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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.

JULY 30, 2017 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

JULY 30, 2017
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
"When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it." Jesus today gives us the image of a merchant who knows he has discovered a great treasure. In fact, its value is so tremendous that the man is willing to sell everything else in order to possess it. Why? Because he knows it will all be worth it. He knows that the pearl will bring him more reward than anything else he has ever owned, more even than all his possessions combined.

This Gospel story is meant to help us understand the unfathomable value of the kingdom of heaven. Nothing else can compare to it. No material item, no honor or success, can compete with this pearl of great price. Everything we have, short of this, is finite: limited, temporary, and ultimately fleeting. Eternal happiness, on the other hand, is infinite. It never ends. This is the deep contentment, the satisfaction, the peace, and happiness that we crave, the kind that doesn't disappoint.

Like the merchant in the parable, we too should understand the value of this discovery. As Christians, we have "found" the treasure beyond all other treasures! Life in Christ, both now and in heaven, is truly the pearl of great price. The only question is whether we are willing to "sell" all that we have to obtain it. In other words, are we willing to release the other things that claim hold on us? Are we ready to put Christ first in our lives? All of us need to take pause from time to time and examine our attachments and priorities. Money, pleasure, success, or comfort can often seem so important to us that we falsely begin to imagine these things will bring the happiness we so desire. But the message is loud and clear today: the kingdom of heaven is the true treasure we long for.

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)


There will be no Daily Mass on Friday, August 4; a Communion Service will be offered.


Saturday, August 5, 2017


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.




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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, 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.

Morning Prayer


On an experimental basis, Father Doug would like to start saying Morning Prayer on Fridays after Daily Mass, starting June 2nd. Please join us!

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. 

Please click here for a link to Deacon Dave Pecot's Sunday homily blog.

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.





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


Catholic Gifts and Books and Supplies

Divine Mercy Chaplet online



Tuesday, August 15-Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

"From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me
and holy is his Name.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly."
- Lk 1:48b-49, 52

Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass ©2001, 1998, 1970 CCD.



The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The church has always held to the belief that Mary was assumed, body and soul, into a heavenly state, even though the belief was not declared as dogmatic until 1950. The early church had a robust tradition of revering relics from the saints of the day, and their complete lack of relics from the Mother of Jesus was seen as evidence of this Marian belief. The celebration of the event as a feast dates back to the fourth century in the East and the seventh century in the West.

Since Mary was untouched by the stain of sin, she was unable to experience the "wages of sin," which is death. But her Assumption also says something about humanity as well. Sin only has power over us if we allow it. Mary was freed from this power in her Immaculate Conception, and when she responded "yes" to God. We were freed from that power when Jesus died and rose, conquering death. Now, we must respond "yes" to claim the victory that was already won for us. On this feast, we should not only celebrate the great works God has done for us through Our Lady, but also celebrate the truth that we have the opportunity to one day spend eternity with her and her Son, Jesus.

Assumption Mass Schedule

August 14-7:00 PM - Spanish

August 15- 10:00 AM

August 15- 6:00 PM

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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.


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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

Click here to see the latest FORMED flyer.



Bulletin Notes


There will be no Daily Mass on Friday, August 4; a Communion Service will be offered.


Saturday, August 5, 2017


St. Thomas the Apostle Church will host a Meet-and-Greet evening to introduce our upcoming Catholic Inquiry series on Monday, August 7, at 6:30pm in Room 118 on the bottom floor of the Family Life Center. This group will explore our Catholic faith traditions for those interested in possibly becoming Catholic or just learning more about the Catholic faith. If you are unable to attend our Meet & Greet on Wednesday but are interested in joining us for the inquiry series, please call Edie Shanahan, 865-271-9276, or

August 20TH Diocesan Collection for Catholic School Need Based Scholarship 

The Catholic schools in our diocese provide spiritual and intellectual growth for approximately 3,100 students in our two high schools and eight foundational schools.  With numerous awards, unbeatable graduation rates, and a passion to develop the youth of today into the leaders of tomorrow – our Catholic schools not only equip children for the journey of life but, more importantly, help to guide them along their journey to Heaven. 

Yet, some families continue to struggle in difficult economic times.  Need for supplemental tuition support over the past 5 years has grown over 30%.  $3.8 million was given in tuition support to families this past year – a record amount. 

Your support helps to make a Catholic school education a reality for children most in need.  With your help, additional children will experience the spiritual and academic advantages of a Catholic school education.  Please consider making a donation today. We welcome you to to learn more about our schools, including school highlights and links to individual school websites. You may also give on-line through the St. Thomas WeShare site or the diocesan website. 


Join us for Babette's Feast, Monday, August 7th

At 6:30 pm in the PFLC 

Pope Francis’ favorite film, which highlights the need for mercy, not at the exclusion of truth, but united to truth.  This Oscar-winning, Danish film challenges us to look outside of ourselves and to the beauty of God’s joy and mercy.  It’s a movie about selfless service to others that may not always be in accord with our man-made “rules” and may upend our view of God’s mercy.


The STA Book Club is discussing the “Autobiography of Saint Margaret Mary” on Friday, July 28, 2017 at 10:00am at the lower level of the PFLC Room 118.   Intimate insights from Saint Alacoque to whom our Lord gave the Sacred Heart revelations. Includes our Lord’s own words heard by St. Margaret Mary, and tells how she sought out suffering for the love of God.  A very famous book and one of the few original autobiographies in existence from that era in 1673.   Come for the discussion, even if you haven’t had a chance to read the book!



From the Diocese:

In December 2015, Congress made permanent a law allowing individuals to give up to $100,000 to charity directly from an individual retirement account (IRA) when they are over 70 ½ years old without counting the distribution as taxable income. This type of charitable gift is called a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD).

 While IRA donations can be acknowledged by the charity, they should not be tax receipted. There is no income tax deduction for a donor’s contribution through an IRA. However, the sum going to charity is not included in his or her adjusted gross income. Donating these assets as a charitable rollover means the donor does not have to take a minimum required distribution beginning at 70 ½ that they would have to pay taxes on. 

Sometimes it is difficult for charities to know if a contribution is one of these donations. All tax letters from St. Thomas will have a disclaimer on them this year stating that if any contribution were a from an IRA, the donor should consult with their tax professional regarding deductibility.


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.


In the Gospel, we find that the demand of daily Christian living is to spend our life primarily searching for the kingdom of God.  Thank you for your gifts last week to the monthly food drive.  The next meeting of the Society will be on Friday, August 4 at 9:15 in the Deacon Jose Room of the Parish Family Life Center.  Call Larry Finneran at (865) 657-9119 for more information.  Note that the Society can also accept donations of working washers, dryers, ranges and small to medium size refrigerators.


Do you have a favorite hymn that you would love to sing during our weekend Masses? The Music Ministry would like your ideas and input!! You are invited to submit your suggestions for your favorite hymns. We have placed a large sign board in the narthex with spaces for you to write in your favorite hymn from our current hymnals: The St. Augustine Hymnal or  Flor Y Canto. All we ask is for you to write in the name of the hymn AND the hymn number.  That’s it! Your suggestions will help us to plan out future music schedules. Thanks from the St. Thomas Music Ministry. 


Your doctor shook his head the last time you saw him.  It seems like you're always on some kind of medication.  Simple household jobs that you used to do with ease are beginning to be too much for you.  You're not ready for this.  You feel angry, upset, and a little bit worried.  A Stephen Minister would like to listen and care.  Contact Barbara Brennan 458-8922 or Tom Ringenbach 458-0915 to learn more. 


Thanks to all who purchased tickets early. The Women’s Guild looks forward to offering you a most enjoyable event whose main purpose is to raise funds for local charities. 


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.  This last quarter Kroger sent us a check for $104.21.  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!


The parish Rosary makers are in need of older rosary beads.  If you have an old rosary that cannot be repaired or is missing beads consider donating what you have to our rosary makers.  One of the challenges we have is sourcing beads to repair older rosaries that have sentimental value but are missing beads.  Drop them off at the office or call Pam Geoghegan (865.657.0949) if you have any questions. 


Steubenville Youth Conference Video

Youth Volunteers and Honorees at KOC Awards

Youth and Leaders travel to Steubenville Youth Conference

Youth and Leaders travel to Stebubenville Youth Conference

St. Thomas Women's Guild-Retreat

Women’s Retreat
Saturday July 29, 2017
St. Thomas PFLC
9 am—3 pm 

THE DAY’S AGENDA-Click here to download a flyer


Living Stations of the Cross

May Crowning

Online Parish Registration

To register online, click below. 

Online Giving

 Click on the the above box to be redirected to the WeShare site.

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

Click here to see an Online Giving Flyer  

Download the WeShare User's Guide

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

Are you interested in becoming Catholic or learning more about the Catholic faith? Please click on the picture for more information!
Catholic Inquiry sessions will meet every Monday at 6:00PM in Room 123 in the Parish Family Life Center.  All are welcome to join us!



Altar Flowers

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



The Women's Guild sponsored several fund raising events throughout 2016.  At our January meeting, funds raised from these events were distributed to Catholic, Loudon and Monroe County charities. The recipient agencies attended our meeting and provided us with an overview of their services.  

Agencies pictured:  St. Vincent De Paul Society, Catholic Charities, Boy Scouts, St. Mary's Legacy Clinic. Seminarian Stephen Hamby, Boys & Girls Club Loudon County, Branches of Monroe County,Friendship Kitchen, Good Samaritan, Iva's Place, Child Advocacy Center, CCW Project - Right to Life and Smokey Mountain Service Dogs.

At the Guild's February meeting, we toured the Farragut Museum and enjoyed lunch together at Mimi's Café.

To download a copy of the 2017 Guild brochure, click here.


Edge Color Run

Trunk or Treat

St. Thomas Women's Guild Card Party

Youth Help and Dance the Night Away at KOC Polish Night

Advent by Candlelight

St. Thomas Women's Guild November Meeting

Spaghetti and Karaoke

Women's Guild Fashion Show Fun

Spanish Living Stations of the Cross

Image by Sue Duncan

Youth Living Stations of the Cross 2016

St. Thomas Youth on an Impactful Mission

See the article in the News Herald about our Youth!!

We are so proud of you and happy about how you have embraced the corporal works of mercy to love and care for our brothers and sisters in need. THANK YOU!!

Youth Rafting Trip-September 6

Our Amazing Youth at Catholic Heart Workcamp

Mass Intention Guidelines


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.

  • Multiple intentions will be available for each Mass.
  • Because there will be more than one intention per Mass, we will no longer accept any donations; as according to Canon Law, we are only allowed to accept one donation per Mass and we want to be fair to all.
  • The names of the people who are being prayed for may no longer be announced individually in the Prayers of the Faithful during Mass, as the list could be lengthy at times. The celebrant will know the names of the daily intentions and will be keeping those people in prayer during Mass.
  • The names will continue to be listed in the bulletin.

If you have questions regarding these changes, please contact Fr. Doug directly.

What are Coptic Christians and Why You Should Know

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Weekly Readings

Weekly reading

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