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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.
GOSPEL MEDITATION - ENCOURAGE DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF SCRIPTURE
March 10, 2019
1st Sunday of Lent
As we enter into this Lenten season of penance and self-denial, we're reminded that the God we follow is no stranger to these things. In this Sunday's Gospel, we see the temptations of Jesus which have parallels throughout Scripture and in our own lives. The apostle John warns against temptations to sensual lust, enticement of the eyes, and a pretentious life (cf. 1 John 2:16). Before Eve plucks the fruit from the tree, she hears it is good for food, pleasing to the eyes, and desirable for gaining wisdom (cf. Genesis 3:6). The temptations of Jesus are our own.
"Turn these stones to bread." Here is the lure of bodily comfort, like good food or sensual lust. It's the simplest of temptations because it's instinctual. We want good for our bodies! But there may be times these bodily goods don't serve the higher good for our souls. The leap "from the temple parapet" would entice the eye of the person watching. A feat like this would prove Jesus' Messianic ability. His popularity could be a shortcut to the cross. We might not be daredevils, but we want people to like us and be impressed by us. Do we sacrifice our values along the way? To "bow and worship" the devil - and so claim power and a pretentious life - seems like a dramatic temptation. Not everyone may feel enticed by power in the professional sense, but all of us want control. A volunteer team can feel just as intense as the boardroom! How often do we prefer to be in control of our lives (and perhaps even the lives of others), rather than allow God to be God?
When we consider areas of temptation and sin, it's not to feel ashamed. The temptation in the desert reminds us that we are not alone and that the strength of Jesus can be our strength, too.
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.
Friday 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Closed 12:00 PM-12:30 PM for lunch
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!
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.
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
Fasting & Abstinence
LENTEN SCHEDULE 2019
Women's Guild News
ST. THOMAS WOMEN’S GUILD
IMARK YOUR CALENDAR
March 26 (2PM) – March 28 (12 PM) 2019
St. Thomas’ Women’s Retreat
Sponsored by St. Thomas Women’s Guild
Location will be at the NEW retreat facility in Benton, TN
CHRIST PRINCE OF PEACE RETREAT CENTER
290 Locke Lane Benton, TN 37307
(About a 3/4 hour drive – Directions will be provided)
Father David Mary Engo FFM Retreat Leader
The price includes 2 breakfasts, lunches and dinners, coffee, conference room facilities and gratuities. Total cost is $160.00 per person. Sign up at membership drive or the guild meeting. Checks should be made to STWG.
Christ, Prince of Peace Details: This is a brand new retreat center operated by the Diocese on a 52 acre site. The facility consists of three living pods, two chapels, conference meeting rooms and a dining area surrounded by peaceful fields and the Hiwassee River. Each pod is self-contained and has 5 bedrooms, each bedroom has a full bath. In addition each pod has a large gathering area for discussion and fellowship as well as a complete snack kitchen with refrigerator, microwave etc. The plan is to limit occupancy to three women per room. Unlike other retreats, at this location each retreatant is required to bring their own bed linens, towels and toiletries (some have already said that they will be bringing their sleeping bags).
This retreat is open to All the women of our Parish! For reservations and questions or additional information, contact Nadine Mazienis 423-337-8894 or email@example.com. Deadline for sign up is March 11th.
English Stations of the Cross 6:00 PM in the Church
Fish Fry - immediately after Stations
Spanish Stations of the Cross 7:00 PM
We are in the planning stages for the Lenten Fish Fry. If you would like to help in the set-up, preparing, cooking, serving, and/or clean-up on the Fridays during Lent, please contact Jerry Dougherty at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 458-4117.
The menu will be Baked and Fried Fish, Fried Potato Slices, Hush Puppies, Mac & Cheese, Cole Slaw, and Green Beans. The ticket price will be $8 for an individual and $20 for a family (children under 12-free).
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 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.
Preparing for Lent
Don’t give up chocolate for Lent…make this the year you do something more for your spiritual growth!
One great way to grow spiritually is by participating in an Adult Faith Formation (AFF) program. This weekend, you’ll have the opportunity to review and sign up for the study programs, small groups, and special events. Click here to download a listing of the programs and a handy sign-up form. Look for the AFF table in the Narthex after all of the Masses.
Also, don’t forget that the beautiful Catholicism series continues this weekend. Join us on Sunday at 10:15 AM in the Deacon Jose Room of the PFLC. The topic is "Word Made Flesh, True Bread of Heaven: The Mystery of the Liturgy and the Eucharist". Don't worry if you haven't come before, each episode is unique and very insightful. “Every Parishioner should see this” has been a common reaction of fellow parishioners.
Questions? Contact Jill St. Yves in the parish office at email@example.com or 865-986-9885 if you have questions.
The St. Thomas the Apostle Adult Faith Formation Committee
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.
St. Thomas Welcome Committee Needs your help
The St. Thomas Welcome Committee is seeking to expand its ability to greet new parishioners as they join our faith Community. The task is simple – welcome them, talk to them and let them know we are glad they joined us. We would like to better coverage in Lenoir City as well as Tellico Village. Please contact Deacon Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We need your help!
We are looking for volunteers willing to work 2-3 hours every 5 weeks from April to October helping the with the lawn care of the church property. You would be working on a team of 6 parishioners who cut and trim the grass in and around the church and parish life center. You will only utilize equipment (push mowers, riders, large 60” mowers, trimmers, leaf blowers, etc.) that you are comfortable operating. Please call Larry Elder 657-9722 or Keith Rivard 388-2478.
SAVE THE DATE
It’s not too early to mark your calendars for the St. Thomas Women’s Guild Luncheon and Fashion Show on Wednesday, August 7. Since we have a number of vendors who would like to return, we want to give our parishioners the first option to join in the fun. Contact Kathy Witwer (email@example.com or 865-657-9087) if you are interested in being a vendor. Please contact Mary Kay Hostetler (firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-498-9590) if you would like to model fashions from the Whistle Stop in Loudon. Finally the committee is looking for interested women who would like to head the sub-committees for kitchen/food prep, set up/clean up or table décor/ centerpieces. Please contact Virginia Zorovich (email@example.com or 865-657-9216) or Cindy Rogers (firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-590-2538) to join the committee. We ask that you make contact by March 15.
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.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
In the Gospel today, Jesus uses images in speaking to his disciples: “Can a blind man act as guide to a blind man?...Why look at the speck in your brother’s eye when you miss the plank in your own?...A good tree does not produce decayed fruit....” It is true that donations come to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul via your contributions to the monthly parish charity collection because good persons produce goodness from the good in their hearts.
The next regular meeting will be on Friday, March 15 in the Deacon Jose Rivera Room at 9:15 am. Call Larry Finneran at 657-9119 for more information.
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.
Publicity/Marketing Help Needed for our Adult Faith Formation Programs and Events:
Do you enjoy and participate in some of the many Adult Faith Formation programs and classes we put on here at St. Thomas? Would you like to help others become aware of this jewel that we have here at our parish? Much work goes into publicizing our special events and regular programming, and we could use your assistance! Basic computer skills needed; familiarity with graphics, a plus. Enthusiasm and willingness to learn are most important. Contact Stephanie McElligott at email@example.com or 865-657-3059 for more information.
Memorial Day - May 27, 2019
Did you know that you can have a commemorative brick installed at the Veterans’ Plaza in front of the parish office. This is a great way to honor a deceased family member who served our country in the military. The cost of the brick is $150. The engraving is limited to 2 lines of 13 characters per line (including spaces). Order forms can be picked up at the parish office.
ROSARY MAKERS ARE LOOKING TO EXPAND THEIR MINISTRY
If you have an interest in making rosaries, we can teach you. We meet in Room 111 the last Thursday of every month from 6:00-7:00pm. No need to call, you just stop by and see if this is for you. We have everything you’ll need.
If you have rosaries or parts of rosaries that you no longer use, please contact us. We can put them to good use and make new ones.
If you know of someone who needs a Rosary just contact us. We can give them to you for free!
Pam Geoghegan 865-657-0949
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!
ADULT FAITH FORMATION
Loving, Learning and Living Our Faith!
The “Catholicism” DVD series
Join us between Masses in the Deacon Jose Rivera Room (10:15-11:15 AM) to experience the truth, goodness, and beauty of the “Catholicism” DVD program in breathtaking and high-definition cinematography. Journey with Bishop Robert Barron through the Holy Land and Rome.
Tuesday Men’s Group: “Kapaun’s Men” – starts February 12th
The most decorated Chaplain in U.S. Army History, Servant of God Emil Kapaun’s story inspires us and reminds us that every man can achieve the greatness to which God has called us. The Kapaun’s Men Virtue Series invites you to dive into the life of Father Kapaun and the virtues he exemplified. In this program, men from many walks of life help you to understand what the virtues of mercy, faith, hope, love, courage, and mission look like in today’s world. The 4 session series runs 2/12 - 3/5; 9:15 – 10:30 AM; Room 110 Facilitator: Stu McFadden
St. Thomas Book Club: Meets Friday Feb. 22
10 AM in Room 118 - This month’s title: Tobit’s Dog by Michael Nicholas Richard
The Magnetic Christianity program continues, with over 150 people involved in one of 10 neighborhood or parish small groups. A few groups are still open: Mon. at 12:30 PM, Wed. at 9:30 AM, and Thurs. at either 9:30 AM or 6:30 PM, all in the Parish Family Life Center. If interested, contact Jill St. Yves at email@example.com or call the parish office at 865-986-9885.
Adult Faith Formation Programs
ADULT FAITH FORMATION
Program Categories to Consider
Apologetics/Defending the Faith – Become more comfortable in discussing your Faith with others
Bible Study - Unpack Bible scripture to explore the mysteries of the Word and increase your understanding and Faith
Mariology – Learn about the Blessed Virgin and her place in Salvation history
Morality & Contemporary Issues - Fundamentals on Catholic teaching and practice for a Christ-like life
Parish Mission – A special three day event designed to enliven and renew your faith
Personal Spiritual Growth - Grow your faith with books and DVD programs that will inspire you about your Faith
The Sacraments – Augment your understanding of the Sacraments, especially as they relate to the Sacrifice of the Mass and the Holy Bible
Consecration to Jesus through Mary Introduction
There will be a short introduction on making a consecration to Jesus through Mary, Monday, February 11, 9:30am, in the Deacon Jose room. Sue Courtney and Jill St. Yves will review the 33 day preparation and share their experience of making a consecration to Jesus. Please join us and discover why St. Louis de Montfort says “Mary is the safest, easiest, shortest and most perfect way of approaching Jesus”.
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, 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
SAVE THE DATE for JESSE MANIBUSAN!
SAVE THE DATE for JESSE MANIBUSAN!
SUNDAY, MAY 5, 2019 4:00 TO 6:00PM
St. Thomas PFLC
“Loving, Learning and Living Your Faith through Stories & Songs"
If you like presentations that lift your spirit and bring smiles to your heart you’ll mark your calendars now to see Jesse Manibusan on May 5. Jesse is a singer, songwriter, catechist, storyteller, humorist and evangelizer. He shares from his heart the love of Christ and the call to live out our baptism in every aspect of life. Mark your calendars and remember to invite your friends for an evening that will make Loving, Learning and Living your Faith a truly joyful experience. The event is FREE but free will donations will be appreciated.
To register, go to: https://bit.ly/2tFgpiu
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 Dave Pecot, 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
- Kasey Ross, Echo Program Apprentice
- 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.
COME EXPLORE CATHOLICISM UPDATE
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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Deacon Dave's Second Helpings
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.
Readings for the week of March 17, 2019
- Sunday: Gn 15:5-12, 17-18 / Ps 27:1, 7-8, 8-9, 13-14[1a] / Phil 3:17—4:1 or 3:20—4:1 / Lk 9:28b-36
- Monday: Dn 9:4b-10 / Ps 79:8, 9, 11 and 13 [cf. 103:10a] / Lk 6:36-38
- Tuesday: 2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16 / Ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29  / Rom 4:13, 16-18, 22 / Mt 1:16, 18-21, 24a or Lk 2:41-51a
- Wednesday: Jer 18:18-20 / Ps 31:5-6, 14, 15-16 [17b] / Mt 20:17-28
- Thursday: Jer 17:5-10 / Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 [40:5a] / Lk 16:19-31
- Friday: Gn 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a / Ps 105:16-17, 18-19, 20-21 [5a] / Mt 21:33-43, 45-46
- Saturday: Mi 7:14-15, 18-20 / Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12 [8a] / Lk 15:1-3, 11-32
- Next Sunday: Ex 3:1-8a, 13-15 / Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8, 11 [8a] / 1 Cor 10:1-6, 10-12 / Lk 13:1-9