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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

September 16, 2018 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

We know the signs of defeat: slumped shoulders, downcast eyes, a chastened demeanor. For those of us sincerely trying to follow Jesus, defeat is inevitable. We commit to spending more time with our kids, but that one project still looms. We resolve to be a good person, but our selfishness strikes again. It can be easy to get discouraged over our moral failures. Today's Gospel is a small, intriguing look at this process in the life of St. Peter. 
First, Jesus' questions get the Apostles thinking about his true identity. This results in a confession of faith from Peter: "You are the Christ." Eager faith characterizes Peter's relationship with Jesus. First to follow, first to leap out of the boat, and, we know, first to deny. It's the latter tendency that manifests itself later in the Gospel. When Jesus predicts the Passion, "Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him." Jesus' rebuke in turn is stinging. While Peter's caution to Jesus is in private, Jesus intentionally turns back to the others as he declares, "Get behind me, Satan. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do." 
Like Peter, we rarely get it right all the time. Peter understood that Jesus was the Messiah, but he had a false concept of what that Messiah would accomplish. Jesus wants to make sure the rest of the disciples don't follow down the wrong road. The Christian life is a difficult one, as Jesus later tells the crowds. "'Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself.'" Yet the mercy of God is abundant. If we renew our trust and our efforts after a fall, every defeat is transformed into redemptive grace. "Whoever loses his life for my sake ? will save it."

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

40 minutes before weekend Masses (not including Spanish)


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





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


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.

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



New Mass Settings

Mass of Communion is St. Thomas’ New Contemporary Mass Setting for our Sunday 11:30 am Mass.

Click on the picture to listen to the new Mass setting!






Mass of Renewal is St. Thomas’ New Traditional Mass Setting for Saturday 5:00 PM Mass, and Sunday 9:00 am Mass. 

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The Theme: Humanae Vitae


6:00 – 8:00 PM in the STA Parish Family Life Center

The Theme: Humanae Vitae & the consequences predicted 50 years ago.

There is NO CHARGE to attend.









GUS LOYD MISSION - December 2-4, 2018


Gus Loyd Mission - December 2-4, 2018 

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Gus Lloyd, popular radio host of Sirius XM morning show, Seize the Day, on the Catholic Channel will be coming to St. Thomas the Apostle as our guest for 3 evening events this December.  His “Minute in the Church” publications are well known and we will be sharing excerpts in our bulletin throughout the summer and fall.  

Register online by clicking here.

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

If you have recently registered and have not heard from our Welcome Committee, please contact Deacon Dave Pecot at

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.


Catholic Gifts and Books and Supplies

Youth Ministry- EDGE, LIFE TEEN


Tuition cost: $40 per 1 child family + $10 for each additional child.

Beginning Thursday, September 6th, EDGE will meet the first three THURSDAYS of each month. A chance to learn more about our faith in a fun environment. 






LIFE TEEN begins Wednesday, September 5th and will meet every Wednesday. Join us for faith, fun, and fellowship. All high school students are welcome.



Bulletin Notes


Your doctor shook his head the last time you saw him.  It seems like you're always on some kind of medication.  Simple household jobs that you used to do with ease are beginning to be too much for you.  You're not ready for this.  You feel angry, upset, and a little bit worried.  A Stephen Minister would like to listen and care.  Contact Barbara Brennan 458-8922 or Tom Ringenbach 458-0915 to learn more.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul 

In today’s Gospel Jesus says “If a man wishes to come after me, he must deny his very self, take up his cross, and follow in my steps.” The cross of Jesus and the crosses of his members can evangelize us: the sick, who bear illness with courage; the grieving, who hope against hope; the dying, who clearly trust in the resurrection; the suffering of our poor brothers and sisters who are hungry and homeless, but who still trust in God’s love. Is there a neighbor or friend of yours who is in temporary need because of a loss of a job or an illness? Please leave a message for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul…we want to help! The next regular meeting will be on Friday, September 21 in the Deacon Jose Rivera Room at 1:00.  Call Larry Finneran at (865) 657-9119 for more information.  

 Remember the monthly food and diaper collection next weekend September 22 and 23.    

Special Collection to support our Deacons next weekend,  September 23

Next weekend is the Second Collection for Diocese of Knoxville Deacon Program.  Our Diocese is blessed with 72 Permanent Deacons serving in 33 parishes. Additionally, there are currently 29 men discerning the diaconate in the Diocese of Knoxville. Your donation helps with new deacon formation and the continuing education of ordained deacons in the diocese. Deacons bring the Gospel and the gift of themselves to soup kitchens, food banks, prisons, and hospitals  as well as to the parish in which they are assigned. Thank you and may God bless you for your generosity.

St. John Neumann Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective families from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p m. on Sunday, September 30th. We'd love to show you our faith-filled and beautiful school. SJNCS offers open enrollment pre-K 3 to 8th grade!


October 15, 2018, 6:30 PM

Knoxville Convention Center 

The Knoxville Celebrate Life Banquet will take place on Monday, October 15, 2018.  We will carpool from the St. Thomas parking lot. There is no charge to attend, but an offering will be taken up after the banquet.  For more information, please call Kay Sheldon, 458-8510.  Thank you.  


Sunday, December 2, 2018

It’s never too early to mark your calendar for this important event.  St. Thomas Women’s Guild will hold its annual  Advent by Candlelight for the women of our congregation and their women guests on Sunday, 2:00 pm, December 2nd.  There is no charge for this event.  This is a wonderful afternoon of Word, music, and fellowship to help you prepare your hearts for the Advent Season before the holidays get into full swing!


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,

Welcome to our Community 

The ministry of hospitality is in need of more volunteers to contact new parishioners who join our parish family. This ministry does more than welcome. The task is to meet with new parishioners and help them assimilate into the community, to encourage them to use their gifts and to know we are a family of believers not a church of independent worshipers. If you love to talk to people, enjoy meeting new people or just want another way to help our community contact Deacon Dave at 458-9628 or email He will explain the ministry to you and how you can help.


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  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!




The Holy Spirit & the Life of a Christian

Special Presentation

Tuesday 9/25/18; Single Evening Event

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, PFLC Dining Hall

Facilitator:  Sr. Anna Marie McGuan, RSM 

This presentation will examine and help you answer the following questions: Who is the Holy Spirit? How does He work in my life? How does my relationship with Him affect my relationship with Jesus? 

 To Light a Fire on the Earth

Thursdays starting 9/27/18

Session 1 of 5

9:30 – 11:00 am.; DJR Deacon Jose Room

Facilitator: Deacon Dave Lucheon 

As secularism gains influence and many think religion dull and backward, Bishop Robert Barron illuminates how beautiful, intelligent and relevant the Catholic faith is. Barron reveals why Church matters and how Catholics can engage a skeptical world.         


TO SIGN UP FOR CLASSES, please contact Jill St. Ives at 865-986-9885 or via email:

AFF News


The Adult Faith Formation Committee continues to add new educational programs and special events each month for you to consider.  There is a growing number of short and longer programs of different topics for you to consider.  Attached you will find the schedule of the new programs which start in April.  We encourage you to consider attending any or even all of these sessions, and no formal advanced signup is needed.  If you have not participated in any programs like this in the past, simply come to one and give it a try.   Facilitators will welcome you with ease and plan to enjoy the casual atmosphere to learn more about Catholicism and strengthen your faith.

The class listing is below and the calendar can be also be downloaded below or viewed on the AFF programs page.

The Adult Faith Formation Committee

Adult Faith Formation Programs


To download an AFF schedule for the month, click here 

Program Categories to Consider

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 

To download an AFF schedule for the month, click here 



Women's Guild Meetings

  • Women's Guild April 16th meeting. Three deacon's wives sheared with us ...
  • Women's Guild March 19th meeting. Speaker Lisa Healy, Interim Executive Director, ...
  • Women's Guild May 17th - 20th Annual Luncheon and Card Party ...

May Crowning

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.

Casino Night

Draw Closer to Our Mother, Mary!


MARY QUEEN OF HEAVEN              

Part II:

Monday evening, October 1; 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Monday evening, October 8; 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Monday evening, October 15; 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Monday evening, October 22; 6:30 – 8:30 pm

All sessions will be held in the PFLC Deacon Jose Room 

Those who have registered earlier do not need to register again. If you cannot attend on these dates, and wish to be taken off the list, please let us know.  Anyone who purchased and picked up the study guide can return it for a refund if you cannot attend the August discussions.  There is still room for others to register if you have not.  Contact Mar Eeg at 423.884.2465 or email to register or have questions. We are very excited about this program, and again apologize for the delay.

A NEW, Four-Part Series of Beautiful DVD Learning Videos & Group Discussions!       

Refreshments Will Be Served  

Come Discover The Amazing story of our Queen and the battles that she won for us!

Better understand her life in Scripture

Walk with Mary throughout History

Learn daily Marian devotional practices

Let her lead you to Christ!

Virtually travel to some of the most well-known

Pilgrimage sites in the US! 

Workbook is only $25. 

Contact Marlene Eeg at

Divine Mercy Chaplet online



FORMED for St. Thomas the Apostle

 Your FREE On-Line Subscription to FORMED

By the Augustine Institute
The Catholic Faith – On Demand – Anytime
Movies – Books – Interactive Video Programs

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



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. 



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. 

Becoming Catholic


No Inquiry Sessions will be held from Monday, March 26 through Monday, April 23. 

NEW PROGRAM: All those interested are welcome to join us for a 5 session Bible Study on the Gospel of John beginning on Sunday, April 29, at 10:15am, in Room 118 of the PFLC. We will meet twice a month on the following dates: April 29, May 13 & 27, and June 10 & 24. Please bring a Bible! For more information, call Deacon John Krepps, 469-0604, or 

There will be no Inquiry sessions during July.

Our regular Catholic Inquiry sessions will begin again on August 5 & 6.


Altar Flowers

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


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  

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