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.

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.

Lent Begins Next Week!!

  Ash Wednesday-February 10, 2016

  (Not a Holy Day of Obligation)

  Mass Schedule:

  8:30 AM-English

  6:00 PM-English

  7:30 PM-Spanish



Please click here for fasting and abstinence rules and other questions about Lent.


English Stations of the Cross will be at 6:00pm followed by Fish Fry and Spanish Stations of the Cross at 7:30pm.

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 or call at 865-458-4117. 

The menu will be Baked and Fried Fish, Fried Potato Slices, Hush Puppies, Mac & Cheese, Cole Slaw, and Green Beans. The individual ticket price will be $8 and $20 for a family.


Fish Fry

Our first fish fry for this Lent will be on Friday, February 12, 2016

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Please join us after 6PM Stations of the Cross and before 7:30 PM Spanish Stations of the Cross.

Fried or baked fish, macaroni and cheese, french fries, and cole slaw. Tickets are $8.00 per person or $20.00 per family. Children under 12 eat for free!

Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and St. Thomas Women's Guild.

Tickets on sale at the door or online.

To purchase tickets online, please click here.


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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Mass Times

Saturday 5:00 PM English Vigil
Saturday 7:00 PM Spanish Vigil
Sunday 9:00 AM
Sunday 11:30 AM
During Lent: Wednesdays at 6:00 PM

Mon-Fri 8:30 AM
Rosary immediately following daily Mass
Saturday-9:00 AM



We will not have Daily Mass February 16-17, therefore Communion Services will be offered.

Eucharistic Adoration



Eucharistic Adoration will be on First Fridays, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

During Lent: Exposition and Morning Prayer 7:30AM-8:15AM





Beginning in January 2016, the Parish Administrative office will close on Friday's at noon. The hours the rest of the week have not changed and are posted below.
The revised office hours will be posted in the bulletin, and on the PFLC entry doors.  Make note of this change and plan accordingly.  If you have questions, please call the parish office at 865.986.9885.

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

Office Closed on February 15 in observance of President's Day

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Reconciliation is available Tuesdays at 6:00 PM and Saturdays from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM.

During Lent: Confessions are available on Sunday between 8:00AM and 8:45AM and 10:00AM and 11:15AM

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



Click here to go to Daily Divine Office where you can read and/or listen to the office of prayers.



Lenten Activities

Adult Faith Formation

Are you longing to learn a little more about the Bible? Do you want to be fed by the Word of God?


Jan 5 – Mar 15   9:30–11:00 AM   The Prophets*   Room 118

Jan 5 – Feb 23    6:30–7:45PM     Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible*       Deacon Jose Rivera Room

Jan 7 – Feb 25    9:30–10:45 AM   Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible*      Deacon Jose Rivera Room           

Jan 11 – Mar 14   6:30–8:00 PM Peter*     Deacon Jose Rivera Room

January 26  6:30–8:00PM    Fr Doug: Liturgy of the Hours Talk    Social Hall, PFLC

Feb 10 – Mar 16   6:30–7:45 PM   Jesus & the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist*   Deacon Jose Rivera Room

Feb 10 +    Little Black Books for Lent     $1.00 ea.     PFLC  

*Workbooks and books available at the Church Office.

Deacon David Lucheon is offering a 6-week class on Brant Pitre’s book “Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist” on Wednesday mornings beginning February 10th from 9:30-10:45 AM in the Deacon Jose Room of the Parish Family Life Center at St. Thomas.  This is an excellent book, especially during Lent, and is Deacon David’s favorite on the Eucharist.  The book costs $5 and is available for purchase at the Parish Office.  To sign up for the class, please send an e-mail to Jill St. Yves at


Saturday, March 12th

The hall and church have been reserved; the schedule is set; the food menu is planned; Father Doug is reflecting on his talks, now all that is needed is you, the men of the parish.  Why not make this day of reflection a noteworthy part of your Lenten preparation.  Call Larry Finneran at 865-657-9119 with questions or to make your reservation.



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.

St. Thomas’ Women’s Guild Donates to Local Charities

January 20, 2016 - St. Thomas’ Women’s Guild Donates to Local Charities 

At the January meeting, the Women’s Guild donated $8000 to St. Thomas and local charities, including the St. Thomas Boy Scout Troop, Project Lifesaver, Smoky Mountain Service Dogs, Friendship Kitchen, CCW Knoxville Diocese Project - Building a Culture of Life, Child Advocacy Center, Journey of Hope, Boys and Girls Club of Loudon County, Good Samaritan Center, and several Catholic Charities programs.   

The funds were raised throughout the year as the Guild sponsored a card party and luncheon, a fashion show and luncheon, bake sales, and fish fries during Lent.  Members were given the opportunity to vote where the funds would be distributed at our November meeting.  The Board made the final decision based on the vote by the members, allocating funds between church and community needs.  The Guild presents its charitable donations yearly at the January meeting.

See pictures below.


Our fifth annual Lenten Food Drive will begin on Ash Wednesday and continue through Easter Sunday.  During previous drives the response has been outstanding.  Contributions have grown from 3,700 pounds the first year to more than 6,200 pounds last year! 

A few changes have been made to improve the collection and handling of the donated food. We have acquired two large carts which will be placed inside the church entrance to collect the food. The carts will be in place every day.  A running total of food collected will be posted in the narthex each week. 

For ease of handling, packing and storage, we suggest that donations be limited to canned goods and food in other hard containers such as plastic and glass. 

We are confident that this year's drive will be a huge success. Your continuing generosity is a blessing for the less fortunate of our parish and our county. 

A Good Turn-out for the Home Campaign Town Hall Meeting

We had a Town Hall Meeting to discuss the potential initiatives of the  Home Campaign for St. Thomas and to learn more about the campaign in general. Several presentations were made by Fr. Doug, and John Deinhart. And, small group discussion was facilitated. More infourrmation will be coming in the coming weeks and months about the Home campaign and how we can all help.  
Click here to download a PDF of the presentation. 
If you have any questions or concerns or suggestions for St. Thomas campaign initiatives, you may send an email to


During Masses the weekend of January 9, we conducted a survey in church regarding Home Campaign parish initiatives. Thank you for your wonderful participation. Survey results will be shared after they are all compiled and reviewed.




Home Campaign Information

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.





The Diocese of Knoxville has rescheduled the pro-life rosary, led by Bishop Stika, at the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in north Knoxville to Saturday, February 20th.  St. Thomas parish will again sponsor a bus to take parishioners.  We will leave from the St. Thomas parking lot at 8:45AM and return at approximately 12 Noon. 

Please make plans to accompany your fellow parishioners and witness for life in our community.  This rosary will be peaceful and prayerful.   Prayers will be offered for all those associated with abortion and for mothers in a difficult pregnancy.  

Even if you had previously signed up, please sign up again on the sheets in the narthex or contact Kay Sheldon at 458-8510 or  We do need an accurate count for the bus. 



The Little Black Book takes all of us on a journey through Lent in preparation for the Triduum, the most sacred three days of the year.  It prepares us, through lessons and examples, to know how to carry our cross behind Jesus so that we are drawn closer to our crucified Lord.  It also reflects on five classic traditions of prayers we can use to connect directly to God:  Devotional, Lectio Divina, Meditation, Contemplation, and Liturgical. 


If our St. Thomas community conspires to read the Little Black Book for six minutes each day, we will all be better prepared as one big family to celebrate in the fullness of our Lord’s death and resurrection at the Easter Mass. On sale February 6-7 after all Masses in the PFLC.


There will now be two English Women Reunion Groups. Maureen Corry and Bette Purvis will launch the Wednesday group. 

Wednesdays following 8:30 am Mass in the Church Music Room next to the narthex - beginning Dec. 2nd. If there is a program or bible study on some Wednesdays, we will get you there on time. 

Thursdays 7:30 AM before 8:30 am Mass inthe Church Music Room next to the narthex.  Bring your Pilgrim Guide.  Please attend the reunion that works for you. 

De Colores!


Saturday, March 12th is the Men’s Day of Reflection sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. This Lenten Retreat will be led by Father Doug. Watch the bulletin for additional details. To make a reservation, call Larry Finneran at 865-657-9119. 


In the Gospel today, the disciples decide to leave everything to follow Jesus. We are also called to follow Jesus, who tells us that “whatever you do to the least of mine, you do for me.”  Your gift to the poor through the parish charity collection can bring the love and peace of Jesus to those who live in fear and doubt, loneliness and dread.  The next meeting of the Society will be Friday, February 19 at 1:00 pm in the Deacon Jose Room.  Call Larry Finneran at 657-9119 for more information.


Kroger has a program where they will rebate/donate money to St. Thomas the Apostle based on how much our registered families purchase during a quarter.  It is easy to do! Just register your Kroger Plus Card on line at Have your Kroger Plus Card handy.  Log into your account and enter St. Thomas’s NPO number 42126.  Then every time you shop at Kroger your purchases are automatically credited to St. Thomas.  You have to do nothing extra.  If you don’t have a Kroger Plus Card, visit the customer service desk at any Kroger store.  We thank everyone for their participation in the SCRIP program.  This program helps support our parish local charities.  


Report was in bulletins on February 6 and 7 and can also be downloaded here if you did not get a copy at church.



Can You Help with Coffee in the Courtyard? 

Call Kevin Cooney 986-9885 ext. 14 or


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. 

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



Jubilee of Mercy



Work of Mercy

Mercy Actions

December 2015

Instruct the Ignorant and Admonish Sinners

Opening of the Year of Mercy at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, December 8; Opening of the Door of Mercy at the Church of Divine Mercy on Dec. 6; Opening of the Door of Mercy at St. Mary, Johnson City on Dec. 13.

Reach out to those who are afraid, who are confused about their faith or longing for what the world cannot provide, and lovingly share the mercy of Jesus and his Church for them.

Pray outside an Abortion Clinic or donate to Catholic Charities of East TN Pregnancy Help Center.

January 2016

Shelter the Homeless

Opening of the Door of Mercy at the Basilica of Sts Peter and Paul in Chattanooga.

Donate to Catholic Charities of East Tennesseeor an agency serving the homeless.

Sponsor a refugee family through Bridge Refugee Services operating in Knoxville and Chattanooga.

February 2016

Feed the Hungry

Donate non-perishable food to the Ladies of Charity or Good Samaritan of Loudon County.

Donate to Catholic Relief Services to alleviate global poverty.

March 2016

Visit the Imprisoned

Volunteer to help Kairos prison ministry efforts or donate to the Dismas Ministry that assists our diocese with materials for those in prison—pray for prisoners and their families.

April 2016

Comfort the Afflicted

Reach out in a special way to the lonely and those suffering physically or spiritually and take specific action to bring them comfort.

Reflect upon the Church’s teaching on the meaning of salvific suffering and the “offering up” of one’s sufferings as a share in Christ’s sufferings for spiritual good of others.

May 2016

Bury the Dead

Volunteer to help with our Bereavement Ministry and help those mourning the loss of a loved one.

Visit the grave of a family member or friend and pray for them and the families they leave behind.

June 2016

Forgive Offenses Willingly and Bear Wrongs Patiently

Reflect on who has hurt you, ask God to bring you healing, and pray for the well-being of those who have harmed you.

July 2016

Give Drink to the Thirsty

Donate to global efforts to help the world’s poor through Catholic Relief Services or donate your time and resources to local efforts such as our Society St. Vincent de Paul Conference or the Ladies of Charity.

August 2016

Counsel the Doubtful    

Help those experiencing doubt or despair in their lives and share your experience of God’s presence and power in your life.

September 2016

Clothe the Naked

Donate clothes or supplies to a shelter, Catholic Charities of East TN, our Society of St.Vincent de Paul Conference, the Ladies of Charity or Good Neighbor's Shop.

October 2016

Visit the Sick

Volunteer at a hospital/care center or the St. Mary Legacy Clinic, and visit the infirm or elderly.

November 2016

Pray for the Living and the Dead
Closing of the Year of Mercy
Christ the King of the Universe
November 20, 2016

Attend All Saints and All Souls DayMasses and pray that Christ will be the Universal King in the hearts of all the living and the dead.



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. 

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.

"The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:3-7



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!
 No Inquiry Session on Monday, December 28.



Life Teen-Every Wednesday Evening


LifeTeen is a national high school youth ministry program that offers true Catholic catechesis and spirituality, service, and social opportunities.

Our high school youth group meets on Wednesday nights from 7:00pm-8:30pm during the school year. 

My high schooler goes to Catholic school.  Why should they come to Life Teen?

Investing in Catholic schooling is a big commitment and provides teens with incredible intellectual formation in the teachings of the Catholic faith.  At Life Teen, we believe that the key to engaging a teen in their faith is to move them beyond knowing things about God to actually knowing God.  

The intellectual formation that your teen has received at school will be a great foundation to their experience at Life Teen where we build community, tackle challenging issues in the life of a Catholic Teen, and help them discover God's great love and respond with a life of discipleship 

Life Teen leads teenagers and their families into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church.  

Please visit this site, to read about Life Teen.


Youth Help and Dance the Night Away at KOC Polish Night

Trunk or Treat

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

Advent by Candlelight

St. Thomas Women's Guild November Meeting

Spaghetti and Karaoke

Women's Guild Fashion Show Fun

Neighbors Gather for Prayer

August kicks off our “Year of Prayer”

On August 12th, Fr. Doug met with a small gathering of Toqua neighbors to share thoughts on prayer and scripture reflection.  Once a month, throughout the coming year a different host family will invite 10-12 neighbors to their home to meet with Fr. Doug. 

We hope that these initial gatherings will ignite a desire for neighbors to continue to meet and share faith and fellowship together on a regular basis which will in turn continue to build up our community of faith here at St. Thomas and the community at large.

Fr. Doug celebrates Mass at Morning Pointe

Art and Environment Committee


Some members of the Arts and Environment Committee, chaired by Kathy Simms (far left) take a time-out after decorating  the sanctuary for Christmas.  New members welcome! Love flowers? New members welcome. Call Kathy at 865-335-4670.

Coffee in the Courtyard

Please join us for coffee, donuts and fellowship after the 9:00 AM and 11:30 AM Masses on Sunday.


Can You Help with Coffee in the Courtyard? 

Call Kevin Cooney 986-9885 ext. 14 or


Life Teen Week Two-Pro-Life

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

Life Teen First Night-September 16

CREED- 10/25/15

Our Amazing Youth at Catholic Heart Workcamp

Totus Tuus

Spring Fling and Parish Picnic

New 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 beginning on March 9, 2015:

  • 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 will 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.
  • To be fair to those requests made before the policy change: any Mass intentions requested prior to this change in policy (March 9, 2015), the name will be announced during the Prayers of the Faithful.

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

What are Coptic Christians and Why You Should Know

Click on the picture to learn more!