room of the Parish Family Life Center.  Call Larry Finneran at (865) 657-9119 for more information.  Note that the Society can also accept donations of working washers, dryers, ranges and small to medium size refrigerators.


PETITIONS FOR FATIMA

Some of our parishioners will be at Fatima for the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Mary. If you would like petitions to be presented, please place them in the envelope in the narthex. They will be picked up on Friday, May 5, 2017.


PARISH SPRING WORK DAYS

THANK YOU to everyone that participated in our spring parish work days last weekend!!  We worked together to accomplish much, including painting, landscaping, cleaning, fixing, trimming, and more.  This is a special place, thanks to 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.


DID YOU MISS THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION?

Bishop Stika will celebrate a Diocesan-Wide Confirmation Mass on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 4:00 pm at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Any adult (18 and over) who has had the sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, and Reconciliation, but has not been confirmed, can receive the sacrament on this date. If you are interested, please let the parish office know by May 22, 2017


CATHOLIC CHARITIES PREGNANCY HELP CENTER BABY BOTTLE DRIVE

On Mother's Day, May 13 - 14, St. Thomas parishioners will have the opportunity to help the Catholic Charities Pregnancy Help Center by taking home a baby bottle, filling it with change, bills, or a check, and returning it the next weekend, May 20 - 21.  The Pregnancy Help Center offers unconditional support to mothers, fathers, and babies and to any woman facing a difficult or unplanned pregnancy.  Your generosity will make a big difference in their lives. Thank you for your support.


STEPHEN MINISTRY

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.


WOMEN’S GUILD ANNUAL SPRING LUNCHEON AND CARD PARTY

Thursday, May 11th

11:30am – 3:00pm, St. Thomas PFLC

Enjoy lunch and play cards or other table games with your friends. 

$16 donation must be paid in advance. 

For more info, contact Bette Purvis: bette410@gmail.com 


AMAZING FAITH EXPERIENCES THIS SUMMER FOR YOUR CHILDREN IN 5TH - 12TH GRADES!

Diocesan Catholic Youth CampCYC 

It’s coming….the Storm! Proverbs 3: 5-6

Who: Incoming 9th - 12th graders

When: June 5-9, 2017

Where: Ocoee Retreat Center

Cost: $275

Includes: Accommodations, all meals, snacks, Water Park, high and low ropes, adventure race, t-shirt and much more! 

Registration deadline: Thursday, June 1, 2017

Contact: Deacon Al Forsythe, Diocesan Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry, 865-806-1343 or aforsythe@dioknox.org 

Go to dioknox.org, click on EVENTS tab, hover over Categories on the left, scroll down and click on YOUTH. All of the upcoming youth events will pop up. 


GOD CAMP, REACH

Elements of Life: Earth, Wind, Fire and Air- Genesis 2:6-7

Who: Incoming 7th - 8th graders

When: June 19 - 22, 2017

Where: Harrison Bay State Park

Cost: $130

Includes: Housing, all meals, snacks, t-shirt, swimming,

bonfire with s’mores, dance, guest speakers and much more!

Registration deadline: Thursday, June 1, 2017 to avoid late charge


GOD CAMP, DISCOVER

Reach for the Stars - Genesis 15:5 

Who: Incoming 5th - 6th graders

When: June 22 - 24, 2017

Where: Harrison Bay State Park

Cost: $105

Includes: Housing, all meals, snacks, t-shirt, swimming,

bonfire with s’mores, dance, guest speakers and much more! Registration deadline: Thursday, June 1, 2017 to avoid late charge. 

Contact: Donna Jones, Chattanooga Deanery Youth Ministry Coordinator, 423-718-4387 or djones6029@gmail.com

 

TOTAL CONSECRATION TO JESUS THROUGH MARY

Saint Louis de Montfort calls total consecration to Jesus through Mary as “quickest, easiest, and surest way to holiness”.  Add to that, the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparition at Fatima will be on May 13th this year!  Consider making the consecration on this Marian feast day.  There will be a group preparation on Wednesday mornings, April 5-May 10, 9:30-11:00am or you may choose to do an individual preparation at home.  Both will use 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley found on FORMED.org.  Contact Jill St. Yves, jill@sthomaslc.com or 865-986-9885 for more information or to sign up. 

STWG News

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.


To download a copy of the 2017 Guild brochure, click here.


 

Edge Color Run

Life Teen-Every Other Wednesday Evening

 
  

MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH MINISTRY-EDGE

Edge Brochure

In September, St Thomas the Apostle will begin a new program for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade young people. This program called EDGE is patterned after the high school Life Teen ministry and will meet twice per month on Wednesday nights. Students attending will also meet the requirements for the Sacrament of Confirmation. 

HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH MINISTRY-LIFE TEEN

Life Teen Brochure

St. Thomas the Apostle will again offer Life Teen to our high school young people.  Participation in the Life Teen program will provide the preparation necessary for any high school student needing the Sacrament of Confirmation.

LifeTeen is a national high school youth ministry program that offers true Catholic catechesis and spirituality, service, and social opportunities.

Our high school youth group meets on every other Wednesday nights from 7:00pm-8:30pm during the school year. 

My middle schooler or high schooler goes to Catholic school.  Why should they come to Life Teen or Edge?

Investing in Catholic schooling is a big commitment and provides teens with incredible intellectual formation in the teachings of the Catholic faith.  At Life Teen, we believe that the key to engaging a teen in their faith is to move them beyond knowing things about God to actually knowing God.  

The intellectual formation that your teen has received at school will be a great foundation to their experience at Life Teen and Edge where we build community, tackle challenging issues in the life of a Catholic Teen, and help them discover God's great love and respond with a life of discipleship 

Life Teen and Edge lead teenagers and their families into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church.  

Please visit this site, to read about these programs

 

Youth Help and Dance the Night Away at KOC Polish Night

Trunk or Treat

St. Thomas Women's Guild Card Party

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. 

Altar Flowers

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

 

Becoming Catholic

Are you interested in becoming Catholic or learning more about the Catholic faith? Please click on the picture for more information!
Catholic Inquiry sessions will meet every Monday at 6:00PM in Room 123 in the Parish Family Life Center.  All are welcome to join us!
 

 

 

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

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

Image by Sue Duncan

Youth Living Stations of the Cross 2016

St. Thomas Youth on an Impactful Mission

See the article in the News Herald about our Youth!!

We are so proud of you and happy about how you have embraced the corporal works of mercy to love and care for our brothers and sisters in need. THANK YOU!!

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.

What are Coptic Christians and Why You Should Know

Click on the picture to learn more!

 

Weekly Readings

Weekly reading

Weekly reading

Readings for the Week of April 23, 2017

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