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.
We have an urgent need for volunteers to help with the sign-in table during the photo sessions. If you are able to volunteer for a two-hour slot, please call the parish office or email Phil Johnson at email@example.com.
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.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION CHANGES
Effective October 1, Eucharistic Adoration will be on First Fridays only, from 9AM to 3 PM. This change was made reluctantly, but was unavoidable due to the difficulty in filling the hourly time slots and the periodic attendance lapses.If enough interest is shown and adequate attendance could be assured, the issue will be reviewed at a future time.
Dear St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Family,
I am thankful and blessed to be a part of this generous, vibrant, and energetic parish. The generous outpouring of your love, time, talent, and treasure over this past year has been both edifying and energizing.
It is time to once again ask for your participation in our parish stewardship renewal for St. Thomas the Apostle for the year 2015. This affords us the opportunity to consider how we are using the gifts God has entrusted to us.......read more by clicking below.
In the next few days, you will receive a letter and a pledge form in the mail (or you can download and print the form from here). I ask that you fill out a pledge form and return it on October 11 and 12 through the offertory basket or in the mail. Fr. Doug Owens, Pastor
Make Your Appointment Today!!
We are now scheduling portrait sessions for our new St. Thomas pictorial directory Tuesday, September 23rd-October 8. Pictures will be taken in our Parish Family Life Center. Everyone will receive a free 8” x 10” color portrait and a parish directory for participating, and you’ll have the opportunity to purchase additional portraits if you wish.
Sign up for one of the sessions so you’ll be included in the St. Thomas directory. You can schedule your 15-minute appointment in one of the following ways: click here to sign up to have your picture taken (online sign-up is not available on weekends), sign-up after Mass, or call the church office (986-9885) to reserve a time. Listed below are the available dates a times.
Slots are filling up fast, so act soon! Make sure you and your family are included in the new St. Thomas pictorial directory.
Please make sure you and your family are included!
October 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 14, 15
Wine & Cheese Event
Colombian Coffee & Desserts
October 3, 2014 - 6:30 PM
Kinfolk Cafe, Lenoir City (behind Hardee's)
Music with Bo Carey and Juan Gonzalez
See slideshow of 2014 Mission and their New Pen Shop. Six Colombians are now employed turning wood pens!
Tickets ($25) sold after Masses Sept 6/7, 13/14, & 20/21
For more info: contact Sherry Qualkenbush
865-643-0750 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The St. Thomas Liturgical Tribute Fund is a great way to honor or memorialize a friend or loved one, while providing valuable support for your parish. When a gift is made, the intentions of those honored are remembered in a monthly Mass at St. Thomas, the honorees and donors are published in the parish bulletin, and a special acknowledgement is sent to the honored person or family.
All gifts to the Liturgical Tribute Fund are used to support liturgy and worship activities. Liturgical Fund information and envelopes are available in the back of the church or from the parish office. The names of those honored during the months of August and September, as well as the names of the donors are listed below:
In Honor of: Donor:
Nancy Sternberg Pat Wilson
Robert Lavin Pat Wilson
In Memory of: Donor:
Robert Cooch Jim & Diane Brennan
Gerald Guerlke Peg Opiteck
To register for the 2014-2015 Religious Education, Youth, and Confirmation programs
please click on the picture below:
We are offering several Bible Studies and other programs this Fall; please click here to see a booklet of all scheduled Adult Faith Formation programs. Go to the Adult Faith Formation Fall Programs page for more information.
WEEKEND MASS ANNOUNCEMENTS
A new Mass announcement policy has been implemented. Until further notice, 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.
CAPS OF LOVE
Stop Saving! We are saving plastic caps to ship to Ft. Lauderdale, FL to convert to cash in order to buy wheelchairs for
children in need. However, at this point we do not have any transportation for delivery. If you are traveling to Ft. Lauderdale and willing to take some down, please contact:
Allis Hanley 865-458-8872, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bette Purvis 865-458-8070, email@example.com
WOMEN'S SUNDAY OCTOBER 5TH
At the 9:00 AM Mass on October 5th, the women of St.Thomas will be recognized for their contributions to the
parish. Please plan on attending the 9:00 AM Mass next week and be prepared to stand and be recognized for all
of your efforts. Brochures from the St. Thomas Women's Guild will be available in the back of the church if you are
interested in learning more about our activities.
DIOCESAN MINISTRIES DAY-OCTOBER 18
The diocesan Office of Christian Formation is sponsoring a Ministries Day on October 18, 2014 at Sacred Heart Cathedral School in Knoxville. This event is open to all who share the Catholic Faith … Parents, Student Youth Leaders, Youth Ministers and Core Teams, RCIA Teams, Adult Educators, Liturgy & Ministry Teams, DREs, Catechists & Assistants, etc. Twenty-four individual workshops will be offered, including a Spanish tract – there will be something for everyone! Cost is $20. Please register before Oct. 11. After October 11, the cost remains $20 but lunch is not guaranteed. Sessions are first come, first served. Class sizes are limited, so register early to get your first choice. Registration forms are available at your parish or on the homepage of the diocesan website.
HOMEBOUND MINISTERS NEEDED
The Homebound Ministry needs a few more Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC) to visit those parishioners who are unable to attend Mass. These parishioners are confined to their homes or in nursing homes, but have a strong desire to receive Our Lord each week. Ministers take Communion to them on a regular schedule. If you are interested in joining this caring ministry for a short time each week, please contact Bob Joyce at 458-4550.
KAIROS COOKIE BAKERS
As a “Kairos Team” we need 3000 dozen cookies for a Morgan County Kairos weekend. Our next weekend is scheduled for October 9th-12th. As a part of the weekend, each inmate we have access to receives a dozen cookies.
Our cookie goal for St. Thomas for this fall weekend is 200 dozen. Cookies will be collected at Masses the weekend of October 4th - 5th. We ask that you stack a dozen cookies in a Ziploc type bag and identify the type cookie on the outside of the bag. This packaging helps the cookies stay intact as they are transported. Cookies can be frozen. Remember, chocolate chips are the favorite. No fruit, frosting or nuts are allowed.
Homemade Kairos cookies are a tangible expression of Christian love and an indication of God’s concern for a group of people who seldom encounter either in the course of their daily lives. Your loving sacrifice will provide “bread” that shines the Light of God’s Love into the darkest corners of a prison unit. May God bless you for your gift of baking.
Jim Mattavi, Chuck Stridde and Harry Westcott
Call with questions: 408-9653.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and the Search for a Cure
Many by now have heard of the “Ice Bucket Challenge” and perhaps even taken part in it. While designed to build awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, it has become a very popular way to advocate support for donations to help find a cure. While there is nothing morally problematic about participating in the challenge itself and building awareness of this disease, potential donors should be careful to support those who use morally acceptable means in their research. We are pleased to recommend your support of such organizations as the St. John Paul II Medical Research Institute (http://jp2mri.org/) and Cell Therapy Foundation (www.celltherapyfoundations.org/Donate-Now/Funding -Specific-Research) who promote adult stem cell research, considered by many researchers as the best avenue to a cure. Please contact Paul Simoneau at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions about whether other research organizations use means that are morally permissible at email@example.com or 865-584-3307.
CURSILLO MEN’S WEEKEND
Calling all Men of St. Thomas parish to the annual Cursillo Men’s Weekend at Apison Retreat Center this Oct 16th-19th. The retreat center is off the Ooltewah exit just north of Chattanooga. Fr. Joe Brando will be the resident clergy for the retreat. The talks will be presented by select diocesan laity.
It’s a great program; one you won’t soon forget; with the help of the Holy Spirit the Cursillo will enable you to get more in touch with God, the Church, and your fellow brothers and sisters. There’s no better spiritual way to spend an October weekend.. God willing it can become the most memorable weekend you have ever experienced.
Cursillo (Spanish) meaning “little course” is a course in Christianity that moves you to recognize how you are called to live out your Christian life.
If you would like more information or want to join us, please contact Lance Lyons at firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-405-3151.
NOVEMBER, 2014 BALLOT QUESTION ON ABORTION
In November, Amendment 1 will state: Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion. The people retain the right through their elected state representatives and state senators to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the life of the mother. Because of a radical 4 to 1 ruling by the Tennessee Supreme Court in 2000, TN now boasts a broader right to abortion than that recognized by Roe v. Wade or the U.S. Constitution. In 2008, 23.7% of abortions were sought by women residing out-of-state. "YES on 1" is a non-profit pro-life group that is helping to spread the word and educate TN residents about this important ballot measure. Please see this site for more information. www.yeson1tn.org VOTE YES on Amendment One!
If you would like to make an announcement regarding a parish activity, please email the webmaster at email@example.com.
The menu will include; Kielbasa (polish sausage), Sauerkraut, Pierogi, Golbalki (stuffed cabbage rolls), potatoes, pickled beets and dessert.
Festive music, dancing and libations are included in the price of the ticket… $25 per person.
Knights will also be selling tickets after all Masses the weekends of September 6 & 7, September 13 & 14, September 27 & 28 and October 4 & 5.
Soccer Academy…every Wednesday
Fall Soccer Sign-up options:
Contact info…need cell phone numbers for S & F informational text chain 865-310-5440 text Kevin your name and numbers.
Learn more about online giving and the opportunities for giving at St. Thomas the Apostle
To receive more information on the Liturgical Tribute Fund, please click on the chalice.
If you would like to donate flowers for the altar, please contact the parish office at 865-986-9885.
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.