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.

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.

Download - Pastoral Exhortation on the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation

Link to USCCB information on the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Eucharistic Adoration

Click on picture to view the schedule of Eucharistic Adoration.

Colombia Mission Wine & Cheese Event

Wine & Cheese Event

 Colombian Coffee & Desserts

 October 3, 2014  - 6:30 PM

Kinfolk Cafe, Lenoir City (behind Hardee's)

Music with Bo Carey and Juan Gonzalez

See slideshow of 2014 Mission and their New Pen Shop Six Colombians are now employed turning wood pens!

Tickets ($25) sold after Masses Sept 6/7, 13/14, & 20/21

    For more info: contact Sherry Qualkenbush

 865-643-0750 or email




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St. Thomas Pictorial Directory

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Make Your Appointment Today!!  

We are now scheduling portrait sessions for our new St. Thomas pictorial directory Tuesday, September 23rd-October 8. 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 15-minute 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. 

Slots are filling up fast, so act soon!  Make sure you and your family are included in the new St. Thomas pictorial directory.

Please make sure you and your family are included!                                                                     

September 23, 24, 25,26, 27 

October 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8



Religious Education and Youth Ministry Begin in September

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.

Adult Faith Formation Opportunities starting soon!


Time to register for the the Adult Faith Formation programs that will begin in September. Please stop by the registration table in the narthex after Mass, fill out a registration form, or call Jill 865-986-9885 at the parish office for more information.

Two exciting DVD programs will be offered simultaneously in morning sessions and evening sessions.
Fr. Robert Barron’s beautiful series, Catholicism, and Steve Weidenkopf’s, Epic. 

Please click here to see a booklet of all scheduled Adult Faith Formation programs. Go to the Adult Faith Formation Fall Programs page for more information.


Video preview of Fr. Barron's Catholicism

A Journey through Church History Presented by Steve Weidenkopf

Mondays, September 8 – November 10        7:00 PM – 8:30 PM PFLC Facilitator – Jim Gescei
Thursdays, September 11 – November 13     9:30 AM – 11:00 AM PFLC Facilitator – Jill St. Yves


Catholicism Presented by Fr. Robert Barron

Mondays, September 8 – November 10       7:00 PM – 8:30 PM PFLC Facilitator - Pam Wallace
Thursdays, September 11 – November 13    9:30 AM – 11:00 AM PFLC Facilitator – Deacon David Lucheon

Video preview of Fr. Barron's Catholicism


Matthew: The King and His Kingdom

Two groups will be studying the Gospel of Matthew beginning in September. 

Tuesday afternoons, 2:00-3:30 PM, facilitated by Jill St. Yves

Tuesday evenings 6:00-7:45 PM, facilitated by Mark Galbaugh. 

If you would like to join one of these groups please contact Jill St. Yves, or 986-9885.

The workbook is $30.




The book of Revelation will be a 10 week study for two men’s groups. 

Starting Monday, Sept 8th, Bill Twohig will facilitate the study at 9:15 AM each Monday. 

Contact Bill 408-9783 to join the Monday study group. 

Starting Tuesday, Sept 9th, Stu McFadden will facilitate the study at 9:15 AM each Tuesday. 

Contact Stu 458-3911 to join the Tuesday study group. 

The study book cost is $25 



9:30-11:30 AM - Room 118 of the PFLC

The Book of Revelations

by Jeff Cavins

Beginning October 7th

If interested please call or e-mail,

Maureen Corry 865-657-9799


Casino Night

St. Thomas Casino Night
Friday, September 26, 2014
6:30 – 10:00 PM


Click here to download a flyer

Each event ticket comes with a complimentary wine glass and 2 drink
$25 = $100 in chips plus 2 prize tickets
$50 = $250 in chips plus 5 prize tickets
Additional chips can be purchased $10 = $50 in chips plus 1 prize ticket
Additional prize tickets: $100 in chips = 1 prize ticket
Additional drink tickets can be purchased for $3


For further information, contact:
Donna Curry
Don Hoyle

Purchase tickets online by clicking here (available through 9/24/14). 

(When purchasing tickets on the WeShare event page, please scroll down to see all event information). 

Purchase tickets before/after Mass with checks or cash





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.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and the Search for a Cure 

Many by now have heard of the “Ice Bucket Challenge” and perhaps even taken part in it.  While designed to build awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, it has become a very popular way to advocate support for donations to help find a cure.  While there is nothing morally problematic about participating in the challenge itself and building awareness of this disease, potential donors should be careful to support those who use morally acceptable means in their research.  We are pleased to recommend your support of such organizations as the St. John Paul II Medical Research Institute ( and Cell Therapy Foundation ( -Specific-Research) who promote adult stem cell research, considered by many researchers as the best avenue to a cure.  Please contact Paul Simoneau at with your questions about whether other research organizations use means that are morally permissible at or 865-584-3307.



Diocesan Homecoming Picnic 

September 13th @ Knoxville Catholic HS 

One Hour Shifts Supervising Bounce Houses 

Call Kevin Cooney 310-5440 or 986-9885 ext. 14 


Special Collection for Christians and other minorities in the Middle East - September 13-14

As an expression of our solidarity with Christians and other minorities suffering in the face of growing violence and persecution in the Middle East, the parishes and missions across the Diocese of Knoxville will be taking up a special collection to support the immediate humanitarian and pastoral needs of the people in these regions.  The second collection will be taken September 13-14. 

Our prayers and our gifts will provide help to those who are so much in need.  By combining our resources, this important second collection represents our community of faith at work in the world.  These funds will be used by Catholic Relief Services and other Catholic agencies working in partnership with the local Church to meet the most urgent humanitarian needs facing the people in the Middle East.  Thank you for your support.


Calling all Men of St. Thomas parish to the annual Cursillo Men’s Weekend at Apison Retreat Center this Oct 16th-19th. The retreat center is off the Ooltewah exit just north of Chattanooga. Fr. Joe Brando will be the resident clergy for the retreat.  The talks will be presented by select diocesan laity.

It’s a great program; one you won’t soon forget; with the help of the Holy Spirit the Cursillo will enable you to get more in touch with God, the Church, and your fellow brothers and sisters. There’s no better spiritual way to spend an October weekend.. God willing it can become the most memorable weekend you have ever experienced. 

Cursillo (Spanish) meaning “little course” is a course in Christianity that moves you to recognize how you are called to live out your Christian life.

If you would like more information or want to join us, please contact Lance Lyons at or 865-405-3151.

Diocesan Homecoming Family Day Celebration and Mass

Please join Bishop Stika on Saturday, September 13th for our “Diocesan Homecoming” Family Day Celebration and Closing Mass” on the campus of Knoxville Catholic High School.  Admission is FREE and a Domino’s catered lunch is provided—please help us with ordering our complimentary food by registering at —it’s quick and easy! Our day of fun activities for all ages begins at 10:00 am and concludes with an outdoor Mass celebrated by Bishop Stika beginning at 4:00 pm (fulfilling the Sunday obligation).  We look forward to seeing you September 13th!!! 

Celebración Diocesana de la Familia y  Misa

Por favor, acompañemos al Obispo Stika el Sábado,13 de septiembre en nuestro "Día Diocesano de la Familia" y la Misa de clausura "en el campus del Knoxville Catholic High School. La entrada es gratis y el almuerzo será provisto por  Domino’s Pizza. Por favor, ayúdennos a  pedir la comida gratuita inscribiéndose en ―¡Es rápido y fácil! Nuestro día de actividades y entretenimiento para todas las edades comienza a las 10:00 am y concluye con una Misa al aire libre, celebrada por el Obispo Stika a las 4:00 pm (cumple con la obligación dominical). ¡Esperamos verlos el 13 de septiembre! 


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



Knights of Columbus “Polish Feast” Dinner Dance-October 10, 2014


The Knights of Columbus Council 12633 will be hosting a
“Polish Feast” Dinner / Dance
Friday, October 10, 2014
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Lenoir City.

The menu will include; Kielbasa (polish sausage), Sauerkraut, Pierogi, Golbalki (stuffed cabbage rolls), potatoes, pickled beets and dessert.

Festive music, dancing and libations are included in the price of the ticket… $25 per person.

Reservations and ticket information are available from Bill Twohig at 865 607-2248 or or Ed Valente at 865 406-9641 or or Chet Kwiatkowski at 988-3894.

Knights will also be selling tickets after all Masses the weekends of September 6 & 7,   September 13 & 14, September 27 & 28 and October 4 & 5.


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. 



Family Fun Nite

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.  


Retiro Pentecostes

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  

Online Parish Registration

To register online, click below.


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. 

Celebrate St. Thomas Family Camp-out


Weekly reading

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