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.
GOSPEL MEDITATION - ENCOURAGE DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF SCRIPTURE
March 25, 2018 Palm Sunday
Our humanity bleeds through today's Gospel passages in more ways than one. We see both elation and fall, hope in the midst of the darker sides of our natures. If we allow it, these Gospels hold a mirror to our own fickle hearts. The crowds cry "Hosanna" and the Apostles profess allegiance unto death. In a manner of days -- even hours -- Jesus is betrayed, abandoned, denied, condemned, tortured, and executed. As God, he could have stopped this horrific narrative from unfolding, but he doesn't. He allows free will to play itself out.
There are nearly two millennia between this spectacle and us. We can stand safely removed, if we choose. But Lent invites us to return to this story. Lent invites us to find ourselves in the people we encounter there. Are we the repentant woman at Bethany? Are we naysayers of such lavish piety? Have we acted in a way that betrays those we love or denies what we know to be good and true? Have we fallen asleep in our faith? Have we unfairly accused others of a crime or immorality we imagine, though perhaps they didn't commit? Do we help others carry their burdens? Do we stand in solidarity with those who suffer? Do we care for the dying?
This week, take up today's Gospel again. Look carefully at the Passion narrative and sit with it in silence. Find yourself in the story and ponder its meaning for your own life. Journey with Jesus to the foot of the Cross so that you too may say, along with the faithful centurion, "truly this man was the Son of God!"
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, 9:00AM 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
English Stations of the Cross at 6:00pm in the church.
Fish Fry - immediately after Stations.
Spanish Stations of the Cross at 7:00pm in the church.
The menu will be baked and fried fish, fried potatoes slices, hush puppies, mac & cheese, cole slaw, and green beans.
The individual ticket price will be $8 and $20 for a family.
Parish Work Days Report
A tremendous “THANK YOU” to everyone that helped during our parish work days. We accomplished a variety of important tasks, including those listed below. Our parish is a unique place because of you!
Cleaned windows throughout church & PFLC
Cleaned drains of HVAC units
Cleaned multiple vents
Painted several metal exterior doors
Cleaned and organized mechanical rooms
Repaired church entry doors
Reinstalled “no parking” signs near dumpster
Vacuumed all carpets & matts
Shampooed carpet in parish office
Stained church entry sign
Painted benches near Virgin Mary statue
Replaced several dropped ceiling tiles
Caulked damaged grout areas on church floor
Repaired ceiling near emergency exit from banquet hall
Cleaned and buffed banquet hall floor
Spread over 55 yds. of mulch in landscaped areas
Cleaned exterior trash containers
Cleaned church choir room
Cleaned/dusted all areas in PFLC & church
Repaired leaking sink in rest room
Replaced broken exit sign in PFLC lower level lobby
Repaired broken chairs in youth room
Trimmed around all walkways
Cleaned parish office
Repaired brick areas near church entrance and courtyard
Install finish molding in Deacon Jose Rivera Room
Changed all HVAC filters
Cleaned & lubricated sliding glass doors in church
Kairos team #29 will be going into the Morgan County Correctional Complex on April 12th through the 15th. We will be ministering to the inmates and bringing the word of God to them. As in the past we are in need of 2,700 dozen Chocolate Chip kookies. The goal for St. Thomas parish is 500 dozen. In order to comply with the rules of the complex, we are limited to only Chocolate Chip cookies. Following are the instructions for preparing the kookies.
The Key ingredient for the kookies is Prayer
Pray as an individual or as a group over the ingredients before and during mixing. Pray over the kookies as you drop them onto the cookie sheets for baking. Ask God to use your kookies as a source for His Love to shine on the inmates and staff on this Kairos weekend. Pray each kookie brings the resident, officers and staff who eats them closer to God.
Packing the kookies
After baking, allow kookies to cool to room temp. Lay them in the freezer. When they are frozen, they will not likely crumble when stacked into the bags. Use one gallon Ziploc bags or the equivalent. Do not use aluminum foil. Put one dozen per bag. Place the kookies across the bottom of the bag and roll them up like a tube of Pringle chips. Tape the bag if necessary. Please keep the bags frozen until the collection dates.
For those not inclined to make the kookies from scratch, tubes (not cases) of kookie dough can be purchased from Gordon Food Services on Kingston Pike for less than $15. If you go this route, call them ahead of time at 560-8859 to order your dough. When you check out, tell them these are being purchased through the Fairview United Methodist Church for the Kairos Prison Ministry and the sales tax will be waived. This arrangement has been made with their manager, Tyler.
The collection dates for the kookies will be after Masses on April 7th and 8th. For those not wanting to bake kookies, we will be selling $5 “meal tickets” to be given to the residents to symbolize the care our parish has for them. Another way to support our team is through prayer. Log onto www.3dayol.org and look for the Morgan County Correctional Facility. You can then select a period of time when you will be praying for the guests, the team members and the success of our weekend.
God bless you all,
Greg Brennan, Jim Mattavi, Bob Maloney, Stu McFadden, Tom Shaughnessy and Harry Westcott, Kairos Team #29
Reminder - Monday 4/9, Commitment to Consecration to Jesus Thru Mary, after 8:30 Daily Mass.
Mondays, 9:30 am -11:00 am, Deacon Jose Rivera Room
Study of “The Screwtape Letters” by C.S. Lewis
Facilitated by Deacon David Lucheon
Thursdays, 9:30 am -11:00 am, Deacon Jose Rivera Room
Facilitated by Deacon David Lucheon
Program materials on FORMED.org
Sundays, 12:45 pm -1:45 pm, Room 118
Study Group, “Jesus of Nazareth”
Facilitated by Edie Shanahan & Penny Visconti
Book Club Friday, 4/27/18
10:00 am -11:00 am, Room 118
by Paula D’Arcy
For more information on all Adult Faith Formation
programs and events, please contact the office at
All are welcome, bring a friend!
GET TO KNOW JESUS THIS LENT
Journey through the Gospel of Mark with a daily 2-3 minute video presented by Redeemed online in partnership with Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Sign up today at www.lentseries.com and participate independently. There is no charge to participate.
Couple Prayer Series: Together with Jesus
April 8-May 13
Do you want to learn an intimacy that can change your marriage? Join us for the upcoming Couple Prayer Series and learn how to more fully enjoy the life-changing intimacy of praying together as husband and wife - closely, comfortably and consistently.
Shawna and Warren Hunt along with co-facilitators Rob and Treasa Valente will be presenting the Series that will be offered at All Saints Catholic Church. The Series will be held from 6:00-8:00 PM starting Sunday, April 8 and continue for a total of six consecutive Sunday evening sessions through Sunday, May 20 (skipping Mother's Day on Sunday, May 13).
When registering, please include the number and ages of your children for nursery capacity purposes. Registration is limited and ends Monday, April 2.
Do You Normally Attend Mass on Satuday?
We need 2-3 people who can give less than 30 minutes once a month to help insert the AFF Calendar into the STA Parish Bulletins. This is typically done the last Saturday of each month. Newly printed calendars would be ready to simply insert into the printed bulletins and left on a stack in the Narthex. It’s a fast, easy task that could be done after morning Mass on Saturday, or before the 5 pm Mass on Saturday afternoon.
Your participation and dedication to helping with this small project every month would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Bette Purvis at firstname.lastname@example.org, phone # 865.405.1937 to volunteer.
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!
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.
Students who wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in May 2018 must:
October 22 November 19 January 28
February 25 March 25 April 22
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.
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
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. We have an ongoing Inquiry Class every Monday evening at 6:30pm in Room 118, downstairs in the Parish Family Life Center. We also have a class every Sunday morning from 10:15am to 11:15am, also in Room 118. For more information, call Deacon John Krepps, 469-0604, or email@example.com .
If you would like to donate flowers for the altar, please contact the parish office at 865-986-9885.
In keeping with the mission to heal the pain of child abuse, members of the St. Thomas Women’s Guild display “Bags of Love” which they volunteered to assemble and sew for the children who are served by Kids First Child Advocacy Center. The children are victims of severe abuse. The bags will hold Christmas gifts for the children.
Pictured are Virginia Zorovich, Donna Maloney, Cindy Rogers, Allis Hanley and Ellen Hubrig
On January 15, St. Thomas Catholic Women's Guild members gathered in the deacon Jose Room to present donations to a group of charitable and civic organizations for their dedication to the greater Knoxville community. Fundraisers which were held in 2017 and sponsored by the Guild provided the funds for the donations.
Donna Curry, 2017 president of the Guild, performed her last official duty, by presenting checks to representatives from Focus, Right To Life, CAC, Cathloic Charities of East TN, Project Lifesaver, Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts, and Bridge Refugee Services.
After distributing the donations, Donna introduced incoming president Kay Sheldon and the members of the 2018 Board of Guild officers:
Jan Scobey - Vice- President Penny Manczko - Secretary Karen Schutte - Treasurer Nadine Mazienis - Program Chair Ida Ames - Program Co-Chair Mary Mills - Membership Chair Jan Cosens - Membership Co- Chair Mary Beth Bruss - Publicity Chair Mary Vaughan - Publicity Co- Chair Donna Curry - At Large Member
Guild programs for this year will include -
St. Vincent DePaul speaker, Larry Finneran
Catholic Charities speaker, Lisa Healy
May Card Party
July Tour of New Cathedral in Knoxville
POW Bill Robinson presentation
October Ladies Retreat off campus
November Assembling Soup in a Jar
December Advent By Candlelight
All women of the parish are invited to attend meetings on the third Monday of the month.
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.
If you have questions regarding these changes, please contact Fr. Doug directly.