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 2016 Video





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


Wednesday, October 26th and Thursday, October 27th

Priests will be at a retreat.

All Saints' Day Masses (Holy Day of Obligation)

Monday, October 31- 6PM Spanish

Tuesday, November 1-10:00 AM and 6PM  Both English


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



Tuesday, October 25th



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



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.


Catholic Gifts and Books and Supplies


All are invited to the 2nd Annual Membership and Social Meeting sponsored by the Knights of Columbus on Tuesday, October 25th at the Parish Family Life Center at 6:15pm. The evening will begin with a free dinner prepared by the Knights. A presentation by the Smoky Mountain Service Dogs organization will follow dinner.  Smoky Mountain Service Dogs mission is to “Enhance the physical and psychological quality of life for veterans with disabilities.”  Mike Kitchens, chairman along with a trainer plus dog will talk about the organizations work.

A short program on why all Catholic men should consider becoming a Knight of Columbus will conclude the meeting.  Learn how your family can benefit from participation in the Knight’s charity programs.  Live your faith more fully and strengthen it through practicing the guiding principles of the Knights of Columbus charity, unity and fraternity.  Display your love of country by aspiring to the virtue of patriotism, the principle of the Fourth Degree. 

While reservations are not required, it would be great to know how much food to prepare.  Please let Bill Twohig, or Jerry Dougherty, know if you plan to attend. Thanks!

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.

Trunk or Treat


Sunday, October 30th 6:00 PM. 

Trunk or Treat for all families of St. Thomas;

Bring your car and candy and kids if you have them!




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

Edge Color Run

Movie Night


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.

Life Teen and Edge-XLT


An Evening of Worship and Music
For Middle and High School Youth
October 26 - 7:30 – 9:00 Pm
Featuring Sarah Kroger and Dom Quaglia




The holiday season is coming fast.  Consider sending SCRIP gift cards to relatives this year.  Many of our family members are out of the area and it is difficult to know what to buy for them.  There are 718 merchants nationwide in the SCRIP program.  To view all the participants simply visit the SCRIP website:  Click on “shop” in the upper right corner. We are available after each mass to help and process your order.


We will be going to NPH El Salvador again this year and we need your help with filling large luggage for the children.  Items needed are: Toothbrushes (adult sizes only); Toothpaste;  Bras sizes 32, 34, 36; Bikini panties girls sizes 12, 14, 16 and women’s sizes 5, 6;  Boys underwear boxers sizes 12, 14, 16 and adult small; boys white socks for shoes 6-9; stickers, Crayola color markers, permanent markers (black, blue, red) coloring books. Please – no pencils, small scissors, or Crayons.

Items must be new and dropped off at church no later than November 6th. Thank you for your help, Stu & Jan McFadden 865-458-3911.


I’ve had several ladies call and ask about the Kairos Ministry weekend at the Morgan County Correctional Facility and the need for cookies for this ministry. I apologize for not informing you sooner, but for the first time in 14 years we’ve had to cancel our weekend due to a lack of Kairos Team volunteers. This ecumenical ministry requires a minimum of 24 volunteers from the various churches in the area. Unfortunately, only 13 men volunteered, including 2 from our parish. This was quite disappointing to us and to the men who were scheduled to be our guests. There will be another weekend scheduled for the spring of 2017 and we’ll need cookies at that time. We will, however, also need volunteers from our parish to join with us to increase our numbers in order to form a team. If you would like to gain more insight into being a volunteer please contact one of us and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have. Thank you for your support in the past and we look forward to your assistance in the spring weekend.

          ~Jim Mattavi 408-9653 / Harry Westcott 405-4884


The Women's Guild FALL BAKE SALE will be held on Saturday, November 19th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, and Sunday, November 20th after all Masses.  Our parish is blessed with some wonderful bakers.  To be successful in supporting some of our local charities, we need a lot of homemade (no store bought) bakery i.e. cakes, pies, cookies, breads and muffins.  Parishioners also enjoy jellies, jams homemade bread and butter pickles, relishes and more.  Please pull your favorite recipes to share your yummy bakery with the parish.  If you can bake one or more items, there will be sign-up sheets in the back of the church or please contact either Jacquie Bourke @ 657-9795 or or Nadine Mazienis @ 423-884-2577 or  Thank you.


Just $5 short of the two thousand dollar mark!  We plan to have the remaining craft items on sale at our November bake sale so we project profits to be over that mark. Many, many thanks to all who donated the many beautiful, handmade items for the sale and to those who donated supplies (corks, fabric, fiber fill, pine cones, etc.)  Thanks to all the workers as well as to all who made purchases.  We would especially like to thank those who came to our monthly workshops to work on items.  What fun we had!  Keep thinking of new ideas.

~Mary Mills and Linda Sanford


Again for Christmas this year, the Knights of Columbus will be taking orders after Mass; only 4 weekends (October 22/23 – November 12/13). This Christmas Season, give yourself, your family and friends a special greeting with a fresh fragrant Evergreen Wreath, Mini-Christmas tree, Mini-Holy Berry tree and/or a Candlelit Centerpiece. 

They will be shipped directly, and includes a greeting card, wreath hanger, gift packaging and delivery by FedEx between November 21st and December 10th. For information contact Stu McFadden 458-3911. 


Edge Brochure

In September, St Thomas the Apostle began 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

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.  Call Larry Finneran at (865) 657-9119 for more information.   

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.

Sleeping Bags and Mats for the Homeless

Donation of sleeping bags and sleeping mats are needed for the homeless!  With the cooler evenings and approach of colder weather, please consider the donation of a combination sleeping bag and sleeping mat set (to help insulate against the cold ground) for the homeless.  Small tents are welcome as well as well.  Used (but clean) and new sleeping bags/mats are most welcome. Donations will gladly be accepted at the Chancery for distribution.  Please contact Paul Simoneau / 865-584-3307 with questions or donations


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  


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



St. Thomas Women's Guild

Advent by Candlelight

Sunday, December 4, 2016

2:00 – 4:00 pm St. Thomas PFLC

Please join us for a special afternoon for women to gather together… A time sparked with thoughtful reflection, soothing music, sweet desserts and quiet conversation among friends old & new… A gathering in a room filled with Lovely set tables, glowing with myriads of candles…A spiritual & sensory experience… Ladies of our parish are invited to host or co-host a table. You’ll enjoy favorite desserts and snacks, an inviting table of eight. We are looking for hostesses and co-hostesses to make our event joyful. Table hostesses please contact Bette Purvis:, or call 865. 458. 8070. There is no cost for this event, but reservations are required.

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. 

Upcoming Adult Faith Formation Opportunities




Plan now for your Tuesdays to never be the same as the Adult Faith Formation presents “Tuesdays with Deacon Dave.”  We will begin on November 8th at 11:30 am and continuing on the second Tuesday each month, a series of talks by Deacon Dave Pecot.  The members of his parish in Ohio soon discovered after his ordination in 1998 that Deacon Dave was a gifted homilist and speaker.  Various groups on the Great Lakes began to invite him to speak at conferences, provide retreats, parish missions and at parish gatherings.                                          When he was assigned to St. Thomas we were unaware of his ability to inspire and challenge us spiritually but after a few of his homilies we knew we were blessed.  The Adult Faith Formation team has coaxed him out of retirement to once again bless us with his ability to energize our faith. Each 2nd Tuesday of the month (except December) we will have a simple lunch, followed by a presentation by Deacon Dave. His talk will be followed by a table discussion by those attending.  The session will begin at 11:30 am and will conclude by 1:30 pm.  RSVP will be necessary so we can plan for lunch. Call Jill St. Yves’ office:  986.9885 x15. 

Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary

On Sunday, October 16th, 10:30am, Deacon Jose Rivera Room, there will be a short video on Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary.  If you are not familiar with Marian Consecration or would like to know more about it, this 27 minute video is a wonderful introduction.  Cardinal Rigali and others show how the most effective and beautiful way to Jesus is through the imitation of His Mother.  Entrusting our lives to Mary, our Blessed Mother, is the surest, easiest path to holiness.  

This video will also be shown again on Thursday morning, October 20, 9:30am, when Deacon David Lucheon begins the 33 day preparation for Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary using the book 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley.  

If you are interested in making this Marion Consecration or in the future please come and watch this video.


Dr. Edward Sri’s:

A Biblical Walk Through The Mass 

5 Sessions Tuesdays, Oct 18 - Nov 15,

9:30–11:00 am   Pam Wallace


Dr. Sri takes us through the Old Testament and shows us how our Mass is a unique tour of the timeless Liturgy. It explores the biblical roots of the words and gestures we experience in Mass and explains their profound significance. Participants in this study will come to know and understand the Mass like never before. They will see, perhaps for the first time, why they say what they say, and do what they do every week at Mass. The words and gestures will be seen in a new light, leading them to a richer, more fruitful worship experience.  Book can be ordered for $10. To register, Email Pam at or call 865. 657. 3445

 Movie Night

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

Book Discussions

  • October 28, 10:00am – 11:30am: The Long Loneliness by Dorothy Day  

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 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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