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
February 24, 2019
7th Sunday in Ordinary Time
This Sunday, Jesus continues his challenging Sermon on the Mount. "Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you ? Give to everyone who asks of you, and from the one who takes what is yours do not demand it back." Words like these are challenging! Many of us have grown up in a culture of independence and retaliation against those who harm us. Today's Gospel reminds us that the way of the world is not necessarily the way of the disciple.
In many spiritual texts, saints describe the first stage of the spiritual life as mercenary love of God. That is, we love Him because he "pays" us with graces and good things. Consider for a moment, why do you do the good that you do? Take volunteering, for example. How often do we talk about the good feelings service evokes and how you "get so much more than you give." This is still based on an attitude of return on our investment. Would we volunteer if we knew it was good to do, but we didn't "feel" good afterward? What if the people we helped seemed ungrateful, or if someone at the food pantry stole $20 out of our purse? It can be difficult to love people when we think we might not get anything back. "For if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?"
As Christians, we are called to imitate God. We follow a God who loves not only His closest friends, but who loves betrayers, deniers, and crucifiers. The Christian walk is one of perseverance and sacrifice. What does your love look like?
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!
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for sign up is March 11th.
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.
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.
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
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”.
Please be advised that no priest, staff person or official volunteer for the church will ever ask for your help financially via email....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 gives us the blessings of serving the poor, hungry and weeping people: "for you will then rejoice and leap for joy". But Jesus also teaches us the decisiveness of choice: blessing or woe. Choosing to help those who are suffering will fill your heart with the blessing of Jesus and indeed your reward will be great in heaven. The next regular meeting will be on Friday, March 1 in the Deacon Jose Rivera Room at 9:15 am. Call Larry Finneran at 865-657-9119 for more information.
Please remember your food and diaper donations next weekend. Thank you!
"Six weeks - maybe a little more. We can't really say." And as you look down on her in her hospital bed, memories crowd into your mind...The first day you met. A special birthday dinner. A night walk on the beach. But now she's facing terminal illness. And you're facing it with her. A Stephen Minister can care for you during this time of grief and pain. Contact Barbara Brennan 458-8922 or Tom Ringenbach 458-0915 to learn more.
LENT - just a few days away!
English Stations of the Cross 6:00 PM in the Church
Fish Fry - immediately after Stations
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 email@example.com 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).
PARISH OFFICE CLOSING
Monday, February 18th in observance of Presidents’ Day.
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!
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"
Families of St. Thomas: It’s several months away but if you want to attend a presentation that lifts your spirit and brings a smile to your heart you’ll mark your calendars now to see Jesse in May. 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. Put it in your phone and remember to invite your friends for an evening that will make Loving, Learning and Living your Faith a truly joyful experience.
By the Augustine Institute
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
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 email@example.com
If you would like to donate flowers for the altar, please contact the parish office at 865-986-9885.
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.