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
March 25, 2018 Palm Sunday
Our humanity bleeds through today's Gospel passages in more ways than one. We see both elation and fall, hope in the midst of the darker sides of our natures. If we allow it, these Gospels hold a mirror to our own fickle hearts. The crowds cry "Hosanna" and the Apostles profess allegiance unto death. In a manner of days -- even hours -- Jesus is betrayed, abandoned, denied, condemned, tortured, and executed. As God, he could have stopped this horrific narrative from unfolding, but he doesn't. He allows free will to play itself out.
There are nearly two millennia between this spectacle and us. We can stand safely removed, if we choose. But Lent invites us to return to this story. Lent invites us to find ourselves in the people we encounter there. Are we the repentant woman at Bethany? Are we naysayers of such lavish piety? Have we acted in a way that betrays those we love or denies what we know to be good and true? Have we fallen asleep in our faith? Have we unfairly accused others of a crime or immorality we imagine, though perhaps they didn't commit? Do we help others carry their burdens? Do we stand in solidarity with those who suffer? Do we care for the dying?
This week, take up today's Gospel again. Look carefully at the Passion narrative and sit with it in silence. Find yourself in the story and ponder its meaning for your own life. Journey with Jesus to the foot of the Cross so that you too may say, along with the faithful centurion, "truly this man was the Son of God!"
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.
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, 9:00AM 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
We hope you will be able to join us both nights as Deacon Dave Pecot discusses how we can strive to forgive and show mercy to others.
For more information, contact the Parish Office at 865.986.9886
English Stations of the Cross at 6:00pm in the church.
Fish Fry - immediately after Stations.
Spanish Stations of the Cross at 7:00pm in the church.
The menu will be baked and fried fish, fried potatoes slices, hush puppies, mac & cheese, cole slaw, and green beans.
The individual ticket price will be $8 and $20 for a family.
ADULT FAITH FORMATION
New! Lectio: Prayer Program Deacon Jose Room
Starts 2/11/18 – Sundays between Mass, 10:15 – 11:15 am
Save the Date!
St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Dance
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The 17th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Dance, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, will be held on Thursday, March 15. Tickets will be sold after all of the Masses for the next few weeks. Cost is $27.50 PP includes meal, liquid refreshments, and music by Vocal Point.
GET TO KNOW JESUS THIS LENT
Journey through the Gospel of Mark with a daily 2-3 minute video presented by Redeemed online in partnership with Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Sign up today at www.lentseries.com and participate independently. There is no charge to participate.
Couple Prayer Series: Together with Jesus
April 8-May 13
Do you want to learn an intimacy that can change your marriage? Join us for the upcoming Couple Prayer Series and learn how to more fully enjoy the life-changing intimacy of praying together as husband and wife - closely, comfortably and consistently.
Shawna and Warren Hunt along with co-facilitators Rob and Treasa Valente will be presenting the Series that will be offered at All Saints Catholic Church. The Series will be held from 6:00-8:00 PM starting Sunday, April 8 and continue for a total of six consecutive Sunday evening sessions through Sunday, May 20 (skipping Mother's Day on Sunday, May 13).
When registering, please include the number and ages of your children for nursery capacity purposes. Registration is limited and ends Monday, April 2.
Stephen Ministers are members of Saint Thomas who have been through extensive training and provide confidential, one-to-one, Christian care to people who are experiencing a difficult time. They will listen, care, encourage, pray with and for you, and provide weekly support for you as long as your need persists. If you are hurting, contact Barbara Brennan 458-8922 or Tom Ringenbach 458-0915. Our Stephen Ministers are ready to bring God’s love and care into your life.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
In the Gospel today, Jesus says “Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be. The Father will honor whoever serves me.” When we help the poor we are truly followers of Jesus, servant of the poor. The next regular meeting will be on Friday, April 6 in the Deacon Jose Room at 9:15. Call Larry Finneran at (865) 657-9119 for more information.
Reminder that the monthly food and diaper drive will be next weekend, March 24 and 25.
Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
Easter Sunday Music!
Easter Sunday 10:00 a.m. Mass will include special music to enhance the celebration of our Risen Lord! The prelude will begin at 9:30 with a variety of music, including the beloved Panis Angelicus, a setting of Christus Paradox, and a Concertato on Crown Him with Many Crowns. The St. Thomas Choirs will be joined by an ensemble of brass, strings and percussion, adding to the celebration! The 7:00 a.m. Mass will also include instrumental and solo pieces. Join us in the celebration!
St. Joseph's Caregiver Ministry Speaker’s Program
If you are a caregiver, please join us from 2-4 pm on Sunday March 25, 2018 in Seton Hall at St. John Neumann Church for this educational and inspirational program. Guest speakers will share their experiences, provide helpful solutions to caregiving challenges, and reflect upon caregiving as a spiritual work. Volunteers will also be available to assist you with questions about community resources in the area. For additional information, contact Brenda Nicholson at 865-310-6790.
The Feast of Divine Mercy
The Feast of Divine Mercy, which emerged from Our Lord's very depth of tenderness, will be celebrated on Sunday, April 8th. Our Lord promised St. Faustina that a whole ocean of graces would be poured upon those souls who approach His fount of Mercy. "The soul that will go to confession (8 days before or after) and receives Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment" (Diary of St. Faustina, #699). The chaplet will be said at St. Thomas at 3:00pm. There will also be prayer cards (English and Spanish) for the Novena of Divine Mercy which begins on Good Friday.
Tea with the Sisters Announcement
All young women, 18 and older, are invited to a mid-morning tea with the Religious Sisters of Mercy! The tea will take place on March 24th from 10:45am-12 at the Mary, Mother of Mercy Convent (6832 S. Northshore Drive, Knoxville, TN). To ensure that we have enough tea and snacks, please RSVP to Erica Pereira at email@example.com or (865)584-3307 ext. 5768. See you there!
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.
WASHING OF FEET DURING THE HOLY THURSDAY MASS OF THE LORD'S SUPPER
If you would like to have your feet washed on Holy Thursday, March 29 @ 7:00PM, please contact the parish office 986-9885. We need 12 volunteers.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. He will explain the ministry to you and how you can help.
DO YOU NEED A ROSARY OR HAVE A BROKEN ONE?
If you need a rosary or have an old one that is broken and needs to be repaired St. Thomas can help. If your rosary 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.
We have a team making beautiful beaded rosaries for various ministries of the parish. You may know someone who is struggling, who is homebound or simple have a loved one where a rosary might be of help. Praying the Rosary is a powerful tool in our Catholic prayer life. Contact Pam Geoghegan at 865.657.0949 or email@example.com.
NO Youth Living Stations
This year we will not have youth Living Stations on Friday, March 23. Stations of the Cross will continue as normal immediately followed by Fish Fry.
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!
Representatives from the St. Thomas choir, Donna Curry, Nancy D'Amato, and Marla Emerson, had the honor and privilege to participate in the dedication Mass music. It was a beautiful Mass.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have recently registered and have not heard from our Welcome Committee, please contact Deacon Dave Pecot at email@example.com.
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.
Students who wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in May 2018 must:
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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.
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
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. We have an ongoing Inquiry Class every Monday evening at 6:30pm in Room 118, downstairs in the Parish Family Life Center. We also have a class every Sunday morning from 10:15am to 11:15am, also in Room 118. For more information, call Deacon John Krepps, 469-0604, or firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you would like to donate flowers for the altar, please contact the parish office at 865-986-9885.
In keeping with the mission to heal the pain of child abuse, members of the St. Thomas Women’s Guild display “Bags of Love” which they volunteered to assemble and sew for the children who are served by Kids First Child Advocacy Center. The children are victims of severe abuse. The bags will hold Christmas gifts for the children.
Pictured are Virginia Zorovich, Donna Maloney, Cindy Rogers, Allis Hanley and Ellen Hubrig
On January 15, St. Thomas Catholic Women's Guild members gathered in the deacon Jose Room to present donations to a group of charitable and civic organizations for their dedication to the greater Knoxville community. Fundraisers which were held in 2017 and sponsored by the Guild provided the funds for the donations.
Donna Curry, 2017 president of the Guild, performed her last official duty, by presenting checks to representatives from Focus, Right To Life, CAC, Cathloic Charities of East TN, Project Lifesaver, Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts, and Bridge Refugee Services.
After distributing the donations, Donna introduced incoming president Kay Sheldon and the members of the 2018 Board of Guild officers:
Jan Scobey - Vice- President Penny Manczko - Secretary Karen Schutte - Treasurer Nadine Mazienis - Program Chair Ida Ames - Program Co-Chair Mary Mills - Membership Chair Jan Cosens - Membership Co- Chair Mary Beth Bruss - Publicity Chair Mary Vaughan - Publicity Co- Chair Donna Curry - At Large Member
Guild programs for this year will include -
St. Vincent DePaul speaker, Larry Finneran
Catholic Charities speaker, Lisa Healy
May Card Party
July Tour of New Cathedral in Knoxville
POW Bill Robinson presentation
October Ladies Retreat off campus
November Assembling Soup in a Jar
December Advent By Candlelight
All women of the parish are invited to attend meetings on the third Monday of the month.
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.
If you have questions regarding these changes, please contact Fr. Doug directly.