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
40 minutes before weekend Masses (not including Spanish)
WE HAVE A NEW 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.
Link to USCCB information on the Sacrament of Reconciliation Reconciliation
Friday 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Closed 12:00 PM-12:30 PM for lunch
ROSARY BEFORE MASS
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 ON FRIDAYS
Morning Prayer on Fridays after Daily Mass.
Please join us!
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.
First Friday Adoration June & July
First Friday Eucharistic Adoration will start at 12 Noon on June 7th and canceled in July.
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.
- 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
- 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
Welcome our new seminarian for this summer
Welcome our new seminarian for this summer
Matthew Donahue is a seminarian for the Diocese of Knoxville currently in his sixth year of formation. He studied at Bishop Simon Brute College Seminary in Indianapolis for four years, and has spent the last two years studying at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, where he will return at the end of the summer. Since moving to Tennessee in 2005 Matthew has been a member of St. John Newman parish in Farragut, where his family still lives. Please join us in welcoming Matthew to St. Thomas the Apostle parish.
Don’t Miss Matthew Donahue’s presentation on Studying at the NAC in Rome
Matthew Donahue presents "Life at the North American College (NAC) Rome: My Experience of the NAC.” Matthew Donahue is a seminarian for the diocese of Knoxville currently in his sixth year of formation. He studied at Bishop Simon Brute College Seminary in Indianapolis for four years, and has spent the last two years studying at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, where he will return at the end of this summer. Since moving to Tennessee in 2005, Matthew has been a member of St. John Neumann church in Farragut, where his family still lives. Please join fellow parishioners on MONDAY AUGUST 12, 2019, PFLC, 6:30 to 8:00PM, to hear about Matthew's seminarian experience in Rome.
CREED kicks off on Sunday, August 18, 12:30pm. Parents will have an opportunity to register their children for Religious Education grades K-5; Edge grades 6-8; and Life Teen grades 9-12. Please bring your child’s baptism certificate for registration. Tuition is $40 family with 1 child and $10 for each additional child. You will also receive important information and dates for the coming year. Lunch will be served at 12:30pm. Donations are greatly appreciated. CREED is a faith formation experience for the entire family and a wonderful opportunity to fellowship together. We look forward to seeing all of our families at CREED this year.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have recently registered and have not heard from our Welcome Committee, please contact Deacon Dave Pecot at email@example.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.
Support our Catholic Schools Collection August 17–18!
The Catholic schools in our diocese provide spiritual and intellectual growth for 3,200 students in our two high schools and eight elementary/middle schools. The need for supplemental tuition support has doubled over the past 5 years. A record $4.2 million dollars in tuition support was given to families this past year.
Help ensure all children have the opportunity to enjoy a Catholic education by supporting our Catholic Schools Tuition Support Collection. You can contribute by placing your gift in the basket at Mass the weekend of August 17–18 or visiting www.dioknox.org/holler
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. To register online: www.nphusa.org. For more information, contact Maci Mitchell at email@example.com or call 312-386-7494.
Join our HVAC Team!
Use your mechanical engineering training to help our church! We are establishing a team of volunteers to help oversee our HVAC system in the church. We have a very specialized system consisting of six water-cooled heat pumps, and it will be extremely helpful to have a team that is aware of the technical aspects of our system, and available to advise when needed. Time requirements are minimal, but you must be willing to attend a few initial sessions to learn about the components in our system. Instruction will be provided by Dave Breen. If you have questions, or if you are interested in joining our team, please contact Dave Breen (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Phil Johnson (986-9885).
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
SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
In today’s Gospel Jesus said to his disciples: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it be accomplished! Your contribution to the monthly parish charity collection will enable the Society of St. Vincent de Paul to assist those suffering in poverty and in so doing will help set the earth on fire with the fullness of God’s love. The next regular meeting will be on Friday, September 6 at 9 am 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. If you will be out of town please drop off one or two food items and/or some diapers at any time before you leave. Every donation is important! We need you! Thanks for your continued show of your blazing love for Jesus in the faces of the poor in our parish community. Thank you!!!!!
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”. Consider making or renewing this consecration on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, October 7. The 33 days of preparation begin on September 4. The book, 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley is a good resource for your individual preparation. The book can be purchased at the office, $10. Contact Jill St. Yves, email@example.com or 865-986-9885 or Sue Courtney, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT BEING A CATECHIST?
Our Religious Education program needs a 4th grade catechist. If you have an interest in sharing the love of Jesus and our rich faith tradition with children, please contact Jill St. Yves, email@example.com or 986-9885.
St. Thomas’ Bell Choir
Do you like hearing the bells at Mass? Would you like to learn to play the bells? If you can read music, or even if you can’t, please consider learning to play bells. If we are to continue this music ministry, we need your help.
We are also looking for someone with a musical background who would be willing to direct the Bell Choir. Please contact Judy Heard, 423-884-3146 or Mary Mills, 865-986-6548.
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 AVAILABLE
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.
CATHOLICISM INQUIRY SESSIONS
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome to our Community
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!
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 email@example.com
Perfectly Yourself: Discovering God’s Dream for You
Join Deacon David Lucheon for a 6-week series discussing this life-changing book that addresses the opportunities and obstacles we encounter when we decide to ask life's BIG questions: Who am I? What am I here for? Full of powerful and practical lessons, Matthew Kelly shows us how to find lasting happiness in a changing world. Newly revised to reflect an even greater emphasis on spiritual growth and realizing God's dreams for us, Perfectly Yourself is a book for anyone who has failed at a diet, survived the collapse of a relationship, or wondered if he or she would ever find a fulfilling career. Kelly teaches us how to find the balance between accepting ourselves and striving to become all God dreams for us to become. It's a book for all of us who long to be at peace with who we are, where we are, and what we are doing, not in some distant tomorrow, but here and now today. There will be two sessions: Mondays 12:30-1:45pm from July 15-August 26 and Thursdays 9:30-11:00am from July 18-August 29 in the Deacon Jose Room. Books will be available at the class session.
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 (www.sthomaslc.com) 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 formed.org. You will first need to have a FORMED log on (see above for instructions).
To register for FORMED DAILY, log on to: https://buff.ly/2yVQbuz
If you have questions on any Adult Faith Formation program or want to sign-up , contact Jill in the parish office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (865) 986-9885 ext. 15.
Bible Study of the Gospel of Saint John
Deacon John’s Bible Study of the Gospel of Saint John is moving to a new day and time. The classes will now be held every other Thursday from 6:45 PM until 8:00 PM starting on July 25th. All classes will be held in room 118 (RCIA room) on the lower floor of the Parish Family Life Center. If you missed the classes earlier this summer, no problem. Feel free to join in at any time. If you have any questions call Deacon John at 865-288-0576.
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 email@example.com for more information or with questions.
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.
Welcome Deacon David and Karen
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. Ray Powell, Pastor
- Fr. Julian Cardona, Associate Pastor
- Deacon Sean Smith, Deacon
- Deacon John Krepps, Deacon
- Deacon David Egan, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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Women's Guild Meetings
Pictured (left to right): Joel Studer, Maria Cornejo, Nancy Howard, Yadira Gonzalez, Mary Gonzalez, Jim Wogan, Ashley Siferd, Father Ray Powell
MEET ST. THOMAS’ PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL
Joel Studer is a sales representative at Aytu Bioscience and has been a member of St. Thomas the Apostle since 2006. He enjoys boating on Tellico Lake with his family and spending time outdoors. He usually attends the Sunday 9 a.m. Mass with his wife Amanda and his daughter Jaiden. Joel is chairperson of the Security and Operations Committee.
Maria Lupe Cornejo works for the family business, La Lupita, and has been a member of St. Thomas the Apostle since 1997. She is a runner and enjoys reading. She usually attends the Saturday 7 p.m. or 11:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday with her husband Marco and their daughter, Katie. Maria serves on the parish council as a representative of the Junta Pastoral.
Nancy Howard is VP Marketing for Provision CARES Proton Therapy and has been a member of St. Thomas the Apostle since 2008. Nancy lives in Farragut, and usually attends the Sunday 11:30 a.m. Mass with her husband John, and sometimes with her daughter Haley, when she is home from college. Nancy is chairperson of the Spiritual Life and Wellness Committee.
Yadira González was born in Mexico and moved to Tennessee in 1999. She has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and works as a human resources manager. Yadira comes from a Catholic background and has been a member of St. Thomas the Apostle for several years. She lives in Sweetwater with her husband and three children. Yadira serves on the parish council as a representative of the Junta Pastoral.
Ashley Siferd is a program officer for the nonprofit East Tennessee Foundation and has been a member of St. Thomas since 2001. She continues her involvement in several liturgical ministries and youth group, formerly as a student member and now as an adult leader. Ashley is a 200-hour certified yoga teacher, a volunteer team leader for Horse Haven of Tennessee, and speaks Spanish. She enjoys hiking with her fiancé Will and spending time with her family and friends. Ashley usually attends the Sunday 9 a.m. Mass and is chairperson of the Social Action Committee.
Mary González has been working for the Lenoir City School system for 5 years. She has been a member of St. Thomas since 1996. She has a husband, Juan, and 3 beautiful children. Her mission and her goals are to do all she can to serve her community and parishioners. Mary is chairperson of the Education and Evangelization Committee.
Jim Wogan is a former television sportscaster and has been the Director of Communications for the Diocese of Knoxville since 2014. Jim and his wife Mary have lived in East Tennessee since 1986. They have been members of St. Thomas the Apostle since 2001 and they usually attend the Sunday 9 a.m. Mass. Jim serves as the council president and is chairperson of the Communications Committee.
Readings for the week of August 18, 2019
- Sunday: Jer 38:4-6, 8-10 / Ps 40:2, 3, 4, 18 [14b] / Heb 12:1-4 / Lk 12:49-53
- Monday: Jgs 2:11-19 / Ps 106:34-35, 36-37, 39-40, 43ab and 44 [4a] / Mt 19:16-22
- Tuesday: Jgs 6:11-24a / Ps 85:9, 11-12, 13-14 [cf. 9b] / Mt 19:23-30
- Wednesday: Jgs 9:6-15 / Ps 21:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 [2a] / Mt 20:1-16
- Thursday: Jgs 11:29-39a / Ps 40:5, 7-8a, 8b-9, 10 [8a and 9a] / Mt 22:1-14
- Friday: Ru 1:1, 3-6, 14b-16, 22 / Ps 146:5-6ab, 6c-7, 8-9a, 9bc-10 [1b] / Mt 22:34-40
- Saturday: Rv 21:9b-14 / Ps 145:10-11, 12-13, 17-18  / Jn 1:45-51
- Next Sunday: Is 66:18-21 / Ps 117:1, 2, [Mk 16:15] / Heb 12:5-7, 11-13 / Lk 13:22-30