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 - ENCOURAGE DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF SCRIPTURE
January 20, 2019 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
When you think of being Catholic, what do you think of? Perhaps you grew up with your only associations being fasting, nuns with rulers, and "Catholic guilt." Our faith can sometimes have the connotation of restriction and absence, not abundance. Who is God in your life? Is He the divine law-giver, the judge punishing the rule-breakers? These are certainly attributes of God. But the laws don't exist for themselves alone. They exist to help us love one another
as God loves us. And this loving God is the author of abundance and joy.
Did you hear today's Gospel? "There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee." Here at this wedding, Jesus would perform "the beginning of his signs...and so reveal his glory." This first sign isn't a miraculous healing. He didn't raise someone from the dead. He kept a party going! "There were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings, each holding twenty to thirty gallons...the water...had become wine." The wine has run out. Jesus creates somewhere between 120 and 180 gallons to help his friend save face. We may not have such momentous miracles in our lives, but God is watching out for us. The string of green lights when you're running late. The sale on the replacement appliance you need. The friend who calls at just the right time. These are the little moments of God's abundance. We just need to look for them!
Not only does Jesus surprise, but the guests point out to their host: "You have kept the good wine until now." The divine wine is better than the earthly variety. God's goodness is better than what we can grasp at for ourselves. Isn't that how it always goes?
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.
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.
MORNING PRAYER ON FRIDAYS
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.
You may also call the parish office to make an appointment at 865-986-9885.
Link to USCCB information on the Sacrament of Reconciliation Reconciliation
Yes, it's here. The first Women's Guild meeting of 2019 and WE NEED your input at this meeting to get the brain waves going regarding what YOU the ladies of St. Thomas would like as programs and fundraisers. Your input is important and will be appreciated. Join us on Monday, January 21st at 9:30 am in the Deacon Jose Rivera room of the Parish Family Life Center. ALL women of the parish are invited and welcome. Keep an eye out for more information on the Women's retreat March 26, 27 & 28 sponsored by the Women's guild.
The Women’s Guild would like to “Thank” all the members of St. Thomas who donated Christmas cards to our annual Nursing Home Project. This year we were able to present a total of 564 Christmas cards to the residents in all nine care facilities in Loudon County. 2018’s helping hands included: Barbara Tunnacliffe, Judie Caygill, Florence Parker, Sue Courtney, Claire Martin and Barb Montgomery
Thank you, ladies!.....Sandra McGrath
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
March 26 (2PM) – March 28 (12 PM) 2019
St. Thomas’ Women’s Retreat
Sponsored by St. Thomas Women’s Guild
Location will be at the NEW retreat facility in Benton, TN
CHRIST PRINCE OF PEACE RETREAT CENTER
290 Locke Lane Benton, TN 37307
(About a 3/4 hour drive – Directions will be provided)
Father David Mary Engo FFM Retreat Leader
The price includes 2 breakfasts, lunches and dinners, coffee, conference room facilities and gratuities. Total cost is $160.00 per person. Sign up at membership drive or the guild meeting. Checks should be made to STWG.
Christ, Prince of Peace Details: This is a brand new retreat center operated by the Diocese on a 52 acre site. The facility consists of three living pods, two chapels, conference meeting rooms and a dining area surrounded by peaceful fields and the Hiwassee River. Each pod is self-contained and has 5 bedrooms, each bedroom has a full bath. In addition each pod has a large gathering area for discussion and fellowship as well as a complete snack kitchen with refrigerator, microwave etc. The plan is to limit occupancy to three women per room. Unlike other retreats, at this location each retreatant is required to bring their own bed linens, towels and toiletries (some have already said that they will be bringing their sleeping bags).
This retreat is open to All the women of our Parish! For reservations and questions or additional information, contact Nadine Mazienis 423-337-8894 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for sign up is March 11th.
The St. Thomas Women’s Guild will be having a Membership Drive the weekends of January 19 & 20 and January 26 & 27 after all Masses. Members of the guild will be passing out brochures and answering any questions you may have about the Women's Guild. Stop, get a brochure, and say "Hi" to one of the smiling faces handing out the information.
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 email@example.com.
If you have recently registered and have not heard from our Welcome Committee, please contact Deacon Dave Pecot at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
JANUARY 25, 2019
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
The Knights of Columbus will be holding its Annual Pasta Dinner on Friday, January 25th in the Parish Family Life Center. There will be continuous service from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. The menu will include dinner salad, fresh pasta with tomato sauce, meatballs, fresh Italian bread, iced tea, cake and coffee. Beer, wine, soda and bottled water will be available at a small extra cost. Tickets are available before and after all weekend Masses. You may also call Joe Filosi, Pasta Dinner Chairman, for tickets at 423-884-6979. Price is $12.00 per person and $30.00 per family.
We would like to thank you for all your Christmas cards, gifts, intentions, and prayers. It was a beautiful Christmas season and was a real joy for us to be a part of all the special celebrations and events we had here at St. Thomas. We would like to especially thank our awesome parish staff and all the wonderful volunteers who helped make this such a special Christmas. May God continue to bless our parish as we look forward to all the exciting and fun activities that will be occurring this coming year!
Come and See the “Catholicism” DVD series
Loving, Learning and Living Our Faith!
Seeking Personal Spiritual Growth in the New Year?
Learn about Magnetic Christianity:
Using your God-given Gifts to Build the Kingdom
Learn the eleven attributes of a Magnetic Christian. These attributes, all found in Scripture, are already part of who you are. God has built them into you. Magnetic Christianity will help you identify and enhance them. As you grown in faith and holiness, people will naturally be attracted to you, and to Christ. You’ll learn how to naturally and easily share your faith through the practice of a Magnetic Christian. The book is available at the parish office for $10.
AM and PM Small groups are being formed in neighborhood homes and at the parish starting the week of January 20 and will run six weeks.
Contact Jill St. Yves at email@example.com or 865-986-9885 if interested.
Come and See the “Catholicism” DVD series
Join us between Masses starting Jan. 20 in the Deacon Jose Rivera Room
(10:15-11:15 AM) to experience the truth, goodness, and beauty of Catholicism in breathtaking and high-definition cinematography. Journey with Bishop Robert Barron through the Holy Land and Rome. Be illuminated by the spiritual and artistic treasures of this global culture that claims more than one billion people and learn more about the full meaning of the faith. While this session is part of a series, each session stands alone. There is no homework or obligation to commit to more. Questions? Contact Jill St. Yves at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caesar Augustus declared himself a God. God has Samuel anoint David as King. Does God's anointing change David in any way? Come and find out why David is called “A man after God's own heart”.
Deacon Dave Pecot’s Tuesday Lunch Series: Resumes Tuesday, January 8
11:30 – 1:00 PM in the Deacon Jose Rivera Room
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
There will be a short introduction on making a consecration to Jesus through Mary, Monday, February 11, 9:30am, in the Deacon Jose room. Sue Courtney and Jill St. Yves will review the 33 day preparation and share their experience of making a consecration to Jesus. Please join us and discover why St. Louis de Montfort says “Mary is the safest, easiest, shortest and most perfect way of approaching Jesus”.
KNOXVILLE MARCH FOR LIFE-Sunday, January 27, 2019
On Sunday, January 27, 2019, Knoxville Right to Life will hold its annual March for Life to prayerfully remember the children killed by abortion since the 1973 Roe vs Wade decision to legalize abortion in the United States. The March will start at 2:00 PM at the Knoxville Convention Center, 701 Henley Street, Knoxville. There will be a short prayer service at the Convention Center and then a walk to the Clinch Street abortion facility where thousands of abortions have been performed. You may participate in both the service and the walk, or only the service. We will carpool from the St. Thomas parking lot immediately after the 11:30 AM Holy Mass. Please call Kay Sheldon at 865-742-7557 if you have any questions.
Please be advised that no priest, staff person or official volunteer for the church will ever ask for your help financially via email....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.
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.
SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
In the Gospel today, at the wedding feast in Cana, Jesus reveals himself to his disciples and they began to believe in him. Every day, God also gives us signs of his love and so we also can respond in faith and trust. Your gift to the parish monthly charity collection becomes a sign of God’s love to those who are suffering and you give them reason to believe and to trust. The next regular meeting will be on Friday, February 1 in the Deacon Jose Room at 9:15 am. Call Larry Finneran at 865-657-9119 for more information.
Please remember your food and diaper donations next weekend. Thank you!
The role of Stephen Ministers is to give care. They listen, empathize, encourage, pray, and provide emotional and spiritual support on a weekly basis to hurting people for as long as the need persists. God works in and through them to bring hope and healing. If you are feeling lonely, experiencing a crisis, struggling through a difficult time, or simply stressed by everyday life, contact Barbara Brennan 458-8922 or Tom Ringenbach 458-0915 to learn more about Stephen Ministry. Our Stephen Ministers are ready to care for you!
ROSARY MAKERS ARE LOOKING TO EXPAND THEIR MINISTRY
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
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, email@example.com.
Welcome to our Community
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.
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!
SAVE THE DATE for JESSE MANIBUSAN!
SUNDAY, MAY 5, 2019 4:00 to 6:00PM St. Thomas PFLC
“Loving, Learning and Living Your Faith through Stories & Songs"
Families of St. Thomas: It’s several months away but if you want to attend a presentation that lifts your spirit and brings a smile to your heart you’ll mark your calendars now to see Jesse in May. Jesse is a singer, songwriter, catechist, storyteller, humorist and evangelizer. He shares from his heart the love of Christ and the call to live out our baptism in every aspect of life. Put it in your phone and remember to invite your friends for an evening that will make Loving, Learning and Living your Faith a truly joyful experience.
By the Augustine Institute
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
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.
COME EXPLORE CATHOLICISM UPDATE
For more information, call Deacon John Krepps, 469-0604, or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to donate flowers for the altar, please contact the parish office at 865-986-9885.
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.