|Saint Thomas the Apostle
Eastern (Byzantine) Catholic Mission
Saint Thomas the Apostle is the first Tennessee mission of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, established by Bishop ROBERT Moskal of the Eparchy of Saint Josaphat (Parma, Ohio). We currently celebrate Divine Liturgy every Sunday at 9:30 AM, preceded by Great Vespers on Saturday evening at 6:30 PM. Please check the schedule page for holy day information and any alterations to the standard schedule.
Our church building is located at:
2304 Ault Road
Knoxville, TN 37914
The Ukrainian Catholic Church is one of 22 catholic churches in union with our Holy Father, Pope Francis. If you live in the Knoxville area and looking for a spiritual home, we encourage you to join us and experience the 1500-year-old liturgical tradition of the Byzantine Rite. If you are visiting Tennessee, we are located about an hour from the Smoky Mountain National Park and related recreational areas. We would be glad to have you join us.
Please contact us if you need further information.
You were a disciple of Christ and a colleague of the apostles in that divine college. By your lack of faith you
proclaimed the certainty of Christ's resurrection. By your hand's touching of his wounds you confimed the fact of his
most pure passion. O Thomas, worthy of all praise, obtain now for us peace and great mercy.
Christ's apostle and faithful servant was filled with the grace of wisdom, for in remorse he cried out to you: You
are my Lord and my God.
Brethren: As I see it, God has put us apostles at the end of the line, like men doomed to die in the arena. We have
become a spectacle to the universe, to angels and men alike. We are fools on Christ’s account. Ah, but in
Christ you are wise! We are the weak ones, you the strong! They honor you, while they sneer at us! Up to this very
hour we go hungry and thirsty, poorly clad, roughly treated, wandering about homeless. We work hard at manual labor.
When we are insulted we respond with a blessing. Persecution comes our way; we bear it patiently. We are slandered,
and we try conciliation. We have become the world’s refuse, the scum of all; that is the present state of
affairs. I am writing you in this way not to shame you but to admonish you as my beloved children. Granted you have
ten thousand guardians in Christ, you have only one father. It was I who begot you in Christ Jesus through my
preaching of the gospel. I beg you, then, be imitators of me.