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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 - ENCOURAGE DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF SCRIPTURE
March 24, 2019
3rd Sunday of Lent
"There once was a person who had a fig tree planted in his orchard, and when he came in search of fruit on it [he] found none." We live in a results-driven society. It can be easy to put pressure on ourselves to succeed. If we're not keeping up with the perceived "good life" of those around us, we feel anxious and disappointed. Some of the Gospel stories about fruitfulness can seem to play out in this fashion. "For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree but have found none. So cut it down." The message seems to be clear. Abide in God and bear fruit! Stand apart from God and be barren. But what happens when we're trying, but the growth we wanted doesn't seem to be coming our way? What if it feels like life just isn't bearing fruit?
This Sunday, Jesus gives us a sign of hope. "[The gardener] said to him in reply, 'Sir, leave it for this year also ? it may bear fruit in the future." How quick we can be to judge! Perhaps you started out Lent with high hopes and big ideas for getting closer to God. Maybe things haven't gone exactly like you thought. It can be easy to lose patience with our failures or slow growth. We shouldn't be too quick to assume that God has given up on us. He hasn't.
The same ideas apply to those around us. Perhaps we're the planter of the fig tree. We expect a certain amount of growth from someone in our life, and they just aren't measuring up. Let today's Gospel be a gentle nudge for mercy. As Lent continues to unfold, be patient with yourself and those around you. Wait for God to provide the growth.
CONFIRMATION INFORMATION MEETING FOR PARENTS
MEETING FOR PARENTS
Who: Parents of Confirmation candidates Grades 6-12
When: Sunday March 24 @ Noon
Where: Parish Family Life Center
Bring: Copy of child’s Baptismal Certificate
(Even if child was baptized at St. Thomas the Apostle)
Confirmation classes will be held during Confirmation Bootcamp – May 28-31.
Confirmation is scheduled for Sunday, June 9th at the 11:30 Mass.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Reconciliation is available Tuesdays at 6:00 PM and Saturdays from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM.
PLEASE SEE THE LENTEN SCHEDULE FOR ADDITIONAL TIMES DURING LENT.
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
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)
WE HAVE A NEW CALENDAR!
The complete parish calendar can be found at the bottom of the homepage or you may click on the menu item, Calendar to be directed to a new page.
Friday 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Closed 12:00 PM-12:30 PM for lunch
ROSARY BEFORE MASS
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.
MORNING PRAYER ON FRIDAYS
Morning Prayer on Fridays after Daily Mass.
Please join us!
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.
LENTEN SCHEDULE 2019
IT’S KAIROS KOOKIE TIME AGAIN!
For the last several years men from St. Thomas and other churches in the Knoxville area have been going to the Morgan County Correctional Facility to present a Kairos 3-day retreat to prisoners and bring the love and forgiveness of God to them. This year they will be there from April 11-14. Also, women from St. Thomas will be going to Bledsoe County Correctional Complex for women to present a Kairos weekend in April.
We pray for them and we also send cookies for them to enjoy a little taste of home. These cookies are only chocolate chip and must be packaged in a gallon zip lock baggie. They are to be packed like a Ritz cracker tube with one dozen per bag.
This year, we will make it easier for our volunteer cookie bakers. We will order the chocolate chip cookie dough from Gordon Food Service and all you will have to do is bake the cookies, pack and freeze them. They come in a box of 10 dozen for $14.00 and our objective is 800 dozen. If you make them on your own, the cookies must only be chocolate chip with NO nuts or fruit added, and 2” size. We will have a sign-up sheet in the Narthex next weekend and you may pick them up after Mass or during the week. Cookies need to be returned the weekend of April 6/7. If you will be out of town, call me and I will make arrangements to get them from you. For questions or to sign up call Jan McFadden 458-3911.
Please be advised that no priest, staff person or official volunteer for the church will ever ask for your help financially via email or text....we will not ask you to send money or buy itunes cards or anything similar. Please do not respond to any such emails. Scammers are more and more clever and are using websites to find out names and they are creating email addresses and asking for help. Please do not respond! Father Julian's email was the latest to be used in this way.
SAVE THE DATE
It’s not too early to mark your calendars for the St. Thomas Women’s Guild Luncheon and Fashion Show on Wednesday, August 7. Since we have a number of vendors who would like to return, we want to give our parishioners the first option to join in the fun. Contact Kathy Witwer (firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-657-9087) if you are interested in being a vendor. Please contact Mary Kay Hostetler (email@example.com or 217-498-9590) if you would like to model fashions from the Whistle Stop in Loudon. Finally the committee is looking for interested women who would like to head the sub-committees for kitchen/food prep, set up/clean up or table décor/ centerpieces. Please contact Virginia Zorovich (firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-657-9216) or Cindy Rogers (email@example.com or 312-590-2538) to join the committee. We ask that you make contact by March 15.
HEARING ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE
Hearing assistance transmitters and headphones are available in the closet next to the sound control board in the back corner of the sanctuary. If you have difficulty hearing, please take advantage of these devices. Just pick them up at the closet prior to Mass, and return after Mass.
If you’re sad or struggling inside, don’t suffer alone. Ask for help. We’ve got a team of Stephen Ministers who are ready to listen, care, encourage, pray, and help you through a tough time. Men are matched with men, and women with women. (It’s completely confidential too!) To find out more about Stephen Ministry for you or someone you know, contact Barbara Brennan 458-8922 or Tom Ringenbach 458-0915.
JOURNEY OF HOPE
The Diocesan Office of Marriage Preparation & Enrichment in partnership with St. Thomas the Apostle Family Life Office will offer a one-day divorce healing seminar on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 8 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. This one-day seminar presented by Deacon Walt Otey is an overview of the Journey of Hope program based on the book Divorced. Catholic. Now What? Attendees will view DVD presentation The Voices of Hope, and participate in discussion to lead them through the struggles of divorce. Lunch will be provided. There is no charge to attend. Contact: Pam + Tim Geoghegan for additional information and to register. (865) 657-0949 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
Lent is a call not just to “give up something” but more important to “give something for the poor.” Wherever you live in the parish, there are poor families within walking distance of your home. When in need, they ring the rectory bell. They are, in effect, ringing your doorbell.
Is there a family you know who needs assistance? Please call the Society of St. Vincent de Paul so that together we can help the suffering and poor.
The next regular meeting will be on Friday, April 5 at 9:15 am in the Deacon Jose Room. Call Larry Finneran at 865-657-9119 for more information.
Publicity/Marketing Help Needed for our Adult Faith Formation Programs and Events:
Do you enjoy and participate in some of the many Adult Faith Formation programs and classes we put on here at St. Thomas? Would you like to help others become aware of this jewel that we have here at our parish? Much work goes into publicizing our special events and regular programming, and we could use your assistance! Basic computer skills needed; familiarity with graphics, a plus. Enthusiasm and willingness to learn are most important. Contact Stephanie McElligott at firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-657-3059 for more information.
Memorial Day - May 27, 2019
Did you know that you can have a commemorative brick installed at the Veterans’ Plaza in front of the parish office. This is a great way to honor a deceased family member who served our country in the military. The cost of the brick is $150. The engraving is limited to 2 lines of 13 characters per line (including spaces). Order forms can be picked up at the parish office.
CATHOLICISM INQUIRY SESSIONS
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, email@example.com.
Welcome to our Community
ROSARY BEFORE MASS
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 Kroger.com. 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!
Women's Guild News
ST. THOMAS WOMEN’S GUILD
IMARK YOUR CALENDAR
March 26 (2PM) – March 28 (12 PM) 2019
St. Thomas’ Women’s Retreat
Sponsored by St. Thomas Women’s Guild
Location will be at the NEW retreat facility in Benton, TN
CHRIST PRINCE OF PEACE RETREAT CENTER
290 Locke Lane Benton, TN 37307
(About a 3/4 hour drive – Directions will be provided)
Father David Mary Engo FFM Retreat Leader
The price includes 2 breakfasts, lunches and dinners, coffee, conference room facilities and gratuities. Total cost is $160.00 per person. Sign up at membership drive or the guild meeting. Checks should be made to STWG.
Christ, Prince of Peace Details: This is a brand new retreat center operated by the Diocese on a 52 acre site. The facility consists of three living pods, two chapels, conference meeting rooms and a dining area surrounded by peaceful fields and the Hiwassee River. Each pod is self-contained and has 5 bedrooms, each bedroom has a full bath. In addition each pod has a large gathering area for discussion and fellowship as well as a complete snack kitchen with refrigerator, microwave etc. The plan is to limit occupancy to three women per room. Unlike other retreats, at this location each retreatant is required to bring their own bed linens, towels and toiletries (some have already said that they will be bringing their sleeping bags).
This retreat is open to All the women of our Parish! For reservations and questions or additional information, contact Nadine Mazienis 423-337-8894 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for sign up is March 11th.
English Stations of the Cross 6:00 PM in the Church
Fish Fry - immediately after Stations
Spanish Stations of the Cross 7:00 PM
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 Jerry Dougherty at email@example.com or call 458-4117.
The menu will be Baked and Fried Fish, Fried Potato Slices, Hush Puppies, Mac & Cheese, Cole Slaw, and Green Beans. The ticket price will be $8 for an individual and $20 for a family (children under 12-free).
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.
SAVE THE DATE for JESSE MANIBUSAN!
SAVE THE DATE for JESSE MANIBUSAN!
SUNDAY, MAY 5, 2019 4:00 TO 6:00PM
St. Thomas PFLC
“Loving, Learning and Living Your Faith through Stories & Songs"
If you like presentations that lift your spirit and bring smiles to your heart you’ll mark your calendars now to see Jesse Manibusan on May 5. Jesse is a singer, songwriter, catechist, storyteller, humorist and evangelizer. He shares from his heart the love of Christ and the call to live out our baptism in every aspect of life. Mark your calendars and remember to invite your friends for an evening that will make Loving, Learning and Living your Faith a truly joyful experience. The event is FREE but free will donations will be appreciated.
To register, go to: https://bit.ly/2tFgpiu
Preparing for Lent
Don’t give up chocolate for Lent…make this the year you do something more for your spiritual growth!
One great way to grow spiritually is by participating in an Adult Faith Formation (AFF) program. This weekend, you’ll have the opportunity to review and sign up for the study programs, small groups, and special events. Click here to download a listing of the programs and a handy sign-up form. Look for the AFF table in the Narthex after all of the Masses.
Also, don’t forget that the beautiful Catholicism series continues this weekend. Join us on Sunday at 10:15 AM in the Deacon Jose Room of the PFLC. The topic is "Word Made Flesh, True Bread of Heaven: The Mystery of the Liturgy and the Eucharist". Don't worry if you haven't come before, each episode is unique and very insightful. “Every Parishioner should see this” has been a common reaction of fellow parishioners.
Questions? Contact Jill St. Yves in the parish office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-986-9885 if you have questions.
The St. Thomas the Apostle Adult Faith Formation Committee
Fasting & Abstinence
FORMED for St. Thomas the Apostle
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
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. Ray Powell, Pastor
- Fr. Julian Cardona, Associate Pastor
- Deacon Sean Smith, Deacon
- Deacon John Krepps, 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
- Kasey Ross, Echo Program Apprentice
- 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.
COME EXPLORE CATHOLICISM UPDATE
For more information, call Deacon John Krepps, 469-0604, or email@example.com
If you would like to donate flowers for the altar, please contact the parish office at 865-986-9885.
The choir sings at the Cathedral
St. Thomas Mixed Choir making their debut at The Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
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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.
Readings for the week of March 17, 2019
- Sunday: Gn 15:5-12, 17-18 / Ps 27:1, 7-8, 8-9, 13-14[1a] / Phil 3:17—4:1 or 3:20—4:1 / Lk 9:28b-36
- Monday: Dn 9:4b-10 / Ps 79:8, 9, 11 and 13 [cf. 103:10a] / Lk 6:36-38
- Tuesday: 2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16 / Ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29  / Rom 4:13, 16-18, 22 / Mt 1:16, 18-21, 24a or Lk 2:41-51a
- Wednesday: Jer 18:18-20 / Ps 31:5-6, 14, 15-16 [17b] / Mt 20:17-28
- Thursday: Jer 17:5-10 / Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 [40:5a] / Lk 16:19-31
- Friday: Gn 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a / Ps 105:16-17, 18-19, 20-21 [5a] / Mt 21:33-43, 45-46
- Saturday: Mi 7:14-15, 18-20 / Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12 [8a] / Lk 15:1-3, 11-32
- Next Sunday: Ex 3:1-8a, 13-15 / Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8, 11 [8a] / 1 Cor 10:1-6, 10-12 / Lk 13:1-9