Living Stations of the Cross
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.
FORMED for St. Thomas the Apostle
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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
We will not be having Daily Mass on Friday, April 21 or on Friday, April 28; Communion Services will be offered.
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
30 minutes before Saturday PM and
Sunday morning Masses
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.
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.
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.
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
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Divine Mercy Chaplet online
We will not be having Daily Mass on Friday, April 21 nor on Friday, April 28; Communion Services will be offered.
SOCIETY ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
In this Sunday’s Gospel, as we hear the story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus, we also come to know that our daily reaching out to our neighbor is our daily walk with the risen Christ; we recognize him in others. The next meeting of the Society will be on Friday, May 5 at 9:15 in the Deacon Jose Room of the Parish Family Life Center. Call Larry Finneran at (865) 657-9119 for more information. Note that the Society can also accept donations of working washers, dryers, ranges and small to medium size refrigerators.
PETITIONS FOR FATIMA
Some of our parishioners will be at Fatima for the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Mary. If you would like petitions to be presented, please place them in the envelope in the narthex. They will be picked up on Friday, May 5, 2017.
PARISH SPRING WORK DAYS
THANK YOU to everyone that participated in our spring parish work days last weekend!! We worked together to accomplish much, including painting, landscaping, cleaning, fixing, trimming, and more. This is a special place, thanks to you.
ROSARY MAKERS NEED YOUR HELP
The parish Rosary makers are in need of older rosary beads. If you have an old rosary that cannot be repaired or is missing beads consider donating what you have to our rosary makers. One of the challenges we have is sourcing beads to repair older rosaries that have sentimental value but are missing beads. Drop them off at the office or call Pam Geoghegan (865.657.0949) if you have any questions.
DID YOU MISS THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION?
Bishop Stika will celebrate a Diocesan-Wide Confirmation Mass on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 4:00 pm at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Any adult (18 and over) who has had the sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, and Reconciliation, but has not been confirmed, can receive the sacrament on this date. If you are interested, please let the parish office know by May 22, 2017.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES PREGNANCY HELP CENTER BABY BOTTLE DRIVE
On Mother's Day, May 13 - 14, St. Thomas parishioners will have the opportunity to help the Catholic Charities Pregnancy Help Center by taking home a baby bottle, filling it with change, bills, or a check, and returning it the next weekend, May 20 - 21. The Pregnancy Help Center offers unconditional support to mothers, fathers, and babies and to any woman facing a difficult or unplanned pregnancy. Your generosity will make a big difference in their lives. Thank you for your support.
If you’re sad or struggling inside, don’t suffer alone. Ask for help. We’ve got a team of Stephen Ministers who are ready to listen, care, encourage, pray, and help you through a tough time. Men are matched with men, and women with women. (It’s completely confidential too!) To find out more about Stephen Ministry for you or someone you know, contact Barbara Brennan 458-8922 or Tom Ringenbach 458-0915.
WOMEN’S GUILD ANNUAL SPRING LUNCHEON AND CARD PARTY
Thursday, May 11th
11:30am – 3:00pm, St. Thomas PFLC
Enjoy lunch and play cards or other table games with your friends.
$16 donation must be paid in advance.
For more info, contact Bette Purvis: email@example.com
AMAZING FAITH EXPERIENCES THIS SUMMER FOR YOUR CHILDREN IN 5TH - 12TH GRADES!
Diocesan Catholic Youth Camp – CYC
It’s coming….the Storm! Proverbs 3: 5-6
Who: Incoming 9th - 12th graders
When: June 5-9, 2017
Where: Ocoee Retreat Center
Includes: Accommodations, all meals, snacks, Water Park, high and low ropes, adventure race, t-shirt and much more!
Registration deadline: Thursday, June 1, 2017
Contact: Deacon Al Forsythe, Diocesan Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry, 865-806-1343 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Go to dioknox.org, click on EVENTS tab, hover over Categories on the left, scroll down and click on YOUTH. All of the upcoming youth events will pop up.
GOD CAMP, REACH
Elements of Life: Earth, Wind, Fire and Air- Genesis 2:6-7
Who: Incoming 7th - 8th graders
When: June 19 - 22, 2017
Where: Harrison Bay State Park
Includes: Housing, all meals, snacks, t-shirt, swimming,
bonfire with s’mores, dance, guest speakers and much more!
Registration deadline: Thursday, June 1, 2017 to avoid late charge
GOD CAMP, DISCOVER
Reach for the Stars - Genesis 15:5
Who: Incoming 5th - 6th graders
When: June 22 - 24, 2017
Where: Harrison Bay State Park
Includes: Housing, all meals, snacks, t-shirt, swimming,
bonfire with s’mores, dance, guest speakers and much more! Registration deadline: Thursday, June 1, 2017 to avoid late charge.
Contact: Donna Jones, Chattanooga Deanery Youth Ministry Coordinator, 423-718-4387 or email@example.com
TOTAL CONSECRATION TO JESUS THROUGH MARY
Saint Louis de Montfort calls total consecration to Jesus through Mary as “quickest, easiest, and surest way to holiness”. Add to that, the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparition at Fatima will be on May 13th this year! Consider making the consecration on this Marian feast day. There will be a group preparation on Wednesday mornings, April 5-May 10, 9:30-11:00am or you may choose to do an individual preparation at home. Both will use 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley found on FORMED.org. Contact Jill St. Yves, firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-986-9885 for more information or to sign up.
The Women's Guild sponsored several fund raising events throughout 2016. At our January meeting, funds raised from these events were distributed to Catholic, Loudon and Monroe County charities. The recipient agencies attended our meeting and provided us with an overview of their services.
Agencies pictured: St. Vincent De Paul Society, Catholic Charities, Boy Scouts, St. Mary's Legacy Clinic. Seminarian Stephen Hamby, Boys & Girls Club Loudon County, Branches of Monroe County,Friendship Kitchen, Good Samaritan, Iva's Place, Child Advocacy Center, CCW Project - Right to Life and Smokey Mountain Service Dogs.
At the Guild's February meeting, we toured the Farragut Museum and enjoyed lunch together at Mimi's Café.
Edge Color Run
Use password STAYG2016
Life Teen-Every Other Wednesday Evening
MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH MINISTRY-EDGE
In September, St Thomas the Apostle will begin a new program for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade young people. This program called EDGE is patterned after the high school Life Teen ministry and will meet twice per month on Wednesday nights. Students attending will also meet the requirements for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH MINISTRY-LIFE TEEN
St. Thomas the Apostle will again offer Life Teen to our high school young people. Participation in the Life Teen program will provide the preparation necessary for any high school student needing the Sacrament of Confirmation.
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 every other Wednesday nights from 7:00pm-8:30pm during the school year.
My middle schooler or high schooler goes to Catholic school. Why should they come to Life Teen or Edge?
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 and Edge 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 and Edge lead teenagers and their families into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church.
Please visit this site, to read about these programs
Youth Help and Dance the Night Away at KOC Polish Night
Trunk or Treat
St. Thomas Women's Guild Card Party
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. Doug Owens, Pastor
- Fr. Julian Cardona, Associate Pastor
- Deacon Jose Rivera (Retired), Deacon Emeritus
- Deacon Sean Smith, Deacon
- Deacon Tom Bomkamp, 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
- 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.
If you would like to donate flowers for the altar, please contact the parish office at 865-986-9885.
Advent by Candlelight
St. Thomas Women's Guild November Meeting
Spaghetti and Karaoke
Women's Guild Fashion Show Fun
Spanish Living Stations of the Cross
Youth Living Stations of the Cross 2016
Youth Rafting Trip-September 6
Our Amazing Youth at Catholic Heart Workcamp
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.
- 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 may 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.
If you have questions regarding these changes, please contact Fr. Doug directly.
Readings for the Week of April 23, 2017
- Sunday: Acts 2:42-47 / Ps 118 / 1 Pt 1:3-9 / Jn 20:19-31
- Monday: Acts 4:23-31 / Ps 2 / Jn 3:1-8
- Tuesday: 1 Pt 5:5b-14 / Ps 89 / Mk 16:15-20
- Wednesday: Acts 5:17-26 / Ps 34 / Jn 3:16-21
- Thursday: Acts 5:27-33 / Ps 34 / Jn 3:31-36
- Friday: Acts 5:34-42 / Ps 27 / Jn 6:1-15
- Saturday: Acts 6:1-7 / Ps 33 / Jn 6:16-21
- Next Sunday: Acts 2:14, 22-33 / Ps 16 / 1 Pt 1:17-21 / Lk 24:13-35