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.

Immaculate Conception

HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION

Mass Schedule for the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Wednesday, December 7

7:00PM – Spanish

Thursday, December 8

10:00AM – English

6:00PM – English

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.

Events

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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.

ADDITIONAL RECONCILIATION TIMES DURING ADVENT

Saturdays, beginning November 26 - December 17 from 3:00pm-4:30pm 

Sundays, beginning November 27 - December 18 from 8:00-8:40am and from 10:15-11:00am.

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.

  

 

Upcoming Adult Faith Formation Opportunities

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE ADULT FAITH FORMATION BROCHURE

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE BOOK CLUB BROCHURE

TUESDAYS WITH DEACON DAVE

Plan now for your Tuesdays to never be the same as the Adult Faith Formation presents “Tuesdays with Deacon Dave.”  We will begin on November 8th at 11:30 am and continuing on the second Tuesday each month, a series of talks by Deacon Dave Pecot.  The members of his parish in Ohio soon discovered after his ordination in 1998 that Deacon Dave was a gifted homilist and speaker.  Various groups on the Great Lakes began to invite him to speak at conferences, provide retreats, parish missions and at parish gatherings.                                          When he was assigned to St. Thomas we were unaware of his ability to inspire and challenge us spiritually but after a few of his homilies we knew we were blessed.  The Adult Faith Formation team has coaxed him out of retirement to once again bless us with his ability to energize our faith. Each 2nd Tuesday of the month (except December) we will have a simple lunch, followed by a presentation by Deacon Dave. His talk will be followed by a table discussion by those attending.  The session will begin at 11:30 am and will conclude by 1:30 pm.  RSVP will be necessary so we can plan for lunch. Call Jill St. Yves’ office:  986.9885 x15. 


 

 

Catholic Gifts and Books and Supplies

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.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

YOUR PARISH NEEDS YOU!

Can you make yourself available four hours per month to serve your parish?  We are very much in need of volunteers to join our Housekeeping teams.  You need only to commit four hours per month, and be willing to work with a team of other St. Thomas’ parishioners.   We can keep our parish facilities clean and beautiful by working and serving together.  Please consider joining us in this important work. 

For additional information, or to volunteer, call the parish office (865.986.9885), or email phil@sthomaslc.com.

Bulletin Notes

BLESSING BAGS

Several weeks ago, Father Doug proposed a parish project he titled “Blessing Bags”.   The idea is to carry a bag in your car filled with items to assist homeless people encountered in your travels.  An example given was those people standing at interstate highway exits seeking assistance. You are asked to first to provide items to fill the bag.  Secondly, you are requested to carry one in your car.  Finally, and most importantly, give the bag to a homeless person thus sharing the blessings you have received.  

The parish youth group, as an Advent project, is going to fill the bags.  They will then be placed in the Narthex of the church for you to take.  Notice that the emphasis is on your involvement.   This is an opportunity for you to put your Faith into action. 

Suggested items to fill the bag are:

Bottled water,Toboggans (knit cap), body wipes, deodorant

Woolen Socks (suggest men’s sizes)                      

Fast Food Gift Cards ($5.00 - $10.00)       

Rolled Blanket/Throw

Individual Servings of non-cook food     

A pledge to pray for them! 

The parish will provide a listing of available shelters and a Rosary. Bring your contribution to church and put them into the food collection wagons.


 CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR BULLETIN DEADLINE

By December 12 - send your December 18th bulletin announcements.  By December 19 - send your December 25th bulletin announcements.  By December 22nd - send your January 1st bulletin announcements. 


THE CHRISTMAS ANGEL TREE

Once again the parishioners at St. Thomas have been able to fulfill the Christmas wishes of our local needy children. There is still time to bring your gifts this Sunday. Volunteers will be packing all the gifts this weekend for distribution. Thank you for sharing your Christmas spirit and joy to those less fortunate.

~Linda and Harry DeNardo 


A big THANK YOU to everyone, bakers, volunteers, helpers that set up and tore down, the buyers and others who we may have forgotten to mention, for all the support on the Women’s Guild Bake sale on November 19 & 20th.  It was a big success.  We could not have been successful without all of you!  Blessings to all, Jacquie Bourke & Nadine Mazienis


AN NPH CHRISTMAS

There are not many gifts you can buy for $20, but this Christmas, for a minimum of $20, you can buy a child living at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH), a home for orphaned and abandoned children, a new pair of shoes. You have received an envelope at Mass for the NPH Shoe Project.  Please bring the envelope back with your donation and place it in the collection basket.  We hope to repeat last year’s outstanding response of buying every child at NPH a new pair of shoes for Christmas (that’s over 300 pairs!).


 St. John Neumann Church is offering a MASS OF LIGHT AND HOPE on Thursday, December 22 at 7:00 pm. This Mass is designed for people who may not find the holiday season a time of joy because of grief, illness, or other struggles.


SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL

There is an Advent spirit in the heart of every human person. It is one of longing, of yearning for a fulfillment that somehow lies beyond ourselves; for we long for the coming of the Lord.  As you put your gift in the parish charity collection, your heart will discover the true meaning of Christmas as you help those who are suffering and poor to long for the coming of the Lord.  Call Larry Finneran at (865) 657-9119 for more information.  

Note that the Society can also accept donations of working washers, dryers, ranges and small to medium size refrigerators. 


ROSARY BEFORE MASS

The Rosary has been prayed before each 5:00 PM Saturday Mass beginning in July 2016.  It is prayed 30 minutes before Mass.  It is hoped that this practice would be expanded to the 9:00 and 11:30 Sunday Masses.  We are looking for persons to coordinate each Sunday Mass.  If you could help with this prayerful ministry contact Jim Gecsei at 865-803-3555.


THE LITTLE BLUE BOOKS ARE HERE!!!

Little Blue Books are available in English and Spanish for $1.00 each in the narthex. 


OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE CELEBRATION

Join us for a celebration to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe on Monday, December 12. We will have “Mañanitas” at 5:00 AM followed by coffee and bread in the PFLC. In the evening we will have a Rosario at 5:00, procession at 6:00, Mass at 7:00, and a reception immediately after.


LAS POSADAS

We will have Las Posadas starting Friday, December 16 at 7:00pm in the PFLC thru Friday, December 23. On Saturday, December 17th Las Posadas will start immediately after 7:00PM Spanish Mass.


ST. THOMAS MONDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES

December 5, 2016 @ 6:30 PM, PFLC

Movie: “Guadalupe:  The Miracle and the Message”   

This new documentary film narrated by actor Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ) offers original insights into the details, story and impact of the 16th century apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe — one of the most recognizable religious icons in the American hemisphere.  The movie was produced by the Knights of Columbus. The film delves into the inexplicable existence of the image that appeared on the tilma (cloak) of an indigenous convert, St. Juan Diego, who received a series of visions of the Virgin Mary over the course of four days in December 1531. 

The evening is free, but remember to bring a lawn chair for comfort and popcorn & beverage for fun.


 ST. THOMAS GIFT CARDS

The holiday season is upon us.  Consider sending gift cards to relatives this year.  Many family members live out of the area and it is difficult to know what to buy for them.  To view all 718 participating merchants simply visit the website: www.shopwithscrip.com.  Click on “shop” in the upper right corner. We are available after each Mass to help and process an order.  The participating merchants donate money back to our church when purchased through our program.


THE CHRISTMAS ANGEL TREE

It’s wonderful to see so many tags taken off the Angel Tree. We need the gifts wrapped with tags attached by next weekend. Remember, if you cannot find the Wish Gift that the child requested, either substitute or give us a call and maybe we can help. If you wish to add to your angel’s gift, please do. Also, please don’t forget to include gift receipts. Any other problems on sizes, clothes, shoes, etc., call and we will contact the school resource centers for answers. All gifts are due in by Sunday, December 4th

Linda and Harry DeNardo 986-2850 


ADDITIONAL RECONCILIATION TIMES DURING ADVENT

Saturdays, beginning November 26 - December 17 from 3:00pm-4:30pm 

Sundays, beginning November 27 - December 18 from 8:00-8:40am and from 10:15-11:00am.

In addition to Tuesdays at 6:00pm


POINSETTIAS

St. Thomas Life Teen will be taking orders for poinsettias after each Mass.

$10 each: Red – White – Pink.

 Sales Help St. Thomas Life Teen attend Catholic Heartwork Camp.


A GREAT MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY

Are you currently involved in one of our parish ministries?

Are you looking for the right opportunity?

Do you want to have an impact on our parish?

Are you stuck in the same routine and want to do something different?

Can you make yourself available for just a few hours a week? 

We need volunteers like you to help in our housekeeping ministry.  It requires only a small amount of time and a desire to serve.  Join one of our housekeeping teams and help us keep our parish clean and beautiful.  You can make a great difference!  This is a great ministry opportunity, waiting for you

For additional information please call the parish office (865.986.9885), or email phil@sthomaslc.com.  

 


 

Life Teen-Every Other Wednesday Evening

 
  

MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH MINISTRY-EDGE

Edge Brochure

In September, St Thomas the Apostle will begin a new program for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade young people. This program called EDGE is patterned after the high school Life Teen ministry and will meet twice per month on Wednesday nights. Students attending will also meet the requirements for the Sacrament of Confirmation. 

HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH MINISTRY-LIFE TEEN

Life Teen Brochure

St. Thomas the Apostle will again offer Life Teen to our high school young people.  Participation in the Life Teen program will provide the preparation necessary for any high school student needing the Sacrament of Confirmation.

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 every other Wednesday nights from 7:00pm-8:30pm during the school year. 

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

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 and Edge 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 and Edge lead teenagers and their families into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church.  

Please visit this site, to read about these programs

 

Youth Help and Dance the Night Away at KOC Polish Night

Trunk or Treat

St. Thomas Women's Guild Card Party

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.

 

Edge Color Run

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.

 

 

Advent by Candlelight

St. Thomas Women's Guild November Meeting

Spaghetti and Karaoke

Women's Guild Fashion Show Fun

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

Spanish Living Stations of the Cross

Image by Sue Duncan

Youth Living Stations of the Cross 2016

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

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

Click on the picture to learn more!

 

Weekly Readings

Weekly reading

Weekly reading

Readings for the Week of December 4, 2016

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