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.
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.
Additional times will be available during Advent, starting November 30
(We will not have a Reconciliation Service at St. Thomas)
Saturdays: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Sundays: 10:15 AM to 11:15 AM
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.
It’s wonderful to see so many tags taken off the Angel Tree. We need the presents, wrapped with tag attached, back as soon as possible. Remember, if you cannot find the Wish Gift that the child requested, either substitute or give us a call and maybe we can help. If you wish to add to your angel’s gift, please do. Also, please don’t forget to include gift receipts. Any other problems on sizes, clothes, shoes, etc. call Linda and Harry DeNardo 986-2850 and we will contact the school resource centers for answers. The last day for bringing in presents is Sunday, December7th.
Learn more about online giving and the opportunities for giving at St. Thomas the Apostle
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 this month as well as the names of the donors are listed below:
In Memory of: Donor:
Joan J. Burgett Don Burgett
Mr. & Mrs. Don E. Burgett
Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Jochum
The Sunday Gospel draws us into the Season of Advent, challenging us to prepare ourselves and our world for Christ’s coming. The Advent readings focus on many images of the messiah in the Old Testament. The prophets particularly describe the messiah as one who will bring peace to our troubled world. Jesus, the Prince of Peace, is the fulfillment of their prophecies. Your challenge this week is to follow in Jesus’ footsteps by being a peace-maker yourself. How can you create peace within your own heart, within your family, in the community, and even in the world? Spend time in prayer, letting the peace of Christ penetrate your being. Then bring together people you know who are fighting, inviting them to see the goodness in each other. And finally, pray for peace in the most troubled spots in the world. Where is conflict most volatile and hateful? Pray for the people who live there and for their leaders to have the courage to be peace-makers rather than peace-breakers.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
THANKSGIVING DAY MASS-10:00 AM ONLY
NO DAILY MASS OR COMMUNION SERVICE- Friday, November 28th
SPECIAL COLLECTION ON THE FEAST OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
On Friday, December 12th, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a collection will be taken up to assist Catholic Charities of East TN and their Office of Immigrant Services. Like the Feast we celebrate marking the appearance of Blessed Mother to St. Juan Diego in 1531, the collection echoes Mary’s message of love, hope and unity to the people of America. Your gift will help the Office of Immigrant Services with additional staff and resources to help better serve the immigrant community. Please be generous.
El viernes 12 de diciembre, Fiesta de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, se hará una colecta para ayudar a Caridades Católicas del Este de Tennessee y a su Oficina de Servicios Inmigratorios. Al igual que la fiesta que celebramos la cual conmemora la aparición de Nuestra Madre Bendita a San Juan Diego en 1531, la colecta hace eco al mensaje de amor, esperanza y unidad de María para los pueblos de América. Su donación ayudará a la Oficina de Servicios Inmigratorios con personal y recursos adicionales para ayudar a servir mejor a la comunidad inmigrante. Les rogamos que sean generosos.
+OFFICE OF THE DEAD- EVENING PRAYER - FIRST FRIDAYS+
Friday, December 5, at 6 PM, the Regina Caeli Schola will pray for our deceased loved ones. Please join us, or email names of those you wish to be included in our monthly prayers to: Viscontip@bellsouth.net.
If you would like to make an announcement regarding a parish activity, please email the webmaster at email@example.com.
Meetings for each of the Liturgical Ministries will be held over the course of the next several weeks. The meetings will give ministers the opportunity to recommit to their ministries and to refresh their knowledge of the various policies and procedures of each ministry. Any new or changed procedures will be discussed. There will be time for questions and answers and discussion of any other issues pertinent to each ministry.
Each meeting will have spiritual and practical components and should last about one hour. A choice of meetings for each ministry, day or evening, have been scheduled for your convenience, except Altar Servers, who will meet after the 11:30 Mass on Sundays. All meetings will be held in the church.
Dec. 2 (Tue.) 11 AM Ushers
Dec. 4 (Thur) 7 PM Ushers
Additional reminders will be made before the meetings.
Please make every effort to be in attendance. If you have any questions, please contact Jim Polhamus in the parish office at 986-9885 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE ROMAN CATHOLIC MASS EXPLAINED WITH FATHER DOUG- Part II
NEXT DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
6:30 PM - 6:30 PM
We are a religion of rituals; our Roman Catholic Mass is filled with rituals. While attending Mass every weekend we give Praise and Glory to God. How do we do it? There are four (4) major parts to the Mass: the Opening Rites; the Liturgy of the Word, the Liturgy of the Eucharist and the Concluding Rites. Father Doug will explain the basics of the Mass so we know what we are doing, why we are doing it; what it does and how it is vital to Christian growth. Join us to obtain a deeper understanding of the Roman Catholic Mass. No registration needed.
Contact info…need cell phone numbers for S & F informational text chain 865-310-5440 text Kevin your name and numbers.
To register for the 2014-2015 Religious Education, Youth, and Confirmation programs
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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.