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.

Letter from Fr. Doug

Dear St. Thomas family,

Many of you know that this is the time for priest reassignments. I write to inform you that I have been appointed as the pastor of All Saints Catholic Church. My last weekend at St. Thomas will be June 23 and 24 and my last day in the office will be Friday, June 22.

The past five years here at St. Thomas the Apostle have been a tremendous and priceless blessing to me (and Tripp). You made becoming a pastor as easy possible especially in light of the loss of my mother shortly before coming to St. Thomas. It is difficult to fully express my gratitude for your constant love and support through the years especially after my heart stint and later my neck surgery. I love you all and am grateful to have been here for my first assignment as a pastor.

Times of transition are always challenging but they usually contain great blessings and graces; this was my experience when coming to St. Thomas and I trust it will be during this next transition also. Let us all embrace our Bishop's episcopal motto and the words St. Faustina proclaimed, “Jesus, I trust in You”.

It has been a pleasure to become a part of this parish family. I trust in our Bishop and God's plan for my ministry and look forward to serving All Saints. I have expressed to Fr. Ray Powell, your future pastor, how wonderful this parish family is and he is eagerly looking forward to serving as your pastor.

I will miss you all but will remember with great pleasure and gratitude the people of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. You will be in my prayers and ask that you continue to pray for me.

In Christ through Mary,

Very Reverend Doug Owens, VG


Please Join us!

Friday, June 22nd, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Parish Family Life Center 

A going-away reception will be held for Father Doug and Tripp on Friday, June 22nd, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the Parish Family Life Center.  There will be light refreshments and     baskets for cards and donations to Father Doug’s favorite charities in his honor.

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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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

Closed May 28- in observation of Memorial Day

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



Gospel Meditation

June 24, 2018 The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Tiny fingers and toes. A little yawn. A loud cry. An infant wrapped in swaddling clothes. "What will this child be?" It is a question every parent asks time and time again. As first steps are taken, as personalities emerge, as a child shows interest in reading or drawing or climbing, the question is on our lips. "What will this child be?" This question is asked as John the Baptist is born. Will he be a priest like his father? Does his strange, unexpected name signal a departure from that inheritance? Could Elizabeth and Zechariah ever have predicted what would be?
Under the tutelage of his priestly father, John "became strong in spirit." As an adult, John would retreat into the desert to preach repentance. He would attract a large following and eventually attract the attention of the rulers of the day. He would point out the adulterous ways of King Herod and would find himself in prison. Eventually, he would be beheaded. But today, he is a child, an infant newly born.
On this special feast, we're reminded of the great humility required of parents. The character formation, the discipline and encouragement, the violin lessons and soccer practices ? every parental effort is subjected to the decisions of the child themself. Even children on a sure track by high school graduation transform under life's circumstances. Entrusting our children to God can be incredibly intimidating. "What will this child be," especially when that transformation lies outside of my control? John the Baptist's story might not have ended as his parents imagined. But he is celebrated as the greatest of the prophets, as the one who prepared the way for the Messiah. Here is the hope of all Christian parents -- that our children would be raised in such a way that when people meet them, they meet Jesus Christ.

St. Thomas Women's Guild Meeting

Monday, June 18th, 2018 at 9:00 AM 

The June 18th meeting of the Women's Guild welcomes Larry Finneran from the Society of St. Vincent De Paul.  Larry is our St. Thomas representative who will speak on what the Society of St. Vincenet De Paul is all about.  Not only does St. Vincent De Paul need diapers and food, but hey can also use monetary donations to help their clients pay their utility bills. Please consider giving a monetary donation to Larry for St. Vincent De Paul's clients at the guild meeting.  The meeting is held in the Deacon Jose room of the Parish Family Life center after the 8:30 mass. Please join us for fellowship before the meeting and lunch after the meeting. Meeting time is from 9:00 am and will end at about 11:30 am.  All women of the parish are welcome to attend. 

A tour of the new Cathedral will be on July 16th.  This will be in lieu of the regular guild meeting.  Those who have signed up to go on the tour will be notified of the details in June.  Information on future meetings will be forthcoming.



May Crowning

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.

Draw Closer to Our Mother, Mary!


The program Queen of Heaven has been rescheduled to August.  We apologize for this reschedule, but hope all who previously registered can still attend.   


Tuesday evening, August 7; 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Tuesday evening, August 14; 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Tuesday evening, August 21; 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Monday evening, August 27; 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Thursday evening, August 30; 6:30 – 8:00 pm 

All sessions will be held in the PFLC Deacon Jose Room 

Those who have registered earlier do not need to register again. If you cannot attend on these dates, and wish to be taken off the list, please let us know.  Anyone who purchased and picked up the study guide can return it for a refund if you cannot attend the August discussions.  There is still room for others to register if you have not.  Contact Mar Eeg at 423.884.2465 or email to register or have questions. We are very excited about this program, and again apologize for the delay.

A NEW, Four-Part Series of Beautiful DVD Learning Videos & Group Discussions!        


Refreshments Will Be Served  

Come Discover The Amazing story of our Queen and the battles that she won for us!

Better understand her life in Scripture

Walk with Mary throughout History

Learn daily Marian devotional practices

Let her lead you to Christ!

Virtually travel to some of the most well-known

Pilgrimage sites in the US! 

Workbook is only $25.  Contact Marlene Eeg at, or sign up this weekend before or after Mass.  Look for Mary’s table in the Narthex.

Bulletin Notes

Second Collection for the victims of the volcano in Guatemala-this weekend.

If you would like to give online, please follow this link to the diocese.

Guatemala Volcano Victims Relief

4th Grade Catechist Needed! 

Please consider using your time and talent to pass on your love for Jesus Christ and our rich Catholic faith to our 4th grade class next year. Contact Jill St. Yves, or 986-9885.

Bookkeeper Office Schedule 

Please be advised that Christine Lucheon, Bookkeeper/Webmaster will be changing scheduled hours beginning July 1. 

Effective July 1, she will be in the St. Thomas office all day on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She will be checking emails when not in the office. If you need to set up a meeting or phone call, it is probably best to do so via email at

Thank you very much!


"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 the Gospel, Jesus says: “This is how it is with the reign of God. A man scatters seed on the ground. He goes to bed and gets up day after day. Through it all the seed sprouts and grows without his knowing how it happens.”  Through your almsgiving you are sowing seeds that grow far greater than you know.  The next regular meeting will be on Friday, July 6 in the Deacon Jose Rivera Room at 9:15.  Call Larry Finneran at (865) 657-9119 for more information. 

Remember the monthly food and diaper collection next weekend June 23 and 24.

Attention first responders!

In efforts to enhance the safety and security for St. Thomas’ parishioners and our campus, we would like to identify all of our members who are currently first responders. If you are currently involved in Emergency Medical Services; i.e.: EMT, EMS, PA, Law Enforcement, Doctor, Nurse, etc. We would request you to please send an email to John David Curry: or call 423-802-1167 with the following: 

Your name:

Phone number:


Brief job description:

Which Mass you normally attend: 

Thank you for your help!

John David 

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. Please call Larry Elder 865-657-9722 or Keith Rivard 865-388-2478.

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!


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

Update on NEW Women’s Prayer Group

The formation of a women’s prayer group is now underway at St. Thomas the Apostle. In recent months we received suggestions from several women the Parish who wish to participate.  More details will be announced in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, if you are interested and want to be added to an email list for this group, please email


Beginning 6/14/18

Thursdays, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m., Deacon Jose Room

Who am I to Judge?

Facilitator: Deacon David Lucheon 

Monthly Book Club

Friday, 6/22/18, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Room 118

Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis

Facilitator: M. Eeg

To download an AFF schedule for the month, click here 

To download the above class descriptions, 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

Divine Mercy Chaplet online



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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



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  

Download the WeShare User's Guide

Holy Land Pilgrimage

Weekly Readings

Weekly reading

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