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.
LENTEN BLESSING BAGS
The Advent Blessing Bag project was a great success, thank you fellow parishioners. Father Doug has requested that the youth group, with the help of Saint Vincent de Paul Society, plan a Lenten Blessing Bag.
Please consider bringing men’s white socks, underwear (both men’s and women’s), tee-shirts, sunscreen, toothbrush and toothpaste, men’s and women’s deodorant, women’s sanitary products, billed golf/baseball hats, individual serving sized cans of food and toilet paper to the church on or before March 26th. Place them in the “food cart” marked Blessing Bags. Please bring only new clothing items.
The youth group will then assemble the donations. The bags will be distributed to you the weekend of March 25th and 26th, the fourth Sunday of Lent. You are encouraged to take one and give it to a homeless person.
This is a great service project for the youth of the parish but more important, it provides you the opportunity to be the “face of Christ” to the poor. We are challenged to do more than “talk the talk”. We, as Catholic laypeople, should be willing to “walk the walk”, letting others see our Faith through our actions.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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!
CLEAN UP DAY
DATES FOR PARISH WORK DAYS CHANGED!!
We have moved the Parish Work Days to Friday-Saturday, April 21-22. Please note this change on your calendar.
Please join us on either (or both) Friday or Saturday as we spruce up our parish and get ready for spring and Easter. We have lots to do, both inside and out, and your help is needed. No special skills required, just a willingness to clean-up, fix-up, shape-up. Projects include: mulching, painting, trimming, repairing, cleaning, planting, staining and organizing.
Please join us. Call (865) 986-9885 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know which day(s) you’ll be able to help.
You can also add your name to the one of the sign-up sheets in the church or in the Parish Family Life Center. Thank you!
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.
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
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.
FASTING AND ABSTINENCE
CATHEDRAL CORNERSTONE UNVEILING INVITATION-MARCH 25
Please consider joining Bishop Richard Stika, Cardinal Justin Rigali, and Father David Boettner for a special ceremony as the cornerstone for the new Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is unveiled on Saturday, March 25 at 11 a.m. The cornerstone ceremony will include readings from Sacred Scripture, prayers, and music. Tours of the cathedral will be available until 2 p.m. following the unveiling. Please be sure to wear comfortable clothing and shoes as you will be visiting a working construction site. Construction of the new cathedral will continue through 2017 with the dedication of the new mother church of the diocese scheduled for March 3, 2018. Please visit dioknox.org for more information.
PRAYER VIGIL FOR OUR KAIROS TEAM AND GUESTS
Another way in which you may assist with our Kairos weekend is through prayer. There is a website, www.3dayol.org, where you can sign up for a period of time to offer prayers for our success. When you go to this site, click on the Prayer Vigil Listings and scroll down to the Morgan County Correctional Facility. Here you can select a time period that’s convenient for you. When all the time slots are filled, we make a printout for each day and display these on the Chapel wall at the facility. This is a powerful tool to inform our guests that people around the world are offering their prayers for the success of the weekend.
Blessings to all! Greg Brennan, Jim Mattavi, Stu McFadden and Harry Westcott
Kairos team #27 will be going into the Morgan County Correctional Complex on April 20 through the 23rd. We will be ministering to the inmates and bringing the word of God to them. As in the past we are in need of 2700 dozen Chocolate Chip kookies. The goal for St. Thomas parish is 500 dozen. In order to comply with the rules of the complex, we are limited to only Chocolate Chip cookies. Following are the instructions for preparing the kookies.
The Key ingredient for the Kookies is Prayer
Pray as an individual or as a group over the ingredients before and during mixing. Pray over the kookies as you drop them onto the cookie sheets for baking. Ask God to use your kookies as a source for His Love to shine on the inmates and staff on this Kairos weekend. Pray each kookie brings the resident, officers and staff who eats them closer to God.
Packing the Kookies
After baking, allow kookies to cool to room temp. Lay them in the freezer. When they are frozen, they will not likely crumble when stacked into the bags. Use one gallon Ziploc bags or the equivalent. Do not use aluminum foil. Put one dozen per bag. Place the kookies across the bottom of the bag and roll them up like a tube of Pringle chips. Tape the bag if necessary. Please keep the bags frozen until the collection dates. Label each bag with the type of kookie (chocolate chip). For those not inclined to make the kookies from scratch, tubes of kookie dough can be purchased from Gordon Food Service on Kingston Pike for less than $15. This will make 10 dozen kookies. If you go this route, call them at 560-8859 to order your dough. When you check out, tell them these are being purchased through the Fairview United Methodist Church and the sales tax will be waived. This arrangement has been made with their manager, Tyler.
The collection dates for the kookies will be after masses on April 15th and 16th. For those not wanting to bake kookies, we will be selling $5 “meal tickets” to be given to the residents to symbolize the care our parish has for them.
God bless you all,
Greg Brennan, Jim Mattavi, Stu McFadden and Harry Westcott
Kairos Team #27
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.
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 today’s Gospel, as Jesus gives sight to the blind man. Through grace we are also transformed from not seeing to seeing and then Jesus sends us to help others see and to believe. Thank you for your gifts to the parish charity collection and to the food and diaper collection. The next meeting of the Society will be on Friday, April 7 at 9:15 in the Deacon Jose Rivera 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.
STAND UP FOR LIFE ON MOTHER'S DAY
Next weekend, April 1 – 2, St. Thomas parishioners will have the opportunity to show their support for the life and dignity of each person, especially the unborn, by being part of a pro-life Mother's Day ad to be published in the East Tennessee Catholic. You will be able to sign this ad and donate after each Holy Mass. Please prayerfully consider participating.
Loneliness stalks the house. His things have long since been given away. Friends say you should go out. "Pull yourself together." But the hurt won't stop aching. The pain is still too sharp. A Stephen Minister can be with you while your wounds slowly heal. To learn more about Stephen Ministry, contact Barbara Brennan 458-8922 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.
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 March 19, 2017
- Sunday: Ex 17:3-7 / Ps 95 / Rom 5:1-2, 5-8 / Jn 4:5-42 or 4:5-15, 19b-26, 39a, 40-42
- Monday: 2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16 / Ps 89 / Rom 4:13, 16-18, 22 / Mt 1:16, 18-21, 24a or Lk 2:41-51a
- Tuesday: Dn 3:25, 34-43 / Ps 25 / Mt 18:21-35
- Wednesday: Dt 4:1, 5-9 / Ps 147 / Mt 5:17-19
- Thursday: Jer 7:23-28 / Ps 95 / Lk 11:14-23
- Friday: Hos 14:2-10 / Ps 81 / Mk 12:28-34
- Saturday: Is 7:10-14; 8:10 / Ps 40 / Heb 10:4-10 / Lk 1:26-38
- Next Sunday: 1 Sm 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a / Ps 23 / Eph 5:8-14 / Jn 9:1-41 or 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38