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.
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.
Reconciliation is available Tuesdays at 6:00 PM and Saturdays from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM.
NO CONFESSIONS ON TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2015
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.
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:
If you have questions regarding these changes, please contact Fr. Doug directly.
St. Thomas Women’s Guild Spring Card Party and Luncheon will be held on Thursday, May 7th. All women of the parish are invited to attend and to bring their friends to enjoy a lovely lunch and a day of cards or games. It is an important fundraiser for the Guild; all proceeds will go to local charities. It is always a fun day!
Tickets for the event are $16. They will be on sale at the Guild meeting on Monday, March 23rd or from Bette Purvis at 458-8070.
Volunteers are always needed. Please call Sandra Meyer at 657-5032 to add your name to the list or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
REGISTRACIONES PARA SOCCER
Los sábados de 12pm-2pm
En el Centro Parroquial
Comenzamos a jugar el 11 de abril
Thank you to all who have been supporting Catholic education by saving Boxtops and Labels for Education for St. John Neumann Catholic School. The last turn-in for the year will be in early April. Please put your Boxtops in the box at the PFLC by the last Sunday of March for pickup. Call Eileen (816-3714) for information.
WEEKEND MASS ANNOUNCEMENTS
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 email@example.com 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 www.dioknox.org 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 www.tennesseetheatre.com, 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 www.dioknox.org.
BEWARE OF SOLICITATIONS ON PARISH GROUNDS
Please beware of individuals soliciting for contributions on St. Thomas property. We have experienced some repeated problems, and most often those soliciting are dishonest and manipulative. If you are approached, please refer the solicitor to Good Samaritan Center, 119 North A Street, Lenoir City, or to the Parish Office.
By making personal contributions we are encouraging and attracting fraudulent solicitations. If you would like to help with real emergency needs, please make your gift to the Charity Fund at St.Thomas, or directly to the Good Samaritan Center.
When emergency needs arise we want to help, but we must be cautious. If you have questions, or if you observe someone soliciting on parish grounds, please notify the Parish Office immediately.
LADIES, SAVE THE DATE
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…
CRY ROOM NOW AVAILABLE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register for the 2014-2015 Religious Education, Youth, and Confirmation programs
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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
If you would like to donate flowers for the altar, please contact the parish office at 865-986-9885.
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.
Contact info…need cell phone numbers for S & F informational text chain 865-310-5440 text Kevin your name and numbers.