Parish News - Weekly Bulletin

DECEMBER 14, 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 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:   Continued prayers for Scarlet Kindle, Marbeth Doughtery, Scott Fisher, Doug McConnell, Pat Lee, Janet Simonds, Gregory Nojeim, Mike Teter, Fr. Joe Brando, Keith Dietzman, Thomas Joseph, Patrick Doughtery, Bob & Ruth Schell, Jim McConnell,  John Benko, Bob May, Wanda Ricker, Kelly Humphrey, Martha Renner, Frances Beason,  Betty Drain, Joseph McBride, Sr., John Conley, Pat Quint, Alexander Toth, Martha Jane Fannon, Mel Mauck, Mary Lou Lamb, Wayne & Karen Kiehna, all homebound, nursing home patients and their caregivers   (To keep our prayer list current, names remain on the prayer list for one month unless otherwise requested!)

2015 Calendars are available –Pick one up after Mass
ANGEL TREE: Thank you parishioners of Notre Dame for selecting all the Angels from our Angel Tree and providing gifts for families unable to do so!

THE FOOD BANK: The FOOD BANK has had an unusual number of families seeking help this year and especially during this season. The commodity requested for December is Vegetable Oil. Flour is still a necessity and needed also. All sorts of canned goods, potted meats, peanut butter and staple goods are needed. Due to the generosity of some of our parishioners, to date I am able to send $850.00 to the Food Bank for this month’s financial contribution. There is still time to make a contribution. Make the check payable to Notre Dame Church, with a notation in the memo line/Food Bank.  Thank you, Church, for taking the Corporal Work of Mercy “ to feed the hungry” to heart!!

CHIPS FAMILY VIOLENCE SHELTER now offers Rapid Re-Housing Assistance- see RE bulletin board for more information and qualifications.

BELL RINGERS NEEDED FOR FRI., DEC. 19TH - our appointed day to cover the slots open from 10AM to 4PM. Sign the schedule in the Narthex.  Two people are needed each hour. Your support is appreciated!

ROSARY FOR LIFE: Join Cardinal Rigali at 10 a.m. on Sat., Jan. 10 at the Planned parenthood on Cherry Street in Knoxville to pray a rosary for life. HS Youth may sign up in the narthex if you need transportation.

CHRISTMAS FLOWERS FOR THE ALTAR - There is still time to submit your memorial or honorary gifts of love thru your donation of flowers to beautify our Altar for Christmas. All names will be printed in the Christmas bulletin and remembered in prayer. You may place info in an envelope/put it in the collection basket/ write Christmas flowers on the envelope or come by the church office.

CHRISTMAS MASSES/PLAY: A sign-up sheet is located in the narthex for those attending the Christmas Midnight Mass and 10 a.m. Christmas Day Mass. A sign-up sheet is also available for youth attending the Christmas Vigil Mass for ministries and the Christmas Play on Wed., Dec. 24 at the 5 p.m. Mass. All children singing carols prior to the Mass are asked to be in church at 9 a.m. on Sun., 14 for practice.

ATTENTION ALL LITURGICAL MINISTERS: Ministers are needed for regular Sunday liturgy Dec. 27 / 28 and Jan. 3 / 4 since they were not listed on the last ministry schedule. Please check your schedules. We need volunteers so please sign up on the ministry board in the alcove of the church.

HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION: Christmas – Dec. 25th: Vigil Mass is Wed., Dec. 24 at 5 p.m., Midnight Mass on Thurs., Dec. 25 at 12 a.m. and 10 a.m. Mary, Mother of God – Jan. 1st: Vigil Mass is Wed., Dec. 31 at 5:30 p.m. and Jan. 1 at 8:30 a.m.

CONGRATULATIONS CANDIDATES: The Rite of Enrollment was held Sun., Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. with Fr. Alex and Fr. Dan. Congratulations to Elizabeth, Dakota, Jenny, Tanner, Sydney, Gloria, Andrea, Michael, Cristian, Matthew, Arturo, Alexis and Jorge.

CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES: We will attend Mass in the Extraordinary Form on Sun., Jan. 18 at St. Mary’s in Johnson City followed by dinner. If you need transportation, contact Susan. Parents and sponsors are encouraged to join you!

Sat Dec 13 5:00 PM SI Barb Jones by Prayer Buddy
Sun Dec 14 8:00 AM SI M & L Teter by  the Dwyer’s
  11:00AM + Skip Scofield by ML Lamb
    3:00 PM SI Parishioners of Notre Dame
Mon Dec 15 8:30 AM  NO MASS
Tue Dec 16 8:30 AM SI Chuck Alter by J Hagenburger
Wed Dec 17 8:30 AM SI All who support Hope Center
Thu Dec 18 8:30 AM SI All U.S. Military personnel
Fri Dec 19 8:30  AM SI Mike Teter by Fr Dan

Sun ~ Dec 14~Is 61: 1-2a, 10-12; 1 Thes 5: 16-24; Jn 1: 6-8,19-28
Mon ~ Dec 15~ Nm 24: 2-7, 15-17a; Mt 21:23-17
Tues ~ Dec 16~ Zep 3: 1-2, 9-13; Mt 21: 28-32
Wed ~ Dec 17~Gn 49: 2, 8-10; Mt 1: 1-12
Thu ~ Dec 18~Jer 23: 5-8; Mt 1: 18-25
 Fri ~ Dec 19~ Jgs 13: 2-7, 24-25a
Sat ~ Dec 20 ~ Is 7: 10-14; Lk 1: 26-38

ATTENTION:  5TH AND 6TH GRADERS: You all will be ministers at 11AM Mass on January 4th. Be ready!
JANUARY YMCA FAMILY NIGHT:  Two back to back parties! Swimming from 7 – 8:30 p.m., with snacks served at 8:30 p.m., and late night party from 9 p.m. until midnight. Activities includes the gym, game room and activity room. No cost for youth and $3 for adults swimming. Bring a snack to share. Youth under 6th grade must have a parent in attendance. Older youth must have a permission slip on file if parents not in attendance. Sign-up sheet in the narthex so we have chaperones.

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES: It is official! Pope Francis will attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia on September 23-27, 2015. Visit to view updates for the Office of Marriage Preparation and Enrichment trip plans and costs.

Our Anniversary Celebration seems like a long time away, Sat., April 25th, 2015, but honestly, it will be here before we know it. This is OUR celebration, as Church, 60 years of Church to one another. Our Pastor, Fr. Dan will be installed at the same time. What a great celebration that will be: Holy Mass, Installation of our Pastor, display of Marian Shrines by our RE students and an Anniversary Dinner/Party after the 5 PM MASS. Thanks for the input; We are checking out other affordable venues. Mark this must do on your calendars.  Promises to be a great celebration!

Will see everyone in January 11, 2015 for their 1st meeting of the New Year.

CCW MEETING is a Christmas Party scheduled for tonight, Sun. evening, Dec. 14th at 6 PM.  This is always such a fun time.  Bring a gift for sharing and play “SNEAKY SANTA”.  All women of the Parish are invited!!

ST. VERONICA’S GUILD cleans our church weekly. Could you spare an hour or two once a month?  If you are that “can do” person, call Barbara (423)292-8035.

ST. CATHERINE’S GUILD thanks all you parishioner for making their craft sale successful!  They will not meet during the month of December!  See you in January, 2015.

ST. ELIZABETH’S GUILD / 7-UP CLUB would like some gifts for their clients at the nursing homes. Large costume jewelry, warm socks, caps, lap robes, and any like items you think appropriate to donate. Fill their box in the Narthex alcove for Christmas.

OUR HOMEBOUND MINISTERS deliver the Holy Eucharist and the love of our Church Family to our shut-ins.  Please remember these dedicated, lovely people in your prayers and thank them, too.

SERVER APPRECIATION:  Thank you to all the high school youth that served at our annual Madrigal Dinners. We will gather at Casa Guerrero at 11 a.m. on Tue., Dec. 30 for lunch followed by a movie at Carmike Theater. Contact Susan if you need transportation.

SURVIVING BRICK BY BRICK: A Retreat focusing on Freshmen and Sophomores on Jan. 30 – Feb. 1 at St. Mary’s in Athens. Cost is $40. See bulletin board for more details.

SEARCH 48: Registration now open for Juniors and Seniors for Search 48 at St. Dominic Church in Kingsport on Feb. 7 – March 1st. Cost is $60. A retreat is required for confirmation. Leaders are needed. You must have attended a Search retreat to be a leader. Applications available from Susan and schedule of meetings to be available soon.

NCYC 2015: The info sheets are published for the National Catholic Youth Conference in Nov. 2015. Cost is $635 per person and open to all high school youth. Talk about it and a meeting will be held in January.

2016 WORLD YOUTH DAY IN POLAND: See poster and handouts in the narthex. Deposits are due in January for young adults ages 18 and up.

GIFT CERTIFICATES: The Diocese of Knoxville office of Youth Ministry has Gift Certificates available for purchase in any amount and may be used for any program offered throughout the year such as Search, NCYC, God Camps, Catholic Youth Camps, etc. Do you have a youth that you would like to give a gift certificate? Contact Karen or Al at 865-584-3307.

• No Classes for elementary students on Sun., Dec. 21 and 28. Classes resume on Sun., Jan. 4 at 9:30 a.m.
• No Classes for 8 – 12 grades on Wed., Dec. 24 and 31. Classes resume on Wed., Jan. 7 at 6 p.m. for dinner.

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