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.


Click here to go to Daily Divine Office where you can read and/or listen to the office of prayers.

Looks like we got a ways to go!


I'm just a dog not a math expert (can't count on my toes) looks like we got a ways to go!

Remember to bring canned goods to the "Chapel of Love"...our goal is 2 tons of love (food)!


Spring Forward-March 7

Just a reminder to move your clocks forward Saturday night!!

Parish Clean-up Days March 27 and March 28

Please join us on either or both Friday and Saturday as we spruce up our parish and get for Spring and Easter! Click here to see more information!

Mass Times

Saturday 5:00 PM English Vigil
Saturday 7:00 PM Spanish Vigil
Sunday 9:00 AM
Sunday 11:30 AM
During Lent-Wednesday 6:00 PM

Mon-Fri 8:30 AM
Rosary immediately following daily Mass

Monday Daily Mass

Until further notice, there will not be Mass on Mondays at 8:30 AM. However, there will be communion services unless posted otherwise.

Fr. Antonio's voice is weaker as a result of the radiation treatments. This is a common side-effect and should be temporary. Thank you for your prayers for Fr. Antonio.


Eucharistic Adoration



Eucharistic Adoration will be on First Fridays,from  9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Morning Prayer Every Friday during Lent from 7:30 AM – 8:15 AM 

Additional times of Adoration are available during Lent, please see the Lenten Activities below for those times.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Reconciliation is available Tuesdays at 6:00 PM and Saturdays from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM.

During Lent:

Confessions will also be available on Wednesday at 5:00 PM.

See Lenten activities for other times on Sundays.

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

What are Coptic Christians and Why You Should Know

Click on the picture to learn more!


Office Hours

Monday-Friday 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Closed 12:00 PM-12:30 PM for lunch




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Stations of the Cross



Stations of the Cross and Fish Fry

Stations of the Cross  6:00 PM and Fish Fry at 6:30 PM
Friday, March 6, 2015

Please join us immediately after for fried or baked fish, homemade macaroni and cheese, hush puppies, fried chips, and cole slaw.

Tickets are $8.00 per person. Children under 12 are $4.00 per person. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and St. Thomas Women's Guild.

 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM after Stations of the Cross. 

Tickets are $8.00 per person or $4.00 for children under 12. 

Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and St. Thomas Women's Guild. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online. Click here to go to WeShare and purchase tickets!



Sometimes we think about making big plans for Lenten sacrificing, only to fall behind with work, family, and other responsibilities. We find ourselves in the Second Week of Lent with no commitment to better prayer lives, doing good deeds, or practicing acts of self-denial. But it is never too late. Catholic Relief Services offers a great resource to parishes and families for praying, fasting and charitable giving—all in one simple project. What is so great about this project, known as Operation Rice Bowl (ORB), is that it makes all the right connections. When you put the money you would have spent on a CD or that mocha latte you crave into your Rice Bowl box, you participate in Jesus’ sacrifice. CRS provides prayers to accompany your giving. And it uses the money you would have spent on yourself to help people in need across the world. Participating in ORB is an act of solidarity—standing with your brothers and sisters as one human family. Your challenge this week is to adopt Operation Rice Bowl (go to if you parish doesn’t do ORB). Give up the extra energy drink, candy bar, movie, or trip to the mall. Put the money in your Rice Bowl, knowing it will be sent to CRS. You will be walking with Jesus while making a difference in the lives of others.


2015 Women’s Lenten Retreat


“Spiritual Search of Faith – Filled Women”

Thursday, March 19th

The Retreat will be held at the St. Thomas Parish Family Life Center following the 8:30 AM Mass. 

Cost $10 includes AM snacks and lunch. 

Kathleen Mitchell, former St. Thomas parishioner, will be our guest speaker and will lead the retreat. 

Open to all women of St. Thomas Parish 

Sponsored by: 

St. Thomas the Apostle

Catholic Women’s Guild – Lenoir City, TN 

For more information please contact:

Judy Hebenstreit at

Mary Dougherty at


Father Doug’s Book Discussion



Father Doug’s Book Discussion

March 26th 6:30 PM, Deacon Jose Rivera Room, PFLC 

Mark your calendar to come together in community to discuss our Christmas book “Made for More” by Curtis Martin.  If you did not receive the book at Christmas, pick one up in the Narthex free.


Spring Soccer Saturdays Sign-Up


Spring Soccer Saturdays

April 11-May 23


Sign up for Spring Soccer Saturdays by picking up a form from church or download a form here.

Tis a Grand Celebration of the Irish

Tis a Grand Celebration of the Irish


The Knights of Columbus, St. Thomas the Apostle Parish of Lenoir City, will host their fourteenth annual St. Patricks’ Day Dinner on Tuesday, March 17th at the Parish Family Life Center.  The celebration commences at 6 p.m. with dinner, featuring corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, carrots and dessert.  Soft drinks plus adult beverages are included in the ticket price.

The Vocal Point band will provide live music for dancing and listening pleasure following dinner.  The cost is $27.50 per ticket.  Tickets can be purchased by contacting either Steve McAvoy at 408-9826 or Dennis Preston at 458-9004.  

If you are lucky enough to be Irish, then you are lucky enough.  On St. Patricks’ Day, everyone is Irish.    Come out and join the celebration on Tuesday, March 17th at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Family Life Center.  Join in the Irish craic (fun). Slainte!

Lenten Activiites



5:00 PM - 5:45 PM Confessions

6:00 PM Mass


Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Morning Prayer from 7:30 AM – 8:15 AM 

Stations of the Cross at 6:00 PM in the church 

Fish Fry immediately after Stations in the PFLC, more details in the coming bulletins.


Starting February 22, 2015

Confessions from 8:15AM – 8:45AM and from 10:15AM - 11:15AM 

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 

8:00AM - 8:45AM and from 10:00AM – 11:15AM. 

At the end of Mass, we will process out in silence and encourage you to spend a few minutes in prayer.


At the end of 9AM Mass on Sundays we will also have coffee and donuts in the PFLC or courtyard.


Help us to collect canned goods "love" for the Good Samaritan center.

Bring your canned goods and place in the chapel. 




Los sábados de 12pm-2pm 

En el Centro Parroquial 

Comenzamos a jugar el 11 de abril

 MEN’S LENTEN RETREAT- March 23 -25th 

The men of the parish are invited to a Lenten Retreat to be held at the Living Waters Catholic Reflection Center in Maggie Valley, North Carolina. The retreat is sponsored by the Father John Savocca Council of the Knights of Columbus, St. Thomas the Apostle Parish.  Cost is $75.00 per night with room, food and supplies included.  Please do not let the cost deter your attendance. Father Joe Brando, a retired United States Army Chaplin, will lead the retreat.  Several parishioners recently attended a Cursillo where Father Brando was the Spiritual Director.  Their input led to the request that he be the retreat director for the Men’s Lenten Retreat. Contact Terry Camilleri for additional information or to reserve your spot; 865-458-1033 or via internet at


Our Lenten Fish Fries will be starting on Friday, February 20, 2015. We are looking for volunteers to help with the 6 week project (FRIDAY’S from 2/20/2015 thru 3/27/2015). Many volunteers will mean less work for all. We do not expect you to volunteer for all six weeks. Just let us know when and how often you can help.  

Respond to Bill Twohig at or call 865-408-9783 to volunteer.  Leave your name, phone, email and when you are available.  Thank you for considering helping with this parish-wide ministry.


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. 

In preparation for the Synod of Bishops in October that will further reflect upon The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World, the Vatican has sent a list of 46 questions to all the Bishops of the Church.  The purpose of these survey questions is to aid in developing the Synod’s agenda and working document.  Though the intended audience for these questions are academic institutions and church associations and organizations, Bishop Stika encourages anyone who is interested to participate in the survey.  The link for the diocesan survey can be found at and must be completed no later than March 15.

A Conversation with the Cardinals on April 18, 2015 

Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime experience in “A Conversation with the Cardinals” on April 18, 2015 from 7-9 pm at the Historic Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville featuring New York Archbishop Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Cardinal Justin Rigali and Cardinal William Levada.  Bishop Stika will moderate this entertaining and informative night, the proceeds of which will benefit the St. Mary’s Legacy Foundation Mobile Health Clinic.  Tickets can be purchased on a first come first serve basis at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 865-745-3000, online at, or at the Tennessee Theatre’s Clinch Avenue Box Office Monday-Friday 10 am – 5 pm and Saturday 10 am – 2 pm.  For more information about this special event, please visit  Ticket sales will begin January 23rd at 10:00 am.


The Women's Guild of St. Thomas will host their 17th Annual Spring Card Party and Luncheon Thursday, May 7th.Please mark your calendars, alert your friends, plan to attend and have some fun.


Eleven saints have found their niche thanks to Stu McFadden and Ken Naumann for their carpentry work, and Fr. Doug for his support of this project. Take a walk, enjoy the crisp air, and say a prayer. More to come…


A Cry Room for those who wish to use it is now available in the chapel. Seats have been positioned so that Mass may be viewed through the glass wall and glass door.  It is accessible from both the narthex and the nave. 

If you would like to make an announcement regarding a parish activity, please email the webmaster at



Las Posadas

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe-December 12

Religious Education and Youth Ministry Information


To download a Youth Ministry Schedule (grades 8-12), please click here.
To download a Religious Education Schedule (grades K-7), please click here.

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.


Online Giving

 Click on the the above box to be redirected to the WeShare site.

If you have changed your donation amount on a pledge form for 2015, please note that you will need to go into WeShare and change your donation amount in WeShare as well in January.

In January, all giving opportunities for the year will be on the site for one month so that you can set up your entire year of giving to all collections if you choose to do so. After January, only current collections will be listed.

Learn more about online giving and the opportunities for giving at St. Thomas the Apostle

Click here to see an Online Giving Flyer  

Polish Night with the KOC and Youth

Casino Night

Deacon Jose's Birthday Celebration

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. 


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!

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. 

Religious Education -1st Week 2014

CREED-October 27

Sports and Family Ministry



 Contact info…need cell phone numbers for S & F informational text chain 865-310-5440 text Kevin your name and numbers.  


Youth - 1st Week 2014


Weekly reading

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