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.

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
30 minutes before Saturday PM and
Sunday morning Masses

Events/Calendar

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

Closed Tuesday, July 4 for Independence Day

ROSARY BEFORE MASS

The Rosary is prayed 30 minutes before 5:00PM Mass and 11:30AM Mass; starting Sunday, July 2, the Rosary preceding the 9:00AM Mass will start at 8:20.  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.

Morning Prayer

MORNING PRAYER ON FRIDAYS

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

 

EUCHARISTIC  ADORATION 

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.

 

 

 

 

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

 

Catholic Gifts and Books and Supplies

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR VBS!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR VBS!

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.

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 deacondave98@yahoo.com.

If you have recently registered and have not heard from our Welcome Committee, please contact Deacon Dave Pecot at deacondave98@yahoo.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.

 

Living Stations of the Cross

May Crowning

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

 

 

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. 

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

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

9 AM DAILY MASS
9:30 AM FELLOWSHIP AND REFRESHMENTS
10 AM “REFLECTION ON PSALMS” BY SR. TIMOTHEA
12 NOON LUNCH (BROWN BAG OR CHIK-FIL-A)
1 PM “WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A BRIDE OF CHRIST?” BY DEACON JOHN KREPPS
3 PM DISMISS

ST. THOMAS NEEDS YOU

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 jim@sthomaslc.com. Thanks you for your prayerful consideration.

FASHION SHOW TICKETS ON SALE!

Tickets for the St. Thomas Women’s Guild August 2 Luncheon and Fashion Show will be available for purchase beginning June 17. Donation is $16.00 pp.  Tables will be open before the 5:00 Mass on Saturday and between the 9:30 and 11:00 Masses on Sunday.  Sales are expected to end on July 16 - sooner if the event is sold out.  Don’t dally – plan on buying early!  Watch for flyers and posters or contact Virginia Zorovich (657-9216) for information. 

St. Thomas Fashion Show Vendors 

Mimi's Wreaths - Lou Ann Malone 

Bling on the Bangles - Sonia Cox 

Silver Mountain Jewelry - Cori Coley 

Hoot of the Owl (Bags) - Tse Wang 

Fused Glass - Tom Marshall 

Pampered Chef - Robbie VanNortwick 

Dandy Candy - Yvonne Hawxhurst 

Calligraphy - Robbie Crawford 

Ridiculously Adorable Clothes for Kids - Gaye Williams 

Creative Stitches - Vonnie Rivers

Scentsy - Mary Caudle 

Plunder Design Jewelry- Chris Lucheon

Shoppes of Loudon

 

 

THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS NEED YOUR HELP

Two guiding principles of the Knights of Columbus are Unity and Fraternity.  Unity signifies the act of relying on each other, sticking together to complete a project. At the inception of the order, fraternity often meant caring for widows and orphans, thus the Knights of Columbus Insurance.  Today, members continue to focus on the care of those brothers and their families who are sick and in distress. 

We need your help in telling us of any member of the Knights who is ill, homebound, unable to attend a meeting because of the inability to drive at night, having difficulty maintaining their home or yard or just needs a visit from a fellow Knight.  Please provide the opportunity for the members of St. Thomas, Knights of Columbus to be of service to a fellow Knight by calling Deputy Grand Knight, Don Hoyle 458-4256. 

 

Bulletin Notes

WISHING FOR THE JOY OF ATTENDING MASS BUT NEED A RIDE?

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!


SAVE THE DATE

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 2, for the St. Thomas Women’s Guild Luncheon and Fashion Show. Vendors for shopping at 10:00am followed by lunch and Stein Mart fashions. Tickets sales after Masses start in June. Gather your table now! Contact Virginia Zorovich (657-9216) for information. 


ROSARY BEFORE MASS

The Rosary is prayed 30 minutes before 5:00PM Mass and 11:30AM Mass; starting Sunday, July 2, the Rosary preceding the 9:00AM Mass will start at 8:20.  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.


SOCIETY ST. VINCENT DE PAUL

In the Gospel today, we hear Jesus say: “Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.”  Thank you for our gifts of groceries and diapers this weekend.  The next meeting of the Society will be on Friday, July 7 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.


 STEPHEN MINISTRY

The role of Stephen Ministers is to give care. They listen, empathize, encourage, pray, and provide emotional and spiritual support on a weekly basis to hurting people for as long as the need persists. God works in and through them to bring hope and healing. If you are feeling lonely, experiencing a crisis, struggling through a difficult time, or simply stressed by everyday life, contact Barbara Brennan 458-8922 or Tom Ringenbach 458-0915 to learn more about Stephen Ministry. Our Stephen Ministers are ready to care for you!


FASHION SHOW TICKETS ON SALE!

Tickets for the St. Thomas Women’s Guild August 2 Luncheon and Fashion Show will be available for purchase beginning June 17. Donation is $16.00 pp.  Tables will be open before the 5:00 Mass on Saturday and between the 9:30 and 11:00 Masses on Sunday.  Sales are expected to end on July 16 - sooner if the event is sold out.  Don’t dally – plan on buying early!  Watch for flyers and posters or contact Virginia Zorovich (657-9216) for information. 


THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS NEED YOUR HELP

Two guiding principles of the Knights of Columbus are Unity and Fraternity.  Unity signifies the act of relying on each other, sticking together to complete a project. At the inception of the order, fraternity often meant caring for widows and orphans, thus the Knights of Columbus Insurance.  Today, members continue to focus on the care of those brothers and their families who are sick and in distress. 

We need your help in telling us of any member of the Knights who is ill, homebound, unable to attend a meeting because of the inability to drive at night, having difficulty maintaining their home or yard or just needs a visit from a fellow Knight.  Please provide the opportunity for the members of St. Thomas, Knights of Columbus to be of service to a fellow Knight by calling Deputy Grand Knight, Ray Mouse (865) 712-7820.  


 MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Lutheran/Catholic Dialog

Saturday, July 8 at 1:00 pm, St. Thomas’ PFLC

See the above article of "The Way.." for more information about content.


ROSARY MAKERS NEED YOUR HELP

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. 


 

Declaration on the Way: Church, Ministry and Eucharist

This document, Declaration on the Way: Church, Ministry and Eucharist, is a declaration of the consensus achieved by Lutherans and Catholics on the topics of church, ministry and Eucharist as the result of ecumenical dialogue between the two communions since 1965. It is a consensus “on the way” (in via), because dialogue has not yet resolved all the church-dividing differences on these topics. Nevertheless, at this time of important benchmarks in the relationship between Lutherans and Catholics, including both the anniversary of 50 years of dialogue in 2015 and also the 500th commemoration of the Reformation in 2017, it is good to review the path traveled together and to enumerate the many points of agreement between Lutherans and Catholics on these subjects. This review can help both communities to affirm the agreements they have reached together. More importantly, it can encourage them to look for the next steps toward Christian unity.

Download document here.

STWG News

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

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. 

Staff

Annointing

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!
 

 

 

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

Click on the picture to learn more!

 

Weekly Readings

Weekly reading