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.
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.
Additional times available during Advent
(We will not have a Reconciliation Service at St. Thomas)
Saturdays: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Sundays: 10:15 AM to 11:15 AM
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION CHANGES
NO EUCHARISTIC ADORATION ON JANUARY 2, 2015
Effective October 1, Eucharistic Adoration will be on First Fridays only, from 9AM to 3 PM. This change was made reluctantly, but was unavoidable due to the difficulty in filling the hourly time slots and the periodic attendance lapses.If enough interest is shown and adequate attendance could be assured, the issue will be reviewed at a future time.
The St. Thomas Youth Group will present a Living Nativity for your enjoyment on Christmas Eve.
Before and after each Mass, The Holy Family, local shepherds, and several animals, will be present along the driveway to the church.
If you have not yet picked up your Poinsettia purchase, please do so after Mass in the Narthex. Thank you for supporting the young people of St Thomas.
WEEKEND MASS ANNOUNCEMENTS
A new Mass announcement policy has been implemented. Until further notice, all announcements will be made by the cantor five minutes prior to the start of Mass.
If you have announcements for the next two weekends; Dec. 28 & Jan. 4, please submit to Jim Polhamus at email@example.com by no later than Monday, Dec. 22nd.
Any parish organization, group or individual wishing to include an announcement on any given Sunday must submit it to Jim Polhamus via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by 4PM on Thursday of the same week, but no more than one week prior to the event. Announcements will be edited for length and clarity.
END OF YEAR GIVING REMINDERS
For a donation to be considered deductible in 2014, you must do the following:
Date the check in 2014,
Check must either be placed in the collection basket or office by December 31 OR If the check is mailed, it must be postmarked on or before December 31, 2014.
Checks brought into the office in January (even if dated in December) will NOT be deductible in 2014.
Checks mailed with a postmark in January (even if dated in December) will NOT be deductible in 2014.
In both of these cases, the donations will be deductible in 2015.
If you are making a stock donation and you already have the St. Thomas broker information, we ask that you still call 865-986-9885 or email Chris Lucheon, email@example.com to inform her of the donation. We do not always receive donor information from the broker.
The deductible amount of a stock donation is calculated based on the average of the high and the low price on the date of the gift (the date the stock transfer is made and not the stock sale date). Letters sent from the parish office will indicate what the amount is.
IRA CHARITABLE ROLLOVER EXTENSION FOR 2014
Office of Immigrant Services of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee
The Office of Immigrant Services of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, known as OIS, will hold an information session to help those benefiting from the recently announced executive action related to immigration. The informative session will be on January 3rd at 3pm at the Knoxville Catholic High School's gym, in Knoxville.
La Oficina de Servicios al Inmigrante de Caridades Católicas del Este de Tennessee, conocida como OIS, por su siglas en Inglés, tendrá una sesión informativa para ayudar a quienes pueden beneficiarse por la orden ejecutiva sobre inmigración recientemente anunciada por el presidente de los Estados Unidos. La Sesión informativa se llevará a cabo el 3 de enero a las 3 p.m. en el gimnasio de la escuela secundaria católica Knoxville Catholic High School, en Knoxville.
JOIN US FOR LAS POSADAS!
We will be celebrating Las Posadas starting December 16th thru December 23rd from 7:00PM-9:00PM, PFLC.
Las Posadas means “Inn” or “Shelter” in Spanish. Las Posadas is a tradition based on preparing for Christ’s birth that involves the re-enactment of Mary and Joseph searching for lodgings in Bethlehem. Traditionally it lasts for nine days, from December 16 through Christmas Eve. We will only celebrate eight days. Each night a group of people proceed from outside the PFLC singing a request for lodging. Another group of people (the innkeepers) responds in song by refusing lodging. This continues until they are allowed in.
Once in, all gather to pray the Rosary; and a prayer to Mary, St. Joseph and Baby Jesus. After praying, the group celebrates with traditional foods and singing Christmas songs.
OFFICE OF THE DEAD- EVENING PRAYER - FIRST FRIDAYS+
Friday, December 5, at 6 PM, the Regina Caeli Schola will pray for our deceased loved ones. Please join us, or email names of those you wish to be included in our monthly prayers to: Viscontip@bellsouth.net.
JANUARY ROSARY FOR LIFE
On Saturday, January 10, 2015, the Diocese of Knoxville will sponsor a pro-life rosary led by Cardinal Rigali. This rosary will take place at 10:00 AM at the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in north Knoxville. St. Thomas the Apostle parish will provide buses to take parishioners. We will leave from the St. Thomas parking lot at 8:45 AM and return at approximately 12 Noon.
Please make plans to accompany your fellow parishioners and to be a witness for life in our community. This rosary will be peaceful and prayerful. Prayers will be offered for all those associated with abortion and for mothers in a crisis involving abortion.
Please call or E-mail Kay Sheldon at 458-8510 or firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you will be attending. We do need an accurate count for the buses.
CRY ROOM NOW AVAILABLE
A Cry Room for those who wish to use it is now available in the chapel. Seats have been positioned so that Mass may be viewed through the glass wall and glass door. It is accessible from both the narthex and the nave.
If you would like to make an announcement regarding a parish activity, please email the webmaster at email@example.com.
If you have changed your donation amount on a pledge form for 2015, please note that you will need to go into WeShare and change your donation amount in WeShare as well in January.
In January, all giving opportunities for the year will be on the site for one month so that you can set up your entire year of giving to all collections if you choose to do so. After January, only current collections will be listed.
Learn more about online giving and the opportunities for giving at St. Thomas the Apostle
THE ROMAN CATHOLIC MASS EXPLAINED WITH FATHER DOUG- Part III and IV
JANUARY 22 and 29
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
We are a religion of rituals; our Roman Catholic Mass is filled with rituals. While attending Mass every weekend we give Praise and Glory to God. How do we do it? There are four (4) major parts to the Mass: the Opening Rites; the Liturgy of the Word, the Liturgy of the Eucharist and the Concluding Rites. Father Doug will explain the basics of the Mass so we know what we are doing, why we are doing it; what it does and how it is vital to Christian growth. Join us to obtain a deeper understanding of the Roman Catholic Mass. No registration needed.
RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL SON
by Fr. Henri Nouwen
Explore this book with Deacon Dave Lucheon
Tuesday mornings, Jan 6 – Feb 10, 9:30 to 11:00 AM
Wednesday evenings, Jan 7 – Feb 11, 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Fr. Nouwen helps us explore the famous Rembrandt painting with an insight into where we are in Our Father’s family. Through reflection, study, and self-knowledge, Fr. Nouwen reveals our journey. We move from darkness to light, discovering love and forgiveness, a universal message. Deacon Dave Lucheon will bring us to a new level of discovery of our inner life. This book is remarkable. Come share this miraculous parable from a very different perspective. Please view a copy of this painting in our Chapel.
Sign up for these sessions following Masses Dec 13/14 and Dec 20/21. Books available for $10.00.
To register for the 2014-2015 Religious Education, Youth, and Confirmation programs
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Contact info…need cell phone numbers for S & F informational text chain 865-310-5440 text Kevin your name and numbers.
If you would like to donate flowers for the altar, please contact the parish office at 865-986-9885.
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.