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.
Dear St. Thomas family,
Many of you know that this is the time for priest reassignments. I write to inform you that I have been appointed as the pastor of All Saints Catholic Church. My last weekend at St. Thomas will be June 23 and 24 and my last day in the office will be Friday, June 22.
The past five years here at St. Thomas the Apostle have been a tremendous and priceless blessing to me (and Tripp). You made becoming a pastor as easy possible especially in light of the loss of my mother shortly before coming to St. Thomas. It is difficult to fully express my gratitude for your constant love and support through the years especially after my heart stint and later my neck surgery. I love you all and am grateful to have been here for my first assignment as a pastor.
Times of transition are always challenging but they usually contain great blessings and graces; this was my experience when coming to St. Thomas and I trust it will be during this next transition also. Let us all embrace our Bishop's episcopal motto and the words St. Faustina proclaimed, “Jesus, I trust in You”.
It has been a pleasure to become a part of this parish family. I trust in our Bishop and God's plan for my ministry and look forward to serving All Saints. I have expressed to Fr. Ray Powell, your future pastor, how wonderful this parish family is and he is eagerly looking forward to serving as your pastor.
I will miss you all but will remember with great pleasure and gratitude the people of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. You will be in my prayers and ask that you continue to pray for me.
In Christ through Mary,
Very Reverend Doug Owens, VG
Please Join us!
Friday, June 22nd, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Parish Family Life Center
A going-away reception will be held for Father Doug and Tripp on Friday, June 22nd, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the Parish Family Life Center. There will be light refreshments and baskets for cards and donations to Father Doug’s favorite charities in his honor.
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.
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.
MORNING PRAYER ON FRIDAYS
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.
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
GOSPEL MEDITATION - ENCOURAGE DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF SCRIPTURE
June 24, 2018 The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist
Tiny fingers and toes. A little yawn. A loud cry. An infant wrapped in swaddling clothes. "What will this child be?" It is a question every parent asks time and time again. As first steps are taken, as personalities emerge, as a child shows interest in reading or drawing or climbing, the question is on our lips. "What will this child be?" This question is asked as John the Baptist is born. Will he be a priest like his father? Does his strange, unexpected name signal a departure from that inheritance? Could Elizabeth and Zechariah ever have predicted what would be?
Under the tutelage of his priestly father, John "became strong in spirit." As an adult, John would retreat into the desert to preach repentance. He would attract a large following and eventually attract the attention of the rulers of the day. He would point out the adulterous ways of King Herod and would find himself in prison. Eventually, he would be beheaded. But today, he is a child, an infant newly born.
On this special feast, we're reminded of the great humility required of parents. The character formation, the discipline and encouragement, the violin lessons and soccer practices ? every parental effort is subjected to the decisions of the child themself. Even children on a sure track by high school graduation transform under life's circumstances. Entrusting our children to God can be incredibly intimidating. "What will this child be," especially when that transformation lies outside of my control? John the Baptist's story might not have ended as his parents imagined. But he is celebrated as the greatest of the prophets, as the one who prepared the way for the Messiah. Here is the hope of all Christian parents -- that our children would be raised in such a way that when people meet them, they meet Jesus Christ.
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.
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 email@example.com 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
firstname.lastname@example.org, or sign up this weekend before or after Mass. Look for Mary’s table in the Narthex.
Second Collection for the victims of the volcano in Guatemala-this weekend.
If you would like to give online, please follow this link to the diocese.
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, email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you very much!
"It's just not safe for you anymore," they say. "You could stay with one of us or look into a place I know..."
You can't live on your own anymore. And it hurts. Giving up some of your independence, adjusting to new routines...
Let a Stephen Minister share this difficult time with you. To learn more about Stephen Ministry, contact Barbara Brennan 458-8922 or Tom Ringenbach 458-0915.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
In the Gospel, Jesus says: “This is how it is with the reign of God. A man scatters seed on the ground. He goes to bed and gets up day after day. Through it all the seed sprouts and grows without his knowing how it happens.” Through your almsgiving you are sowing seeds that grow far greater than you know. The next regular meeting will be on Friday, July 6 in the Deacon Jose Rivera Room at 9:15. Call Larry Finneran at (865) 657-9119 for more information.
Remember the monthly food and diaper collection next weekend June 23 and 24.
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: email@example.com or call 423-802-1167 with the following:
Brief job description:
Which Mass you normally attend:
Thank you for your help!
We need your help!
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.
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 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!
ATTENTION ST. THOMAS THE APOSTLE PARISHIONERS
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
Update on 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. In the meantime, if you are interested and want to be added to an email list for this group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW PROGRAMS PLANNED FOR JUNE
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
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.
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
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.
COME EXPLORE CATHOLICISM UPDATE
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 email@example.com
There will be no Inquiry sessions during July.
Our regular Catholic Inquiry sessions will begin again on August 5 & 6.
If you would like to donate flowers for the altar, please contact the parish office at 865-986-9885.