Parish News - Weekly Bulletin

AUGUST 17, 2014


OFFICE PHONE - (423) 639-9381,  FAX (423) 638-5219

STAFF - Sandy Alter, Administrative Assistant;  Dr. Fred Ricker, Music Director; Susan Collins, DRE and Youth Minister

ORGANIZATIONS - Aimee Place, Notre Dame Council of Catholic Women; Bud Noe, Grand Knight -  K of C Council 6784; Bud Noe, Tuesday Work Crew; Sharon Folk,  Chairman of Parish Finance Committee; Judy Collins, Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

EUCHARIST SCHEDULE - Sat. Confession 4:00 pm,  Sat.Vigil 5:00 pm,  Sun. 8:00 am and 11:00 am (Nursery), Sun. 3:00 pm Hispanic Mass, Tuesday thru Friday: 8:30 am

OFFICE HOURS - 9:00 am-4:00 pm Monday-Thursday (Closed for lunch from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.)


BAPTISM:  Baptisms are celebrated at Sunday Mass.  At least one parent must be a registered parishioner.

FIRST COMMUNION:  First Holy Communion is celebrated every year in the spring.  In order to participate, a child must be enrolled in our religious education program.

CONFIRMATION:  Confirmation is celebrated every year in the spring.   Preparation is provided as a part of the regular religious education program.

MARRIAGE:  Our Diocese mandates a period of at least six months for marriage preparation. Please call the rectory to set an appointment to discuss preparation for this sacrament with Fr. Dan. Attendance at an Engaged Encounter weekend is required, contact Mike and Joan Eiffe at 865-938-5825 or for more information.

RECONCILIATION (PENANCE):  The regularly scheduled time for reconciliation is from 4:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. every Saturday.  In addition, special reconciliation services are held during Lent and Advent every year.

ANOINTING OF THE SICK/COMMUNION:  Call the office to inform us of anyone who is hospitalized, in a nursing home, or otherwise unable to attend regularly-scheduled Masses. Privacy laws prevent us from calling to get information about your condition when you are hospitalized unless you have given the hospital staff permission to speak to us.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION:  Parents or guardians are primarily responsible for the catecheses of their children which necessitates participation at Sunday Mass.  All children are required to follow the normal course of religious education classes.  A special class for sacraments will be offered for those who have missed a number of years of religious education.

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NEW PARISHONERS: Please fill out a registration form.  It is important for you to register so we have an accurate mailing address and so we can keep an accurate account of your contributions.  The forms are available in the church, or one can be mailed to you.  When the form has been completed, just send it to the office or drop it in the collection basket.

CATHOLIC BOOKSTORE:  The Paraclete, 417 Erin Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919, Phone 1-800-333-2097

TRAVELERS:  You can get the Mass schedules for churches in the area where you will be vacationing or visiting by going to

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PLEASE PRAY:   Pray for continued prayers for healing and comfort: Linda Pearce, Jim McConnell, Sarah Ormsbee, Scott Fisher, Delores Fredricks, Ann Hightower, Sandy Ball, Patricia Huston, Sarah Fiskelli, Mary Armstrong, Mike Richards, Robert Morgan, Patty Benko, John Benko, Bob & Maggie May, Barb Jones, Wanda Ricker, Kelly Humphrey, Martha Renner, Betty Drain, Joseph McBride, Sr., John Conley, Pat Quint, Alexander Toth, Martha Jane Fannon, Mel Mauck, Mary Lou Lamb, Wayne & Karen Kiehna, all homebound, all in nursing homes & their caregivers. Names will be kept on the prayer list for one month then removed unless Church office notified: 639-9381.

BULLETIN INSERT:   A letter from Bishop Stika regarding a shift in the focus of the upcoming Capital Campaign and Saturday, September 13th Homecoming needs can be found at the bottom of this page.  Clich here to go directly to the letter.

VOLUNTEER NEEDED QUARTERLY: To replace the books in the church pews every three months. Please contact the parish office to assist. Requires lifting boxes.

TENNIS BALLS WANTED: Used tennis balls are needed for the chairs in the education wing. We have just repainted and stripped & waxed the floors getting ready for a new RE year! Bring tennis balls to office.

ALUMINUM CANS: Cans are collected in the fenced area behind garage to benefit youth ministry. Secure cans in plastic bags. No aluminum foil or pans please.

REMINDER:  Use of our church facilities must be cleared thru the office; i.e., the church grounds, the parish hall, the narthex, the education wing, and the Ganz House.

Chairperson, Sharon Folk, will give the quarterly/fiscal year financial report next weekend, after each Mass, August 16-17th 2014

NEW UPDATED PICTURE DIRECTORY -  Photo sessions have begun, so please, please, please let’s strive to have 100% of our parish’s faces in our new directory. Tim Shaw and our volunteer photographers are ready to take your picture. Other volunteers are helping to obtain your information. Gather your family on one of the weekends and be willing to arrive 30 minutes early to Mass or arrange to stay up to 30 minutes after Mass on Aug 16-17 or Aug 23-24. Thank you for participating. This will be a great help to Fr. Dan in recognizing all his parishioners! TO EXPEDITE THE INFORMATION AND THE PHOTOGRAPHY PROCESS. Complete form, PRINT CLEARLY, AND TAKE IT TO ONE OF THE INFORMATION TAKERS who will check the info with you, issue a Photo number. SMILE PRETTY!

PIEROGI making is happening Church Kitchen - Wed, Aug 20th, 9AM to 12NOON. All are welcome to come help.

K of C Business Meeting is scheduled for Tues evening Aug 19th at 6:00.
“Monument in Memory of the Unborn Child” is ongoing project. The brick walkway leading up to the monument is dedicated in honor of and in memory of family members and loved ones.  Any parishioner desiring to purchase a brick for this purpose may do so by contacting any Knight or call Dick Nojeim 639-4197. Brick and inscribing cost is $50.00.

DOGWOOD PARK CONCERT SERIES: Sun., Aug. 17 with gates open at 5 p.m. Contact Susan to assist with the hospitality tent. Free concert, bring a comfy chair!  July concert has been rescheduled for Sunday, August 31.

DIOCESAN HOMECOMING FAMILY DAY will be celebrated on Sat. Sept 13 at Knoxville Catholic High followed by Holy Mass at the end of the day. It’s all free, just remember to register if you plan to attend.

MINISTRIES FAIR FAMILY NIGHT: All organizations are asked to be represented on Wed., Sept. 3 with pot luck dinner, fun and door prizes!

FOOD BANK MINISTRY: August is Peanut Butter month, which is the requested commodity for this month. The food barrel is in the Narthex alcove.

Next Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug 13 @ 6pm

Check out the display in the narthex to VOLUNTEER!
Raffle Tickets available this weekend from Committee Chairs: 3 chances to win an iPad for only $2 each…
International Silent Auction items now being accepted in the parish office for the silent auction…
Yard Sale items now being accepted in the Ganz Youth Center (DO NOT PUT ANYTHING ON THE NEW AIR HOCKEY TABLE PLEASE) get keys at the office.
Prizes for Games are needed such as the toys in kids meals, stuffed animals, etc. and in like “new” condition.
Farmers Market needs your home grown goodies so why not can extra to share fresh fruits and vegetables!

HOMECOMING FAMILY DAY: All high school students interested in attending as a group, please sign up on the display board in the narthex. Lots of fun activities, food, inflatables and an outdoor Mass!

SEARCH 47: Team leaders are needed for the next Search to be held on Oct. 31 – Nov. 2 in Morristown. Confirmation students must attend a retreat. Team preparation begins in August. You must have attended a Search to be on the team. Call Susan.

MIDDLE SCHOOL RETREAT: Registration now being accepted for an overnight at Longview Ranch with ropes course, archery, bonfire and more with horseback riding optional. Cost is $50 and includes meals and lodging. High school leaders needed. Date is Sept. 5 – 6.

YOUTH MASS & CRUISE: Sept. 27 with Mass at Immaculate Conception in Knoxville followed by a cruise on the Volunteer Princess for only $30 per person. Space is very limited so register early!

DIOCESAN YOUTH CONFERENCE with Tony Melendez & band will be November 22-23 at Holy Trinity in Jefferson City.  Cost is $85 and includes lodging, meals, and a t-shirt.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: LOOK FOR SUSAN IN THE NARTHEX THIS WEEKEND to register for Religious Education Classes. She will be available after all Masses on August 9 & 10 and 16 & 17. Cost is $25 per child with a family cap of $60. Sacramental classes are an additional $20 per child regardless of cap. Register early so we can order books in bulk! Even if you are unable to pay the fees at this time, please register to be included in the book order. Price increases $5 per child after these dates because books are ordered separately. Your child’s books will ne be available for two weeks. Classes begin after Labor Day. Elementary grades on Sunday morning and Middle School and High School on Wednesday night.


HIGH SCHOOL & MIDDLE SCHOOL: Parents and students dinner meeting will be Wed., Aug. 27 at 6 p.m.

CATECHIST DINNER MEETING: Mark your calendar for Wed., Aug. 20 at 6 p.m. to gather and discuss our plans for the 2014 / 2015 religious education year. Classes begin after Labor Day.

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITATION FOR ADULTS -  If you have been coming to Mass for a while, but are not Catholic, we invite you to look deeper into the Catholic faith.  Come meet some faithful Catholics who love the Lord and would consider it a privilege to get to know you.  Our parish will soon begin a set of sessions to share with others the truths of the Catholic faith and the fellowship of our church family.  We invite you to learn what Catholics believe in an open and welcoming environment.  These sessions also are opportunities for you to ask those perplexing and difficult questions you may have about the Church.  Sessions are held in the Ganz Youth Center on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.  The first session is September 9.  Please call Judy Collins 630-0688 or email her for further information.

BAPTISMAL CLASS:  Classes will be offered once a quarter for parents who wish to have their children baptized in th Catholic faith.  The first class will be Wednesday, September 17, at 7 p.m. in the last classroom on the left in the education wing.  Requirements for baptism:  1) family must be registered with the parish, 2) family must be practicing the catholic faith, and 3) the family  must attend baptismial classes.

CONFIRMATION AND FIRST HOLY COMMUNION:  Students preparing to receive sacraments are required to have a recent baptism certificate submitted to the office.  This is not the copy you received at baptism.  Please call the parish of baptism and ask for a current copy that will be kept in our parish files.  Call Susan 470-2560 with questions.

SAFE ENVIRONMENT:  Protecting God's Children awareness session will be held in the education wing on Tuesday, August 26, at 10 a.m. for all interested adults who help with youth ministry or religious education to comply with diocesan guidelines.  You may register online at  There is no cost involved.

Sat Aug 16 5:00PM SI Sal & Angela Baldassarre
Sun Aug 17 8:00AM + Nellie & James Dwyer
  11:00AM + James Newbill by N. Flaglor
   3:00 PM SI Parishioners of Notre Dame
Mon Aug 18   NO MASS
Tues Aug 19 8:30 AM + Phyllis Bacchi by M Wayson
Wed Aug 20 8:30 AM + All holy souls in Purgatory
Thur Aug 21   No Mass
Fri Aug 22   No Mass


As I write you today, I am reminded of the wonder of God’s blessings in our lives and in the life of this Diocese.  Serving as Bishop of this amazing Diocese, I see every day the blessings that have been poured out upon us and the gifts that are shared with one another.  We are a vibrant and growing community - worshiping, teaching and serving in so many ways.

Over the last 25 years, the Catholic population in East Tennessee has doubled, and is expected to double again in the next 25 years. Our parishes and missions have grown in number from 38 to 51, and the number of priests serving in the Diocese has doubled.  We are blessed by new ministries such as the St. Mary’s Legacy Foundation and Mobile Medical Clinic, the new Christ Prince of Peace Retreat Center, a growing presence of women religious, the new Frassati Fellowship for Young Adults, and numerous new ministries in our parishes.  This is truly an exciting time in the Diocese of Knoxville.

In May, we updated all parishes on the results of a recent planning study addressing parish capital needs, charitable initiatives, priest retirement, the Catholic Education Trust Fund, and the building of a new cathedral. Over 1,000 clergy and parishioners participated from across the Diocese and the results were very encouraging with 93% of the clergy and 72% of all respondents in favor of moving forward in addressing these initiatives.

One of our priorities over the last few months has been to address some of the concerns expressed through the study.  Areas such as individual parish needs, commitment to charity, and the scope and cost of a new cathedral were among the areas of concern. After reviewing this feedback with our priests, we have revisited these areas and below are some key points highlighting the adjustments that we have made going forward:

1. Shifted the focus of the diocesan campaign.
Strengthening and invigorating our parishes will be a priority.  As such, 50% or more of the dollars raised at each parish will fund your identified parish priorities. The cathedral project will account for only 18% of the overall parish campaign goal.

2. Increased our commitment to serving those in need.
We will continue to focus on the needs of the poor, providing over $6 million a year to various ministries throughout the Diocese.  In addition, we will set aside 10% of all dollars given in the campaign to create the Pope Francis Charitable Trust Fund.  This lasting fund will provide for matching grants to parishes to foster and accelerate their own charitable efforts.

3. Reduced the size/budget of the cathedral project.
A new cathedral design has been developed with a new ecclesiastical consultant. The size of the new cathedral has been reduced by nearly 40% from 32,000 to 20,000 square feet, and the budget for the project has been reduced from $38 million to $25 million.

4. Cathedral funding plan
Sacred Heart Cathedral will have a goal to raise $10 million toward the building of the new cathedral.  All other parishes of the Diocese will help by raising an estimated $4.5 million in additional funding, with the remainder coming from major donors inside and outside of the Diocese.

With adjustments made to the campaign design and with the recommended policies put forth by the Clergy Capital Campaign Committee we are now in the final planning stages.    In September, the campaign will be kicking off its “pilot wave,” in which 5-6 parishes will be participating.  After the pilot wave is completed, all other parishes in the diocese will be participating in one of three waves from February 2015 through July 2016.

I plan to share more information with you in the coming weeks, beginning with more specifics on the plan for our new cathedral, which I will share with you next week.  I hope as you learn more about the campaign you share my enthusiasm for this wonderful opportunity.

Sincerely in Christ,

Most Reverend Richard F. Stika
Bishop of Knoxville

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