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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.

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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

40 minutes before weekend Masses (not including Spanish)

Parish Calendar

The complete parish calendar can be found at the bottom of the homepage or you may click on the menu item, Calendar to be directed to a new page.

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


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


The Rosary is prayed 40 minutes before 5:00PM Mass and 11:30AM Mass. If you are willing to help lead the Rosary, you should contact the coordinator for each Mass; 5:00PM, Jim Gecsei at 803-3555; 9:00AM, Ralph Pubillones at 458-6111; and 11:30AM, Pam Wallace at 657-3445.

Morning Prayer


Morning Prayer on Fridays after Daily Mass.

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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.





Society of St. Vincent de Paul 

On September 27, the Church celebrated the feast of St. Vincent de Paul, who knew that “God had sent him to bring good news to the poor.” With your contributions to the parish monthly charity collection plus your food and diaper donations, the members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul continue St. Vincent's  work and mission in our parish. Because of you they are able to “bring good news to the poor,” by  providing food and diapers, and financial help with utility and rent bills. Thank You! 


40 Days for Life is a national campaign that is a focused pro-life effort that consists of:

                                                40 days of prayer and fasting

                                                40 days of peaceful, prayerful vigil at an abortion business

                                                40 days of community outreach 

Approximately 4,000 abortions are performed each year in Knoxville.  Each one represents one life lost and others wounded.  

The Knoxville 40 Days for Life Vigil will be at the Planned Parenthood Abortion Business at 710 North Cherry Street. The 40 Days vigil will start on Wednesday, September 25, and end on Sunday, November 3. 

St. Thomas will be covering the days of Saturday, October 12, and Saturday, October 26.  We are inviting all parishioners to participate in this prayerful, peaceful witness for life.   A representative from St. Thomas will be at the location the entire time.  Sign-up sheets and directions will be available in the Narthex.  Place your sign-up sheet in the box provided.  For more information please call Curt Sheldon at 865-458-8510 or Kay Sheldon at 865-742-7557.     

 CELEBRATE LIFE BANQUET - October 15, 2019, 6:30 PM, Knoxville Convention Center 

Make plans to join fellow St. Thomas parishioners for the Knoxville Celebrate Life Banquet on Tuesday, October 15, 2019.  The banquet will feature Connie and Ashley DeRamus. Ashley has Down's syndrome.  She and her mother, Connie, travel the country to increase awareness and enlighten others about the positive contributions that those with Down's syndrome contribute to society. 

We will carpool from the St. Thomas parking lot, leaving at 5:15 PM.  There is no charge to attend, but an offering will be taken up after the banquet.  For reservations and more information, please call Kay Sheldon, 865-742-7557.  Thank you.




Bulletin Notes


In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us that the shepherd rejoices when he finds one lost sheep.  The story tells us that nothing and no one is insignificant to God who is compassionate and loving to all. 

Is there a neighbor or friend of yours who is in temporary need because of a loss of a job or an illness?  Please leave a message for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul…we want to help! 


For the last several years men from St. Thomas and other Christian churches in the Knoxville area have been going to the Morgan County Correctional Facility to present a Kairos 3-day retreat to prisoners and bring the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ to them. This Fall they will be there from October 17-20. We pray for the prisoners and we also send cookies for them to enjoy a little taste of home.  These cookies are only chocolate chip and must be packaged in a gallon zip lock baggie. They are to be packed like a Ritz cracker tube with one dozen per bag. Again, we will make it easier for our volunteer cookie bakers.  We will order the chocolate chip cookie dough from Gordon Food Service and all you will have to do is bake the cookies, pack and freeze them.  They come in a box of 10 dozen for $15.00 and our objective is 600 dozen.  If you make them on your own, the cookies must only be chocolate chip with NO nuts or fruit added, and 2”-3” size. We will have a sign-up sheet in the Narthex next couple weekends, and you may pick up the cookie dough after Mass or during the week.  Cookies need to be returned the weekend of Oct 12-13 at Mass.  If you will be out of town, call me and I will make arrangements to get them from you.  For questions or to sign up call Jan McFadden 865-458-3911. 

For Questions about Kairos Prison Ministry talk to Harry Westcott, Jim Mattavi, Tom Shaughnessy, Greg Brennan, Bob Maloney, Chip Young, Donna Maloney, and/or Stu McFadden


Think a moment.  You are surrounded by people who are thirsting for a personal relationship with Christ who may or may not know it.  When St. James says, faith without works is dead, he is telling you to do something with your faith to help others.  What can I do about these people you say?  Well, right now we are asking you to bring people into our church who need to be here.  Who want to be here, but may not know it.  Look at your friends and family.  In your act of faith, reach out to someone you think needs us…ask them to “just come and see.”  Then, do your work by introducing them to RCIA, and we will do our work of preparation while the Holy Spirit leads them to Christ.  

RCIA, the Rite of Christian Initiation For Adults at St. Thomas the Apostle, is designed for adults and mature older teens who freely seek a personal relationship with Jesus.  Participants range from the already baptized to the non-baptized.  Active church goers to the un-active.  Catholics who have left the faith. Think, you do know someone.  Ask them to join with other Inquirers once a week at St. Thomas from now until Pentecost.  They will explore the fundamental questions of our Catholic faith, learn the Sacramental nature of our church, and, through catechesis, prepare for full reception into the Church at Easter Vigil. 

The Inquirer Class begins now and meets Mondays, 6:30 to 8:00 pm in Room 118.

Catechumen/candidate class will begin on December 1, 2019, the first Sunday of Advent, following the 9:00 am Mass (from 10:15 to 11:15) in Room 118.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions:  Deacon John Krepps (865) 288-0576 (email:  [email protected]).

Women’s Guild 11th Annual Advent by Candlelight Tea

We are happy to announce our St. Thomas Women’s Guild Eleventh Annual Advent by Candlelight Tea.  Mark your calendar now for Sunday, December 1, in the PFLC Social Hall.  All parish women are welcome and their guests to come for a delightful afternoon of prayerful reflection and fellowship in a beautiful atmosphere of candlelight and music. 

New Parish Photo Directory - COMING SOON

St. Thomas the Apostle Parish is always changing and growing, so our Parish Directory should be too!  We want you and your family to be photographed for the new parish directory.  You will receive one free 8x10 print, and you will have the opportunity to purchase additional photographs if you wish.  Photography sessions will begin this fall on October 29th and continue through mid-November.  Appointment scheduling will begin soon!  Your participation is important. 

Mission of Love and Relationship - Trip to NPH El Salvador

November 13 – 17, 2019

Come experience El Salvador, the children of NPH and the wonderful home that God has provided. You will meet the amazing children and staff of NPH and learn the ins and outs of their daily lives.  If you are new to NPH, visiting a home is the best way to see what they do in action.  If you are a longtime supporter or sponsor (there are many at St. Thomas), come catch up with old friends and see how your godchildren are growing and flourishing.  Travelers of all ages are welcome, including children (children under 21 must be accompanied by an adult chaperone).  Join us – your life may never be the same! For local information, call Stu or Jan McFadden 865-458-3911; email: [email protected]. To register online: For more information, contact Maci Mitchell at [email protected] or call 312-386-7494.

Help is needed to clean the church

“Housekeeping ain’t no joke” – Louisa May Alcott

Help is needed to clean the church, every first Monday at 10:00AM. See Sharon May 423-612-9529.

Email and Text Scams

Please be advised that no priest, staff person or official volunteer for the church will ever ask for your help financially via email or  text....we will not ask you to send money or buy itunes cards or anything similar. Please do not respond to any such emails. Scammers are more and more clever and are using websites to find out names and they are creating email addresses and asking for help. Please do not respond! Father Julian's email was the latest to be used in this way.


Hearing assistance transmitters and headphones are available in the closet next to the sound control board in the back corner of the sanctuary.  If you have difficulty hearing, please take advantage of these devices.  Just pick them up at the closet prior to Mass, and return after Mass.


Do you have a family member or friend who is interested in becoming Catholic? The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a ministry for those who are not baptized or who have been baptized in another faith tradition and wish to learn more about and possibly enter the Catholic Church. Our Inquiry sessions are held every Sunday morning (10:15am-11:15am) or Monday evening (6:30pm-8pm) in Room 118 downstairs in the Parish Family Life Center. You may attend either session as they will both contain the same information. For more information, call Deacon John Krepps, 469-0604, or[email protected]


The Rosary is prayed 40 minutes before 5:00PM Mass and 11:30AM Mass; starting Sunday, July 2, the Rosary preceding the 9:00AM Mass will start.  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. 


If you would register your Kroger Plus card and designate St. Thomas as your charitable choice once each quarter Kroger will send St. Thomas a donation check.  The donation amount is based on how much we collectively spend each quarter at Kroger.  Nothing else is required on your part, just shop as you normally would.   To register visit  If you do not have computer access you can call 1(800) 576-4377, OPTION 3, or just visit the customer service desk and they will help you.  The St. Thomas program number with Kroger is 42126.  It is easy and the church benefits.  If you are not registered, please consider doing so and if you are registered, thank you!


New Adult Faith Formation Programs



The Rosary and Icons

If you find it difficult to pray the Rosary and to stay focused, then take the suggestion of St. John Paul II and pray it with the aid of icons for each of its mysteries-it will transform your Rosary in a most powerful way. As Mary lived with her eyes fixed on Christ, keeping the memory of Jesus impressed upon her heart (cf. Lk 2:19, 51), so she deserves to help us to keep Him impressed upon our hearts and in our memory. Icons, as the Church teaches, are a beautiful way to help impress the mysteries of our faith upon our heart and within our memory. Join us then in the Parish Life Center on October 7th from 6:30-8:00pm for an opportunity to reflect upon the beautiful marriage of the Rosary and Icons with Paul Simoneau, Vice Chancellor for the Diocese. All attendees will receive a color booklet with all the icons of the mysteries of the Rosary and Paul will help us to “read” each one of these icons and to encounter the mystery that each portrays. Your praying of the Rosary will never be the same.

Luncheon with Lucheon

Deacon David Lucheon will present part 2 of the teachings and context of the Nicene Creed in the October lunch, including discussion of the Arian heresy, Church teachings on the three persons of the Trinity, the divine and human nature of Christ, the four reasons for the Incarnation and the Church.  The sessions will take place in the Deacon Jose Room on Tuesday, October 8th from 12 noon to 2:00pm. Lunch will be provided.

Pivotal Players

The Pivotal Players is a multi-part film series that illumines a handful of saints, artists, mystics, and scholars who not only shaped the life of the Church but changed the course of civilization. This program focuses on St. Augustine of Hippo and St. Benedict of Nursia, evangelist Bishop Fulton Sheen, and novelist Flannery O’Connor. Join deacon David Luncheon on Monday, October 14th at 12:30-1:45pm or Thursday, October 17 at 9:30-11:00pm in the Deacon Jose Rivera Room.

St. Thomas Adult Faith Formation Committee - Looking to Expand

Have you enjoyed participating in some of the many classes and programs that our Adult Faith Formation (AFF) Committee offers?  As you may have noticed, our Committee is busy putting together many events (this fall, we have 16 classes and 3 special events scheduled!) to help you “Love, Learn, and Live” your Catholic Faith.  It takes many people and much time to organize and promote these events and we are looking for assistance, especially in the area of Publicity and Promotion.  Are you comfortable on the computer, have graphics experience, or marketing enthusiasm that could help in promoting the various classes and special events that we offer?  if so, please contact Penny Manczko at 847-997-7369 or [email protected] for more info.  If this isn’t your area, but you are interested in helping with other areas of AFF, please get in touch with Penny. 


“Seven Deadly Sins, Seven Lively Virtues”: will not have a class on 9/29 but will resume on 10/6.

“Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother”: will meet at 9:15am instead of 9:30am 

 If you have questions on any Adult Faith Formation program or want to sign-up, contact Jill St. Yves in the parish office at [email protected] or (865) 986-9885. 



Seven Deadly Sins, Seven Lively Virtues

Join Bishop Robert Barron for this presentation of the seven deadly sins, those great spiritual blocks that inhibit our flourishing in relationship with God and one another. Based on Dante’s writings, the seven deadly sins correspond to the seven stories of Dante’s Mt. Purgatory. Pride, envy, anger, sloth, gluttony, avarice and lust are all presented as patterns of dysfunction within us that lead to unhappiness. Bishop Barron shows us how to counteract these seven sinful patterns through a conscious process of opposition, known as the “seven lively virtues." These offer antidotes to each sin and help set us on the right path to healing and happiness.

            Steve Sholtes will lead this 4-session class starting Sunday, September 8th, 10:15-11:15am in the Deacon Jose Room.

Blue-Collar Apologetics: Defending the Faith       

Have you ever been approached by a non-Catholic friend with a theological question you couldn't answer?  That doesn't have to happen ever again.  John Martignoni, Director of the Office of the New Evangelization and Stewardship, Diocese of Birmingham, AL, shares his no-nonsense, fool-proof methods for defending the Catholic faith using common sense, logic and the Bible. Rafael Pubillones will be leading the 4 weeks long class and utilizes a DVD series (at no cost). The class will begin on Tuesday, September 10th, from 9:15-10:45am in Room 118.

Why I Am Catholic and You Should Be Too

Explore the topic: Why am I Catholic? The Catholic Church is hemorrhaging people, especially young people. So why be Catholic? With references to Catholic thinkers such as St. Teresa of Calcutta, and Bishop Robert Barron, Vogt draws together lines of evidence to help seekers discover why they should be Catholic. At the same time, he helps practicing Catholics affirm and strengthen their faith. The 5-week classes, led by Deacon David Lucheon will start on Monday, September 9th, from 12:30-1:45pm OR Thursday, September 12th, from 9:30-11:00am in the Deacon Jose Rivera Room.

Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother

Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother is an extraordinary pilgrimage that reveals Mary's unique role in God's Kingdom and in our lives. Filmed on location in the Holy Land, you will be placed in the midst of the powerful drama of her earthly life, taking you through her joys...and her sorrows. Mary will become a part of your daily life, and in your daily life, you will become more like Christ. This 8-session class is presented by Rosemary Stanczuk beginning Thursday, September 12th from 9:30am-11:00am in Room 110.

★ Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible ★

The Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible study program helps you to get the “big picture” of the Bible by showing how fourteen narrative books of the Bible tell the complete story from Adam and Eve to Christ and the Church. This 8-session class, lead by Flo Gibbons begins on Saturday on September 14th, 9:45-11:15am in Room 122.

Bring a friend!

If you’ve never attended a program before, come check it out. Don’t just enjoy the Adult Faith Formation classes alone. Bring a friend and share in the loving, learning and living these classes can provide to our spiritual growth. 

If you have questions on any Adult Faith Formation program or want to sign-up, contact Jill St. Yves at [email protected]m or 986-9885. 

Interested in learning more about our faith?

Check out the new books and CDs available in the Narthex by well-known authors including: Cardinal Chaput, Scott Hahn, Tim Gray, Fr. Larry Richards, and Jeff Cavins. There are titles in English and in Spanish. Share them with your family or pass them along to a friend when you are done with them! The Narthex also has printed instruction cards on how to log into the FORMED website. The website contains many riches to enhance your spiritual life and the subscription is a gift from our parish to all parishioners. You can access the site through the parish website  ( using access code HKP7F3 then register your own personal log on. 

FORMED DAILY: Start your day with short clips from the most dynamic and trusted figures in the Church today! Discover the impact 1-2 minutes can have on your faith life. Get your daily dose of truth, goodness, and beauty sent direct to your inbox every morning from You will first need to have a FORMED log on (see above for instructions).

To register for FORMED DAILY, log on to: 

If you have questions on any Adult Faith Formation program or want to sign-up , contact Jill in the parish office at [email protected] or (865) 986-9885 ext. 15.



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 [email protected]

If you have recently registered and have not heard from our Welcome Committee, please contact Deacon Dave Pecot at [email protected].

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.


Book Study

Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life

Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life features the wisdom that spiritual leader and counselor Henri J. M. Nouwen brought to the essential question asked by every Christian and seeker: What should I do with my life? Nouwen emphasizes listening to the Word of God—in our hearts, in the Bible, in the community of faith, and in the voice of the poor as a way to discern God’s plan. Now, in association with the Nouwen Legacy Trust, Michael Christensen—one of Nouwen’s longtime students—and Rebecca Laird have taken his coursework, journals, and unpublished writings to create this and other books in the series exploring God’s will for your life. The group will meet on Friday, Sept. 27 at 10 AM in room 118 of the Parish Family Life Center. Contact Marlene Eeg at [email protected] for more information or with questions.


An Immovable Feast

Join the St. Thomas Book Club on Friday, August 23 to discuss this book by Tyler Blanski. A winsome, beautifully written, page turning read of a modern spiritual journey. This is the colorful story of one man's religious path that begins with a fundamentalist Baptist childhood to adolescence in emergent church spirituality. He moves on through hipster years as a house painter and musician, then marries and enters a seminary in Wisconsin. After years of wearing a black cassock and preparing to be an Anglican priest, and his final bold decision of joining the Catholic Church, Tyler Blanski's tale does not reject suitors of religion, but seduces them. An Immovable Feast is a profound love story told with humor, wisdom and bite. A fresh breeze blows through it, one that perhaps hasn't blown through Christian conversation in a long time. Blanski reminds us that religion is not dead because it is not mortal. It is the liturgy of heaven...on earth. The group meets at 10 AM in room 118 of the Parish Family Life Center. Contact Marlene Eeg at [email protected] for more information or with questions.


Online Parish Registration

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Online Giving

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FORMED for St. Thomas the Apostle

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, HKP7F3 From there, you can set up an account that is uniquely yours.  Check out the “New to Formed?” link that will help you find your way.  Just one click gets you to topics like the Sacraments, Divine Mercy, Mary and the Saints as well as programs for children and youth or family movie night.  Individual features on the site will be profiled in the inFORMED box to further describe the treasures on this site.



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. 

Becoming Catholic

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

Do you have a friend, coworker, neighbor, or family member who you think would benefit from participation in our parish community and in the Catholic faith. Well then, ask them to "come and see" during our upcoming "Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults" (RCIA) program. All you have to do is invite them, pray for them, and let the Holy Spirit do the rest. If you are reading this and are not currently a member of the Catholic Church, and no one else has invited you, consider this my personal invitation. Below is some information concerning the RCIA program at Immaculate Heart of Mary parish this year: 

The RCIA program is designed for adults who are freely seeking the living God through an understanding of the mystery of Jesus Christ proclaimed. Participants may range from those who have just begun responding to the Gospel message to those that have already been baptized and have participated in Christian communities. The program is separated into 3 phases. The first phase begins with "Inquiry" and attempts to explore the fundamental questions of our faith such as "Who is God?" The program then builds into "catechesis" or teaching about the Catholic Faith in order to understand the importance of the Sacramental nature of the Church. The Sacraments of our focus will be Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist. The final, and end goal of the program is to prepare individuals for full reception and participation into the Church and its Sacramental life at the Easter Vigil. 

The program this year will begin on Sunday, August 18, following the 9:00 AM Mass (from 10:15 to 11:15) in our Parish Family Life Center. Classes will be held on most Sunday mornings and will continue until the Easter Vigil in 2020.  

For more information, call Deacon John Krepps, 469-0604, or [email protected]  


Altar Flowers

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


The choir sings at the Cathedral

St. Thomas Mixed Choir making their debut at The Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Catholic Gifts and Books and Supplies

May Crowning

Women's Guild Meetings

  • Women's Guild April 16th meeting. Three deacon's wives sheared with us ...
  • Women's Guild March 19th meeting. Speaker Lisa Healy, Interim Executive Director, ...
  • Women's Guild May 17th - 20th Annual Luncheon and Card Party ...

Casino Night