Contact Info

1580 St. Thomas Way
Lenoir City, TN 37772
P: 865-986-9885
F: 865-988-8230

St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church

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.

CREED-September 28, 2014


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


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

Office Hours

Monday-Friday 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Closed 12:00 PM-12:30 PM for lunch

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

Eucharistic Adoration


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.




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St. Thomas Stewardship Appeal for 2015

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 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

To read more about the appeal which benefits our parish each year, please click here!

St. Thomas Pictorial Directory-More dates added!

Sign Up Now!! 


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



Diocesan Youth Recognition Mass and Celebration

Colombia Mission Wine & Cheese Event

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



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

Religious Education and Youth Ministry Begin in September

To register for the 2014-2015 Religious Education, Youth, and Confirmation programs

Grades (K-12)

please click on the picture below:  

 To pay Religious Education Fees online, please click here.

To download a Youth Ministry Brochure (grades 8-12), please click here.

To download a Religious Education Brochure (grades K-7), please click here.

Religious Education -1st Week 2014

Youth - 1st Week 2014

Evenings with Fr. Doug-Reconciliation

Adult Faith Formation Opportunities


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.


Video preview of Fr. Barron's Catholicism






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 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.


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,
Bette Purvis 865-458-8070,


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.


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.



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.


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 ( and Cell Therapy Foundation ( -Specific-Research) who promote adult stem cell research, considered by many researchers as the best avenue to a cure.  Please contact Paul Simoneau at with your questions about whether other research organizations use means that are morally permissible at or 865-584-3307.


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 or 865-405-3151.


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.    VOTE YES on Amendment One! 

  If you would like to make an announcement regarding a parish activity, please email the webmaster at



Knights of Columbus “Polish Feast” Dinner Dance-October 10, 2014


The Knights of Columbus Council 12633 will be hosting a
“Polish Feast” Dinner / Dance
Friday, October 10, 2014
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Lenoir City.

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.

Reservations and ticket information are available from Bill Twohig at 865 607-2248 or or Ed Valente at 865 406-9641 or or Chet Kwiatkowski at 988-3894.

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.


Sports and Family Ministry

Soccer Academy…every Wednesday

 Fall Soccer Sign-up options:

  • During Soccer Academy 
  • Pick up a form in the St. Thomas parish offices
  • Print a form by following the link below to the Sports and Family page.

To only process an online payment for Fall Soccer click here.

For more information or to download registration form, click here!

 Contact info…need cell phone numbers for S & F informational text chain 865-310-5440 text Kevin your name and numbers.  


Celebrate St. Thomas Family Camp-out

Family Fun Nite

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. 


Retiro Pentecostes

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  

Online Parish Registration

To register online, click below.


Becoming Catholic

Are you interested in becoming Catholic or learning more about the Catholic faith? Please click on the picture for more information!

Liturgical Tribute Fund

To receive more information on the Liturgical Tribute Fund, please click on the chalice.



Altar Flowers

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


Prayer Requests

Click on Picture to make a prayer request

Click on the picture to fill out online prayer request form.


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. 


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