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.
Click here to go to Daily Divine Office where you can read and/or listen to the office of prayers.
I'm just a dog not a math expert (can't count on my toes) looks like we got a ways to go!
Remember to bring canned goods to the "Chapel of Love"...our goal is 2 tons of love (food)!
Just a reminder to move your clocks forward Saturday night!!
Please join us on either or both Friday and Saturday as we spruce up our parish and get for Spring and Easter! Click here to see more information!
Until further notice, there will not be Mass on Mondays at 8:30 AM. However, there will be communion services unless posted otherwise.
Fr. Antonio's voice is weaker as a result of the radiation treatments. This is a common side-effect and should be temporary. Thank you for your prayers for Fr. Antonio.
Eucharistic Adoration will be on First Fridays,from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Morning Prayer Every Friday during Lent from 7:30 AM – 8:15 AM
Additional times of Adoration are available during Lent, please see the Lenten Activities below for those times.
Reconciliation is available Tuesdays at 6:00 PM and Saturdays from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM.
Confessions will also be available on Wednesday at 5:00 PM.
See Lenten activities for other times on Sundays.
You may also call the parish office to make an appointment at 865-986-9885.
Please join us immediately after for fried or baked fish, homemade macaroni and cheese, hush puppies, fried chips, and cole slaw.
Tickets are $8.00 per person. Children under 12 are $4.00 per person. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and St. Thomas Women's Guild.
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM after Stations of the Cross.
Tickets are $8.00 per person or $4.00 for children under 12.
Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and St. Thomas Women's Guild. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online. Click here to go to WeShare and purchase tickets!
Sometimes we think about making big plans for Lenten sacrificing, only to fall behind with work, family, and other responsibilities. We find ourselves in the Second Week of Lent with no commitment to better prayer lives, doing good deeds, or practicing acts of self-denial. But it is never too late. Catholic Relief Services offers a great resource to parishes and families for praying, fasting and charitable giving—all in one simple project. What is so great about this project, known as Operation Rice Bowl (ORB), is that it makes all the right connections. When you put the money you would have spent on a CD or that mocha latte you crave into your Rice Bowl box, you participate in Jesus’ sacrifice. CRS provides prayers to accompany your giving. And it uses the money you would have spent on yourself to help people in need across the world. Participating in ORB is an act of solidarity—standing with your brothers and sisters as one human family. Your challenge this week is to adopt Operation Rice Bowl (go to www.crsricebowl.org if you parish doesn’t do ORB). Give up the extra energy drink, candy bar, movie, or trip to the mall. Put the money in your Rice Bowl, knowing it will be sent to CRS. You will be walking with Jesus while making a difference in the lives of others.
“Spiritual Search of Faith – Filled Women”
Thursday, March 19th
The Retreat will be held at the St. Thomas Parish Family Life Center following the 8:30 AM Mass.
Cost $10 includes AM snacks and lunch.
Kathleen Mitchell, former St. Thomas parishioner, will be our guest speaker and will lead the retreat.
Open to all women of St. Thomas Parish
St. Thomas the Apostle
Catholic Women’s Guild – Lenoir City, TN
For more information please contact:
Judy Hebenstreit at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Dougherty at email@example.com
SAVE THE DATE
Father Doug’s Book Discussion
March 26th 6:30 PM, Deacon Jose Rivera Room, PFLC
Mark your calendar to come together in community to discuss our Christmas book “Made for More” by Curtis Martin. If you did not receive the book at Christmas, pick one up in the Narthex free.
Tis a Grand Celebration of the Irish
The Knights of Columbus, St. Thomas the Apostle Parish of Lenoir City, will host their fourteenth annual St. Patricks’ Day Dinner on Tuesday, March 17th at the Parish Family Life Center. The celebration commences at 6 p.m. with dinner, featuring corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, carrots and dessert. Soft drinks plus adult beverages are included in the ticket price.
The Vocal Point band will provide live music for dancing and listening pleasure following dinner. The cost is $27.50 per ticket. Tickets can be purchased by contacting either Steve McAvoy at 408-9826 or Dennis Preston at 458-9004.
If you are lucky enough to be Irish, then you are lucky enough. On St. Patricks’ Day, everyone is Irish. Come out and join the celebration on Tuesday, March 17th at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Family Life Center. Join in the Irish craic (fun). Slainte!
WEDNESDAYS DURING LENT
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM Confessions
6:00 PM Mass
FRIDAYS DURING LENT
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Morning Prayer from 7:30 AM – 8:15 AM
Stations of the Cross at 6:00 PM in the church
Fish Fry immediately after Stations in the PFLC, more details in the coming bulletins.
SUNDAYS DURING LENT
Starting February 22, 2015
Confessions from 8:15AM – 8:45AM and from 10:15AM - 11:15AM
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
8:00AM - 8:45AM and from 10:00AM – 11:15AM.
At the end of Mass, we will process out in silence and encourage you to spend a few minutes in prayer.
COFFEE IN THE COURTYARD DURING LENT
At the end of 9AM Mass on Sundays we will also have coffee and donuts in the PFLC or courtyard.
CHAPEL OF LOVE
Help us to collect canned goods "love" for the Good Samaritan center.
Bring your canned goods and place in the chapel.
REGISTRACIONES PARA SOCCER
Los sábados de 12pm-2pm
En el Centro Parroquial
Comenzamos a jugar el 11 de abril
MEN’S LENTEN RETREAT- March 23 -25th
The men of the parish are invited to a Lenten Retreat to be held at the Living Waters Catholic Reflection Center in Maggie Valley, North Carolina. The retreat is sponsored by the Father John Savocca Council of the Knights of Columbus, St. Thomas the Apostle Parish. Cost is $75.00 per night with room, food and supplies included. Please do not let the cost deter your attendance. Father Joe Brando, a retired United States Army Chaplin, will lead the retreat. Several parishioners recently attended a Cursillo where Father Brando was the Spiritual Director. Their input led to the request that he be the retreat director for the Men’s Lenten Retreat. Contact Terry Camilleri for additional information or to reserve your spot; 865-458-1033 or via internet at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LENTEN FISH FRY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Our Lenten Fish Fries will be starting on Friday, February 20, 2015. We are looking for volunteers to help with the 6 week project (FRIDAY’S from 2/20/2015 thru 3/27/2015). Many volunteers will mean less work for all. We do not expect you to volunteer for all six weeks. Just let us know when and how often you can help.
Respond to Bill Twohig at email@example.com or call 865-408-9783 to volunteer. Leave your name, phone, email and when you are available. Thank you for considering helping with this parish-wide ministry.
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.
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.
In preparation for the Synod of Bishops in October that will further reflect upon The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World, the Vatican has sent a list of 46 questions to all the Bishops of the Church. The purpose of these survey questions is to aid in developing the Synod’s agenda and working document. Though the intended audience for these questions are academic institutions and church associations and organizations, Bishop Stika encourages anyone who is interested to participate in the survey. The link for the diocesan survey can be found at www.dioknox.org and must be completed no later than March 15.
A Conversation with the Cardinals on April 18, 2015
Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime experience in “A Conversation with the Cardinals” on April 18, 2015 from 7-9 pm at the Historic Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville featuring New York Archbishop Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Cardinal Justin Rigali and Cardinal William Levada. Bishop Stika will moderate this entertaining and informative night, the proceeds of which will benefit the St. Mary’s Legacy Foundation Mobile Health Clinic. Tickets can be purchased on a first come first serve basis at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 865-745-3000, online at www.tennesseetheatre.com, or at the Tennessee Theatre’s Clinch Avenue Box Office Monday-Friday 10 am – 5 pm and Saturday 10 am – 2 pm. For more information about this special event, please visit www.dioknox.org. Ticket sales will begin January 23rd at 10:00 am.
LADIES, SAVE THE DATE
The Women's Guild of St. Thomas will host their 17th Annual Spring Card Party and Luncheon Thursday, May 7th.Please mark your calendars, alert your friends, plan to attend and have some fun.
Eleven saints have found their niche thanks to Stu McFadden and Ken Naumann for their carpentry work, and Fr. Doug for his support of this project. Take a walk, enjoy the crisp air, and say a prayer. More to come…
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.
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To register for the 2014-2015 Religious Education, Youth, and Confirmation programs
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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
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.
Contact info…need cell phone numbers for S & F informational text chain 865-310-5440 text Kevin your name and numbers.