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.
Congratulations to our Confirmation Class of 2016
Spanish Living Stations of the Cross
Youth Living Stations of the Cross 2016
Saturday 7:00 PM Spanish Vigil
Sunday 9:00 AM
Sunday 11:30 AM
Mon-Fri 8:30 AM
Rosary immediately following daily Mass
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.
Friday 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Closed 12:00 PM-12:30 PM for lunch
FIRST FRIDAY 24-HOUR
Beginning Friday, May 6, 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 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM.
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
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have recently registered and have not heard from our Welcome Committee, please contact Deacon Dave Pecot at email@example.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.
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.
Home Campaign Information
A Good Turn-out for the Home Campaign Town Hall Meeting
We had a Town Hall Meeting to discuss the potential initiatives of the Home Campaign for St. Thomas and to learn more about the campaign in general. Several presentations were made by Fr. Doug, and John Deinhart. And, small group discussion was facilitated. More infourrmation will be coming in the coming weeks and months about the Home campaign and how we can all help.
If you have any questions or concerns or suggestions for St. Thomas campaign initiatives, you may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
During Masses the weekend of January 9, we conducted a survey in church regarding Home Campaign parish initiatives. Thank you for your wonderful participation. Survey results will be shared after they are all compiled and reviewed.
To download or view a copy of Frequently Asked Questions about the Home campaign and the Survey results, please click here.
HOME CAMPAIGN UPDATE
One of the most well-known projects associated with the Home Campaign is the new Cathedral. It is helpful to know that provided we meet our goal of $2,000,000, we here at St. Thomas the Apostle will receive at least 65% of all funds we raise to help us at St. Thomas the Apostle and that about 13% of what we raise will go toward the building of the new Cathedral. In fact, Sacred Heart Cathedral and major donors will fund $20 million of this project, while the remaining 50 parishes in our diocese will combine to provide an estimated $4.5 million in support. As the Mother Church of the Diocese, the Cathedral belongs to every Catholic in East Tennessee. Current and future generations will benefit from this worship space for decades to come.
If a volunteer contacts you, please be sure to thank him/her for assisting our parish with the Home Campaign.
The campaign began in September 2014, and so far 34 parishes have completed their campaigns. To date, the campaign has secured gifts and pledges of more than $36 million! It is now our turn to continue the great momentum.
We’ll be sharing more information with you as we begin our campaign next weekend. Also, be sure to read the East Tennessee Catholic which will have additional information about the campaign.
To view a video about the campaign and the development of it, please see below links.
Women's Guild donates to charities
SPRING LUNCHEON AND CARD PARTY
The Women's Guild will host their annual Luncheon and Card Party on Wednesday, May 11th from 11:30 AM - 3:00PM. Tickets ($16) will be on sale after Mass each weekend starting April 9th. Contact Bette Purvis at email@example.com if you would like to reserve tickets for your table. Checks should be made out to STCWG.
All the women of the parish are urged to attend, bring friends and be a part of this annual fundraiser. If you are unable to attend the event, please consider volunteering to help prepare for the event.
Here are some areas where your help is needed: Ticket sales after Masses – Contact Bette Purvis at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Bette to schedule a time at 458-8070.
Kitchen food prep - Contact Jan Joyce at email@example.com
Servers - Contact Kitty Jansen at 408-9851 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheila Goehring at email@example.com will need help on the 9th with table arrangements.
Make your plans, mark your calendars, and join in the fun!
You’ve heard it time and time again: “Pull yourself together. . . . Cheer up. . . . Tough it out. . . . It’s not that bad.” Perhaps people have said it to you. Or perhaps you keep saying it to yourself. But it hasn’t helped. You’re still hurting. Here’s the good news: You don’t have to go through your struggles alone. Our Stephen Ministers are trained caregivers who will walk with you, listen to you, and provide confidential, one-to-one care as you search through the pieces and find what is truly in your heart. To learn more about what Stephen Ministry can do for you, contact Barbara Brennan 458-8922 or Tom Ringenbach 458-0915.
SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
In the Gospel today, Jesus says “I give you a new commandment: love one another…This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” Thank you for your gifts of food and to the parish charity collection. The next meeting of the Society will be at 9:15 on Friday, May 6 in the Deacon Jose Rivera Room. Call Larry Finneran at 865-657-9119 for more information.
St. Vincent de Paul will be collecting groceries on the 4th Sunday of each month beginning this weekend. Members will be in front of church 15 minutes before each Mass to collect your donations. Also, St. Vincent de Paul will now be accepting donations of working major appliances in good condition (refrigerators, ranges, washers and dryers). Please call the help line (865) 274-8697 to arrange for pick up.
Pancake Breakfast is Mother's Day Weekend
Come enjoy Pancakes and MORE after 9:00 am Mass on Sunday, May 8th.In addition to pancakes, knights serve sausage, mini omelets, French toast, biscuits and gravy, orange juice and coffee. Remember all proceeds from the pancake breakfasts go to support our diocesan seminarians and Knights of Columbus local charities. We hope to see you and thank you for your support.
STAND UP FOR LIFE ON MOTHER'S DAY
The weekend of April 30 – May 1 St. Thomas parishioners will have the opportunity to show their support for the life and dignity of each person, especially the unborn, by being part of a pro-life Mother's Day ad to be published in the East Tennessee Catholic (ETC). You will be able to sign this ad and donate after each Holy Mass. Please prayerfully consider participating. Thank you.
KROGER - CARD REBATE PROGRAM
This is a reminder that Kroger has a program where they will rebate money back to St. Thomas. To date they have sent us checks totaling $202. All you have to do to take advantage of their program is to register your Kroger Plus card in their Community Rewards program. To do this, go on line to krogercommunityrewards.com. Click on: Sign In/Register. If you’re a new online customer, click on the Sign up Today in the new customer box. Follow the instructions. The St. Thomas NPO number is 42126. Once you’re registered you can use either your phone number or the Kroger Plus card at the checkout for each purchase to count. Kroger will rebate money directly back to St. Thomas each quarter based on what enrollees purchase.
Beyond Kroger, for everyone that has purchased our gift cards, Thank you. For everyone else, give us a try they’re offered after each mass in the Narthex.
HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS
The diocesan Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry is requesting information for their High School Outreach Program. If you are a graduating high school senior, please stop by the office to pick up a card to fill out.
1ST FRIDAY 24-HR ADORATION
Starting May 6th at 9:00AM to Saturday, May 7th 8:00AM; sign up on the board in the Narthex for one or more of the 24 time slots.
LEARN HOW TO MAKE AND REPAIR ROSARIES!
Praying the rosary is a powerful part of our faith. We are looking for interested men and women to make and repair rosaries to be used by the parish. No skill needed only some time and enthusiasm. We will teach you everything you need to know. We hope to create an ongoing ministry that you can do on a drop-in basis. If you're interested, please contact Pam or Tim Geoghegan at firstname.lastname@example.org, 865-657-0949 or 321-482-9668.
We meet in room 111 (lower level of PFLC) on Thursday mornings at 11:15am. Please join us!
SAVE THE DATE!!!
Attention women of the Parish and friends! Please mark your calendars…St. Thomas’ Women’s Guild Annual Card Party is scheduled for Wednesday, May 11th. Ticket sales begin the weekend of April 10th. Watch the bulletin for more details.
The next craft work session will be Wednesday, April 27 at 9:00AM or (as soon as you can). We will meet in Room 118 of the PFLC. We will continue making the cork trivets, get started on the decoupage plates, and cutting fabric for the napkins. Please bring your glue guns and glue sticks as well as fabric scissors if you have them. All are welcome. We have fun and try to solve all the world’s problems at the same time. Hope to see you there. If you have questions or suggestions, please call Linda Sanford 408-2339 or Mary Mills 986-6548.
COFFEE IN THE COURTYARD
Can You Help with Coffee in the Courtyard?
Call Kevin Cooney 986-9885 ext. 14 or
WEEKEND MASS ANNOUNCEMENTS
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 email@example.com 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.
If you would like to make an announcement regarding a parish activity, please email the webmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- Fr. Doug Owens, Pastor
- Fr. Julian Cardona, Associate Pastor
- Deacon Jose Rivera (Retired), Deacon Emeritus
- Deacon Sean Smith, Deacon
- Deacon Tom Bomkamp, Deacon
- Deacon Dave Pecot, Deacon
- Phil Johnson, Business Manager
- Lupe Cortes, Secretary/Receptionist
- Kevin Cooney, Director of Sports,Family and Youth Ministry
- Jill St. Yves, Director of Religious Education
- Marla Sloane Emerson, Music Coordinator
- Jim Polhamus, Liturgical Coordinator
- Paul Carter, Maintenance Coordinator
- Christine Lucheon, Bookkeeper/Webmaster
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.
If you would like to donate flowers for the altar, please contact the parish office at 865-986-9885.
Click on the picture to fill out online prayer request form.
"The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."
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 Session on Monday, December 28.
Jubilee of Mercy
Work of Mercy
Instruct the Ignorant and Admonish Sinners
Reach out to those who are afraid, who are confused about their faith or longing for what the world cannot provide, and lovingly share the mercy of Jesus and his Church for them.
Pray outside an Abortion Clinic or donate to Catholic Charities of East TN Pregnancy Help Center.
Shelter the Homeless
Opening of the Door of Mercy at the Basilica of Sts Peter and Paul in Chattanooga.
Donate to Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, or an agency serving the homeless.
Sponsor a refugee family through Bridge Refugee Services operating in Knoxville and Chattanooga.
Feed the Hungry
Donate non-perishable food to the Ladies of Charity or Good Samaritan of Loudon County.
Donate to Catholic Relief Services to alleviate global poverty.
Visit the Imprisoned
Volunteer to help Kairos prison ministry efforts or donate to the Dismas Ministry that assists our diocese with materials for those in prison—pray for prisoners and their families.
Comfort the Afflicted
Reach out in a special way to the lonely and those suffering physically or spiritually and take specific action to bring them comfort.
Reflect upon the Church’s teaching on the meaning of salvific suffering and the “offering up” of one’s sufferings as a share in Christ’s sufferings for spiritual good of others.
Bury the Dead
Volunteer to help with our Bereavement Ministry and help those mourning the loss of a loved one.
Visit the grave of a family member or friend and pray for them and the families they leave behind.
Forgive Offenses Willingly and Bear Wrongs Patiently
Reflect on who has hurt you, ask God to bring you healing, and pray for the well-being of those who have harmed you.
Give Drink to the Thirsty
Donate to global efforts to help the world’s poor through Catholic Relief Services or donate your time and resources to local efforts such as our Society St. Vincent de Paul Conference or the Ladies of Charity.
Counsel the Doubtful
Help those experiencing doubt or despair in their lives and share your experience of God’s presence and power in your life.
Clothe the Naked
Donate clothes or supplies to a shelter, Catholic Charities of East TN, our Society of St.Vincent de Paul Conference, the Ladies of Charity or Good Neighbor's Shop.
Visit the Sick
Volunteer at a hospital/care center or the St. Mary Legacy Clinic, and visit the infirm or elderly.
Pray for the Living and the Dead
Attend All Saints and All Souls DayMasses and pray that Christ will be the Universal King in the hearts of all the living and the dead.
Life Teen-Every Wednesday Evening
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 Wednesday nights from 7:00pm-8:30pm during the school year.
My high schooler goes to Catholic school. Why should they come to Life Teen?
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 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 leads teenagers and their families into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church.
Youth Help and Dance the Night Away at KOC Polish Night
Trunk or Treat
Advent by Candlelight
St. Thomas Women's Guild November Meeting
Spaghetti and Karaoke
Women's Guild Fashion Show Fun
Neighbors Gather for Prayer
August kicks off our “Year of Prayer”
On August 12th, Fr. Doug met with a small gathering of Toqua neighbors to share thoughts on prayer and scripture reflection. Once a month, throughout the coming year a different host family will invite 10-12 neighbors to their home to meet with Fr. Doug.
We hope that these initial gatherings will ignite a desire for neighbors to continue to meet and share faith and fellowship together on a regular basis which will in turn continue to build up our community of faith here at St. Thomas and the community at large.
Fr. Doug celebrates Mass at Morning Pointe
Coffee in the Courtyard
Please join us for coffee, donuts and fellowship after the 9:00 AM and 11:30 AM Masses on Sunday.
Can You Help with Coffee in the Courtyard?
Call Kevin Cooney 986-9885 ext. 14 or
Life Teen Week Two-Pro-Life
Youth Rafting Trip-September 6
Life Teen First Night-September 16
Our Amazing Youth at Catholic Heart Workcamp
Spring Fling and Parish Picnic
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.
Readings for the Week of May 1, 2016
- Sunday: Acts 15:1-2, 22-29 / Ps 67:2-3, 5-6, 8 / Rv 22:12-14, 16-17, 20 / Jn 17:20-26
- Monday: Acts 16:11-15 / Ps 149:1-6, 9 / Jn 15:26—16:4a
- Tuesday: 1 Cor 15:1-8 / Ps 19:2-5 / Jn 14:6-14
- Wednesday: Acts 17:15, 22—18:1 / Ps 148:1-2, 11-14 / Jn 16:12-15
- Thursday: Acts 18:1-8 / Jn 16:16-20
- Friday: Acts 18:9-18 / Ps 47:2-7 / Jn 16:20-23
- Saturday: Acts 18:23-28 / Ps 47:2-3, 8-10 / Jn 16:23b-28
- Next Sunday: Ascension: Acts 1:1-11 / Ps 47:2-3, 6-9 / Heb 9:24-28; 10:19-23 or Eph 1:17-23 / Lk 24:46-53