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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

October 14, 2018 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Christian author C.S. Lewis once wrote that Christianity is not so much about being nice people but in being "new men." We see this contrast in today's Gospel. "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus first answers in the predictable way. Follow the commandments! "Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth." Perhaps for some of us it's easy to answer this way. "I'm a good person!" he seems to reply. Does he truly follow all the commandments he professes to follow? Does he -- in word and deed -- check off all the boxes of the moral law? Perhaps. Whether he's being honest or fudging the truth, Jesus accepts his answer at face value with compassion.

"Jesus, looking at him, loved him."
But he's not done yet! Jesus wants to remind us that this attitude alone is not enough. "Go, sell what you have ... then come, follow me." Jesus' invitation to the young man is radical. Abandon everything that gives you any sense of security. Give it all up for an unknown future with a wandering preacher.

The Christian life is not easy. "How hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!" It's easier, Jesus says, for a gigantic camel to squeeze itself through a tiny needle's eye. But the God of the universe creates out of nothing, breaks the bars of hell, and raises the dead to life. Is a needle's eye really such an obstacle? Jesus' invitation is always bigger than our own limitations. This week, what do we need to offer up? How is Jesus inviting us to follow him?

Trunk or Treat in the St. Thomas Parking Lot

Trunk or Treat

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)


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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Priests on Retreat - Please see below changes

Communion Services

October 22, 24 & 25  

No Daily Mass or Communion Service

Tuesday, October 23

No Confessions

Tuesday, October 23


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

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.





Morning Prayer


Morning Prayer on Fridays after Daily Mass.

 Please join us!


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.

Download - Pastoral Exhortation on the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation

Link to USCCB information on the Sacrament of Reconciliation Reconciliation



Veteran's Day


The Veterans Committee is finalizing its plans to salute our veterans with its yearly Veterans Day Observance.

Mark your calendar and join us on Monday, November 12, at a 10 AM Mass, with Father Ray celebrant, followed by a reception with a guest speaker, at the PFLC.

A Table of Honor will be set up at the PFLC, where pictures of your Military Service member may be placed. Be sure to include your name and telephone number on the reverse side.

You may begin bringing your photographs not earlier than the weekend of 3 November. There will be a table outside the Deacon Jose Room for leaving your photograph. You may pick up your photographs immediately.

Stewardship-October 27-28

Annual Stewardship Appeal – October 27-28 

Once again you are invited to participate in our annual Parish Stewardship renewal.  This appeal supports our parish operations. The Home Campaign appeal and Bishop’s appeal which you have generously supported do not support our day to day operations. It is through your support that all of our vital ministries are able to be funded. During this time, we are reminded that all of creation is a gift to us from a very loving God.  And, in turn, we are called to be responsible and grateful stewards of the gifts that God has entrusted to us.   

The weekend of October 27 and 28 will be our annual Parish Stewardship weekend where we will recommit ourselves to support the work of our Church.  Please pray and discern what you value most and how your giving reflects your gratitude for God's blessings.

Forms will be given in church but you may also download the form here.


GUS LOYD MISSION - December 2-4, 2018


Gus Loyd Mission - December 2-4, 2018 

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Gus Lloyd, popular radio host of Sirius XM morning show, Seize the Day, on the Catholic Channel will be coming to St. Thomas the Apostle as our guest for 3 evening events this December.  His “Minute in the Church” publications are well known and we will be sharing excerpts in our bulletin throughout the summer and fall.  

Register online by clicking here.

Wine, Cheese and All That Jazz

Friday, November 9, 2018

The Knights of Columbus will be hosting a Wine, Cheese and All That Jazz evening on Friday, November 9, 2018 in the St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Family Life Center from 6 to 9pm. The $30.00 price of admission includes entertainment by the Tellico Village Top Notes 25 piece band, wine tasting, cheese tasting, heavy hors d’oeuvres, one 5 oz. glass of wine and live and silent auction.

Tickets are available before and after all weekend Masses. You may also purchase tickets on “We Share” or by calling Ken Ames at 913.485.2553 or Joe Filosi at 423.884.6979. All proceeds from the event will be directed to the MR Foundation of Tennessee, which supports individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities.

To purchase tickets online click here


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.


Catholic Gifts and Books and Supplies

CREED September 2018

Youth Ministry- EDGE, LIFE TEEN


Tuition cost: $40 per 1 child family + $10 for each additional child.

Beginning Thursday, September 6th, EDGE will meet the first three THURSDAYS of each month. A chance to learn more about our faith in a fun environment. 






LIFE TEEN begins Wednesday, September 5th and will meet every Wednesday. Join us for faith, fun, and fellowship. All high school students are welcome.



Bulletin Notes

Stephen Ministry

"It's just not safe for you anymore," they say.  "You could stay with one of us - or look into a place I know..."  You can't live on your own anymore.  And it hurts.  Giving up some of your independence, adjusting to new routines...Let a Stephen Minister share this difficult time with you.  To learn more about Stephen Ministry, contact Barbara Brennan 458-8922 or Tom Ringenbach 458-0915.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul 

In today’s Gospel, Jesus says: “Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then, come follow me.” Have you considered answering the call to help serve the poor by joining the Society of St. Vincent de Paul? The next regular meeting will be on Friday, October 19 in the Deacon Jose Room at 1:00 pm. Call Larry  Finneran at 657-9119 for more information.


The time for the craft sale is getting close.  We would like to have your home crafted items turned in by November the 10th.  We need time to price items and determine how much space we need.  You may call for pick up at 408-2339.  Remember there will be many nice items for your holiday gift giving.  Delicious baked goods will also be available.  Plan to shop after Masses on the weekend of November 17-18.  You can find us in the parish hall.  Come by to support the Women’s Guild. 


Get an early start on your Christmas decorating!  Give yourself, your family, and friends a special greeting with a fresh fragrant Evergreen Wreath, Mini-Christmas Tree, or Candlelit Centerpiece. The Knights of Columbus will be taking orders in the Narthex after Mass starting the weekend of Oct. 20-21 through Nov. 10-11.  The proceeds will benefit area charities. Your order will be shipped direct and include a greeting card, wreath hanger, and gift packaging.  FedEx will deliver between November 19th and December 8th.   For information contact Quin Hostetler 217-801-7677.


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



Sunday, December 2, 2018

It’s never too early to mark your calendar for this important event.  St. Thomas Women’s Guild will hold its annual  Advent by Candlelight for the women of our congregation and their women guests on Sunday, 12:30 pm, December 2nd.  There is no charge for this event.  This is a wonderful afternoon of Word, music, and fellowship to help you prepare your hearts for the Advent Season before the holidays get into full swing!


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,

Welcome to our Community 

The ministry of hospitality is in need of more volunteers to contact new parishioners who join our parish family. This ministry does more than welcome. The task is to meet with new parishioners and help them assimilate into the community, to encourage them to use their gifts and to know we are a family of believers not a church of independent worshipers. If you love to talk to people, enjoy meeting new people or just want another way to help our community contact Deacon Dave at 458-9628 or email He will explain the ministry to you and how you can help.


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  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 Theme: Humanae Vitae


6:00 – 8:00 PM in the STA Parish Family Life Center

The Theme: Humanae Vitae & the consequences predicted 50 years ago.

There is NO CHARGE to attend.









Advent by Candlelight

Advent by Candlelight

Sunday, December 2, 2018

12:30 – 2:00 pm St. Thomas PFLC

Theme: The Nativity

Please join us for a special afternoon for women to gather together. A time sparked with thoughtful reflection, soothing music, sweet desserts and quiet conversation among friends old & new. A gathering in a room filled with lovely set tables, glowing with myriads of candles. A spiritual & sensory experience. Ladies of our parish are invited to host or co-host a table. You’ll enjoy favorites: small sandwiches, desserts and/or snacks, at  an inviting table of eight.  We are looking for hostesses and co-hostesses to make our event joyful. Table hostesses please contact Bette Purvis:, or call 865. 458. 8070.

There is no cost for this event, but reservations are recommended.

There will be a display of Nativity Sets, share yours.

New Mass Settings

Mass of Communion is St. Thomas’ New Contemporary Mass Setting for our Sunday 11:30 am Mass.

Click on the picture to listen to the new Mass setting!






Mass of Renewal is St. Thomas’ New Traditional Mass Setting for Saturday 5:00 PM Mass, and Sunday 9:00 am Mass. 

Click on the picture to listen to the new Mass setting!






Meets the 4th Friday of Every month

10:00 am – 11:00 am in Room 118


Upcoming Selections

10/26/18: In God’s Hands: Spiritual Diaries of Pope John Paul II

11/30/18: The Holy Longing by Fr. Ronald Rolheiser

Facilitator: Marlene Eeg 

The Bible and the Sacraments

Tuesdays Men’s Group meets starting 10/16/18

Session 1 of 10;  9:15 – 10:30 am; Room 110

Facilitator: Stu McFadden 

This DVD series by Dr. Scott Hahn looks at the basic teaching of the Church regarding the meanings and origins of the sacraments and investigates their deeper mysteries as illuminated by Sacred Scripture. It examines the rich relationship between Old and New Testaments, revealing the sacraments as more than mere earthly rituals.

 The Shack

Mondays, starting 10/15/18 - Session 1 of 10

Starting at 12:30 pm; in the DJR Deacon Jose Rm.

Facilitator: Deacon Dave Lucheon 

Based on the best-selling contemporary novel, this study will help you see the Trinity in a different way. In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant, The Shack wrestles with the timeless question, “Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?”

TO SIGN UP FOR CLASSES, please contact Jill St. Yves at 865-986-9885 or via email:


FORMED® - check it out! 


The Bible and the Sacraments

PLEASE NOTE: New Start Date for Tuesdays Men’s Group is Oct. 23

(NOT 10/16 as previously publicized)

Session 1 of 10; 9:15 – 10:30 am; Room 110

Facilitator: Stu McFadden 

This DVD series by Dr. Scott Hahn looks at the basic teaching of the Church regarding the meanings and origins of the sacraments and investigates their deeper mysteries as illuminated by Sacred Scripture. It examines the rich relationship between Old and New Testaments, revealing the sacraments as more than mere earthly rituals.

The Shack

Mondays, starting 10/15/18 - Session 1 of 10

Starting at 12:30 pm; in the DJR Deacon Jose Rm.

Facilitator: Deacon Dave Lucheon 

Based on the best-selling contemporary novel, this study will help you see the Trinity in a different way. In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant, The Shack wrestles with the timeless question, “Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?”

 The Mass

Thursdays starting 11/8/18 (Please Note: This is a new Start date)

Session 1 of 6; 9:30 – 11:00 am; DJR Deacon Jose Room

Facilitator: Deacon Dave Lucheon 

Walk through the Liturgy with Bishop Robert Barron and be transformed through insights on this most privileged and intimate encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ. 

TO SIGN UP FOR CLASSES, please contact Jill St. Yves at 865-986-9885 or via email:




AFF News


The Adult Faith Formation Committee continues to add new educational programs and special events each month for you to consider.  There is a growing number of short and longer programs of different topics for you to consider.  Attached you will find the schedule of the new programs which start in April.  We encourage you to consider attending any or even all of these sessions, and no formal advanced signup is needed.  If you have not participated in any programs like this in the past, simply come to one and give it a try.   Facilitators will welcome you with ease and plan to enjoy the casual atmosphere to learn more about Catholicism and strengthen your faith.

The class listing is below and the calendar can be also be downloaded below or viewed on the AFF programs page.

The Adult Faith Formation Committee

Adult Faith Formation Programs


To download an AFF schedule, click here 

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 

To download an AFF schedule for the month, click here  


Divine Mercy Chaplet online



FORMED for St. Thomas the Apostle

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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



Women's Guild Meetings

  • Women's Guild April 16th meeting. Three deacon's wives sheared with us ...
  • Women's Guild March 19th meeting. Speaker Lisa Healy, Interim Executive Director, ...
  • Women's Guild May 17th - 20th Annual Luncheon and Card Party ...

May Crowning

Casino Night

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 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


No Inquiry Sessions will be held from Monday, March 26 through Monday, April 23. 

NEW PROGRAM: All those interested are welcome to join us for a 5 session Bible Study on the Gospel of John beginning on Sunday, April 29, at 10:15am, in Room 118 of the PFLC. We will meet twice a month on the following dates: April 29, May 13 & 27, and June 10 & 24. Please bring a Bible! For more information, call Deacon John Krepps, 469-0604, or 

There will be no Inquiry sessions during July.

Our regular Catholic Inquiry sessions will begin again on August 5 & 6.


Altar Flowers

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


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  

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