St. Thomas the Apostle provides meaningful opportunities to guide adult parishioners in their faith journey, including Bible study, prayer, spiritual and personal growth, the lives of the saints; and formats, including men's and women's groups, group studies, missions, book clubs, small groups, and on-line programs through, among others. 

Coming Soon

Parish Lenten Program with Dr. Edward Sri
February 18, 25, and March 11

Dr. Edward Sri returns to St. Thomas the Apostle with a virtual program on Christ’s Passion for Lent. Dr. Sri is a theologian, author, and well-known Catholic speaker who appears regularly on EWTN. Visit to register for this free program.

In-Person Lenten Program for the Men of St. Thomas
Begins February 20

The men of the parish are invited to step "Into the Breach", a series of video presentations and discussions to help men build spiritual plans to meet today's challenges.  This is a no-cost program that will be led by Deacon Dave Egan and held in the Parish Family Life Center on six Saturdays during Lent starting Feb. 20 from 7:30 to 9:00 AM.  COVID protocols will be in place. This program was developed by Bishop Olmsted and the Knights of Columbus to help men become better versions of themselves for themselves, their families and their communities.  Register at or with Jim Gold at [email protected]
Contact Tim Geoghegan at [email protected] if you have questions.  

Clergy Conversations with Deacon Candidate Rafael Pubillones
March 3

Join the virtual conversation with Rafael and his topic “How Well Do We Knowte Mass?”, on Wednesday, Mar. 3. Visit to register. 

Steven Ray Mission
Coming in July

Originally scheduled in 2020, Catholic writer, speaker, and global traveler Steve Ray brings his ministry to St. Thomas the Apostle July 11-13, 2021.  This mission will be available in-person and virtually.  More information is coming soon.

Adult Faith Formation Ministries

Tuesday Men's Group
The Tuesday Men's Group provides a setting when men can deepen their understanding of the Catholic faith. Areas covered are consistent with Adult Faith Formation (AFF) and include Bible study, Church history, the saints, prayer, the sacraments, and personal spiritual growth. 
Ministry Contact: Stu McFadden/865-458-3911

Walking with Purpose
This ministry is a means by which women can honestly share their spiritual struggles and embark on a journey that is refreshing to the soul.  The focus of Walking with Purpose is to help women know Christ; to know His heart, to know His tenderness, to know His mercy, and to know His love. The desire of Walking with Purpose is to speak to women’s hearts no matter where they are in life, baggage and all, and gently introduce truths that can change their lives.Click here to access the Walking with a Purpose website.
Ministry Contact: Penny Manczko/847-997-7369.

Book Club
Parishioners meet monthly to discuss a book that has been selected for the month's discussion. Titles are centered around various aspects of the Catholic faith designed to help participants come to a better and deeper understanding of their Catholic faith.
Ministry Contact: Donna Maloney/865-317-0368

Small Faith Communities
These groups help parishioners continue their faith journey through discussions. The materials used are consistent with Adult Faith Formation. Typically meetings take place in a parishioner's home.
Ministry Contact: Warren Hunt/865-657-3593

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Lead Contact:
Jill St. Yves, Director of Religious Education
865-986-9885, Ext. 15
[email protected]