Worship and Liturgy

Parishioners involved in any of the liturgical ministries volunteer their time and talents to help with the celebration of all Masses. From lectors to ushers to choir members, parishioners make worship more meaningful. For more information on liturgical ministries, please contact Jim Polhamus at the parish offices at 865-986-9885.


 Fr. Doug Announces New Staff Appointment 


I am very pleased to announce that Jim Polhamus will be joining our staff on July 1st, serving as Liturgical Coordinator.  This is an important new focus for St. Thomas and I know Jim will do a tremendous job.   

This part-time position will serve to assist in coordinating functions including Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Lectors, Ushers, Servers, and Sacristans.  In this new position, Jim will be preparing and updating policies and manuals, as well as coordinating training for ministry volunteers, and maintaining a current data base for all ministries.  He will work closely with the pastor and associate pastor, the liturgical scheduler, and the parish staff.    

As Liturgical Coordinator, Jim will also provide management and oversight of the St. Thomas columbarium, including records, policies, and grounds.  As a volunteer, he supervised the construction of the columbarium in 2005, and has administered it since.  

Jim and his wife, Faye, moved from Maryland to Tennessee in 1997.  His extensive service at St. Thomas the Apostle during the past seventeen years has included serving as Sacristan, Lector, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, and Altar Server.  He also served as Chairman of the Church Design Committee for our new church.  

Please join me in congratulating and welcoming Jim as Liturgical Coordinator.