St. Thomas CCW prepares ‘Soup Jars of Love’ for needy

Each fall, the Council of Catholic Women at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Lenoir City gathers to fill 60-70 quart mason jars with dry ingredients for a hearty meal of bean soup. These “Soup Jars of Love” are then given to the St. Thomas Friendship Kitchen committee to distribute …

‘A calling from the Lord’

Deacon John and Theresa Krepps share their adoption testimony By Gabrielle Nolan Theresa Krepps tells her children that even though they did not grow in her belly, they grew in her heart. Mrs. Krepps and her husband of 39 years, Deacon John Krepps, are the parents of five adopted children, …

East Tennessee volunteers

Bishop Stika, diocese recognize those who make the mobile medical clinic go By Bill Brewer By all accounts, volunteers are the lifeblood of the Diocese of Knoxville’s mobile medical ministry. They get the clinic to where it needs to be each day. They set up and take down the doctor’s …

St. Thomas CCW makes ‘Bags of Love’ for children

Council helps Child Advocacy Center with kids who have been removed from their homes or abused By Donna Curry The Kids First Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of Loudon County has just celebrated its 20th anniversary of giving hope—serving children who have been removed from their homes as a result of …

Funeral Mass held for James M. Polhamus

James M. “Jim” Polhamus III, age 84 of Loudon, passed away peacefully on Sept. 03, at home with his family. Mr. Polhamus served as a longtime sacristan at the church he and his family attended, St. Thomas the Apostle in Lenoir City. Father Ray Powell was the celebrant of the …

Knights of Columbus Savoca Council earns prestigious Star Council Award

Knights of Columbus Father John Savoca Council 12633 in Lenoir City was awarded the distinction of Star Council, the international organization’s top honor for local councils. The Star Council Award recognizes overall excellence in the areas of growing membership, promoting Knights of Columbus insurance benefits, sponsoring Catholic faith formation programs, …

Steven Ray to lead mission at St. Thomas the Apostle

Author to share his conversion story and offer insight on defending the Catholic faith From staff reports Best-selling author, intrepid world traveler, and Catholic convert Steven K. Ray never set foot in a Catholic Church until 1994. In March, Mr. Ray will share his story on how he eventually became …

Eclipse illustrates God’s creation to astronomers of all ages

The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. – Psalm 19:1 When darkness descended on East Tennessee in the early afternoon of Aug. 21, astronomers of all ages looked to the sky to see the alignment of the moon …

Bill Waskelis’ will to win

St. Thomas the Apostle parishioner and lifetime Cubs fan almost gets to witness his lifelong dream                      By Bill Brewer Bill Waskelis’ lifelong dream came true on Nov. 2. The Chicago Cubs won the World Series after a 108-year drought. His son, Kevin, wishes his dad had been here to …

Knights honor East Tennessee agencies for their nonprofit work

By Emily Booker Local charities received much-earned recognition and support for their work when the Knights of Columbus Council 12633 honored 20 agencies at a dinner on May 16 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Lenoir City. Don Hoyle, grand knight for the council, and Father Doug Owens, pastor …

St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic salutes volunteers at appreciation luncheon

By Dan McWilliams The St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic held its second annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Nov. 2 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Lenoir City. Several dozen volunteers attended a Mass and the luncheon, with many of them recognized at the latter event, including Mass celebrant Father Bill …