Parish News - Weekly Bulletin

MARCH 22, 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 - 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:   for the repose of the soul of parishioner, Bruce Dietzman; Robert Boulet, brother-in-law of Rita/Andy Chaloux  and continued prayers for: Anikka Michaud, Penelope McCall, Rolande Baillargeon, Jerry K. Collins, Thomas Joseph, Marbeth Dougherty, Scott Fisher, Pat Lee, Janet Simonds, Bob & Ruth Schell, John Benko, Bob & Maggie May, Frances Beason,  Betty Drain, John Conley, Pat Quint, Alexander Toth, Martha Jane Fannon, Mel Mauck, Mary Lou Lamb, Wayne & Karen Kiehna; all homebound/nursing home patients & caregivers.

ALTAR FLOWERS FOR EASTER: Donations are being accepted for flowers, in memory or in honor of loved ones for the beautification of the Lord’s Altar for Easter.  You may make your donation, of at least $15.00 per person to be remembered, in an envelope and place it in the collection basket, come by or call the office.

FIT CLUB - TEAM BEACH BODY - Every Thursday! FREE here in parish hall, 5:30 pm Beginners, 6:30 pm Advanced.  Bring water and a yoga mat. For more info-go to www. or email Julie at

TUESDAY MOWING GROUP - Our Tuesday mowing group has lost some members this year and spring is here.  We welcome any volunteers with a desire to help us keep the grounds of our Parish a source of pride.

Fasting -:- Prayer -:- Almsgiving
Extra Confession Times Offered: Father Dan is offering the Sacrament of Reconciliation each Wed. during Lent at 5:15 pm - just prior to Mass at 6pm.
Mass/Soup Supper: Mass celebrated at 6 p.m. on Wed. night Mar. 25/Soup Supper by Hispanic Ministry.
Stations of the Cross: Stations will be prayed Friday night at 7 p.m. Mar. 27 – Hispanic Ministry.
Chrism Mass (Knoxville) on Tues., Mar. 31 at 7:30 pm. Car pooling available. Contact Susan at the parish office.
Holy Week Mass Ministries: Sign-up sheet is located in narthex for all Mass Ministries. Holy Thursday, April 2 at 7p.m., Good Friday, April 3 at 7 p.m. and Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil at 7 p.m.

Sun ~ Mar 22 ~ Jer 31:31-34; Heb 5: 7-9; Jn 12: 20-32
Mon ~ Mar 23 ~ Dn 13: 1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62; Jn 8:1-11
Tues ~ Mar 24 ~ Num 21: 4-9; Jn 8: 21-30
Wed ~ Mar 25 ~ Is 7: 10- 14, Lk 1: 26-38
Thu ~ Mar 26 ~ Gn 17: 3-9; Jn 8: 51-59
Fri ~ Mar 27 ~ Jer 20: 10-13; Jn 10: 31-42
Sat ~ Mar 28 ~ Ez 37: 21-28; Jn 11: 45-56

SAT Mar 21   5:00 pm + Alphonse Rickli by Aud & Mgt
SUN Mar 22  8:00 am SI Jerry K Collins by S & D Collins
  11:00 am  + Bill Zdaniewicz by Susan Collins
    3:00 pm SI All  parishioners of Notre Dame
MON Mar 23   NO MASS
TUES Mar 24   8:30 am SI Mary Lou Lamb by S. Collins
WED Mar 25   6:00 pm SI Alexander Toth by Geo & Lois
THUR Mar 26   8:30 am SI Jerry K Collins by B&R Hawk
FRI Mar 27   8:30 am + Bruce Dietzman by Fr. Dan


FOOD BANK NEWS: Continue the good work to “FEED THE HUNGRY”. The commodity for the month of March is spaghetti and spaghetti sauce.

Tickets are on sale after each Mass beginning this weekend! Please get your tickets early so we can better plan for our special day! 60th Anniversary celebration -Sat., April 25th  -attend Holy Mass 5pm (installation of Fr. Dan) followed by dinner/party at the Moose Club Banquet Room. Entertainment by JB & Wild Honey (band); a delicious catered meal at a cost of $15.00 per person, children under 12 years old will be half price.  Door prizes, Trivia games, dancing, fun to be had by all. Y’ALL COME!!!

DID YOU KNOW? We began from humble beginnings, a tiny church built on College Street in the 18th Century by Irish immigrant railroad laborers, funded by the Doyle family, Judge Patterson,& Pres Andrew Johnson Johnson’s daughter, Mary Johnson Stover, was received into the Catholic Church while attending a Convent School in Georgetown, MD. On dedication day, 10/16/1870, the railroad granted half-fare rates so that all Catholics of East Tennessee could attend.  Pres. Johnson, who donated $500 to the construction, was seated on the front row.

PER YOUR REQUEST: Order your Notre Dame Tee shirts, both long and short sleeve, and hoodies. Ordering available after each mass, beginning this weekend.

CCW’s monthly meeting is to be held Sunday evening, April 19th at 5:00 to 8:30pm in the parish hall. This will be the final meeting before summer break.

TOTUS TUUS – Thank you to our Knights of Columbus for volunteering to provide lunch to all the elementary school participants on Wednesday! This Summer Catechetical Program will be hosted at Notre Dame on June 21–26. Grades 1-6 attend daily & grades 7-12 attend evenings.  Hosts still needed to provide lodging for the college students –preferably one home for 2 female and another home for 2 male team members. We still need lots of help with providing meals. Call Susan to assist at 470-2560.

FRIDAY FISH FRY DURING LENT: The K of C are serving their delicious Fish (fried or baked) dinner, with all the trimmings, Friday night during the Lenten Season; extended for two weeks after Easter (excluding Good Friday of Holy Week) in the Parish Hall from 4 to 7:00 PM. Adult dinner-$7.00; Child’s plate-$5.00. Support your K of C.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT ~ The fact that there’s a highway to hell and only a stairway to heaven, says a lot about the anticipated traffic numbers.

TRUE BEAUTY YOUNG WOMEN’S RETREAT: Join the Dominican Sisters, UT Students and FOCUS missionaries at St. Mary Oak Ridge on March 27-29. Cost is $45 and includes lodging, food, t-shirt and materials. See display table for flyer or online at on office of Youth Ministry Page.

TRUE STRENGTH YOUNG MEN’S RETREAT: Good food, loads of sports, great talks, time with Fr. David Carter and other Priests and Lay Men. Come hear the Good News! Cost $45 and includes t-shirt, lodging, material and food at St. Mary Oak Ridge on April 24-26. See display table for flyer or online at on office of Youth Ministry Page.

NCYC 2015: Deposits are in for Elizabeth, Sarah, Emma and Dante! Please get your deposit in soon so we can begin our FUNDRAISING efforts! The National Catholic Youth Conference will be in Indianapolis in Nov. Total cost is $640 per student and chaperone with $40 deposit due to hold your spot.

REEL Youth Film Festival: This empowers young artists to express their creativity! The theme is “Wake Up the World! 215 Year of Consecrated Life” and open to high school students. See display to participate.

DISCOVER YOUR ROOTS: For incoming 5th & 6th graders to make memories to cherish forever and friendship to last a lifetime at Harrison Bay State Park,  on June 25-27 and cost $100.
REACH FOR THE STARS: For upcoming 7th &8th graders for 3 days of learning, living and growing in faith while surrounded by God’s beauty at Harrison Bay State Park, on June 22-25 and cost $125.
CATHOLIC YOUTH CAMP: For incoming high school students to Explore/Soar/Climb to new heights in Faith at Ocoee Retreat Center/June 13 – 17. Cost $269.

YOUNG ADULTS “Following Jesus” is on Sat., April 18 beginning 9:30 a.m. with Curtis Martin, founder of Focus, giving two presentations followed by lunch and Cardinal Dolan giving the keynote from 1:30 until 2:10 with Mass to follow. Event is free but a ticket is required. A separate ticket is required for the Tennessee Theater event that evening. See

3rd & 4th GRADE STUDENTS: The American Red Cross will have a program for you on Sun., March 22 during regular scheduled class time. Plan to attend.

CATECHETICAL FORMATION SESSION: Spring Course 2 will be offered at St. Michael the Archangel Mission in Erwin on Sat., April 11 at 9 a.m. and at St. John Neumann in Knoxville on Sat., March 28 at 9 a.m. There is no cost. Registration is requested.

A CONVERSATION WITH THE CARDINALS at HISTORIC TENNESSEE THEATRE IN KNOXVILLE on APRIL 18TH, 7-9 PM. Featuring Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Cardinal Justin Rigali and Cardinal William Levada with Moderator, Bishop Richard Stika. Tickets available 865-745-3000 or St Mary’s Legacy Foundation Mobile Health Clinic will be the beneficiary.

DIOCESAN FESTIVAL OF FAMILIES: Join us on Sat., June 6 from across the diocese to celebrate a “Festival of Families” at St. John Neumann parish in Farragut.  It is based on the 2015 World Meeting of Families theme of Love is Our Mission; The Family Fully Alive. Come and share this faith experience with the whole family.  There will be workshops, cultural demonstrations, picnic fun and a special guest speaker, Fr. Leo Patlinghug, founder and director of Grace Before Meals and host of Savoring Our Faith on EWTN.  The festival is sponsored by the Office of Marriage Preparation and Enrichment and Hispanic Ministry.

NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING COURSE - Has anyone ever clearly explained to you WHY the Catholic Church does not approve of unnatural birth control?  For most of us the answer is NO.  Learn about our faith and discover a natural method of family planning that is medically safe, morally acceptable, and as effective as the Pill.  A new family planning course is starting on Mar 29 in Bristol VA.  Visit to register or call Tina Kaul at 276-669-2305 for more info.

BULLETIN ADVERTISERS -Thanks to all our advertisers for supporting our bulletin with your advertising dollars.  Your bulletin ads are still published, but I have failed to send out statements which are due for most, this month.  Please expect bill after Easter.  /SA

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