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.
CREED is this Sunday, February 26, 12:30 – 2:30pm. Lunch will be served at 12:30pm. A donation is greatly appreciated for lunch. CREED is a faith formation experience for the entire family and a wonderful opportunity to fellowship together.
There is no Religious Education for grades K-5 on Sunday morning, February 26. All students and families come to CREED!
FASTING AND ABSTINENCE
FASTING AND ABSTINENCE
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.
For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.
CRS Rice Bowl. . . is one way Catholics can enhance their Lenten fasting practice by giving up meals and donating the cost of those meals to Catholic Relief Services. . . in order to help those who do not have enough to eat.
Ash Wednesday Mass
ASH WEDNESDAY- MARCH 1, 2017
(Not a Holy Day of Obligation)
10:00 AM English Mass
6:00 PM English Mass
7:30 PM Spanish Mass
Lenten Fish Fry
Fish Fry - immediately after Stations of the Cross
We are in the planning stages for the Lenten Fish Fry. If you would like to help in the set-up, preparing, cooking, serving and/or clean-up on the Fridays during Lent, please contact Ed Valente at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 865-406-9641.
The menu will be Baked and Fried Fish, Fried Potatoes Slices, Hush Puppies, Mac & Cheese, Cole Slaw, and Green Beans. The individual ticket price will be $8 and $20 for a family.
Ticket sales will be available online next week.
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
Rosary every 30 minutes before Saturday PM and
Sunday morning Masses
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
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.
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.
During Lent, there are additional times for Eucharistic Adoration, please see the Lenten Activities on this page.
Divine Mercy Chaplet online
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Reconciliation is available Tuesdays at 6:00 PM and Saturdays from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM.
During Lent, there are additional times for Reconciliation, please see the Lenten Activities on this page.
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.
Read the Latest Catholic News!
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 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.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS- PATRICK’S DINNER DANCE
The K of C will be holding its 16th Annual St. Patrick’s Dinner Dance on Thursday, March 16th, 2017 at the PFLC. The dinner will consist of corn beef and cabbage with potatoes, vegetables and dessert. All beverages including beer, wine and soft drinks are included in the per person price of $27.50. Music provided by Vocal Point for your dancing pleasure. Please plan on joining the Knights for a fun fill evening.
Life Teen Band
FROM THE MUSIC MINISTRY
Are you an adult who has experience playing in a rock band? Do you play electric guitar, bass guitar, or a drum kit? If you have experience on any of these instruments, and would be interested in playing with our Life Teen Band, please contact Marla (contact info on the front of this bulletin) Or you can find her after the 9:00 or 11:30 am Masses.
The Women's Guild sponsored several fund raising events throughout 2016. At our January meeting, funds raised from these events were distributed to Catholic, Loudon and Monroe County charities. The recipient agencies attended our meeting and provided us with an overview of their services.
Agencies pictured: St. Vincent De Paul Society, Catholic Charities, Boy Scouts, St. Mary's Legacy Clinic. Seminarian Stephen Hamby, Boys & Girls Club Loudon County, Branches of Monroe County,Friendship Kitchen, Good Samaritan, Iva's Place, Child Advocacy Center, CCW Project - Right to Life and Smokey Mountain Service Dogs.
Edge Color Run
Use password STAYG2016
FORMATION DURING LENT
The Transforming Power of Confession
Tuesday Evenings or Thursday Mornings
March 14 –April 4 March 16 – April 6
Fr. Doug Owens Deacon David Lucheon
Rediscover Jesus by Matthew Kelly
Monday afternoons or Thursday mornings
March 6 – April 10 March 9 – April 13
NOON – 1:30pm 9:15 – 10:30am
Facilitated by Deacon David Lucheon
$5 - book
LENTEN ADULT FAITH FORMATION OPPORTUNITY-COUPLE PRAYER SERIES
Couple Prayer Series-Sunday evenings during Lent
The Couple Prayer Series helps married couples more fully enjoy the life-changing intimacy of praying together as husband and wife...closely, confidently, and consistently. Starting March 5 and continuing for a total of six Sunday evening sessions from 7-8:30 PM at the parish along with daily at-home prayer experiences makes this a perfect program for Lent.
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
OPERATION RICE BOWL
With the beginning of our Lenten Season on March 1st, I ask your participation in a most cherished practice of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) called, “Operation Rice Bowl.” While our pocket change may seem very little, it becomes quite sizeable and able to do much good when combined with that of others participating in this most worthwhile effort. Through “Operation Rice Bowl,” CRS is able to help our brothers and sisters in need around the world. It also helps those in need within our own diocese through Catholic Charities of East Tennessee who receives 25 percent of what is collected. Visit crsricebowl.org / crsplatodearroz.org for more information or contact Paul Simoneau at email@example.com / 865-584-3307.
PRESENTATION ON THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL-March 11
As part of our Diocesan V Encuentro events the Office of Hispanic Ministry and the Office of Christian Formation are organizing a presentation by Father David Boettner on Pope Francis’s Apostolic Exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium” The Joy of the Gospel. It will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 10am -12:30 noon at St. Thomas the Apostle Church.
Registration starts at 9:15 am. Donation: $5.00 per person. After the presentation there will be a short video about the V Encuentro, discussion and sign-up sheets for the Sessions. The presentation will be in English with interpretation into Spanish. For more information please call the Office of Hispanic Ministry at 865-637-4769.
GROUNDS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
We are looking for volunteers willing to work 2-3 hours every 5 weeks from April to October helping with the lawn care of the church property. You will be working on a team of 6 parishioners who cut and trim the grass in and around the church and Parish Family Life Center. Please call Larry Elder 865-657-9722 or Keith Rivard 865-388-2478.
SOCIETY ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
In this Sunday’s Gospel, we find that Jesus “…proclaimed the good news of the kingdom, and cured the people of every disease and illness.” Your gift to the parish charity collection proclaims the good news of Jesus to those who are suffering. The next meeting of the Society will be on Friday, February 3 at 9:15 in the Deacon Jose Room of the Parish Family Life Center. Call Larry Finneran at (865) 657-9119 for more information. Note that the Society can also accept donations of working washers, dryers, ranges and small to medium size refrigerators.
TUESDAY EVENING STUDY GROUP
Beginning Feb. 28, 6:00pm, Mark Galbaugh will facilitate a 10 week study of “Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week” by Pope Benedict XVI. This group will meet in Room 111 of the PFLC. Call the office, 986-9885 or Mark, 809-0659 to sign up or for additional information.
STEPHEN MINISTRY NEEDS YOUR HELP!
Ever thought of becoming a Stephen Minister? Stephen Ministry of St. Thomas is looking for individuals to join our ministry of care and love for others going through an especially hard time in their lives. We are looking to fill a training class to start soon. There is still room for you! Please prayerfully consider your role in this ministry of love.
You can call any of our Stephen Leaders to learn more: Barbara Brennan (458-8922), Phyllis McCarthy (458-3234), or Tom Ringenbach (458-0915).
DO YOU NEED A ROSARY OR HAVE A BROKEN ONE?
If you need a rosary or have an old one that is broken and needs to be repaired St. Thomas can help. We have a team making beautiful beaded rosaries for various ministries of the parish or who can repair your broken rosary. You may know someone who is struggling, homebound, or who has loved a loved one where a rosary might be of help. Praying the rosary is a powerful tool in our Catholic prayer life. Contact Pam Geoghegan at 865.657.0949 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
YOUR PARISH NEEDS YOU!
Do you have 2 or 3 or 4 spare hours per month? Would you like to help your parish? We are very much in need of volunteers to join our Housekeeping teams. You need only to commit a few hours per month, and be willing to work with a team of other St. Thomas’ parishioners. We can keep our parish facilities clean and beautiful by working and serving together. Please consider joining us in this important work.
For additional information, or to volunteer, call the parish office (865.986.9885), or email email@example.com.
ROSARY BEFORE MASS
The Rosary has been prayed before each 5:00 PM Saturday Mass since July 2016. It is prayed 30 minutes before Mass. It is hoped that this practice would be expanded to the 9:00 and 11:30 Sunday Masses. We are looking for persons to coordinate each Sunday Mass. If you could help with this prayerful ministry contact Jim Gecsei at 865-803-3555.
When: March 6 thru 8, 2017
Where: Living Waters Catholic Reflection Center
103 Living Waters Lane
Maggie Valley, NC 28751
(About 2 hr. drive - Driving directions plus carpool information will be provided)
Who: All Men of the Parish
Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus
The Spiritual Leader will be Father Al DeGiacomo, M. Div., Ph.D. Retreat Leader Pastor, Saint Andrew Catholic Church, Harrodsburg, KY.
Total cost will be $190 per person.
(Included are room, meals, snacks, conference room and gratuities.) A deposit of $50 by February 9th, or pay in full by February 28th, will secure your reservation. Send check (made out to the K of C) to Stu McFadden, 530 Dudala Circle, Loudon, TN 37774. (Contact Stu by telephone at 458-3911, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.)
Father Al has requested that each participant purchase the book “Praying with Ignatius of Loyola” by Jacqueline Bergen and Marie Schwan. This prayer book will be used at the retreat. It is available from Loyola Press, Amazon, plus others. The purchase price is about $12.95.
Life Teen-Every Other Wednesday Evening
MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH MINISTRY-EDGE
In September, St Thomas the Apostle will begin a new program for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade young people. This program called EDGE is patterned after the high school Life Teen ministry and will meet twice per month on Wednesday nights. Students attending will also meet the requirements for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH MINISTRY-LIFE TEEN
St. Thomas the Apostle will again offer Life Teen to our high school young people. Participation in the Life Teen program will provide the preparation necessary for any high school student needing the Sacrament of Confirmation.
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 every other Wednesday nights from 7:00pm-8:30pm during the school year.
My middle schooler or high schooler goes to Catholic school. Why should they come to Life Teen or Edge?
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 and Edge 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 and Edge lead teenagers and their families into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church.
Please visit this site, to read about these programs
Youth Help and Dance the Night Away at KOC Polish Night
Trunk or Treat
St. Thomas Women's Guild Card Party
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
- 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.
Advent by Candlelight
St. Thomas Women's Guild November Meeting
Spaghetti and Karaoke
Women's Guild Fashion Show Fun
Spanish Living Stations of the Cross
Youth Living Stations of the Cross 2016
Youth Rafting Trip-September 6
Our Amazing Youth at Catholic Heart Workcamp
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 February 19, 2017
- Sunday: Lv 19:1-2, 17-18 / Ps 103 / 1 Cor 3:16-23 / Mt 5:38-48
- Monday: Sir 1:1-10 / Ps 93 / Mk 9:14-29
- Tuesday: Sir 2:1-11 / Ps 37 / Mk 9:30-37
- Wednesday: 1 Pt 5:1-4 / Ps 23 / Mt 16:13-19
- Thursday: Sir 5:1-8 / Ps 1 / Mk 9:41-50
- Friday: Sir 6:5-17 / Ps 119 / Mk 10:1-12
- Saturday: Sir 17:1-15 / Ps 103 / Mk 10:13-16
- Next Sunday: Is 49:14-15 / Ps 62 / 1 Cor 4:1-5 / Mt 6:24-34