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.

Fall Fling October 2!!

Rotisseries needed

Please call Kevin at the parish office, 865-986-9885 if you have a rotisserie grill you could loan us for the parish picnic.

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
Rosary every Saturday evening at 4:30 PM


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

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.





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



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



Edge Color Run



Can you make yourself available four hours per month to serve your parish?  We are very much in need of volunteers to join our Housekeeping teams.  You need only to commit four 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



Fall Fling Parish Picnic

Sunday, October 2nd 



The Knights of Columbus Council 12633 will be hosting their “Polish Feast” Dinner / Dance on Friday, October 21, 2016. 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 $27.50 per person.  

Reservations and ticket information are available from Bill Twohig at 865 607-2248 or or Ed Valente at 865 406-9641 or .

Knights will also be selling tickets after all Masses the weekends of September 10 & 11 thru October 15 & 16.


Women's Guild News


Wednesday, September 21st 2016

We are very privileged this month to be hosting Father Julian. Father Julian will share his story with us. We begin with refreshment and fellowship following the 8:30 Mass, around 9:00AM.   Remember, all women of the parish are members of our Guild and are welcome to attend and participate in every Guild event.  After the meeting everyone is welcome to join us for lunch at the Country Kinfolk in Lenoir City.  Please come and join us. 


Saturday, October 1         10AM – 2PM   PFLC

Sunday, October 2            10AM – Noon and 3PM – 5PM (during the picnic)  PFLC 

There will be many wonderful handmade items suitable for gift giving:  fall and Christmas items, perfect hostess gifts, purses, jewelry, household items, wreaths, and more.  Shop early for best selections.  To benefit our local charities.

Upcoming Adult Faith Formation Opportunities


Deacon David Lucheon

  • Second Greatest Story Ever Told – Michael Gaitley (book & DVD), Thursdays, Sept. 8 – Oct. 6, 9:30 – 10:45am 
  • New Seeds of Contemplation – Mondays, Sept. 12 – Dec. 19, 2:00-3:30pm 
  • Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary – begins with a short introductory video, Thursday, Oct. 20, 9:30am. Then, 4 sessions using Fr. Michael Gaitley’s 33 Days to Morning Glory, Thursday mornings, 9:30-10:45am.

Ceremony for Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary will be on The Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, November 21, 9:15am in the church.

 Movie Night

  • October 3, 6:30pm: Clare and Francis (part 1)
  • November 7, 6:30pm: Clare and Francis (part 2)
  • December 7, 6:30pm: Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message

Book Discussions

  • September 30, 10:00am-11:30am: De-Coding Mary Magdalene by Amy Welborn
  • October 28, 10:00am – 11:30am: The Long Loneliness by Dorothy Day 

End of Life Seminar

  • Saturday, October 8, 9:00am – 3:00pm 

Tuesday Evening Group

  • Beginning August 30, 6:00 – 8:00pm, 5 sessions on Francis of Assisi by G. K. Chesterton


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.


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.

Catholic Gifts and Books and Supplies



Our new St. Augustine hymnals are now in the pews!  These new English hymnals include old favorites as well as new hymns plus readings for all three liturgical years.  The hymnal and missalette for the Spanish congregation are in the blue binders. 

The Women’s Guild thanks you for your support of their drive to sell hymnals and dedications. Parishioners purchased approximately 25 hymnals and over 100 dedications.  There are about 400 hymnals in the sanctuary and the Women’s Guild sprinkled the books containing dedication labels throughout the sanctuary. The Music Ministry of St. Thomas hopes you enjoy our new hymnals!


Thursday, October 6, 2016, 6:30 PM

Knoxville Convention Center. We will carpool from St. Thomas.

Please call Kay Sheldon, 458-8510, for more details.  There is no charge.


Edge Brochure

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. 



Life Teen Brochure

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.


“Holy Fire” Middle School Conference

For youth grades 6-8; Saturday, November 12, 2016. $50.00 for Saturday Conference only. Possible concert Friday night for additional cost, LeConte Center, Pigeon Forge. Registration, hotel and other info available at and click on EVENTS tab. Our diocese has been chosen by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry to host the first NFCYM Region V Catholic Conference for middle school youth. Parent workshops will be available. We expect about 2,000 participants. Similar to the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC), this will be designed around a community of prayer, witness and joy. NFCYM will be providing world-class production, music and international speakers. Get updates from your parish youth ministry coordinator or visit and click on EVENTS tab.


Was it really only last year?  You stayed up to watch the New Year come in together. You talked about the past year, all the memories, good and bad...How you laughed over some of them. But this year you're alone.  And memories bring you nothing but pain. During this time of pain, a Stephen Minister would like to be there with you.  He or she will listen and care as you sort through your feelings.  Call Barbara Brennan (458-8922) or Tom Ringenbach (458-0915).


In today’s Gospel we see that prudent decisiveness means that we recognize that all our choices in daily living are really choices for eternal life.  Admission into heaven is something money cannot buy.  The only currency that has any value to secure our entrance is that of love.  Know that with your gifts you are a sign of God’s love to those who are in need.  The next meeting of the Society will be on Friday, October 7 at 9:15 in the Deacon Jose Rivera Room of the PFLC. Call Larry Finneran at (865) 657-9119 for more information.   

There will also be a special Festival meeting of all the SVDP Conferences in the Diocese here at St. Thomas the Apostle on Saturday, September 24 beginning with Mass at 9:00 and concluding with lunch.  All Active, Associate and Contributing members and interested parishioners are invited to attend.  Please make reservations with Larry Finneran at the number above. 

Food drive next weekend September 24/25. Baby and toddler diapers will also be appreciated. Food and diapers will be collected before all masses by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

We could use some help on a new project; providing help with weekend food packages to students in financial need at Loudon County’s North Middle School.  Once a month you would pack bags containing non-perishable food.  These would then be disbursed to approximately fifty qualifying students.  Your time commitment would be two hours per month.  Please consider taking advantage of this opportunity to put your Faith into Action.  Call Katy Finneran at 657-9119 or e-mail her at to volunteer.


To help you deepen your faith, may we suggest a Cursillo Weekend?  We are hoping you can put this weekend on your calendar. Please pick up a brochure and application in the Narthex for the Cursillo weekend. For more information, contact Bette Purvis 458-8070 or

Women’s English Weekend*  –  October 27-30, 2016 

Location for weekend: *Apison Center near Chattanooga  


There will be a Virtus Training session here at St. Thomas on Tuesday, September 20, 6:00-9:00 pm.  All volunteers who work in Religious Ed, Edge, Life Teen, Boy Scouts, Stephen Ministers, and Homebound Ministry are required to attend a Virtus Training.  This 3 hour session contains vital information about creating and maintaining safe environments for children.  Parents and grandparents are invited to attend as well.  If you are a volunteer or parent who has not already attended a Virtus Training session please call Jill in the office, 986-9885, for registration information.  There is no cost.


Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Adult Faith Formation Committee, Healing Hearts Ministry, and Stephen Ministry will present an “End of Life Issues” seminar at St. Thomas on Saturday, October 8.  This will be a daylong session starting with Holy Mass at 9:00 AM and will include a continental breakfast and lunch.  Topics will include the mystery of human suffering, end of life care, having a will, and planning your Catholic funeral.  Watch the bulletin for more details.


Team #27 is now being formed to minister to inmates at the Morgan County Correctional Facility. Volunteers are needed for this important ministry which will be held on Oct. 14-17. Parishes from around East TN are participating in this program. Our parish has two volunteers; we need to at least double that number. Please contact either Jim Mattavi 408-9653 or Harry Westcott 405-4884 for answers to any questions you may have. 



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. 

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



Life Teen-Every Other Wednesday Evening



Edge Brochure

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. 


Life Teen Brochure

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

St. Thomas Women's Guild


June 15th Meeting

Kay Sheldon, our guest speaker spoke on Building a Culture of Life. After Kay's preentation Donna Curry, our president led the guild in a brain storming activity to compile "A Million Works of Mercy" for the NCCW.  



July 20th Meeting:

Twenty three of our guild members participated in the tour of the Child Advocacy Center conducted by Executive Director, Chris Longmire.  Chris  shared their Mission - "To heal the pain of child abuse."They are a non-profit agency serving severely abused children between the ages of 3 to 17 in the counties of Loudon,Morgan, Meigs and Roane.     

After our tour, 19 guild member convened in Loudon for lunch and a very informative and enjoyable walking tour by one of parishioners Bo Carey. 

Movie Night


October 3rd AND November 7th



A major new epic feature film on the lives of St. Clare and St. Francis of Assisi shot on location in Italy. This outstanding movie is unique among films on St. Francis because of the historical accuracy of the story and its authentic spirit of joy and piety Francis was known for, as well as the major role played by Clare who is given equal stature with Francis. The two leads who give genuinely inspiring and beautifully moving performances of the daughter of a patrician family and the son of a rich merchant who leave all to follow Christ. Francis renounces his inheritance of wealth to live the Gospel and serve the poor and outcasts. Clare reads deep into his heart and decides to follow him, leaving her home and family to give herself as the bride of Christ. Both found major religious orders and together they inspire many to follow their radical call to live the Gospel, and their impact has even reached across the centuries to change the world.  Review by Catholic News Agency CAN. This movie will be shown in 2 parts due to its length.  Remember to bring a lawn chair for comfort and popcorn & beverage for fun.

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. 

Altar Flowers

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


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!
 No Inquiry Sessions in July.



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

Spanish Living Stations of the Cross

Image by Sue Duncan

Youth Living Stations of the Cross 2016

Advent by Candlelight

St. Thomas Women's Guild November Meeting

Spaghetti and Karaoke

Women's Guild Fashion Show Fun

Jubilee of Mercy



Work of Mercy

Mercy Actions

December 2015

Instruct the Ignorant and Admonish Sinners

Opening of the Year of Mercy at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, December 8; Opening of the Door of Mercy at the Church of Divine Mercy on Dec. 6; Opening of the Door of Mercy at St. Mary, Johnson City on Dec. 13.

Reach out to those who are afraid, who are confused about their faith or longing for what the world cannot provide, and lovingly share the mercy of Jesus and his Church for them.

Pray outside an Abortion Clinic or donate to Catholic Charities of East TN Pregnancy Help Center.

January 2016

Shelter the Homeless

Opening of the Door of Mercy at the Basilica of Sts Peter and Paul in Chattanooga.

Donate to Catholic Charities of East Tennesseeor an agency serving the homeless.

Sponsor a refugee family through Bridge Refugee Services operating in Knoxville and Chattanooga.

February 2016

Feed the Hungry

Donate non-perishable food to the Ladies of Charity or Good Samaritan of Loudon County.

Donate to Catholic Relief Services to alleviate global poverty.

March 2016

Visit the Imprisoned

Volunteer to help Kairos prison ministry efforts or donate to the Dismas Ministry that assists our diocese with materials for those in prison—pray for prisoners and their families.

April 2016

Comfort the Afflicted

Reach out in a special way to the lonely and those suffering physically or spiritually and take specific action to bring them comfort.

Reflect upon the Church’s teaching on the meaning of salvific suffering and the “offering up” of one’s sufferings as a share in Christ’s sufferings for spiritual good of others.

May 2016

Bury the Dead

Volunteer to help with our Bereavement Ministry and help those mourning the loss of a loved one.

Visit the grave of a family member or friend and pray for them and the families they leave behind.

June 2016

Forgive Offenses Willingly and Bear Wrongs Patiently

Reflect on who has hurt you, ask God to bring you healing, and pray for the well-being of those who have harmed you.

July 2016

Give Drink to the Thirsty

Donate to global efforts to help the world’s poor through Catholic Relief Services or donate your time and resources to local efforts such as our Society St. Vincent de Paul Conference or the Ladies of Charity.

August 2016

Counsel the Doubtful    

Help those experiencing doubt or despair in their lives and share your experience of God’s presence and power in your life.

September 2016

Clothe the Naked

Donate clothes or supplies to a shelter, Catholic Charities of East TN, our Society of St.Vincent de Paul Conference, or Good Neighbor's Shop.

October 2016

Visit the Sick

Volunteer at a hospital/care center or the St. Mary Legacy Clinic, and visit the infirm or elderly.

November 2016

Pray for the Living and the Dead
Closing of the Year of Mercy
Christ the King of the Universe
November 20, 2016

Attend All Saints and All Souls DayMasses and pray that Christ will be the Universal King in the hearts of all the living and the dead.



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

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.

What are Coptic Christians and Why You Should Know

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