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.
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 every Saturday evening at 4:30 PM
Labor Day- Monday, September 5 - 10AM only
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
CLOSED-Monday, September 5 Labor Day
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.
Divine Mercy Chaplet online
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
THE DIVINE OFFICE FOR TODAY
Click here to go to Daily Divine Office where you can read and/or listen to the office of prayers.
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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.
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.
MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH MINISTRY
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
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.
FUTURE CLASSES WITH DEACON DAVID LUCHEON
Monday afternoons 2:00-3:30 - Thirteen Weeks beginning September 12, New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton.
Thursday mornings 9:30-10:45 - Five Weeks beginning September 8, The Second Greatest Story Ever Told by Fr. Michael Gaitley.
Thursday mornings 9:30-10:45 - Five Weeks beginning October 20, 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley in preparation for Consecration to Mary on November 21.
SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us to “strive to enter through the narrow gate.” Our call to be disciples and to follow Jesus demands that we learn to live for the sake of others. Thank you for your gifts to help the poor through the parish charity collection. Note that the Society can also accept donations of working washers, dryers, ranges and small to medium size refrigerators. The next meeting of the Society will be on Friday, September 2 at 9:15 in the Deacon Jose Room of the Parish Family Life Center. Call Larry Finneran at (865) 657-9119 for more information.
The monthly parish food drive will be next weekend, August 27/28. Baby and Toddler diapers will also be appreciated. Members will be collecting items at the door before all Masses.
UPCOMING WOMEN’S CURSILLO WEEKEND
To help you deepen your faith, may we suggest a Cursillo Weekend? We are hoping you can put this weekend on your calendar. Please pick up a brochure and application in the Narthex for the Cursillo weekend. For more information, contact Bette Purvis 458-8070 or email@example.com.
Women’s English Weekend* – October 27-30, 2016
Location for weekend: *Apison Center near Chattanooga
SAVE THESE DATES!!!
Fall Fling Parish Picnic
Sunday, October 2nd
Parish Work Days
Friday, September 16 & Saturday, September 17
8:00 am-2:00 pm both days.
SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR TUITION SUPPORT OF OUR CATHOLIC SCHOOL FAMILIES IN THE DIOCESE OF KNOXVILLE
Please consider supporting the Second collection for Tuition Support of our Catholic School Families in the Diocese of Knoxville which will take place the weekend of August 27th and 28th.
The Diocese of Knoxville Catholic schools provide spiritual and intellectual growth for over 3,300 students. We welcome you to visit the Diocesan website at http://dioknox.org/schools/ to find out more about our schools, including highlights and links to individual school websites. By providing tuition support for our students, you are investing in Catholic families of our Diocese and the future of our Church in East Tennessee. 100% of the money collected in the 2nd collection for Diocesan Catholic School Tuition Support goes directly towards tuition support. Please be as generous as you possibly can.
Thank you! May God bless you for your generosity and please be assured of my prayers for you.
Sister Mary Marta Abbott, R.S.M., Ed.S.
Superintendent of Catholic Schools
SAVE THE DATE
Saturday, October 8, 2016
The Adult Faith Formation Committee, Healing Hearts Ministry, and Stephen Ministry will present an “End of Life Issues” seminar at St. Thomas on Saturday, October 8. This will be a daylong session starting with Holy Mass at 9:00 AM and will include a continental breakfast and lunch. Topics will include the mystery of human suffering, end of life care, having a will, and planning your Catholic funeral. Watch the bulletin for more details.
KAIROS MINISTRY PLEA
Team #27 is now being formed to minister to inmates at the Morgan County Correctional Facility. Volunteers are needed for this important ministry which will be held on Oct. 14-17. Parishes from around East TN are participating in this program. Our parish has two volunteers; we need to at least double that number. Please contact either Jim Mattavi 408-9653 or Harry Westcott 405-4884 for answers to any questions you may have.
NEW “FOREVER” HYMNALS
FOR ST. THOMAS
St. Thomas will introduce new “forever” hardback hymnals in September. These new hymnals include familiar and new hymns plus lectionary in English for all 3 liturgical years. The Spanish congregation has already implemented their new Flor y Canto hymnals which will be placed in the blue binders along with their missalettes.
Why new hymnals?
Currently we have to replace hymnals every 2 years and missalettes 3 times each year. We will same $2000 per year with the “forever” hymnals. The choir has begun singing some of these newer hymns during the Masses. We hope you enjoy them!
What can I do?
In order to defray some of the costs, the Women’s Guild will be selling “In Memory Of” and In Honor Of” labels for $20 that will be placed in the front of the hymnals. These hymnals will remain in the sanctuary. If you would like, you may purchase a hymnal for $25 for your personal use. Representatives of the Women’s Guild will be accepting your payment and dedication information after Masses in August.
If you have any questions, please contact Donna Curry at 865-717-7017 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEN'S TUESDAY MORNING STUDY GROUP
Men's Tuesday Morning study group will be studying the Book of James, starting August 2, 9:15 - 11:00 am, in room 122 PFLC. This is a 10 week study and will require a study book. Call Stu McFadden, at 458-3911 to make your reservations.
Was it really only last year? You stayed up to watch the New Year come in together. You talked about the past year, all the memories, good and bad...How you laughed over some of them. But this year you're alone. And memories bring you nothing but pain. During this time of pain, a Stephen Minister would like to be there with you. He or she will listen and care as you sort through your feelings. Call Barbara Brennan (458-8922) or Tom Ringenbach (458-0915).
COFFEE IN THE COURTYARD
Can You Help with Coffee in the Courtyard?
Call Kevin Cooney 986-9885 ext. 14 or
WEEKEND MASS ANNOUNCEMENTS
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 email@example.com 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.
If you would like to make an announcement regarding a parish activity, please email the webmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOME CAMPAIGN UPDATE
Home Campaign Donations-Please read!
Thank you all for your generous gifts!!
Please remember to make checks payable to the Home Campaign-St. Thomas. We are receiving many checks payable only to St. Thomas. In addition, please do not combine Home Campaign donations with any other church donation. Because Home donations go to the Diocese first for processing, these gifts cannot be combined with other church donations. Please advise any charitable trusts of these directions as well.
If you have made a pledge, you will receive reminders/envelope from the Diocese. Ideally, all payments will be mailed to the Diocese. Any payments sent to our office are held here for a week and mailed at one time to the Diocese for processing.
These guidelines will help to ensure proper processing of all of your gifts.
Thank you from the finance office!
St. Thomas Women's Guild
June 15th Meeting
Kay Sheldon, our guest speaker spoke on Building a Culture of Life. After Kay's preentation Donna Curry, our president led the guild in a brain storming activity to compile "A Million Works of Mercy" for the NCCW.
July 20th Meeting:
Twenty three of our guild members participated in the tour of the Child Advocacy Center conducted by Executive Director, Chris Longmire. Chris shared their Mission - "To heal the pain of child abuse."They are a non-profit agency serving severely abused children between the ages of 3 to 17 in the counties of Loudon,Morgan, Meigs and Roane.
After our tour, 19 guild member convened in Loudon for lunch and a very informative and enjoyable walking tour by one of parishioners Bo Carey.
St. Thomas Women's Guild Card Party
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.
Spanish Living Stations of the Cross
Youth Living Stations of the Cross 2016
Jubilee of Mercy
Work of Mercy
Instruct the Ignorant and Admonish Sinners
Reach out to those who are afraid, who are confused about their faith or longing for what the world cannot provide, and lovingly share the mercy of Jesus and his Church for them.
Pray outside an Abortion Clinic or donate to Catholic Charities of East TN Pregnancy Help Center.
Shelter the Homeless
Opening of the Door of Mercy at the Basilica of Sts Peter and Paul in Chattanooga.
Donate to Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, or an agency serving the homeless.
Sponsor a refugee family through Bridge Refugee Services operating in Knoxville and Chattanooga.
Feed the Hungry
Donate non-perishable food to the Ladies of Charity or Good Samaritan of Loudon County.
Donate to Catholic Relief Services to alleviate global poverty.
Visit the Imprisoned
Volunteer to help Kairos prison ministry efforts or donate to the Dismas Ministry that assists our diocese with materials for those in prison—pray for prisoners and their families.
Comfort the Afflicted
Reach out in a special way to the lonely and those suffering physically or spiritually and take specific action to bring them comfort.
Reflect upon the Church’s teaching on the meaning of salvific suffering and the “offering up” of one’s sufferings as a share in Christ’s sufferings for spiritual good of others.
Bury the Dead
Volunteer to help with our Bereavement Ministry and help those mourning the loss of a loved one.
Visit the grave of a family member or friend and pray for them and the families they leave behind.
Forgive Offenses Willingly and Bear Wrongs Patiently
Reflect on who has hurt you, ask God to bring you healing, and pray for the well-being of those who have harmed you.
Give Drink to the Thirsty
Donate to global efforts to help the world’s poor through Catholic Relief Services or donate your time and resources to local efforts such as our Society St. Vincent de Paul Conference or the Ladies of Charity.
Counsel the Doubtful
Help those experiencing doubt or despair in their lives and share your experience of God’s presence and power in your life.
Clothe the Naked
Donate clothes or supplies to a shelter, Catholic Charities of East TN, our Society of St.Vincent de Paul Conference, or Good Neighbor's Shop.
Visit the Sick
Volunteer at a hospital/care center or the St. Mary Legacy Clinic, and visit the infirm or elderly.
Pray for the Living and the Dead
Attend All Saints and All Souls DayMasses and pray that Christ will be the Universal King in the hearts of all the living and the dead.
Life Teen-Every Wednesday Evening
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 Wednesday nights from 7:00pm-8:30pm during the school year.
My high schooler goes to Catholic school. Why should they come to Life Teen?
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 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 leads teenagers and their families into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church.
Youth Help and Dance the Night Away at KOC Polish Night
Trunk or Treat
Advent by Candlelight
St. Thomas Women's Guild November Meeting
Spaghetti and Karaoke
Women's Guild Fashion Show Fun
Youth Rafting Trip-September 6
Our Amazing Youth at Catholic Heart Workcamp
New 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 beginning on March 9, 2015:
- 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 will 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.
- To be fair to those requests made before the policy change: any Mass intentions requested prior to this change in policy (March 9, 2015), the name will be announced during the Prayers of the Faithful.
If you have questions regarding these changes, please contact Fr. Doug directly.
Readings for the Week of August 21, 2016
- Sunday: Is 66:18-21 / Ps 117:1-2 / Heb 12:5-7, 11-13 / Lk 13:22-30
- Monday: 2 Thes 1:1-5, 11-12 / Ps 96:1-5 / Mt 23:13-22
- Tuesday: 2 Thes 2:1-3a, 14-17 / Ps 96:10-13 / Mt 23:23-26
- Wednesday: Rv 21:9b-14 / Ps 145:10-13, 17-18 / Jn 1:45-51
- Thursday: 1 Cor 1:1-9 / Ps 145:2-7 / Mt 24:42-51
- Friday: 1 Cor 1:17-25 / Ps 33:1-2, 4-5, 10-11 / Mt 25:1-13
- Saturday: 1 Cor 1:26-31 / Ps 33:12-13, 18-21 / Mt 25:14-30
- Next Sunday: Sir 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 / Ps 68:4-7, 10-11 / Heb 12:18-19, 22-24a / Lk 14:1, 7-14