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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.

JULY 23, 2017 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

JULY 23, 2017
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
"The weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil." This is not a pretty picture. Jesus shares a parable in today's Gospel that reminds us of a truth we would rather forget: evil is real, and the devil is at work. The bountiful harvest of our faith is something that Satan wants to destroy. And he has a host of tactics to carry out his plans. But there is one strategy in particular that we must be on guard against.

As the French poet Charles Baudelaire put it, "The devil's finest trick is to persuade you that he does not exist." Sneaky as it may be, this approach is effective! And, unfortunately, the attitude of our modern era is very conducive to buying the lie. Too often we dismiss the idea of the invisible spiritual reality of angels and demons. It doesn't seem "scientific" enough for us because it can't be seen or "proven." But neither can our faith! We believe in a host of invisible realities starting with God himself. We should not be fooled into thinking that the devil is a make-believe cartoon character with red horns and a pitchfork on his shoulder. Alas, no. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us, "Scripture witnesses to the disastrous influence of the one Jesus calls 'a murderer from the beginning'" (CCC 394) and, as we read in the Bible, "Indeed, the Son of God was revealed to destroy the works of the Devil" (1 Jn 3:8). This is not pretend, and so it must be taken seriously. But so too, the reality of Satan must be situated within the broader context of God's supreme power. The devil "cannot prevent the building up of God's reign" (CCC 395). The influence of evil can never defeat the power of our faith, unless we let it do so.

Mass Times

Saturday 5:00 PM English Vigil
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

30 minutes before weekend 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.




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Office Hours

Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Closed 12:00 PM-12:30 PM for lunch


The Rosary is prayed 40 minutes before 5:00PM Mass, 9:00AM 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.

Catholic Gifts and Books and Supplies

Morning Prayer


On an experimental basis, Father Doug would like to start saying Morning Prayer on Fridays after Daily Mass, starting June 2nd. Please join us!

Eucharistic Adoration




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.





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. 

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 Reconciliation




The Queen of Heaven Express will be rolling into St. Thomas for three days, July 19-21, 6:30-9:00pm.  All children grades K and older are invited to jump on board.  Registration will begin July 1.



Saint Louis de Montfort calls total consecration to Jesus through Mary as “quickest, easiest, and surest way to holiness”.  Consider making this consecration on the Feast of the Assumption, August 15.  Mary Ruth Kelly will facilitate a group preparation on Monday mornings, July 10 thru August 14, 9:30-11:00am or you may choose to do an individual preparation at home.  Both will use 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley found on  Contact Jill St. Yves, or 865-986-9885 for more information or to sign up. 


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

If you have recently registered and have not heard from our Welcome Committee, please contact Deacon Dave Pecot at

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.


Steubenville Youth Conference Video

Youth Volunteers and Honorees at KOC Awards

Youth and Leaders travel to Steubenville Youth Conference

Youth and Leaders travel to Stebubenville Youth Conference

St. Thomas Women's Guild-Retreat

Women’s Retreat
Saturday July 29, 2017
St. Thomas PFLC
9 am—3 pm 

THE DAY’S AGENDA-Click here to download a flyer


Eucharistic Ministers Needed

During the last few months several of our Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion have moved, died or left the ministry for other reasons.  Unfortunately, the number of new EMHCs has not kept pace with the departures. This has resulted in the active EMHCs being scheduled more frequently than normal. This has been most evident at the 5:00PM Mass on Saturdays and the 11:30AM Mass on Sundays. 

Please consider joining this vital grace- filled ministry to help our priests and deacons distribute Holy Communion during Masses. Training will be provided along with written guidelines. 

For questions and details contact Jim Polhamus, Liturgical Coordinator, in the parish office at 986-9885 or Thanks you for your prayerful consideration.

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. 

Please click here for a link to Deacon Dave Pecot's Sunday homily blog.

Bulletin Notes


Tuesday, July 25             

6:30pm in PFLC

Ever wonder about the Angels referenced in the Bible?  The different types and their roles?   God’s Angels were designed for specific purposes for us.   They are detailed in Scripture, referenced in our Mass, and with us daily!    But what do you know about them? 

Please come to this special event with presentation by Margaret Merrill, High School Youth Minister at St. Mary’s of Oak Ridge School.  Margaret has delivered this amazing introduction to God’s Angels to her teen classes for years and has now expanded this for adult audiences.  You will be amazed and excited from what you will learn from this “Angels Revealed” discussion. 

6:30 PM Reception

7:00 PM Presentation

8:00 PM Questions, Discussions


Join us for Babette's Feast, Monday, August 7th

At 6:30 pm in the PFLC 

Pope Francis’ favorite film, which highlights the need for mercy, not at the exclusion of truth, but united to truth.  This Oscar-winning, Danish film challenges us to look outside of ourselves and to the beauty of God’s joy and mercy.  It’s a movie about selfless service to others that may not always be in accord with our man-made “rules” and may upend our view of God’s mercy.


The STA Book Club is discussing the “Autobiography of Saint Margaret Mary” on Friday, July 28, 2017 at 10:00am at the lower level of the PFLC Room 118.   Intimate insights from Saint Alacoque to whom our Lord gave the Sacred Heart revelations. Includes our Lord’s own words heard by St. Margaret Mary, and tells how she sought out suffering for the love of God.  A very famous book and one of the few original autobiographies in existence from that era in 1673.   Come for the discussion, even if you haven’t had a chance to read the book!


We are checking to see if there are parishioners who wish to go to Mass but do not have transportation. At this point, we are just getting information. If you know of anyone with this need please contact the parish office with the number of people and their corresponding locations. Also at this point just a survey, if you would be interested in offering a ride to help someone go to Mass, how often per month would you be available and which Mass time? Again, please contact the parish office with your availability. Thank you! 


From the Diocese:

In December 2015, Congress made permanent a law allowing individuals to give up to $100,000 to charity directly from an individual retirement account (IRA) when they are over 70 ½ years old without counting the distribution as taxable income. This type of charitable gift is called a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD).

 While IRA donations can be acknowledged by the charity, they should not be tax receipted. There is no income tax deduction for a donor’s contribution through an IRA. However, the sum going to charity is not included in his or her adjusted gross income. Donating these assets as a charitable rollover means the donor does not have to take a minimum required distribution beginning at 70 ½ that they would have to pay taxes on. 

Sometimes it is difficult for charities to know if a contribution is one of these donations. All tax letters from St. Thomas will have a disclaimer on them this year stating that if any contribution were a from an IRA, the donor should consult with their tax professional regarding deductibility.


Saint Louis de Montfort calls total consecration to Jesus through Mary as “quickest, easiest, and surest way to holiness”.  Consider making this consecration on the Feast of the Assumption, August 15.  Mary Ruth Kelly will facilitate a group preparation on Monday mornings, July 10 thru August 14, 9:30-11:00am or you may choose to do an individual preparation at home.  Both will use 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley found on  Contact Jill St. Yves, or 865-986-9885 for more information or to sign up. 


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.


Hearing this Gospel, we can trust that God knows our love and good deeds, and that he will mercifully gather us into his kingdom.  This week, please say a special prayer each day for the poor and forgotten in our parish.  The next meeting of the Society will be on Friday, August 4 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.


Do you have a favorite hymn that you would love to sing during our weekend Masses? The Music Ministry would like your ideas and input!! You are invited to submit your suggestions for your favorite hymns. We have placed a large sign board in the narthex with spaces for you to write in your favorite hymn from our current hymnals: The St. Augustine Hymnal or  Flor Y Canto. All we ask is for you to write in the name of the hymn AND the hymn number.  That’s it! Your suggestions will help us to plan out future music schedules. Thanks from the St. Thomas Music Ministry. 


We’re brought up to be strong, self-sufficient, independent people. We tend to think that if we ask for help, it’s a sign of weakness. So we try to keep our struggles hidden, stuffed deep inside. However, that’s not God’s plan. Galatians 6:2 says, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” God wants us to care for others—and allow others to care for us in our time of need.  Contact Barbara Brennan 458-8922 or Tom Ringenbach 458-0915 for more information. 


Thanks to all who purchased tickets early. The Women’s Guild looks forward to offering you a most enjoyable event whose main purpose is to raise funds for local charities. 


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.  This last quarter Kroger sent us a check for $104.21.  To register visit  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!


The parish Rosary makers are in need of older rosary beads.  If you have an old rosary that cannot be repaired or is missing beads consider donating what you have to our rosary makers.  One of the challenges we have is sourcing beads to repair older rosaries that have sentimental value but are missing beads.  Drop them off at the office or call Pam Geoghegan (865.657.0949) if you have any questions. 


Living Stations of the Cross

May Crowning

Online Parish Registration

To register online, click below. 

Online Giving

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

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

Click here to see an Online Giving Flyer  

Download the WeShare User's Guide

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. 



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. 

Becoming Catholic

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!



Altar Flowers

If you would like to donate flowers for the altar, please contact the parish office at 865-986-9885.



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.

At the Guild's February meeting, we toured the Farragut Museum and enjoyed lunch together at Mimi's Café.

To download a copy of the 2017 Guild brochure, click here.


Edge Color Run

Trunk or Treat

St. Thomas Women's Guild Card Party

Youth Help and Dance the Night Away at KOC Polish Night

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

Image by Sue Duncan

Youth Living Stations of the Cross 2016

St. Thomas Youth on an Impactful Mission

See the article in the News Herald about our Youth!!

We are so proud of you and happy about how you have embraced the corporal works of mercy to love and care for our brothers and sisters in need. THANK YOU!!

Youth Rafting Trip-September 6

Our Amazing Youth at Catholic Heart Workcamp

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.

  • 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 may 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.

If you have questions regarding these changes, please contact Fr. Doug directly.

What are Coptic Christians and Why You Should Know

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Weekly Readings

Weekly reading

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