Parish News - Weekly Bulletin

JANUARY 25, 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:   Continued prayers for for Jerry K. Collins, Thomas Joseph, Angel Vargas, Linda Price, Scarlet Kindle, Marbeth Dougherty, Scott Fisher, Pat Lee, Janet Simonds, Bob & Ruth Schell, John Benko, Bob May, Wanda Ricker, Kelly Humphrey, Martha Renner, 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.   (To keep our prayer list current, names remain on the prayer list for one month unless otherwise requested!)

END OF YEAR STATEMENTS - annual contribution statements are not being automatically sent out to everyone.  Contribution statements for tax purposes are available upon request.   Sign up on the clip board.

DIRECTORY PHOTOS: We are in the review stage for our new Church Directory. Newly registered members, (September 2014 - to date), who wish to have a photo added to the directory may do so by emailing one to the Church:  or  Bernadette Moughamer @

NEW PARISHIONERS: We want to get to know you!  It is important that the Church office have a registration form on file with an accurate mailing address and phone number. Registration forms are available in the Church vestibule or one can be mailed to you.

BISHOP’S APPEAL 2015: Please spend some time this week reflecting on the Bishop’s Appeal information that you receive 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 contributions to the Bishop’s Appeal, please reflect on God’s gifts 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 process at all Masses next weekend.  Thank you for your prayerful consideration and generous response.

THE FOOD BANK SAYS JANUARY IS MAC AND CHEESE MONTH - PLEASE REMEMBER, WHEN SHOPPING, other staple goods are always welcome. Help fill our Food Bank barrel, which is located in the alcove off the Narthex. Thank you, Church, for your generosity and willingness to FEED THE HUNGRY!

YOUTH MINISTRY - Our 7th grade students will assist at Mass on Sun., Feb. 1 at 11 a.m.

LIVING THE EUCHARIST is a small group faith sharing session held for six weeks during Lent. Sessions begin Feb. 18 through March 29.
Wanted: Small Group Facilitators – Would you like to lead a small group session in your home? You pick the date and time. Could you lead a session between the Sunday morning Masses or on Wednesday evening right after the evening Mass and Soup Supper?
Wanted: Participants - Would you like to be involved with a small group session? Please sign-up for a $6 Participants Book. Would you like to participate at your own pace? Individual reflection booklets called “Daily Journal for Lent–From Exodus to Easter” are only $3.00.

SAT Jan 24 5:00 pm SI John Deitsch by A. Vocaturo
SUN Jan 25 8:00 am SI Special Intention of Mike Lilly
  11:00 am  SI Mary Lou Lamb / J Hagenburger
  3:00   pm SI All Parishioners of Notre Dame
MON Jan 26   NO MASS
TUES Jan 27 8:30 am SI Maggie May by Prayer Buddy
WED Jan 28 8:30 am SI Jennifer Hollowell/ Prayer Buddy
THUR Jan 29 8:30 am SI Sam Lawler by T&E Janaskie
FRI Jan 30 8:30 am + Mike Teter by Jean Hagenburger

CONGRATULATIONS to all those who made their First Reconciliation last Wednesday evening.  A special thank you to Father Dan, Father Alex, Father Dustin, and their parents for being part of this faith journey!

Sun ~ Jan 25 ~ Jon 3: 1-5, 10; 1 Cor 7: 29-31; Mk 1: 14-20
Mon ~ Jan 26 ~ 2 Tm 1: 1-8 or Ti 1: 1-5; Mt 3: 22-30
Tues ~ Jan 27 ~ Heb 10: 1-10; Mk 3: 31-35
Wed ~ Jan 28 ~ Heb 10: 11-18; Mk 4: 1-20
Thu ~ Jan 29 ~ Heb 10: 19-25; Mk 4: 21- 25
Fri ~ Jan 30 ~ Heb 10: 32-39; Mk 4: 26-34
Sat ~ Jan 31 ~ Heb 11: 1-2, 8-19; Mk 4: 35-41

Your Anniversary Committee: Sandy Alter, Lisa & Scott Fisher, Larry &Valerie Dolese, & Petra Young

TOTUS TUUS (‘Totally Yours’ in Latin): Summer Catechetical Program will be hosted at Notre Dame on June 21 – 26. Host families needed to provide lodging for college students, who serve as the program team, and assistance needed with meals since we will be providing lunch each day for participants plus dinner each night for the team. Grades 1 - 6 attend daily from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and grades 7 - 12 attend evenings from 7 – 9 p.m.

JOYFUL NOISE MAKERS! Fr. Dan would like Notre Dame to have a “for real choir”. Would you? Could you? Help make this happen! It’s a perfect time to join, to get ready for EASTER MUSIC and our ANNIVERSARY MASS MUSIC.  All it takes is your willingness to join us on Wed. evenings, 7 p.m., in the MUSIC ROOM. We would like to increase our choir membership to members rather than just Cantors. More Info? Call Dr. Fred or Wanda @ 639-3861 or 639-5883.  Come join us and make a  joyful noise unto the Lord!

St. Catherin Guild -  next meeting is Thurs., Feb. 5th in the Parish Hall at 9 a.m.  All folks interested in crafting are welcome to join in the fun and fellowship!

The Annual Cincinnati Chili over Spaghetti Dinner and Auction will be after Mass on  Saturday, Feb. 28 with Auctioneer, Eddie Yokley. Tickets: (adult)$10; (6-12yrs) $5.00; (5&under)free; will be available for purchase in February after all Masses. Tickets will be sold at the door also.  We continue to look for donated auction items. Call any Knight if you have items to donate. For more information call Bud Noe, G K @ 620-2327.

CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES  must attend a Retreat – several in the Diocese of Knoxville to choose:
SEARCH 48: Search 48 for Juniors and Seniors at St. Dominic in Kingsport on Feb. 27 – March 1st. Cost is $60. Leaders are needed. First leader meeting is Sun., Jan. 25 at St. Dominic at 1:30 p.m. Search 95 on Feb. 27-Mar. 1 at St. John Neumann in Knoxville; Search 144 is Feb. 20-22 & Search 145 is Mar. 27-29 at All Saints Academy in Chattanooga.

ALL YOUNG MEN’S RETREAT: St. Mary Oak Ridge on April 24-26

ALL YOUNG LADIES RETREAT: St. Mary Oak Ridge on March 27-29

NCYC 2015: The National Catholic Youth Conference will be in Indianapolis in Nov. and we will have youth and chaperones attending. Total cost is $640 a student with $40 deposit due by Feb. 15 to hold your spot. Fundraising will begin soon and includes a spring plant sale, card sale, car wash, pasta night and “Stock Shares”.

YEAR OF CONSECRATED LIFE ART CONTEST:  The Diocese of Knoxville is hosting an art contest for children in K – 12 grades. Projects can be a drawing, painting, sculpture or wood craft and finalists will be chosen from 4 age categories. Finished art to be submitted on March 7 – 8 at St Mary’s, Johnson City. Details on sheet located on RE/YM table in narthex.

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

MARIAN SHRINE PROJECT: Students are invited to make a Marian Shrine (statue provided) to be on display and blessed by Bishop Stika at our parish 60th Anniversary. RE Students have received forms and extra forms are on RE/YM table in narthex. Forms must be returned to catechists by Feb. 1st for ordering statues and distribution is Feb. 15th. Completed Shrines must be returned by April 12th for display and picked up May 3rd.

SAFE ENVIRONMENT MAKE-UP SESSIONS: Catechists sessions for Elementary Grades are this Sunday, Jan. 25th, for the students who missed the session in the fall. Make-up session for high school will be on Wed., Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. ALL RE STUDENTS MUST BE ACCOUNTED FOR. Parents will be asked to sign an opt out form if student is not in attendance.

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 however registration is requested. Enrollment period for online session is Feb. 9 – March 4 and cost is $25. All catechists must be working on certification in the Diocese of Knoxville. Information Forms located on RE/YM display in the narthex.

WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES: Pope Francis will attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia on September 23-27, 2015. The Office of Marriage Preparation and Enrichment of the Diocese of Knoxville is coordinating trip plans. Registration forms are available in the narthex. Cost is $1200 for double occupancy and incudes: roundtrip motor coach from Knoxville to Philadelphia, hotel, conference registration fees, tour of two Shrines and boxed lunches. Deposit of $300 is due by Feb. 1 and final payment by June 15.

Join us on Wed., Feb. 4 at 6 until 8 p.m. at Hot Wheels in Greeneville. No skating costs for youth/ adults are $5. Pizza will be served. A donation basket will be available to help defray the cost of food & drinks. Inflatables will be available for youth under 12 years of age.

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