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.

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)

Parish Calendar

The complete parish calendar can be found at the bottom of the homepage or you may click on the menu item, Calendar to be directed to a new page.

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


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


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.

Morning Prayer


Morning Prayer on Fridays after Daily Mass.

 Please join us!

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.




Job Opportunity

Job Title: Bookkeeper

Reports to:  Parish Accountant

Status:  Part-time, Non-exempt

Scheduled Hours: 16 per week

The Bookkeeper is the primary person responsible for:  Accounts Payable, Cash Receipts, Petty Cash, Budget Preparation and monitoring and General Ledger maintenance.  Position has potential for growth and additional responsibilities, depending on performance and capabilities.  

Primary Duties:

  • Responsible for safeguarding/recordkeeping of: office collected funds, supply of secure collection bags, credit cards, confidential information, document destruction, accounting files on computer and paper files
  • Work with the parish offertory counters to ensure that proper records and reconciliation are cared for
  • Responsible for funds management: Bank Statement review and reconciliation, prepare checks and funds transfers, oversee office collected funds and prepare deposits, assist the Parish Offertory Collection committee, petty cash management
  • Work with and record deposits from online giving vendor
  • Maintain general ledger according to parish standards and diocesan chart of accounts.
  • Maintain parishioner stewardship records and prepare parishioner statements/letters as needed
  • Assist Pastor and/or committee with annual stewardship appeal
  • Work with Finance Council and budget centers to prepare the annual budget and monitor performance
  • Attend Finance Council meetings and prepare notes and type minutes
  • Other projects as needed

Desired Skills:

  • Bookkeeping experience and/or education; some accounting skills desirable;
  • Capable with Microsoft Word and Excel. Other general computer knowledge is desirable.
  • Strong communication skills in both written and verbal form
  • Detail orientation to ensure accuracy of records and reports
  • Ability to collaborate and work with other members of parish staff as well as volunteers.    

For additional information or to submit resume

                Phil Johnson, Business Mgr.

                St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church

                1580 St. Thomas Way

                Lenoir City, TN  37772 



Bulletin Notes


In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us that the shepherd rejoices when he finds one lost sheep.  The story tells us that nothing and no one is insignificant to God who is compassionate and loving to all. 

Is there a neighbor or friend of yours who is in temporary need because of a loss of a job or an illness?  Please leave a message for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul…we want to help! The next regular meeting will be on Friday, September 20 at 1 pm in the Deacon Jose Rivera Room. Call Larry Finneran at 865-657-9119 for more information. 

Please remember your food and diaper donations next week!  Even one or two items given by each family shows our compassion!!! Do not underestimate the significance of your donation!!!


The Knights of Columbus annual Tootsie Roll Drive will be held this weekend (September 14-15). After every Mass the Knights will be in the lobby and parking lot soliciting contributions in support of programs that enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities. Please contribute generously to this wonderful cause and enjoy a Tootsie Roll or two for your efforts!!!


For the last several years men from St. Thomas and other Christian churches in the Knoxville area have been going to the Morgan County Correctional Facility to present a Kairos 3-day retreat to prisoners and bring the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to them. This Fall they will be there from October 17-20. We pray for the prisoners and we also send cookies for them to enjoy a little taste of home.  These cookies are only chocolate chip and must be packaged in a gallon zip lock baggie. They are to be packed like a Ritz cracker tube with one dozen per bag. Again, we will make it easier for our volunteer cookie bakers.  We will order the chocolate chip cookie dough from Gordon Food Service and all you will have to do is bake the cookies, pack and freeze them.  They come in a box of 10 dozen for $15.00 and our objective is 600 dozen.  If you make them on your own, the cookies must only be chocolate chip with NO nuts or fruit added, and 2”-3” size. We will have a sign-up sheet in the Narthex next couple weekends, and you may pick up the cookie dough after Mass or during the week.  Cookies need to be returned the weekend of Oct 12-13 at Mass.  If you will be out of town, call me and I will make arrangements to get them from you.  For questions or to sign up call Jan McFadden 865-458-3911. 

For Questions about Kairos Prison Ministry talk to Harry Westcott, Jim Mattavi, Tom Shaughnessy, Greg Brennan, Bob Maloney, Chip Young, Donna Maloney, and/or Stu McFadden


Sunday, October 6 at 4:00 PM. Tickets are required to ensure that attendance does not violate fire code capacity limits. For free tickets contact Sherry Q at (865) 643-0750  or

 St. Thomas Women’s Guild Meeting - September 16, 2019 

The September 16th Women’s Guild meeting will be welcoming Sandy Hagan as our speaker.  She will be speaking to us about how the women of the parish and the Women’s Guild can get involved in the Women’s Kairos Prison Ministry. This will be a very informative presentation. So, join us to learn more about the Women’s Kairos Prison Ministry.  We meet in the Deacon Jose Rivera Room of the PFLC after the morning Mass. Refreshments will be served before the meeting.  

 As a highlight before the meeting during social and refreshment time, there will a "Treasure Trove " of craft items and craft making materials that can be purchased for the value you see in the items. So bring a check or extra cash to dive into the "Treasure Trove" of goodies. You just may pick up that "special" gift you have been looking for, a hostess gift or a Christmas gift. All women of the parish are welcome to join us for the "Treasures" and the speaker presentation.


Think a moment.  You are surrounded by people who are thirsting for a personal relationship with Christ who may or may not know it.  When St. James says, faith without works is dead, he is telling you to do something with your faith to help others.  What can I do about these people you say?  Well, right now we are asking you to bring people into our church who need to be here.  Who want to be here, but may not know it.  Look at your friends and family.  In your act of faith, reach out to someone you think needs us…ask them to “just come and see.”  Then, do your work by introducing them to RCIA, and we will do our work of preparation while the Holy Spirit leads them to Christ.  

RCIA, the Rite of Christian Initiation For Adults at St. Thomas the Apostle, is designed for adults and mature older teens who freely seek a personal relationship with Jesus.  Participants range from the already baptized to the non-baptized.  Active church goers to the un-active.  Catholics who have left the faith. Think, you do know someone.  Ask them to join with other Inquirers once a week at St. Thomas from now until Pentecost.  They will explore the fundamental questions of our Catholic faith, learn the Sacramental nature of our church, and, through catechesis, prepare for full reception into the Church at Easter Vigil. 

The Inquirer Class begins now and meets Mondays, 6:30 to 8:00 pm in Room 118.

Catechumen/candidate class will begin on December 1, 2019, the first Sunday of Advent, following the 9:00 am Mass (from 10:15 to 11:15) in Room 118.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions:  Deacon John Krepps (865) 288-0576 (email:

Women’s Guild 11th Annual Advent by Candlelight Tea

We are happy to announce our St. Thomas Women’s Guild Eleventh Annual Advent by Candlelight Tea.  Mark your calendar now for Sunday, December 1, in the PFLC Social Hall.  All parish women are welcome and their guests to come for a delightful afternoon of prayerful reflection and fellowship in a beautiful atmosphere of candlelight and music. Table Registration: Bette Purvis,, 865. 458. 8070.


Feeling hurt, angry, or demoralized about the sexual abuse crisis plaguing the Catholic Church?  Then mark your calendars for Monday, September 16, 2019 for a special presentation by Fr. Ray Powell on “Reflections on: Letter to a Suffering Church”, in the PFLC from 6:30 to 8:00PM. Fr. Ray will speak on the book “Letter to a Suffering Church”, written by Bishop Robert Barron. The parish has a copy of the book for every family.  

New Parish Photo Directory - COMING SOON

St. Thomas the Apostle Parish is always changing and growing, so our Parish Directory should be too!  We want you and your family to be photographed for the new parish directory.  You will receive one free 8x10 print, and you will have the opportunity to purchase additional photographs if you wish.  Photography sessions will begin this fall on October 29th and continue through mid-November.  Appointment scheduling will begin soon!  Your participation is important. 

Mission of Love and Relationship - Trip to NPH El Salvador

November 13 – 17, 2019

Come experience El Salvador, the children of NPH and the wonderful home that God has provided. You will meet the amazing children and staff of NPH and learn the ins and outs of their daily lives.  If you are new to NPH, visiting a home is the best way to see what they do in action.  If you are a longtime supporter or sponsor (there are many at St. Thomas), come catch up with old friends and see how your godchildren are growing and flourishing.  Travelers of all ages are welcome, including children (children under 21 must be accompanied by an adult chaperone).  Join us – your life may never be the same! For local information, call Stu or Jan McFadden 865-458-3911; email: To register online: For more information, contact Maci Mitchell at or call 312-386-7494.

Help is needed to clean the church

“Housekeeping ain’t no joke” – Louisa May Alcott

Help is needed to clean the church, every first Monday at 10:00AM. See Sharon May 423-612-9529.

Email and Text Scams

Please be advised that no priest, staff person or official volunteer for the church will ever ask for your help financially via email or  text....we will not ask you to send money or buy itunes cards or anything similar. Please do not respond to any such emails. Scammers are more and more clever and are using websites to find out names and they are creating email addresses and asking for help. Please do not respond! Father Julian's email was the latest to be used in this way.


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.


Do you have a family member or friend who is interested in becoming Catholic? The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a ministry for those who are not baptized or who have been baptized in another faith tradition and wish to learn more about and possibly enter the Catholic Church. Our Inquiry sessions are held every Sunday morning (10:15am-11:15am) or Monday evening (6:30pm-8pm) in Room 118 downstairs in the Parish Family Life Center. You may attend either session as they will both contain the same information. For more information, call Deacon John Krepps, 469-0604,


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!


New Adult Faith Formation Programs



Adult Faith Formation-Call for Volunteers

The Adult Faith Formation Committee can always use help in continuing to provide quality, faith-based education for our adult parishioners with our goal of loving, learning and living our faith. If you are interested in joining our committee, please contact Jill St. Yves at

Seven Deadly Sins, Seven Lively Virtues

Join Bishop Robert Barron for this presentation of the seven deadly sins, those great spiritual blocks that inhibit our flourishing in relationship with God and one another. Based on Dante’s writings, the seven deadly sins correspond to the seven stories of Dante’s Mt. Purgatory. Pride, envy, anger, sloth, gluttony, avarice and lust are all presented as patterns of dysfunction within us that lead to unhappiness. Bishop Barron shows us how to counteract these seven sinful patterns through a conscious process of opposition, known as the “seven lively virtues." These offer antidotes to each sin and help set us on the right path to healing and happiness.

            Steve Sholtes will lead this 4-session class starting Sunday, September 8th, 10:15-11:15am in the Deacon Jose Room.

PSALMS: The School of Prayer

While the historical books of the Bible recount God's creative and redemptive acts in history, the Psalms reveal Israel's response to God's covenant offer and serve as a model for our response to Him. Indeed, one could say that the historical books tell the "outside" of the story of Israel by giving an historical perspective, while the Psalms tell the "inside" story, which comes from the deeply personal perspective of one who is seeking God. Bill Twohig will lead this 11-week bible study class. The class will begin on Monday, September 9th, from 9:15-10:45am in Room 122.

Luncheon with Lucheon

Deacon David Lucheon will present the teachings and context of the Nicene Creed in the Sept. & Oct. lunches, including discussion of the Arian heresy, Church teachings on the three persons of the Trinity, the divine and human nature of Christ, the four reasons for the Incarnation and the Church.  The sessions will take place in the Deacon Jose Rivera Room on Tuesday, September 10th from 12 noon to 2:00pm. Lunch will be provided. 

Blue-Collar Apologetics: Defending the Faith       

Have you ever been approached by a non-Catholic friend with a theological question you couldn't answer?  That doesn't have to happen ever again.  John Martignoni, Director of the Office of the New Evangelization and Stewardship, Diocese of Birmingham, AL, shares his no-nonsense, fool-proof methods for defending the Catholic faith using common sense, logic and the Bible. Rafael Pubillones will be leading the 4 weeks long class and utilizes a DVD series (at no cost). The class will begin on Tuesday, September 10th, from 9:15-10:45am in Room 118.

Why I Am Catholic and You Should Be Too

Explore the topic: Why am I Catholic? The Catholic Church is hemorrhaging people, especially young people. So why be Catholic? With references to Catholic thinkers such as St. Teresa of Calcutta, and Bishop Robert Barron, Vogt draws together lines of evidence to help seekers discover why they should be Catholic. At the same time, he helps practicing Catholics affirm and strengthen their faith. The 5-week classes, led by Deacon David Lucheon will start on Monday, September 9th, from 12:30-1:45pm OR Thursday, September 12th, from 9:30-11:00am in the Deacon Jose Rivera Room.

Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother

Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother is an extraordinary pilgrimage that reveals Mary's unique role in God's Kingdom and in our lives. Filmed on location in the Holy Land, you will be placed in the midst of the powerful drama of her earthly life, taking you through her joys...and her sorrows. Mary will become a part of your daily life, and in your daily life, you will become more like Christ. This 8-session class is presented by Rosemary Stanczuk beginning Thursday, September 12th from 9:30am-11:00am in Room 110.

★ Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible ★

The Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible study program helps you to get the “big picture” of the Bible by showing how fourteen narrative books of the Bible tell the complete story from Adam and Eve to Christ and the Church. This 8-session class, lead by Flo Gibbons begins on Saturday on September 14th, 9:45-11:15am in Room 122.

Bring a friend!

If you’ve never attended a program before, come check it out. Don’t just enjoy the Adult Faith Formation classes alone. Bring a friend and share in the loving, learning and living these classes can provide to our spiritual growth. 

If you have questions on any Adult Faith Formation program or want to sign-up, contact Jill St. Yves at or 986-9885. 

Interested in learning more about our faith?

Check out the new books and CDs available in the Narthex by well-known authors including: Cardinal Chaput, Scott Hahn, Tim Gray, Fr. Larry Richards, and Jeff Cavins. There are titles in English and in Spanish. Share them with your family or pass them along to a friend when you are done with them! The Narthex also has printed instruction cards on how to log into the FORMED website. The website contains many riches to enhance your spiritual life and the subscription is a gift from our parish to all parishioners. You can access the site through the parish website  ( using access code HKP7F3 then register your own personal log on. 

FORMED DAILY: Start your day with short clips from the most dynamic and trusted figures in the Church today! Discover the impact 1-2 minutes can have on your faith life. Get your daily dose of truth, goodness, and beauty sent direct to your inbox every morning from You will first need to have a FORMED log on (see above for instructions).

To register for FORMED DAILY, log on to: 

If you have questions on any Adult Faith Formation program or want to sign-up , contact Jill in the parish office at or (865) 986-9885 ext. 15.



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.


Book Study

Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life

Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life features the wisdom that spiritual leader and counselor Henri J. M. Nouwen brought to the essential question asked by every Christian and seeker: What should I do with my life? Nouwen emphasizes listening to the Word of God—in our hearts, in the Bible, in the community of faith, and in the voice of the poor as a way to discern God’s plan. Now, in association with the Nouwen Legacy Trust, Michael Christensen—one of Nouwen’s longtime students—and Rebecca Laird have taken his coursework, journals, and unpublished writings to create this and other books in the series exploring God’s will for your life. The group will meet on Friday, Sept. 27 at 10 AM in room 118 of the Parish Family Life Center. Contact Marlene Eeg at for more information or with questions.


An Immovable Feast

Join the St. Thomas Book Club on Friday, August 23 to discuss this book by Tyler Blanski. A winsome, beautifully written, page turning read of a modern spiritual journey. This is the colorful story of one man's religious path that begins with a fundamentalist Baptist childhood to adolescence in emergent church spirituality. He moves on through hipster years as a house painter and musician, then marries and enters a seminary in Wisconsin. After years of wearing a black cassock and preparing to be an Anglican priest, and his final bold decision of joining the Catholic Church, Tyler Blanski's tale does not reject suitors of religion, but seduces them. An Immovable Feast is a profound love story told with humor, wisdom and bite. A fresh breeze blows through it, one that perhaps hasn't blown through Christian conversation in a long time. Blanski reminds us that religion is not dead because it is not mortal. It is the liturgy of heaven...on earth. The group meets at 10 AM in room 118 of the Parish Family Life Center. Contact Marlene Eeg at for more information or with questions.


Online Parish Registration

To register online, click below. 

Online Giving

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Learn more about online giving and the opportunities for giving at St. Thomas the Apostle

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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, HKP7F3 From there, you can set up an account that is uniquely yours.  Check out the “New to Formed?” link that will help you find your way.  Just one click gets you to topics like the Sacraments, Divine Mercy, Mary and the Saints as well as programs for children and youth or family movie night.  Individual features on the site will be profiled in the inFORMED box to further describe the treasures on this site.



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

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

Do you have a friend, coworker, neighbor, or family member who you think would benefit from participation in our parish community and in the Catholic faith. Well then, ask them to "come and see" during our upcoming "Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults" (RCIA) program. All you have to do is invite them, pray for them, and let the Holy Spirit do the rest. If you are reading this and are not currently a member of the Catholic Church, and no one else has invited you, consider this my personal invitation. Below is some information concerning the RCIA program at Immaculate Heart of Mary parish this year: 

The RCIA program is designed for adults who are freely seeking the living God through an understanding of the mystery of Jesus Christ proclaimed. Participants may range from those who have just begun responding to the Gospel message to those that have already been baptized and have participated in Christian communities. The program is separated into 3 phases. The first phase begins with "Inquiry" and attempts to explore the fundamental questions of our faith such as "Who is God?" The program then builds into "catechesis" or teaching about the Catholic Faith in order to understand the importance of the Sacramental nature of the Church. The Sacraments of our focus will be Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist. The final, and end goal of the program is to prepare individuals for full reception and participation into the Church and its Sacramental life at the Easter Vigil. 

The program this year will begin on Sunday, August 18, following the 9:00 AM Mass (from 10:15 to 11:15) in our Parish Family Life Center. Classes will be held on most Sunday mornings and will continue until the Easter Vigil in 2020.  

For more information, call Deacon John Krepps, 469-0604, or  


Altar Flowers

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


The choir sings at the Cathedral

St. Thomas Mixed Choir making their debut at The Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Catholic Gifts and Books and Supplies

May Crowning

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 ...

Casino Night