Contact Info

1580 St. Thomas Way
Lenoir City, TN 37772
P: 865-986-9885
F: 865-988-8230

St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church

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.

Our Kids be (W)rapping-October 22

Polish Night with the KOC and Youth




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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

Office Hours

Monday-Friday 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Closed 12:00 PM-12:30 PM for lunch

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.

NO CONFESSIONS - Tuesday, October 28, priests will be on retreat.

Download - Pastoral Exhortation on the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation

Link to USCCB information on the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Eucharistic Adoration


Effective October 1, Eucharistic Adoration will be on First Fridays only, from  9AM to 3 PM.  This change was made reluctantly, but was unavoidable due to the difficulty in filling the hourly time slots and the periodic attendance lapses.If enough interest is shown and adequate attendance could be assured, the issue will be reviewed at a future time.

CREED is Sunday, October 26

Families choose between the early session, 4:00-5:30 PM or the later session, 6:30-8:00 PM.  Dinner will be served at 5:45 PM for both sessions and the menu is: Italian beef sandwich, fruit salad, chips, dessert, and beverage.  A donation of $3 per person is suggested for dinner.  So, come to the early session and then eat dinner or eat dinner and stay for the later session-either way CREED is a faith formation experience for the entire family and a wonderful opportunity to fellowship together. 

There is no morning Religious Education for grades K-7 on Sunday, October 26; and no Youth Group, grades 8-12, on Wednesday, October 29.  All students and families come to CREED!  


This Sunday’s gospel has Jesus reminding us to give to God what is God’s. As Catholics, we are called to practice stewardship—to use our time, our resources, and our gifts and talents to build God’s kingdom here on earth. Your challenge this week is to examine your efforts to tithe financially. How much of your money goes toward those most in need? In addition to your support of the local parish and the universal Church, to which charities do you contribute? If you don’t have a favorite charity, consider making a Catholic organization your charity of choice. Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Charities, St. Vincent de Paul, and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development are a few of the many great Catholic organizations which exist to serve the most vulnerable in our world. Make them part of your practice of stewardship, and give to God what is God’s.   



We have begun construction on the St. Thomas maintenance building, located immediately behind the Parish Family Life Center.   The new facility will provide much-needed storage space for our lawn and landscaping equipment, as well as space for repairs and maintenance. The construction process will include installation of a submersible pump in the new well behind the church, running underground piping to the maintenance building and the church mechanical room, and installing new components and connections for our HVAC system. 

The new well will also provide water to irrigate the athletic field.  We expect to install the irrigation system soon after the pump is installed, and then proceed with final grading and planting grass.  The field should be ready for play by next spring, 2015. 

Upon completion of the maintenance building and underground piping, a new parking area will be constructed adjacent to the athletic field to accommodate those using the athletic field.  The parking area will consist of crushed and compacted stone, but it will not be paved until sufficient funds are available, probably in 2016. 

During the time construction is underway we ask all parishioners, especially young children, to avoid the area and help keep everyone safe.  

We look forward to having and using these new facilities to expand our ministry opportunities, especially for children, young adults and families.  The St. Thomas community has been generous in supporting these new facilities and the Sports & Family Ministry programs. Thank you for helping St. Thomas grow and serve!


St. Thomas Stewardship Appeal for 2015

Dear St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Family,

I am thankful and blessed to be a part of this generous, vibrant, and energetic parish. The generous outpouring of your love, time, talent, and treasure over this past year has been both edifying and energizing. 

It is time to once again ask for your participation in our parish stewardship renewal for St. Thomas the Apostle for the year 2015. This affords us the opportunity to consider how we are using the gifts God has entrusted to more by clicking below.

If you have not yet filled out a pledge form for 2015, I ask that you fill out a pledge form and return it through the offertory basket, in the mail or bring it by the parish office. Fr. Doug Owens, Pastor

To read more about the appeal which benefits our parish each year, please click here! Or, to download a form, click here. 

St. Thomas Pictorial Directory-More dates added!

Sign Up Now!! 



For those who have not yet scheduled a portrait session for the new St. Thomas pictorial directory, we’ve added an additional day for you . . . . Wednesday, October 29th.  You can schedule your appointment between 2:00 pm-8:00 pm. Pictures will be taken in our Parish Family Life Center.   Everyone will receive a free 8” x 10” color portrait and a parish directory for participating, and you’ll have the opportunity to purchase additional portraits if you wish.  

Sign up for one of the sessions so you’ll be included in the St. Thomas directory.  You can schedule your appointment in one of the following ways:  click here to sign up to have your picture taken (online sign-up is not available on weekends), sign-up after Mass, or call the church office (986-9885) to reserve a time.  Listed below are the available dates a times. 

Please make sure you and your family are included!      

  1. Click on the above link to sign up online.
  2. Call the parish office and we’ll schedule a time for you;
  3. Set your appointment following one of the Masses this weekend. 

We need you to help us make the new parish directory a great success!!                                                              

October 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 14, 15, 29



Evenings with Father Doug


Thursdays:  November 6 and 20, 2014 

6:30 PM - 6:30 PM   

*Date Change from Flyer 

We are a religion of rituals; our Roman Catholic Mass is filled with rituals.  While attending Mass every weekend we give Praise and Glory to God.  How do we do it?  There are four (4) major parts to the Mass:  the Opening Rites; the Liturgy of the Word, the Liturgy of the Eucharist and the Concluding Rites. Father Doug will explain the basics of the Mass so we know what we are doing, why we are doing it; what it does and how it is vital to Christian growth.  

Join us to obtain a deeper understanding of the Roman Catholic Mass. No registration needed.

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  


Meetings for each of the Liturgical Ministries will be held over the course of the next several weeks. The meetings will give ministers the opportunity to recommit to their ministries and to refresh their knowledge of the various policies and procedures of each ministry. Any new or changed procedures will be discussed. There will be time for questions and answers and discussion of any other issues pertinent to each ministry. 

Each meeting will have spiritual and practical components and should last about one hour.  A choice of meetings for each ministry, day or evening, have been scheduled for your convenience, except Altar Servers, who will meet after the 11:30 Mass on Sundays.  All meetings will be held in the church.


Oct.  26  (Sun.)       1 PM       Altar Servers

Nov.   4   (Tue.)    11 AM       EMHC/Sacristans

Nov.   7   (Fri.  )    11 AM       Lectors

Nov.   9   (Sun.)      1 PM       Altar Servers

Nov. 12  (Wed.)     7 PM        EMHC/Sacristans

Nov. 19  (Wed.)     7 PM        Lectors

Dec.   2   (Tue.)   11 AM        Ushers

Dec.   4   (Thur)     7 PM        Ushers 

Additional reminders will be made before the meetings.

Please make every effort to be in attendance. If you have any questions, please contact Jim Polhamus in the parish office at 986-9885 or







SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2014  3:30 PM


The Tennessee Wind Symphony (TWS), under the direction of Dr. Ric Best, presents a year-round series of concerts in a wide range of venues dedicated to excellence in symphonic band performance and to providing quality band music to the people of Tennessee and the surrounding area.

A minimum donation of $5 is requested to defray expenses. 

Bring your friends! 

Come enjoy an afternoon of patriotic songs and beloved symphonic band music!



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 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.


On the days of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday—October 28th, 29th and 30th—during the priests’ retreat when all of our priests will be away, Cardinal Rigali will be celebrating a 6:30 a.m. Mass and the 8:05 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.   

Special Collection to support our Deacons the weekend of November 1 and 2

Please be generous in supporting our Diocesan Deacon Formation Program on November 1 and 2, 2014.  Our Diocese is blessed with 57 permanent Deacons serving in 28 parishes, with another 24 men currently in formation.  Deacons are a bridge between the sanctuary and the world in which they live.  Your donation helps with their ongoing formation and education which is approximately $110,000 each year.  Please be generous in your gift to help support the permanent Deacons of our Diocese.


Bishop Stika invites all veterans to join him for Mass on Sunday, November 2nd at 11:00 am at Sacred Heart Cathedral.  Mass will be offered in thanksgiving for all veterans and for those currently serving in the military. Veterans are welcome to wear their uniform! For further information contact Paul Simoneau LtCol USMC (Ret.) at 


We will be going to the NPH orphanage in El Salvador next month and are collecting items to take with us for the children.  Needed are: new socks & underwear (boys and girls – all sizes), Bras (32 A,B,C; 34 A,B; 36 A,B,C), toothbrushes, toothpaste and body lotion. 

There are boxes in the Narthex to place your donated items. Call Jan or Stu McFadden for questions 458-3911.


The orphanage, many of us support, in El Salvador desperately needs $6000 for tennis shoes for 331 children for the next year.  Please help us meet this goal by writing a tax deductible check to NPH-USA.  In the memo line, write “tennis shoe project”. You may drop it off at the church office or call; Jan & Stu McFadden 458-3911, Theresa & George Beyer 458 1519, or Crystal & John Deinhart 671-1642 and we will pick it up.  Thank you for your generosity.


The Bake and Craft Sale sponsored by the Women’s Guild will be the weekend of November 15-16 at the PFLC.  We need the help of all the wonderful bakers in the parish.  Get those special recipes ready and plan to help us make this event a display of harvest bounty.  Any home baked items will be accepted.  Please do not bring store bought baked goods for this sale.  We appreciate all your help.  Proceeds will go to the Guild’s charities.


Do you or a loved one live with a chronic health condition such as arthritis, diabetes, or cardiovascular disease?  The Women's Guild will host Beth LaFontaine, Community Health Coordinator at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, on Monday, October 27th at 9 a.m., immediately following the 8:30AM morning Mass.  We will meet in the Deacon Jose Rivera Room of the PFLC.  All women (and we won't turn away any brave men who wish to attend) of the parish are invited for coffee and light refreshments to hear a topic that affects so many.  If there is enough interest in a particular area, Ms. LaFontaine will offer weekly classes, which will be open to both men and women.


Stop Saving! We are saving plastic caps to ship to Ft. Lauderdale, FL to convert to cash in order to buy wheelchairs for
children in need. However, at this point we do not have any transportation for delivery. If you are traveling to Ft. Lauderdale and willing to take some down, please contact:
Allis Hanley 865-458-8872,
Bette Purvis 865-458-8070,


Knights of Columbus will be taking orders for your fresh evergreen gifts after Masses October 11/12 – November 1/2. 

This Christmas Season, give yourself, your family and friends a special greeting with a fresh fragrant Evergreen Wreath, Mini-Christmas tree, Mini-Holy Berry tree and/or an Evergreen Elegance Centerpiece. 

They will be shipped directly, and includes a greeting card, wreath hanger, gift packaging and delivery by FedEx between Nov 24th and Dec 11th. For additional information contact Stu McFadden 458-3911. 


All are invited to a parish potluck on Saturday, November 1st after the7:00 pm Mass. 

Please bring a dish to share.


In November, Amendment 1 will state: Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion. The people retain the right through their elected state representatives and state senators to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the life of the mother.  Because of a radical 4 to 1 ruling by the Tennessee Supreme Court in 2000, TN now boasts a broader right to abortion than that recognized by Roe v. Wade or the U.S. Constitution.  In 2008, 23.7% of abortions were sought by women residing out-of-state. "YES on 1" is a non-profit pro-life group that is helping to spread the word and educate TN residents about this important ballot measure.  Please see this site for more information.   

VOTE YES on Amendment One! 

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



Religious Education -1st Week 2014

Youth - 1st Week 2014

CREED-September 28, 2014

Sports and Family Ministry

Soccer Academy…every Wednesday

 Fall Soccer Sign-up options:

  • During Soccer Academy 
  • Pick up a form in the St. Thomas parish offices
  • Print a form by following the link below to the Sports and Family page.

To only process an online payment for Fall Soccer click here.

For more information or to download registration form, click here!

 Contact info…need cell phone numbers for S & F informational text chain 865-310-5440 text Kevin your name and numbers.  


Religious Education and Youth Ministry Registration

To register for the 2014-2015 Religious Education, Youth, and Confirmation programs

Grades (K-12)

please click on the picture below:  

 To pay Religious Education Fees online, please click here.

To download a Youth Ministry Brochure (grades 8-12), please click here.

To download a Religious Education Brochure (grades K-7), please click here.

Celebrate St. Thomas Family Camp-out

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. 


Retiro Pentecostes

Online Parish Registration

To register online, click below. 

Family Fun Nite

Becoming Catholic

Are you interested in becoming Catholic or learning more about the Catholic faith? Please click on the picture for more information!

Liturgical Tribute Fund

To receive more information on the Liturgical Tribute Fund, please click on the chalice.



Altar Flowers

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


Prayer Requests

Click on Picture to make a prayer request

Click on the picture to fill out online prayer request form.


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. 


Weekly reading

Weekly reading

Readings for the Week of October 19, 2014

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