Parish News - Weekly Bulletin


  JANUARY 22, 2017


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 423-470-2560

ORGANIZATIONS -President Alicin Sahr, 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.  Office hours for Hispanic Ministry are Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30 am until 12:30 pm.


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 as part of our second grade religious education formation.  In order to participate, a child must be enrolled in our religious education program for at least one complete year prior to entering into a sacramental class.

CONFIRMATION:  Confirmation is celebrated every year in the spring as part of our middle school / high school religious education formation.  In order to participate, a child must be enrolled in our regular religious education program for at least one complete year prior to entering into a sacramental class.

MARRIAGE:  Contact a Catholic priest at least six (6) months before the desired wedding date.  DO NOT set your wedding date until you have spoken with a priest.

RECONCILIATION (PENANCE):  The regularly scheduled time for reconciliation is from 4:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. every Saturday or upon request.  In addition, special reconciliation services are held during Lent and Advent every year.  Time and dates are published in the bulletin and announced by Father prior to the services.

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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WELCOME NEW PARISHONERS: The church office is located in the brick and white house on the corner of Barton Ridge Road and Mt. Bethel Road on our Church property.  You are welcome to stop by and introduce yourself or take a moment after Mass to introduce yourself to our Pastor, Fr. Dan.  Please take time to fill out a registration form. We are a very friendly parish and would like to help you feel welcome.  The form helps us with acquiring a mailing address, phone numbers, etc, and to keep an accurate account of your contributions.  The forms are available in the Narthex or by request.

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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FAITH FORMATION: Our Religious Education Program for youth embraces entire faith formation including whole community catechesis.  The family is the central element, and parents are the primary teachers 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.  Many opportunities are available for parents and grandparents to share their Catholic faith with our young people.


Continued prayers of comfort, strength and healing for: Rita Benko, Rosie Myers, Roberto Diaze, Ana Hernandez, Pat Dougherty, Rita Chaloux,  Les Law, Roland ‘Bud’ Brault, Kara Zdaniewicz Knott, Anthony McBride, Jackie Kerrick, Marty Newport, Andrea Alter Moore,  Mary Jane Keparutis, Fr. Joseph Hammond, Rick Willis, Colby Parlapiano, Janet Simonds, Eddie Boone, Kathryn Carter & daughter,  Danny Collins, Scott  &  Lisa Fisher, Bob & Ruth Schell, Mary Noe,

Homer Davenport Family, Martha Renner, Kelly Humphrey, all hospital & nursing home patients and caregivers.










BISHOP’S APPEAL 2017 IS UNDERWAY Please spend some time this week reflecting on the Bishop’s Appeal information that you received with your bulletin.  Please remember that the Bishop’s Appeal is much different than a one-time special collection.  It is a pledge campaign where you can make a gift payable in installments. As you review the work enabled by your contribution to the Appeal, please reflect on God’s gift to you.  He has given you all that you have.  Your gifts to our parish, to the Diocese and to the work of the Church throughout the world should be given in gratitude for the continuing gifts that God gives you.  Each pledge makes a difference because all parishes participate in the campaign and the gifts of many enable our Diocese to deliver needed ministries and services. Our combined gifts not only signify our gratitude to God, they fund a significant portion of the work of our Diocese.  If you received your pledge form in the mail and have not sent it in, please complete it and mail it back or bring it to Mass next weekend.  For those of you that did not receive a mailing or have not had time to respond to it, we will conduct our in-pew pledge process at all Masses next weekend. Thank you for your prayerful consideration and generous response.         Notre Dame’s Goal is $24,600.00!



PRO LIFE DAY OF PRAYER - The K. of C. Council #6784 & the Council of Catholic Women cordially invite everyone to attend a day of Adoration; start with Holy Mass @ 8:30, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 5:30 pm, then the Rosary for Life, followed by Benediction. There are two sign-up sheets you will need to sign: (#1) for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; there’s to be at least two persons per hour present during Adoration. Then sign the sheet (#2) To bring your favorite dish for the pot luck supper planned for the evening. Both sheets are in the Narthex.

MINISTRIES LIST:  Notre Dame’s Feb-Apr 2017 Mass Ministry schedule will be made Jan. 23-25.  Email: or call: 638-1951 with unavailable dates for your ministry today!




JAN 21

5:00 pm


Rosie Myers by Audrey & Margaret


JAN 22

8:00 am


Tom Janaskie by Elaine




Fr George Schmidt, Jr.  by Fr. Dan



 3:00 pm


All Parishioners of Notre Dame


JAN 23





JAN 24

8:30 am


Margaret Grace by Audrey


JAN 25

8:30 am


Souls of the Unborn/KC & CCW


JAN 26

8:30 am


Arthur Kondrup by Mgt and Audrey


JAN 27

8:30 am


James Fortune by Nancy Flaglor


Sun ~ Jan 22 ~  Is 8:23—9:3; 1 Cor 1: 10-13, 17; Mt 4: 12-23

Mon ~ Jan 23 ~ Day of Prayer for Legal Protection of Unborn

Heb 9: 15, 24-28; Mk 3: 22-30

Tue ~ Jan 24~Heb 10: 1-10; Mk 3: 31-35

Wed ~ Jan 25~ Acts 22: 3-16 or Acts 9: 1-22; Mk 16: 15-18

Thu ~ Jan 26 ~ 2 Tm 1-1-8 or Tit 1: 1-5; Mk 4: 21-25

Fri ~ Jan 27~ Heb 10: 32-39; Mk 4: 26-34

Sat ~ Jan 28~ Heb 11: 1-2, 8-9; Mk 4: 35-41


THANK YOU! The students attending the March for Life Pilgrimage to Washington, DC on Jan. 26-29 wish to express their appreciation to everyone who supported their efforts and donated last weekend when they served “Goodies” after all the Masses. They ask everyone to please continue to pray for our youth and chaperones from the Diocese of Knoxville, especially from our parish, as they participate in the March for Life next Friday.

“LOCAL” MARCH FOR LIFE:  Join the Diocese of Knoxville, this Sunday afternoon, Jan. 22 from 2 – 3 p.m. at the World’s Fair Park in Knoxville. The event will begin with a brief program and then march from the park to Clinch Ave. & 16th St. to the site of the Center for Reproductive Health. There is no cost.

FOOD BANK NEWS: The commodity requested for January is Macaroni & Cheese. Monetary donations used for heat, transportation and necessities may be made payable to Notre Dame Church, with Food Bank on the memo line. We send donations at the end of each month. Thank you for helping serve the poor in our area.




NOTE: Catechists, Substitutes and Classroom Assistants are still wanted for our Religious Education program.

CONFIRMATION CLASS: Class on chapter 4 will be on Sunday, Feb. 19. We will attend the 11 a.m. Mass together as a class followed by a lunch break (Bring a sack lunch), and class is 1 – 3 p.m. Read the chapter and answer all questions prior to class. Remember to finish the Take Home Page from chapter 3 with your family and sponsor. If you missed class on chapter 3, complete the chapter with your sponsor / parents and write a brief summary of the content by our next class.  


NCYC 2017: The National Catholic Youth Conference will be held in Indianapolis on Nov. 16 – 19, 2017. Cost will be $699 per person. A kick off meeting will be held soon to plan fundraising efforts. This conference is held every two years and all students in High School in the 2017-18 school year are eligible to attend.

A Retreat is required for Confirmation Students…These retreats have limited space, apply early!

SEARCH 52: Applications are in the narthex for Search for Christian Maturity for Junior and Senior HS students on Feb. 17-19 at St. Patrick Church in Morristown. Cost is $60. Next leadership team meeting is Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. at St. Dominic Church in Kingsport.

TRUE STRENGTH: HS Young Men’s Retreat on Mar. 3-5 at St. Mary’s in Oak Ridge. Cost $40.

LIVING ON GOD’S TIME: Mar. 31–Apr. 2 at St. Mary, Oak Ridge is HS Young Women’s Retreat. Cost $40.

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS:  Just5Days” coming to the Diocese of Knoxville this summer on June 26 – 30th at Christ Prince of Peace Retreat Center in Benton! Cost is $290 per participant. Just5Days is a week-long mission experience of hands-on service work, engaging faith learning, meaningful prayer, community building, and summer fun. Just5Days was created especially for middle school youth and their adult leaders to learn about their faith while participating in service work. Check it out at


PARISH FAMILY NIGHT: Join us at Hot Wheels Skating Rink on Hwy. 11E in Greeneville on Wed., Feb. 1 from 6 – 8 p.m. There is no cost for youth and adults are $5 each for skating. Pizza will be served and a donation basket will be on hand to assist with the cost of food. Students without parents need a permission slip. Available at, under youth ministry office forms and permission slips.

RE-CYCLE YOUR GREETING CARDS: Tear off the front (no handwriting) of your cards and send them to: St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, Recycle Card Program, 100 St. Jude’s St., Boulder City, NV 89005. Due to licensing, Hallmark, American Greetings and Disney Cards are not accepted. Recycled cards help abused & neglected youth.


FIT CLUB: Join Julie for a free thirty minute workout every Thursday night at 6 p.m. in the parish hall.  Bring a towel, your water bottle and be prepared to “rock it”. CHOIR / CANTOR / PRACTICE: Practice held at 7 P.M. every Wed. evening in the Music Room of the Parish Hall. There are no try outs-just come for an hour and sing with us.  If Wed is not a good time for you, (and you are interested) suggest another day and time for consideration.  We are open for suggestions. Fr Dan has requested a need for more Cantors/Choir members-we need more folks!


Wednesday, January 25th - Session 14 - Divided Kingdom, Part 2, Judah (following Pot Luck Dinner in Marian Room)

Wednesday, February 1st (No Class) Family Night

Wednesday, February 8th - Session 15 – Exile 6 pm in Classroom

Wednesday, February 15th – Session 16 – Return, 6 pm in Classroom

Wednesday, February 22nd – Session 17– Maccabean Revolt, 6 pm in Classroom


The Knights have multiple projects on the horizon beginning in February with the Cincinnati Chili Dinner and Auction (Saturday evening, Feb 18th) and then to the weekly Fish Fries on Friday evenings during the Lenten Season.  Please note these events on your calendar!

Call any Knight if you have items to donate for the annual Action or need items picked up!



ARE YOU INTERESTED IN ANY OF THE CCW GUILDS AND THEIR WORK? St Catherine’s Guild - The crafters/meet on the first Thursday of each month. St. Veronica’s Guild are the cleaners and have teams that clean our Church, Church hall, and Altar linens each Fri. St. Elizabeth’s Guild gives care & concern for our shut-ins, nursing homes and sends cards & get-well wishes to those in need. St. Martha’s Guild are the cooks of the group, who plan, organize & serve our Mercy Meals in times of need. Christian Coffee Klatch - Meets the 3rd Thur. of the each month for coffee, conversation, and fellowship. Bring your cup & handwork to the Parish Hall at 9 am.


Knights of Columbus annual Dinner and Auction

Saturday, February 18 after Mass

 ~Contact any Knight to donate items for the sale~

Council of Catholic Women Annual Bake Sale

Sat., Feb. 25 and Sun., Feb. 26 after Masses

Ladies will be accepting homemade goodies for the sale

Notre Dame Parish Youth Ministry

NCYC Fundraising efforts TBA soon

Cost is estimated at $699 per person for trip in Nov.2017