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.

THE INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL

Knights of Columbus and

La Junta Pastoral

Proudly Present

THE INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL

Sunday, August 7th, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Food, Fun, Folk Dance and Fellowship

*Numerous food entree selections, dessert, children’s games, and special drinks.*

Proceeds will benefit the Knights of Columbus MR Drive which supports programs for people with intellectual disabilities and The Home Campaign. Tickets will be sold at the door.  Call Ray Mouse, 865-712-7820 for additional information.

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 every Saturday evening at 4:30 PM

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

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

 

THE DIVINE OFFICE FOR TODAY

Click here to go to Daily Divine Office where you can read and/or listen to the office of prayers.

  

 

ST. THOMAS NEEDS YOU!

There are five volunteer ministries which assist our priest before, during, and after Masses.  These ministries offer a chance to share our Faith in a deeper participation, which brings us closer to Our Lord, Jesus.  The ministries are: 

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTER OF HOLY COMMUNION (EMHC)

This ministry assists the priests and deacons in distributing the Precious Body and Blood. 

LECTOR

This ministry proclaims the Word during Mass, helping the congregation hear and reflect on the passages. 

USHER

This ministry sees that the people are greeted and seated prior to Mass, the offertory is collected, and a reverent flow is maintained during the distribution of Holy Communion. 

ALTAR SERVER

This ministry allows younger parishioners to experience the Mass in a close and personal manner.  Serving gives them a unique perspective and helps foster an early love and appreciation of Our Lord's sacrifice. 

SACRISTAN

Sacristans play an important role before and after each Mass.  They make sure that all vessels, linens and other items are in place prior to Mass.  They also make sure that all ministry positions are filled.  After Mass, sacristans ensure that all items used for Mass are returned to their proper places.

New ministers are always needed and welcome. If you are interested in any of these grace-filled and spiritually rewarding positions, please contact Jim Polhamus, Liturgical Coordinator, at the parish office by phone (986-9885) or email (jim@sthomaslc.com). All training and materials will be provided.

GOT POPCORN?

 

Well we got movie and it’s FREE.  Join us on First Monday, August 1, at 6:30 PM in the STA Social Hall PFLC.  Our Opening Night Film will be “The Letters.”  This is the story of soon to be St. Theresa of Calcutta, newly released in 2015.  Bring a lawn chair or comfortable for the viewing.  Go here for a review of “The Letters” The Catholic News Service classification is A-II – adults and adolescents - See more at: http://www.catholicnews.com/movies.cfm

Please join us, every first Monday of the Month for ST Thomas Movie Night.  All are welcome.

TIME FOR A BOOK CLUB! SUMMER SERIES OF SAINTS!

Some of you have expressed interest in starting a Book Club at STA.  To celebrate the upcoming canonization of Mother Teresa, let’s start with a Summer Series of Saints to kick this off.   Each month we’ll read independently at home a book about one of the Saints and then gather as a group for an hour to share our thoughts and recommend other books to the group. This will be very informal, no homework, no tests…just read the book and share your passion for reading with the group! We’ve chosen short read, inexpensive paperback books which are available atwww.amazon.com ($12 to $15 each) new or less for used. 

Friday,  June 24, 10:00am- Mother Teresa, title “No Greater Love

Friday, July 29, 10:00am -Saint Clare of Assisi, title “The Letters to Agnes

Friday, August 26, 10:00am -To Be Determined: Possibly a book on Dorothy Day

Each discussion session will meet in Room 118 of the Parish Family Life Center. 

If you have questions or would like to participate, contact Marlene Eeg (865.548.0087) or email marleneeeg@earthlink.net for more details. Come join us!

 

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.

 

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.

Catholic Gifts and Books and Supplies

Adult Faith Formation this Summer

Bishop Robert Barron’s DVD series “Priest, Prophet, King”

Deacon David Lucheon is offering a six-week study on Bishop Robert Barron’s DVD series “Priest, Prophet, King” on Thursday mornings beginning July 21st from 9:30-10:45 AM in the Deacon Jose Room. 

In this series, Bishop Barron shows how priests, prophets and kings were foreshadowed throughout the Hebrew Scriptures and how Jesus fulfills each role in the New Testament.  This series will help you better understand Jesus, become more familiar with Scripture, and better realize your own priestly, prophetic and kingly mission.  You can sign up for this class by sending an e-mail to Deacon David at dlucheon@dioknox.org


TIME FOR A BOOK CLUB! 

SUMMER SERIES OF SAINTS!

Some of you have expressed interest in starting a Book Club at STA.  To celebrate the upcoming canonization of Mother Teresa, let’s start with a Summer Series of Saints to kick this off.   Each month we’ll read independently at home a book about one of the Saints and then gather as a group for an hour to share our thoughts and recommend other books to the group. This will be very informal, no homework, no tests…just read the book and share your passion for reading with the group! We’ve chosen short read, inexpensive paperback books which are available at www.amazon.com ($12 to $15 each) new or less for used.

Friday,  June 24, 10:00am - Mother Teresa, title “No Greater Love

 Friday, July 29, 10:00am - Saint Clare of Assisi, title “The Letters to Agnes

 Friday, August 26, 10:00am - to Be Determined; Possibly a book on Dorothy Day 

Each discussion session will meet in Room 118 of the Parish Family Life Center. 

If you have questions or would like to participate, contact Marlene Eeg (865.548.0087) or email marleneeeg@earthlink.net for more details. Come join us!

HOME CAMPAIGN UPDATE

Home Campaign Donations-Please read!

 Thank you all for your generous gifts!! 

Please remember to make checks payable to the Home Campaign-St. Thomas.  We are receiving many checks payable only to St. Thomas. In addition, please do not combine Home Campaign donations with any other church donation. Because  Home donations go to the Diocese first for processing, these gifts cannot be combined with other church donations. Please advise any charitable trusts of these directions as well. 

If you have made a pledge, you will receive reminders/envelope from the Diocese. Ideally, all payments will be mailed to the Diocese. Any payments sent to our office are held here for a week and mailed at one time to the Diocese for processing. 

These guidelines will help to ensure proper processing of all of your gifts. 

Thank you from the finance office!


 

BULLETIN BOARD

"Priest, Prophet, King" Studay

Deacon David Lucheon's study on Bishop Barron's study, “Priest, Prophet, King” on Thursday mornings beginning July 21st from 9:30-10:45 AM in the Deacon Jose Room at St. Thomas Parish in Lenoir City.  In this series, Bishop Barron shows how priests, prophets and kings were foreshadowed throughout the Hebrew Scriptures and how Jesus fulfills each role in the New Testament.  This series will help you better understand Jesus, become more familiar with Scripture, and better realize your own priestly, prophetic and kingly mission. Call the parish office to sign up or email Deacon David.


NEW “FOREVER” HYMNALS

FOR ST. THOMAS 

St. Thomas will introduce new “forever” hardback hymnals in September.  These new hymnals include familiar and new hymns plus lectionary in English for all 3 liturgical years.  The Spanish congregation has already implemented their new Flor y Canto hymnals which will be placed in the blue binders along with their missalettes. 

Why new hymnals?

Currently we have to replace hymnals every 2 years and missalettes 3 times each year.  We will same $2000 per year with the “forever” hymnals.  The choir has begun singing some of these newer hymns during the Masses.  We hope you enjoy them! 

What can I do?

In order to defray some of the costs, the Women’s Guild will be selling “In Memory Of” and In Honor Of” labels for $20 that will be placed in the front of the hymnals.  These hymnals will remain in the sanctuary.  If you would like, you may purchase a hymnal for $25 for your personal use.  Representatives of the Women’s Guild will be accepting your payment and dedication information after Masses in August. 

If you have any questions, please contact Donna Curry at 865-717-7017 or dmcurry49@gmail.com.


MEN'S TUESDAY MORNING STUDY GROUP

Men's Tuesday Morning study group will be studying the Book of James, starting August 2, 9:15 - 11:00 am, in room 122 PFLC.  This is a 10 week study and will require a study book. Call Stu McFadden, at 458-3911 to make your reservations.


 STEPHEN MINISTRY

Was it really only last year?  You stayed up to watch the New Year come in together. You talked about the past year, all the memories, good and bad...How you laughed over some of them. But this year you're alone.  And memories bring you nothing but pain. During this time of pain, a Stephen Minister would like to be there with you.  He or she will listen and care as you sort through your feelings.  Call Barbara Brennan (458-8922) or Tom Ringenbach (458-0915).


SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL

In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus affirms that to be a disciple we must also sit at his feet and listen to him. St. Vincent de Paul taught that it is only in prayer that we can give selfless loving service to those who are poor. This week, please say a special prayer each day for the poor and forgotten in our community. The next meeting of the Society will be on Friday, August 5 at 9:15 in the Deacon Jose Rivera Room of the PFLC. Call Larry Finneran at (865) 657-9119 for more information. 

Food drive next weekend July 23/24. Baby and toddler diapers will also be appreciated. Food and diapers will be collected before all Masses by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. 

Also, St. Vincent de Paul is now accepting donations of working major appliances in good condition (refrigerators, ranges, washers and dryers).  Please call the help line (865) 274-8697 to arrange for pick up. 


 FOOD COLLECTION UPDATE

Our monthly St. Vincent de Paul food collection has been very successful. Last month we collected 1033 pounds.  Since Easter, the total collected is 2249 pounds. Approximately half of the food donated is given directly to parishioners and the rest to county food banks. To insure that the food collected is handled, transported and distributed without damage we offer the following comments:

- Food in cans, boxes, jars and bottles are easier to handle and last longer. 

- Items in bags, such as chips, bread, crackers and cookies are subject to being crushed or torn and have a shorter shelf life. 

- Bags of sugar, flour, beans, rice, and other bulk products are welcome. 

- In order to provide nutritious foods for the needy we try to assemble individual family parcels made up of: 

Canned Vegetables,Peanut Butter, Canned Fruits,macaroni and Cheese,Tuna,Vegetable Oil,Oatmeal and Cereals,Soups,Pastas and Sauces,Cake Mixes, Flour, Crackers, Desserts,Rice, canned meats.                         

While the above are suggested, all food donations are welcome and appreciated! Our St. Thomas family is incredibly generous and deserves its many blessings for feeding the hungry among us.            


 COFFEE IN THE COURTYARD

Can You Help with Coffee in the Courtyard? 

Call Kevin Cooney  986-9885 ext. 14 or 

kevin@sthomaslc.com


WEEKEND MASS ANNOUNCEMENTS

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 jim@sthomaslc.com 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. 


 If you would like to make an announcement regarding a parish activity, please email the webmaster at webmaster@sthomaslc.com.

 

 

St. Thomas Women's Guild

At our April meeting our Youth Director, Kevin Cooneyled the women’s guild on a journey both remarkable and meaningful through St. Thomas’  “Walk of Saints”. 

In May, we held our 18th Annual Luncheon and Card Party.  It was a great success and lots of fun for all.  Please see our pictures!

St. Thomas Women's Guild Card Party

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. 

Altar Flowers

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

 

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!
 No Inquiry Sessions in July.

 

 

Spanish Living Stations of the Cross

Image by Sue Duncan

Youth Living Stations of the Cross 2016

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

Jubilee of Mercy

 

Month

Work of Mercy

Mercy Actions

December 2015

Instruct the Ignorant and Admonish Sinners

Opening of the Year of Mercy at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, December 8; Opening of the Door of Mercy at the Church of Divine Mercy on Dec. 6; Opening of the Door of Mercy at St. Mary, Johnson City on Dec. 13.

Reach out to those who are afraid, who are confused about their faith or longing for what the world cannot provide, and lovingly share the mercy of Jesus and his Church for them.

Pray outside an Abortion Clinic or donate to Catholic Charities of East TN Pregnancy Help Center.

January 2016

Shelter the Homeless

Opening of the Door of Mercy at the Basilica of Sts Peter and Paul in Chattanooga.

Donate to Catholic Charities of East Tennesseeor an agency serving the homeless.

Sponsor a refugee family through Bridge Refugee Services operating in Knoxville and Chattanooga.

February 2016

Feed the Hungry

Donate non-perishable food to the Ladies of Charity or Good Samaritan of Loudon County.

Donate to Catholic Relief Services to alleviate global poverty.

March 2016

Visit the Imprisoned

Volunteer to help Kairos prison ministry efforts or donate to the Dismas Ministry that assists our diocese with materials for those in prison—pray for prisoners and their families.

April 2016

Comfort the Afflicted

Reach out in a special way to the lonely and those suffering physically or spiritually and take specific action to bring them comfort.

Reflect upon the Church’s teaching on the meaning of salvific suffering and the “offering up” of one’s sufferings as a share in Christ’s sufferings for spiritual good of others.

May 2016

Bury the Dead

Volunteer to help with our Bereavement Ministry and help those mourning the loss of a loved one.

Visit the grave of a family member or friend and pray for them and the families they leave behind.

June 2016

Forgive Offenses Willingly and Bear Wrongs Patiently

Reflect on who has hurt you, ask God to bring you healing, and pray for the well-being of those who have harmed you.

July 2016

Give Drink to the Thirsty

Donate to global efforts to help the world’s poor through Catholic Relief Services or donate your time and resources to local efforts such as our Society St. Vincent de Paul Conference or the Ladies of Charity.

August 2016

Counsel the Doubtful    

Help those experiencing doubt or despair in their lives and share your experience of God’s presence and power in your life.

September 2016

Clothe the Naked

Donate clothes or supplies to a shelter, Catholic Charities of East TN, our Society of St.Vincent de Paul Conference, the Ladies of Charity or Good Neighbor's Shop.

October 2016

Visit the Sick

Volunteer at a hospital/care center or the St. Mary Legacy Clinic, and visit the infirm or elderly.

November 2016

Pray for the Living and the Dead
Closing of the Year of Mercy
Christ the King of the Universe
November 20, 2016

Attend All Saints and All Souls DayMasses and pray that Christ will be the Universal King in the hearts of all the living and the dead.

 

 

Life Teen-Every Wednesday Evening

 
  

LifeTeen is a national high school youth ministry program that offers true Catholic catechesis and spirituality, service, and social opportunities.

Our high school youth group meets on Wednesday nights from 7:00pm-8:30pm during the school year. 

My high schooler goes to Catholic school.  Why should they come to Life Teen?

Investing in Catholic schooling is a big commitment and provides teens with incredible intellectual formation in the teachings of the Catholic faith.  At Life Teen, we believe that the key to engaging a teen in their faith is to move them beyond knowing things about God to actually knowing God.  

The intellectual formation that your teen has received at school will be a great foundation to their experience at Life Teen where we build community, tackle challenging issues in the life of a Catholic Teen, and help them discover God's great love and respond with a life of discipleship 

Life Teen leads teenagers and their families into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church.  

Please visit this site, to read about Life Teen.

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Youth Help and Dance the Night Away at KOC Polish Night

Trunk or Treat

Advent by Candlelight

St. Thomas Women's Guild November Meeting

Spaghetti and Karaoke

Women's Guild Fashion Show Fun

Life Teen Week Two-Pro-Life

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

Life Teen First Night-September 16

CREED- 10/25/15

Our Amazing Youth at Catholic Heart Workcamp

New 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 beginning on March 9, 2015:

  • 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 will 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.
  • To be fair to those requests made before the policy change: any Mass intentions requested prior to this change in policy (March 9, 2015), the name will be announced during the Prayers of the Faithful.

If you have questions regarding these changes, please contact Fr. Doug directly.

What are Coptic Christians and Why You Should Know

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