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.
Reconciliation is available Tuesdays at 6:00PM and Saturdays from 3:00 to 4:30 PM.
You may also call the parish office to make an appointment at 865-986-9885.
Wednesday, September 10 6:30-8:00 pm
St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church
Father Doug will enrich our understanding of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and its three elements: conversion, confession, and celebration. Our main intention in this sacrament is to reconcile with God like the “prodigal son” and to acknowledge our sins with true sorrow before the priest. By reading and listening to the Gospels, we understand how important forgiveness of our sins is for all of us. As we grow in holiness, we will have a stronger sense of sin, sorrow for sins, and a need for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
No registration necessary. We will meet in the PFLC.
ADULT FAITH FORMATION PROGRAMS FOR FALL
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.
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.
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
Church history is not just the recitation of popes, people, places and events: it is a story of adventure, intrigue,
rebellion, reform and devotion. The story is our story: this is our family. Come and learn the true story of the
Crusades, the Protestant Reformation, Spanish Inquisition, the major people and events of the past 2,000 years.
Discover how the Catholic Church helped build a great civilization and spread the Gospel throughout the world.
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
What is Catholicism? In Catholicism, Fr. Robert Barron examines this question and more, bringing the mysteries of
the faith to life. Beautifully filmed in more than 50 locations around the world, the 10 sessions of Catholicism unlock
the beauty and truth of the Catholic Faith.
Looking for something to energize your Spiritual Life? – Try Alpha
Alpha is a program that presents the basic core beliefs of the Christian faith in a challenging, fun, and life-changing way. The course is for faithful members of the church as well as those who are going through the motions.
The Alpha Course, an eight-week program begins on September 9th, at 6:15 PM. The program starts with a wonderful cooked meal, followed by a presentation and then discussions on that presentation. Over the years, participants have said that “Alpha will challenge your faith in a way that will move your faith from your head to your heart.” .
Alpha participation is limited so register early for this session!
Registration forms are available in the Church Narthex or by clicking HERE
Call Deacon Dave Pecot@ 458-9628 or Jill St. Yves @ 986-9885 for more information.
Families can choose between an early session, 4:00-5:30 PM or a later session, 6:30-8:00 PM on CREED Sundays.
Dinner will be served at 5:45 PM for both sessions.
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 for fellowship together.
We look forward to seeing all of our families at CREED this year!
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
Purchase tickets in September
Online with credit card— www.sthomaslc.com or
Before/after Mass with checks or
WEEKEND MASS ANNOUNCEMENTS
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 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.
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.
CURSILLO MEN’S WEEKEND
Calling all Men of St. Thomas parish to our 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.dioknox.org/homecoming/ —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 www.dioknox.org/homecoming/ ―¡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!
NOVEMBER, 2014 BALLOT QUESTION ON ABORTION
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. www.yeson1tn.org VOTE YES on Amendment One!
DIOCESAN CAPITAL CAMPAIGN-Home Campaign
We as a diocese are moving forward with a capital campaign that will benefit all of our parishes and the diocese. It will be comprised of a pilot wave and three subsequent waves as well as a major gift component. Please visit the campaign page to see view or download the letters from Bishop Stika.
The pilot wave, which will include about 5-6 parishes will begin this September. I wanted to inform you that St. Thomas plans to participate in the last phase of the campaign which means that our fundraising for the campaign will not begin until early 2016. However, in the meantime you may be contacted directly by the diocese to contribute to the major gift portion of the campaign.
Over the coming months, we will begin to plan a project for our campaign as well as form committees to assist us with the campaign process. We will continue to inform you about our campaign planning phase through our website and the bulletin.
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
If you would like to make an announcement regarding a parish activity, please email the webmaster at email@example.com.
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.
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.
Soccer Academy…every Wednesday
Fall Soccer Sign-up options:
Contact info…need cell phone numbers for S & F informational text chain 865-310-5440 text Kevin your name and numbers.
Learn more about online giving and the opportunities for giving at St. Thomas the Apostle
To receive more information on the Liturgical Tribute Fund, please click on the chalice.
If you would like to donate flowers for the altar, please contact the parish office at 865-986-9885.
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.