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.

GOSPEL MEDITATION

GOSPEL MEDITATION - ENCOURAGE DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF SCRIPTURE

July 14, 2019
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
 
Loving isn't too difficult, right? Many of us are surrounded by kind, lovely people trying to do the right thing. Indeed, to "love ? your neighbor as yourself" seems like it should be easy enough. Treat people like you would like to be treated. Bring the new neighbors some baked goods (normal and gluten-free, just in case). Chat with the bank teller about his holiday weekend. Write an occasional card to your sister "just because." There were probably varieties of these acts of kindness in Jesus' day. Perhaps substituting figs for cookies. But "exchange pleasantries with the traveling cloth merchant" isn't the example Jesus gives.
 
"A man fell victim to robbers... they stripped him and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead." The righteous pass by the scene of the dying man. The hero of the story is the one on the margins of Jewish society, who perhaps would not have been welcomed, in other circumstances, by the man now in the ditch. His neighborly love causes him to halt his journey, to tend wounds, and to pay for the man's care out of his own savings. Are we interruptible? Are we attentive to the hurts of others? Are we generous with our money and possessions?
 
In the past few weeks, who has crossed your mind as someone in need of help? Perhaps it's an acquaintance suffering from cancer. Maybe you were invited to donate or volunteer to a local social cause, but it just won't stick in your mind (or schedule) to make it happen. The needs of people are many and varied. We can't help everyone, but God does place opportunities in our path for compassion and courageous love. This week, be "the one who treated him with mercy."
 

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)

Parish Calendar

WE HAVE A NEW CALENDAR!
The complete parish calendar can be found at the bottom of the homepage or you may click on the menu item, Calendar to be directed to a new page.

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

 

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 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.

 Please join us!

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.

First Friday Adoration June & July

First Friday Eucharistic Adoration will start at 12 Noon on June 7th and canceled in July.

 

 

 

Welcome our new seminarian for this summer

Welcome our new seminarian for this summer

Matthew Donahue is a seminarian for the Diocese of Knoxville currently in his sixth year of formation. He studied at Bishop Simon Brute College Seminary in Indianapolis for four years, and has spent the last two years studying at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, where he will return at the end of the summer. Since moving to Tennessee in 2005 Matthew has been a member of St. John Newman parish in Farragut, where his family still lives. Please join us in welcoming Matthew to St. Thomas the Apostle parish. 

Silver Rose

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS SPONSOR

SILVER ROSE IN HONOR OF LIFE AND OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

A silver rose on a nine-month pilgrimage will be the centerpiece of a special prayer service at St. Thomas the Apostle on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 7:30 PM. The program is sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 12633 to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe and express both international unity and dedication to the sanctity of human life. 

The journey of the silver rose begins each year in March and ends on Dec. 12, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. During that time, Silver Roses travel from town to town along eight routes throughout North America. Several of those routes begin in Canada and end in Mexico. One route ends in Washington, D.C., and another ends at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, CT, where the Knights of Columbus was founded. 

The Silver Rose Program began in 1960, when the first rose – a real, live one – was blessed by a bishop in Ontario. The rose then traveled to New York and then to Texas where it was taken across the border into Mexico. The rose ended its pilgrimage at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Monterrey on Dec. 12, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. To better ensure future annual trips, a silver rose was ultimately made. Today, due to the popularity of the program throughout the North American continent, eight silver roses travel unique routes. 

In 2001, when Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, expanded the Silver Rose Program, he commented: “Through [the Silver Rose Program] we honor not only Our Lady of Guadalupe and express the unity of the [Knights of Columbus], but we also reaffirm the Order’s dedication to the sanctity of human life. It is to the Blessed Mother that we turn in prayer as we work to end the Culture of Death that grips our society. As we think in terms of ‘One Life, One Rose,’ it is most appropriate that we turn to Our Lady of Guadalupe who made known her will through Juan Diego and the miracle of the roses.”

 

 

CREED

CREED kicks off on Sunday, August 18, 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.

 

Fashion Show Details

DETAILS FOR WOMEN’S GUILD LUNCHEON AND FASHION SHOW

WHEN: August 7. Doors open at 10:00 am for vendor shopping. Lunch served at 11:30 with fashions following.
WHERE:  St. Thomas PFLC
WHY: Yummy food, fun fashions from Serendipity, prizes, Esteban Salazar singing, a fun time with friends!
HOW: Last chance to make a reservation for $20 at church or contact Bette Purvis at Bette410@gmail.com or 458-8070 by July 28.  It is not necessary to purchase a table, singles welcome. 
QUESTIONS? Contact Virginia Zorovich at 657-9216.

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.

 

Bulletin Notes

 Join our HVAC Team!

Use your mechanical engineering training to help our church!  We are establishing a team of volunteers to help oversee our HVAC system in the church.  We have a very specialized system consisting of six water-cooled heat pumps, and it will be extremely helpful to have a team that is aware of the technical aspects of our system, and available to advise when needed. Time requirements are minimal, but you must be willing to attend a few initial sessions to learn about the components in our system.  Instruction will be provided by Dave Breen.  If you have questions, or if you are interested in joining our team, please contact Dave Breen (dmbreen@charter.net) or Phil Johnson (986-9885).


Stephen Ministry

The day-in, day-out routine of caring for him is finally getting you down.  And he isn't getting any better.  You're exhausted.  You need someone to care for you.  A Stephen Minister can be this person.  He or she won't push advice on you. Instead, your Stephen Minister will listen and care for you, helping you sort through your feelings and discover the resources you need to make it through.  To learn more about Stephen Ministry, contact Barbara Brennan 865-458-8922 or Tom Ringenbach 865-458-0915.


Society of St. Vincent de Paul 

In the Gospel today we see how Jesus sent his Apostles out two by two. In this spirit, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul members “go out two by two” to visit those who are poor and needy in their homes. It is there, in the family setting, that Vincentians listen, offer humble advice, and render assistance. Please be assured that the members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul bring your gifts of food, diapers and your contributions to the parish monthly charity collection directly to the poor and suffering in our parish. Thank you! The next regular meeting will be on Friday, July 19 in the Deacon Jose Rivera Room at 1 pm. Call Larry Finneran at 865-657-9119 for more information.


 St. Thomas Women's Guild Meeting - Monday, July 15 

Are you a crafty person?  Whether you are or aren't, please join us on Monday, July 15 at the ST. Thomas Women's Guild meeting.  We will be cutting out angels for the Christmas Angel tree and making bookmarks for the Hymnals.  All this and fun too! There will be refreshments served before the meeting at 9:00 am.  We meet in the Deacon Jose Rivera room of the Parish Family Life Center. All women of the Parish are invited.  Come join us and have fun!  Hope to see you then. 


St. Thomas’ Bell Choir

Do you like hearing the bells at Mass? Would you like to learn to play the bells? If you can read music, or even if you can’t, please consider learning to play bells. If we are to continue this music ministry, we need your help. 

We are also looking for someone with a musical background who would be willing to direct the Bell Choir. Please contact Judy Heard, 423-884-3146 or Mary Mills, 865-986-6548.


Help is needed to clean the church

“Housekeeping ain’t no joke” – Louisa May Alcott

Help is needed to clean the church, every first Monday at 10:00AM. See Sharon May 423-612-9529.


Email and Text Scams

Please be advised that no priest, staff person or official volunteer for the church will ever ask for your help financially via email or  text....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.


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 (kgwitwer@gmail.com or 865-657-9087) if you are interested in being a vendor. Please contact Mary Kay Hostetler (mkh8273@hotmail.com  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 (vazoro1@charter.net or 865-657-9216) or Cindy Rogers (cyn9350@aol.com 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.


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, orjkrepps1@charter.net


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 deacondave98@yahoo.com. He will explain the ministry to you and how you can help.

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. 


 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.   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!


 

New Adult Faith Formation Programs

 


Perfectly Yourself: Discovering God’s Dream for You

Join Deacon David Lucheon for a 6-week series discussing this life-changing book that addresses the opportunities and obstacles we encounter when we decide to ask life's BIG questions: Who am I? What am I here for? Full of powerful and practical lessons, Matthew Kelly shows us how to find lasting happiness in a changing world. Newly revised to reflect an even greater emphasis on spiritual growth and realizing God's dreams for us, Perfectly Yourself is a book for anyone who has failed at a diet, survived the collapse of a relationship, or wondered if he or she would ever find a fulfilling career. Kelly teaches us how to find the balance between accepting ourselves and striving to become all God dreams for us to become. It's a book for all of us who long to be at peace with who we are, where we are, and what we are doing, not in some distant tomorrow, but here and now today. There will be two sessions: Mondays 12:30-1:45pm from July 15-August 26 and Thursdays 9:30-11:00am from July 18-August 29 in the Deacon Jose Room. Books will be available at the class session.


Summer Study! Take a Biblical Walk Through Christ’s Passion!

Don’t take the summer off from learning more about your faith! Join best-selling author Edward Sri as he guides you through the last hours of Christ's life in this biblical pilgrimage filmed on location in the Holy Land. Deacon David Lucheon will lead two classes of this program, entitled “No Greater Love: A Biblical Walk Through Christ’s Passion”, starting on Thursday, June 6 from 9:30-11:00 AM and Monday, June 10 from 12:30-1:45 PM. Choose which time best fits your schedule. Both sessions will be in the Deacon Jose Rivera Room.


Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth (BIBLE)

Join Deacon John Krepps in studying the Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth (BIBLE).  This will be an in depth discussion of the Gospel of John which started last summer and we made it through the first 4 Chapters. Don’t be daunted if you did not attend last year (all are welcome). We will do a brief recap during the first week and are not on a set agenda so there will be plenty of time for questions and discussions. The classes will be held in room 118 (RCIA room) in the basement of the Parish Family Life Center. The classes will be held on Sundays from 10:15 to 11:15 starting on May 19 and continuing every other Sunday through July 28.

Come find out why the Gospel of John soars above the rest.


Hungry to learn more about our faith?

Check out the new books and CDs available in the Narthex by well known authors including: Cardinal Chaput, Scott Hahn, Tim Gray, Fr. Larry Richards, and Jeff Cavins. There are titles in English and in Spanish. Share them with your family or pass them along to a friend when you are done with them! Make a donation to offset the cost if you can, but it is not necessary.

 

Welcome Deacon David and Karen

FORMED for St. Thomas the Apostle

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, HKP7F3 From there, you can set up an account that is uniquely yours.  Check out the “New to Formed?” link that will help you find your way.  Just one click gets you to topics like the Sacraments, Divine Mercy, Mary and the Saints as well as programs for children and youth or family movie night.  Individual features on the site will be profiled in the inFORMED box to further describe the treasures on this site.


 

 

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

COME EXPLORE CATHOLICISM UPDATE

For more information, call Deacon John Krepps, 469-0604, or jkrepps1@charter.net 

 

 

Altar Flowers

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

 

The choir sings at the Cathedral

St. Thomas Mixed Choir making their debut at The Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Catholic Gifts and Books and Supplies

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

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.

Parish Council

Pictured (left to right):  Joel Studer, Maria Cornejo, Nancy Howard, Yadira Gonzalez, Mary Gonzalez, Jim Wogan, Ashley Siferd, Father Ray Powell 

MEET ST. THOMAS’  PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL

Joel Studer is a sales representative at Aytu Bioscience and has been a member of St. Thomas the Apostle since 2006. He enjoys boating on Tellico Lake with his family and spending time outdoors. He usually attends the Sunday 9 a.m. Mass with his wife Amanda and his daughter Jaiden. Joel is chairperson of the Security and Operations Committee. 

Maria Lupe Cornejo works for the family business, La Lupita, and has been a member of St. Thomas the Apostle since 1997.  She is a runner and enjoys reading.  She usually attends the Saturday 7 p.m. or 11:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday with her husband Marco and their daughter, Katie. Maria serves on the parish council as a representative of the Junta Pastoral. 

Nancy Howard is VP Marketing for Provision CARES Proton Therapy and has been a member of St. Thomas the Apostle since 2008. Nancy lives in Farragut, and usually attends the Sunday 11:30 a.m. Mass with her husband John, and sometimes with her daughter Haley, when she is home from college. Nancy is chairperson of the Spiritual Life and Wellness Committee. 

Yadira González was born in Mexico and moved to Tennessee in 1999. She has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and works as a human resources manager. Yadira comes from a Catholic background and has been a member of St. Thomas the Apostle for several years.  She lives in Sweetwater with her husband and three children. Yadira serves on the parish council as a representative of the Junta Pastoral.

 Ashley Siferd is a program officer for the nonprofit East Tennessee Foundation and has been a member of St. Thomas since 2001. She continues her involvement in several liturgical ministries and youth group, formerly as a student member and now as an adult leader. Ashley is a 200-hour certified yoga teacher, a volunteer team leader for Horse Haven of Tennessee, and speaks Spanish. She enjoys hiking with her fiancé Will and spending time with her family and friends. Ashley usually attends the Sunday 9 a.m. Mass and is chairperson of the Social Action Committee. 

Mary González has been working for the Lenoir City School system for 5 years. She has been a member of St. Thomas since 1996. She has a husband, Juan, and 3 beautiful children. Her mission and her goals are to do all she can to serve her community and parishioners. Mary is chairperson of the Education and Evangelization Committee. 

Jim Wogan is a former television sportscaster and has been the Director of Communications for the Diocese of Knoxville since 2014. Jim and his wife Mary have lived in East Tennessee since 1986. They have been members of St. Thomas the Apostle since 2001 and they usually attend the Sunday 9 a.m. Mass. Jim serves as the council president and is chairperson of the Communications Committee.