Parish News - Weekly Bulletin


  NOVEMBER 29, 2015


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 470-2560

ORGANIZATIONS - Bernadette Moughamer, Notre Dame Council of Catholic Women; Don Myers, 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; Bud Noe Coordinator, Facility Maintenance; Jim Williams Coordinator, Parish Grounds.

EUCHARIST SCHEDULE - Sat. Confession 4:00 pm,  Sat.Vigil 5:00 pm,  Sun. 8:00 am and 11:00 am, 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: Rita Chaloux, Ken Latt, Neyland Brown, Steve Young, Brylie Peters, Joyce Corbeil, Elaine Wagner, Arron Muncey, Teresa Stacey, Scott Fisher, Jim Burke, Angel Vargus, Leslie Law, ‘Bud’ & Marian Lamka, Roy & Mary Drulard, Eric Mitchell,  Bill Hawk,  Danny Collins, Roselyn Brown, Norene Surdu, Lou Marrone, Virginia Whitman, David Lovett, Rolande Baillargeon, Pat Lee, Janet Simonds, Bob & Ruth Schell, Frances Beason, Betty Drain, John Conley, Pat Quint, Alexander Toth, Martha Jane Fannon, Mel Mauck, Wayne & Karen Kiehna; homebound and nursing home & caregivers.





Fr. Dan will hold an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion training Wed. evening, Dec. 9th, 2015 in the Church at 7 p.m. Please come if you feel called to this Ministry.  This training is primarily for giving Holy Communion at Mass.


Over the last few months, we have been talking about the Home Campaign and its importance to our parish.  Together we are helping secure the future of our parish and our Diocese.  To date, here at Notre Dame we have raised $206,590.00 of our $324,195.00 parish goal.  We heard from so many generous parishioners and we want to thank all of those who have already supported this important effort. We have heard from so many generous parishioners and we want to thank all of those who have already supported this important effort.

Before Christmas we will be hosting a Home Campaign Commitment Weekend.  This will be an opportunity for those who haven’t yet filled out a pledge form to get involved and help us achieve our parish goal. Our campaign volunteers have been busy trying to contact and visit with as many people as possible, but they understand your lives are busy too.  Commitment Weekend is for those parishioners who haven’t yet met with a volunteer or completed their pledge form.It’s not too late to talk with someone about the campaign.  If you have questions, you are encouraged to contact the parish office or stop by to complete a pledge form.  We are hoping for 100% participation from our parish members.  Every gift, no matter the size, will make an impact.




Sun ~ Nov 29~Jer.33:14-16; 1Thes 3:12--4:2; Lk21:25-28,34-36

Mon ~ Nov 30 ~Rom 10:9-18; Mt 4: 19-22

Tues ~ Dec 1 ~ Is 11: 1-10; Lk 10; 21-24

Wed ~ Dec 2 ~ Is 25: 6-10a; Mt 15: 29-37

Thu ~ Dec 3 ~ Is 26: 1-6; Mt 7: 21, 24-27

Fri ~ Dec 4 ~ Is 29: 17-24; Mt 9: 27-31

Sat ~ Dec 5 ~ Is 30: 19-21, 23-26; Mt 9: 35—10: 1, 5a, 6-8

CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES: Next scheduled class is Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. followed by Mass. Parents and sponsors are welcome to join you.

Sunday Weekend Mass Ministries have not been scheduled during the holiday season nor have Christmas and New Year. If you are able to help with your Ministry, please sign up on the schedule, located on the bulletin board in the vestibule. 

HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION: A sign-up sheet, located in the narthex, is available for those able to serve on the Holy Days of Obligations:

Immaculate Conception–Dec.8,Masses@8:30am & 6:30pm

Dec. 24 Christmas – Children’s Vigil Mass –@ 5pm. and Spanish Mass-7pm (Fr Alex);  Christmas Carols begin at 11:30 pm;

Dec 25-Christmas - Midnight Mass @ 12 Midnight; Christmas Morn- Mass @ 9:00 am

Mary, Mother of God – Vigil Mass / Thu., Dec. 31 @ 5:30 pm and New Year’s, Fri. Jan. 1 @ 8:30 am.



Nov 28



Chet Ball by Rita Benko


Nov 29

 8:00 am


Fran Willis / St Catherine’s Guild




Joan Lukitsch by Patty Benko



3:00 pm


All the people of Notre Dame


Nov 30





Dec 1

8:30 am


David Lovett by Charlotte Smith


Dec 2

8:30 am


Betty Drain by N D Parish


Dec 3

8:30 am


Scott Fischer by Fr. Dan


Dec 4

8:30 am


Lou Marrone by Charlotte Smith


KIDS NIGHT OUT: All youth are invited to join us in the Ganz Youth Center on Wed., Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. for snacks, crafts and games. The Santa mart will be available for you to shop for your parents for only $1 an item. You can wrap your gift and sign a card too! Bring a snack to share. Permission slips are required. Call Susan with ???


FIT CLUB: Never too late to join in the free exercise class offered Thurs. evening @ 6 pm. Bring a towel & water bottle. Call Julie & Chris 603-860-0216 for info.


on Thur., Dec. 3, Fri., Dec. 4, and Sat., Dec. 5.   

Tickets are available - you can enjoy a delicious meal and be entertained for $30.00. Tickets available after each Mass or by calling the Church office on Monday or Tuesday 9 to 4 …… 639-9381  


KNIGHTS MONTHLY MEETING – Sunday evening, Dec 6th, at 6 pm. Knights will meet in the Parish Hall for the regular monthly meeting. All Knights are encouraged to attend.

**Congrats to Kurt Saine, who recently received his 1st degree and a big welcome back to Bill Hawk.

**60th Anniversary Commemorative Christmas Tree ORNAMENT now on sale. The price reduced to $10.00.

**The Knights have religious Christmas cards available; reminding us, ‘Jesus is the reason for the season’.

**SUNDAY, DEC 13th~ 8 AM MASS – A MEMORIAL MASS will be celebrated for all deceased Knights of Notre Dame Parish. Their widows and families will be honored immediately following the Mass with a breakfast in the parish hall.


The CCW’S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY is to be held at 6 pm on Sunday evening, Dec 13th. It’s always such fun and is also rumored that ‘Santa will be attending’. Get your “secret Santa gift” ready, and bring it along with your favorite Christmas finger food for sharing. Please join us. All women of the parish are invited.

CHRISTIAN COFFEE KLATCH-This gathering is open to all women of the parish to share fellowship with each other in an informal setting. A ‘klatch’ is ‘a social gathering especially for coffee and conversation’. Stop by on Dec 17 from 9-11a.m. in the parish hall.  See ya there!


FOOD BANK NEWS: Our barrel was overflowing, so thank you, Andy and Rita Chaloux, for delivery of 351.9 lbs. of flour for our November contribution. December’s request is Vegetable Oil.  Again, let’s fill our barrel located in the alcove off the Narthex to help feed the hungry of our area following the corporal work of mercy.  

BELL RINGING: Notre Dame has agreed again this year to provide volunteers for the Food Bank Christmas drive to raise funds for food.  Two volunteers needed each hour on Friday, December 18 from 3-9 pm at the Food City store on the Asheville Highway.  You can sign up as an individual or as a team.  Look for the sign-up sheet in the Narthex, We certainly appreciate anyone who can help. Thank you!

STILL NEEDED – HELP – HELP – HELP  at the Food Bank for men (who can lift 40-80 lbs.) on Mondays and Thursdays  from 9am - 12:30pm. Just sign up for one day or both. 

ANGEL TREE: Please return your selected gift, unwrapped, by Dec. 6. Donations are still being accepted for Christmas Food for the Angel Tree recipients and the check can be made to Catholic Charities of East TN with notation in memo for Christmas 2015 Tri-Cities Office.

Thank you from THANKSGIVING WITH FRIENDS and Jean says a giant ‘thank you’ to those who cooked the turkeys, to those who bought the turkey and all who helped.  We were able to donated over 100 pounds of cooked turkey for the thanksgiving dinner served to those in need on Thanksgiving Day.

Prayer For Life And Discussion On The Death Penalty

During his recent address to Congress, Pope Francis again added his voice to the call for the abolition of the death penalty. On Monday Nov 30th, St Dominic’s Church will host a prayer service for life followed by a discussion on the death penalty.  The prayer service begins at 6:30 pm in the Church. The discussion group is at 7:15pm in the Parish Life Center. Feel free to attend one or both.


THANK YOU NOTRE DAME: The youth that attended the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis are grateful for your support of donations and prayers. They will be speaking at all Masses next weekend to share highlights of their experience.

MARCH FOR LIFE:  High School teenagers interested in attending the 2016 March for Life in Washington, DC should contact Susan ASAP with $75 deposit; the buses are filling up! We leave late on Thurs., Jan. 21 and return early Sun., Jan. 24. Cost is $200 and includes bus, some meals, admission to the Rally, metro passes, and one night hotel lodging. $75 Deposit and balance due in January.

SEARCH 50: Applications now being accepted for Search 50 on Feb. 19-21 at St. Patrick Church in Morristown. Open to Juniors and Seniors in High School. Cost $60.00. See Susan for applications. Leadership team will form after Christmas, if interested see Susan for Search Manual.

ALL GIRLS RETREAT:  Register now for the True Beauty Young Women High School Retreat to be held on March 26-28 at St Mary’s Church in Oak Ridge.  The cost is $45.00 and the fee includes a shirt, lodging, materials and meals.  Let Susan know you are interested.

ALL GUYS RETREAT:  Register now for the True Strength Young Men’s Retreat which is to be held on March 4-6 at St Mary’s Church in Oak Ridge.  Cost is $45.00 and includes shirt, lodging, materials and meals.  Tell Susan you want to attend…  Register now!

YM DEANERY MEETING: HS students are invited to the monthly youth meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Notre Dame will be hosting Dec. meeting and we will gather for the Holy Day Mass on Dec. 8 at 6:30 followed by a social with other youth of the 5 Rivers Deanery. Bring a snack to share and the “secret Santa” gift is a fanny pack exchange.