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.

AUGUST 27, 2017 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

CYCLE A AUGUST 27, 2017
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

"And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church." Simon got a new name after his profession of faith. As soon as he declared to Jesus, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God," Jesus renamed him with a title that means "rock." And with that name he gave Peter the mission to be a solid foundation upon which he would build his church. Not Peter's church. Not James or Paul's church. Not Martin Luther's or John Calvin's or anybody else's. This is Jesus' church, the church of Christ himself, that we call the Catholic Church.
So it was Christ himself who desired to give authority in the church--"the keys to the kingdom of heaven"--to a human leader. Peter was thus established as the first pope. He exercised a special kind of headship, within the community of the apostles and the church at large, because Jesus gave him the power to do so, not because Peter claimed it for himself. And so too every pope since, right down to our Holy Father today, exercises this unique leadership within the Church.
What a gift this is to us! Jesus knew well the human tendency to squabble and disagree, to argue and compete. He knew that the church would be prone to all of this because of her members, and that providing a final voice of authority, saying in effect that "the buck stops here" would be helpful for maintaining unity. As Catholics, even in spite of the differing opinions and perspectives that are manifest in the Church, we nonetheless maintain a strong sense of identity and belief thanks in large part to the papacy. Today, may we give thanks for the pope and pray for him as he strives to lead all of us closer and closer to Christ.

CREED

CREED kicks off on Sunday, August 27, 12:30pm. Parents will have an opportunity to register their children for Religious Education grades K-5; Edge grades 6-8; and Life Teen grades 9-12.  Please bring your child’s baptism certificate for registration. Tuition is $40 family with 1 child and $10 for each additional child.  You will also receive important information and dates for the coming year. 

Lunch will be served at 12:30pm.  Donations are greatly appreciated.

CREED is a faith formation experience for the entire family and a wonderful opportunity to fellowship together.  We look forward to seeing all of our families at CREED this year.

If you would like to register for Religious Education online please click here.

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

Rosary
40 minutes before weekend Masses (not including Spanish)

Events/Calendar

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

ROSARY BEFORE MASS

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.

Morning Prayer

MORNING PRAYER ON FRIDAYS

Morning Prayer on Fridays after Daily Mass, starting June 2nd. Please join us!

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. 

Please click here for a link to Deacon Dave Pecot's Sunday homily blog.

Eucharistic Adoration

 

EUCHARISTIC  ADORATION 

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.

 

 

 

 

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

 

Catholic Gifts and Books and Supplies

Divine Mercy Chaplet online

 

 

Alpha Course

St. Thomas the Apostle Presents ALPHA

September 26 – November 14, 6:15-8:30 pm.

  • Bolster Your faith
  • Expand Your Heart and Mind
  • Become A Better Disciple of God and the Holy Spirit

 

 

Join Deacon Dave Pecot and Deacon John Krepps for the  St. Thomas the Apostle Alpha Experience.

September 26 – November 14, 6:15-8:30 pm.

Click on the link for more information and registration form. 

TO REGISTER ONLINE OR SEE MORE INFORMATION,  CLICK HERE.

Learn More About ALPHA, www.alphausa.org/catholic


CONTACT US

Deacon Dave Pecot

ALPHA Course Leader

865-458-9628 Deacondave98@yahoo.com

Sandra Huff

ALPHA Coordinator Chipmunk322@gmail.com

Deacon 

 

Women's Guild Sponsors Two Successful Events

The Women's Guild had a sold out Luncheon and Style show for our August event.

Our 18th annual Card Party and luncheon was again a successful event. Rose Remund won the beautiful quit donated by Tellico Village Quilters.

Thank you to all those who helped and participated!

“Forgiven: The Transforming Power of Confession”

SHORT 3-SESSION SERIES BY

DEACON DAVID LUCHEON

 

Deacon David Lucheon will be offering the last three parts of the DVD series: “Forgiven: The Transforming Power of Confession” by the Augustine Institute on Thursday morning August 24, August 31 and September 7 from 9:30-11:00 AM in the Deacon Jose Rivera Room.  No materials needed. 

 

Kairos Team #28

A FEW GOOD MEN

Kairos Team #28 is now being formed to minister to inmates at the Morgan County Correctional Facility. Male volunteers are needed for this important ministry which will be held on October 26-29. Parishes from around East TN are participating in this international program. Our parish has five volunteers; we need to get a few more. This is a very rewarding ministry that impacts the lives of our Brothers in Christ. Please consider joining our team for the training sessions that will begin on September 9. Contact Greg Brennan (250-8040), Jim Mattavi (408-9653), Stu McFadden (458-3911) or Harry Westcott (405-4884) for answers to any questions you may have.

Bulletin Notes

SOCIETY ST. VINCENT DE PAUL

The Gospel today announces that the kingdom and salvation are for all people. It is our persistent calling out to Jesus and our faith that count, for Jesus always responds.  This week, please say a special prayer each day for the poor and forgotten in our parish.  The next meeting of the Society will be on Friday, September 1, at 9:15 in the Deacon Jose Room of the PFLC.  Call Larry Finneran at 657-9119 for more information.  

Reminder - the monthly food and diaper drive is next weekend, August 26 and 27.


STEPHEN MINISTRY

Loneliness stalks the house.  His things have long since been given away.  Friends say you should go out.  "Pull yourself together."  But the hurt won't stop aching.  The pain is still too sharp.  A Stephen Minister can be with you while your wounds slowly heal.  To learn more about Stephen Ministry, contact Barbara Brennan 458-8922 or Tom Ringenbach 458-0915.


CONFIRMATION 2017-2018

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be received in 5th

grade or older. Students will be prepared for Confirmation through their regular religion class either Sunday mornings for 5th grade or Wednesday evenings for grades 6-12 and all CREED Sundays. 

Candidates will also attend a one-day diocesan retreat.

Candidates for Confirmation are expected to attend Mass faithfully each week. 

The Sacrament of Confirmation will take place at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Knoxville on May 6, 2018, 4:00pm.


 LIFE TEEN BAND!

The music ministry is gearing up for a new year of Life Teen Masses!  We are looking for the following people who might be interested in participating in this ministry:

  1. Instrumentalists.  We especially need guitar players (electric guitar, and electric or acoustic Bass, and drums.) These folks need to be mature musicians who won’t need lessons or other help with playing.
  2. Youth Singers!  We would love to have more singers for these Masses, especially young adults and teens!

The Life Teen Mass is the 4th Sunday of each month, at the 11:30 Mass. Our 1st Mass will be on August 27.  These Masses coincide with the Creed Program, which is also each month on the 4th Sunday. Creed lunch is at 12:30, and Creed begins at 1:00.  This is a nice tie in for both of these programs.  Please get in touch with Marla Emerson (phone # on front of the bulletin) for more info. or to sign up for the Life Teen band!


VISION TRIP TO NPH EL SALVADOR

NOVEMBER 15-19, 2017Join us to visit your godchild or learn how you can become a sponsor on this adventure that will change your life!  We will leave on November 15th and return the 19th with many precious photos and memories. Sign up now.  Please call for details or any questions you may have.   Jan and Stu McFadden 865-458-3911. 


A SPECTACULAR EVENING OF ENTERTAINMENT BLUEGRASS TO OPERA

Bo Carey & Friends          Esteban with Laura & Christian

Friday, September 29 @ 7:00pm

St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Family Life Center

Advance Tickets $20       At the door/if available $25 

For information about pre-concert dinner & reserved seating, call Arlene Roberts 865-603-8079 or Sherry Qualkenbush 865-643-0750.       


ATTENTION BUSINESS OWNERS, SELF-EMPLOYED AND FAMILIES!

Build your business and help us grow a vibrant faith community! Available advertising space. Melissa Jones from Liturgical Publications, our bulletin printer, will be in our office this week, securing new ads for our bulletin. We need your help! Please consider purchasing an ad. Your participation makes our bulletin successful, and you attract customers! 

Benefits of advertising:

Local, targeted community advertising for one full year, at one low price; a FREE ad listing on parishesonline.com; and FREE, professional ad design and 4 free ad changes per year. 

Melissa Jones 205-382-4555; mjones@4LPi.com


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.


QUALIFIED CHARITABLE DISTRIBUTIONS 

From the Diocese:

In December 2015, Congress made permanent a law allowing individuals to give up to $100,000 to charity directly from an individual retirement account (IRA) when they are over 70 ½ years old without counting the distribution as taxable income. This type of charitable gift is called a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD).

 While IRA donations can be acknowledged by the charity, they should not be tax receipted. There is no income tax deduction for a donor’s contribution through an IRA. However, the sum going to charity is not included in his or her adjusted gross income. Donating these assets as a charitable rollover means the donor does not have to take a minimum required distribution beginning at 70 ½ that they would have to pay taxes on. 

Sometimes it is difficult for charities to know if a contribution is one of these donations. All tax letters from St. Thomas will have a disclaimer on them this year stating that if any contribution were a from an IRA, the donor should consult with their tax professional regarding deductibility.


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. 


SING TO THE LORD A NEW SONG! HYMN SUGGESTIONS!

Do you have a favorite hymn that you would love to sing during our weekend Masses? The Music Ministry would like your ideas and input!! You are invited to submit your suggestions for your favorite hymns. We have placed a large sign board in the narthex with spaces for you to write in your favorite hymn from our current hymnals: The St. Augustine Hymnal or  Flor Y Canto. All we ask is for you to write in the name of the hymn AND the hymn number.  That’s it! Your suggestions will help us to plan out future music schedules. Thanks from the St. Thomas Music Ministry. 


 KROGER SHOPPERS

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.  This last quarter Kroger sent us a check for $104.21.  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!


 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. 


 

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 deacondave98@yahoo.com.

If you have recently registered and have not heard from our Welcome Committee, please contact Deacon Dave Pecot at deacondave98@yahoo.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.

 

FORMED for St. Thomas the Apostle

 Your FREE On-Line Subscription to FORMED

By the Augustine Institute
The Catholic Faith – On Demand – Anytime
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

Click here to see the latest FORMED flyer.

 

 

VBS 2017

  • Queen of Heaven Express-with Her builder

Youth Volunteers and Honorees at KOC Awards

Steubenville Youth Conference Video

Youth and Leaders travel to Steubenville Youth Conference

Youth and Leaders travel to Stebubenville Youth Conference

Living Stations of the Cross

May Crowning

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

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. 

Staff

Annointing

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

Are you interested in becoming Catholic or learning more about the Catholic faith? Please click on the picture for more information!
Catholic Inquiry sessions will meet every Monday at 6:00PM in Room 123 in the Parish Family Life Center.  All are welcome to join us!
 

 

 

Altar Flowers

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

 

STWG News

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.


To download a copy of the 2017 Guild brochure, click here.


 

Edge Color Run

Trunk or Treat

St. Thomas Women's Guild Card Party

Youth Help and Dance the Night Away at KOC Polish Night

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

Image by Sue Duncan

Youth Living Stations of the Cross 2016

St. Thomas Youth on an Impactful Mission

See the article in the News Herald about our Youth!!

We are so proud of you and happy about how you have embraced the corporal works of mercy to love and care for our brothers and sisters in need. THANK YOU!!

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.

What are Coptic Christians and Why You Should Know

Click on the picture to learn more!

 

Weekly Readings

Weekly reading

Weekly reading

Readings for the Week of August 20, 2017

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