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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

November 18, 2018 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

As we edge closer to the closing of the liturgical year, the Church selects readings that remind us of the final close: the second coming of Christ. It's easy, perhaps, to forget that this is a dogma of our Catholic faith. We see this dramatic end times language in today's Gospel. "The sun will be darkened ... and the stars will be falling from the sky."
As Christians and as human beings, we know all things will come to an end. "But of that day or hour, no one knows." The "end of the world" and end of time at Jesus' coming is in a future unknown. But God has given us beautiful reminders of this truth. We see the signs and symbols of ending all around us -- nightfall at the end of each day; the life cycle of crops coming alive, bearing fruit, and being harvested; our own death. That, too, will come at an unknown day and hour. But that is the way of things. Even as God created in Genesis, He gave us a sense of time -- the sun rising and setting, a beginning and an end -- to mark our days.
So how do we welcome these built-in forms of measurement? Do we take time to quietly recollect at the end of each day? Do we see every morning as a fresh start for mercies new? Do we observe the seasons and reflect on what they might be speaking to us of God and His glory? "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my works will not pass away." The little beginnings and little ends are opportunities to renew our faith in Jesus, if only we have the eyes to see!


iGiveCatholic is a way to give on Giving Tuesday in support of Catholic youth

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday and now we have Giving Tuesday

Please consider assisting our St. Thomas youth in funding their trips to conferences.

We are raising funds so our youth may travel and experience God and fellowship as we grow in faith together. Trips such as the March for Life, the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC), Catholic Heart Work Camp, Steubenville Youth Conference, and the LifeTeen summer camp at Covecrest have a huge impact on our youth in their journey of faith. Please, help us help even more youth get involved in these trips by making a generous donation to our parish. 


Click on the picture to be redirected to the iGiveCatholic website. If you wish to support this cause but do not wish to give online, feel free to write a check to St. Thomas and put iGiveCatholic on the memo line.





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

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


Tuesdays:  6:00pm 

Additional times Beginning December 2 thru December 23 and 24








GUS LOYD MISSION - December 2-4, 2018


Gus Loyd Mission - December 2-4, 2018 

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Gus Lloyd, popular radio host of Sirius XM morning show, Seize the Day, on the Catholic Channel will be coming to St. Thomas the Apostle as our guest for 3 evening events this December.  His “Minute in the Church” publications are well known and we will be sharing excerpts in our bulletin throughout the summer and fall.  

Register online by clicking 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.


CREED September 2018

Bulletin Notes


Tuesdays:  6:00pm 

Saturdays: beginning December 2 thru December 23


Sundays:    beginning December 3 thru December 24



Holy Day of Obligation - Immaculate Conception December 8, 2018

Friday, December 7 - Bilingual Mass @ 7:00PM

Saturday, December 8 - English Mass @ 10:00AM


A special THANK YOU from our little brothers and sisters at NPH El Salvador for your participation in the many items that you contributed for the children.  We filled 5 large suitcases with necessary items that we took to them last week.  Also, thank you for your wonderful response to the shoe drive.  We can still take donations till the end of the year and appreciate any amount given. Envelopes are still available on the credenza in the Narthex.  This means so much to them and we will update you with the final amount soon.


Wednesday, November 28, following morning Mass, Room 118. Looking for an opportunity to support others in need, from the comfort of your own home? Come and see... Please bring yarn and Size J crochet hook or Size 7 knitting needles. Patterns and instructions will be provided. Contact Penny Visconti for more information, (865) 408-9996. 


In today’s secular world with all the attacks on our Catholic Faith there is one easy way for us to evangelize our belief in Jesus Christ.  Remember He said:  “Do not be afraid.”  Proudly display a “Keep Christ in Christmas” magnet on your car.  They are available for sale in the Narthex both in English and Spanish.  We also have lapel pins that you could wear anywhere.  Let those around you know that Christ is our Lord. 


You’ve heard it time and time again: “Pull yourself together. . . Cheer up . . . Tough it out. . . It’s not that bad.” Perhaps people have said it to you. Or perhaps you keep saying it to yourself. But it hasn’t helped. You’re still hurting.  Here’s the good news: You don’t have to go through your struggles alone.  Our Stephen Ministers are trained caregivers who will walk with you, listen to you, and provide confidential, one-to-one care as you search through the pieces and find what is truly in your heart. To learn more about what Stephen Ministry can do for you, contact Barbara Brennan 458-8922 or Tom Ringenbach 458-0915.

 Society of St. Vincent de Paul 

Today as we celebrate Christ the King, may we open the door of our hearts so wide that we may listen to the voice of Jesus calling us to help build his kingdom here on earth. This month, through your donation to the monthly charity collection, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul was able to bring God’s kingdom of love and mercy to families, providing food and help with utility, rent and other bills. God Bless You!   The next regular meeting will be on Friday, December 7 in the Deacon Jose Rivera Room at 9:15 am. Call Larry  Finneran at 865-657-9119 for more information. 

Thank you for your generosity this weekend with food and diapers.


We have received a request from our traffic safety officers, asking us to PLEASE encourage parishioners to help keep everyone safe and traffic flowing when entering or exiting Hwy 321.  Pay very close attention and follow directions from the traffic officers.  Our cooperation is extremely important!  Be alert.  Be courteous.  Be safe.  THANK YOU.


BAKERS, it’s that time of the year again!  The Women’s Guild  fall bake sale is just around the corner so get your ideas and recipes ready.  We could use pies, cakes, cookies, breads, jars of jelly and preserves, pickles or any of your wonderful specialties.  The event will take place after all Masses on the weekend of November 17-18.  You can find us in the parish hall.  Many parishioners buy goodies for their Thanksgiving house guests.  Many thanks for your support. 


The time for the craft sale is getting close.  We would like to have your home crafted items turned in by November the 10th.  We need time to price items and determine how much space we need.  You may call for pick up at 408-2339.  Remember there will be many nice items for your holiday gift giving.  Delicious baked goods will also be available.  Plan to shop after Masses on the weekend of November 17-18.  You can find us in the parish hall.  Come by to support the Women’s Guild. 


Get an early start on your Christmas decorating!  Give yourself, your family, and friends a special greeting with a fresh fragrant Evergreen Wreath, Mini-Christmas Tree, or Candlelit Centerpiece. The Knights of Columbus will be taking orders in the Narthex after Mass starting the weekend of Oct. 20-21 through Nov. 10-11.  The proceeds will benefit area charities. Your order will be shipped direct and include a greeting card, wreath hanger, and gift packaging.  FedEx will deliver between November 19th and December 8th.   For information contact Quin Hostetler 217-801-7677.


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


Sunday, December 2, 2018

It’s never too early to mark your calendar for this important event.  St. Thomas Women’s Guild will hold its annual  Advent by Candlelight for the women of our congregation and their women guests on Sunday, 12:30 pm, December 2nd.  There is no charge for this event.  This is a wonderful afternoon of Word, music, and fellowship to help you prepare your hearts for the Advent Season before the holidays get into full swing!


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,

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


Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary

St. Louis de Montfort proposed this focused method of drawing closer to Jesus through Mary. It’s a 33 day self-directed process of prayerful preparation followed by consecration. Preparation starts 11/5/18 for consecration on 12/8/18 – Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Those interested should purchase books in Church office. 

The Mass

Thursdays starting 11/8/18; Session 1 of 6 / 9:30 – 11:00 am; Deacon Jose Rivera Room

Walk through the Liturgy with Bishop Robert Barron and be transformed through insights on this most privileged and intimate encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ. Facilitator: Deacon David Lucheon 

Second Tuesday Lunch Presentations

Becoming a People After God’s Own Heart / This Month: How well do YOU know God?

Tuesdays 11:30 – 1:00 pm; Deacon Jose Rivera Room

Meeting on: 11/13/18 & 12/11/18 / Facilitator: Deacon Dave Pecot 

Please join Fr. Ray Powell on Tuesday, November 13th

When he speaks on his conversion and call to the priesthood, 6:30 – 8:00 PM in the STA Parish Family Life Center.

 Adult Faith Formation Facilitators Wanted: Training Provided!

As we seek to expand our Adult Faith Formation to more days and times as well as to additional topics in 2019, we are looking for facilitators. If you have facilitated in the past, we’d welcome you back! If not, we can provide training. Most programs have DVDs or online content and workbooks so the facilitators just need to be willing to help with discussion. Being a facilitator is enriching as we help others learn about their faith while gaining a lot ourselves! Please contact Jill St. Yves at or Warren Hunt at





Adult Faith Formation Programs


To download an AFF schedule, click here 

Program Categories to Consider

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 

To download an AFF schedule for the month, click here  


Divine Mercy Chaplet online



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



Catholic Gifts and Books and Supplies

Advent by Candlelight

Advent by Candlelight

Sunday, December 2, 2018

12:30 – 2:00 pm St. Thomas PFLC

Theme: The Nativity

Please join us for a special afternoon for women to gather together. A time sparked with thoughtful reflection, soothing music, sweet desserts and quiet conversation among friends old & new. A gathering in a room filled with lovely set tables, glowing with myriads of candles. A spiritual & sensory experience. Ladies of our parish are invited to host or co-host a table. You’ll enjoy favorites: small sandwiches, desserts and/or snacks, at  an inviting table of eight.  We are looking for hostesses and co-hostesses to make our event joyful. Table hostesses please contact Bette Purvis:, or call 865. 458. 8070.

There is no cost for this event, but reservations are recommended.

There will be a display of Nativity Sets, share yours.

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

Women's Guild Meetings

  • Women's Guild April 16th meeting. Three deacon's wives sheared with us ...
  • Women's Guild March 19th meeting. Speaker Lisa Healy, Interim Executive Director, ...
  • Women's Guild May 17th - 20th Annual Luncheon and Card Party ...

May Crowning

Casino Night

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.