Parish News - Weekly Bulletin


  DECEMBER 4, 2016


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.

RCIA:  The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults begins in September with the Period of Inquiry and Precatechumenate.  Classes meet in the Education Wing on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm.  If you or someone you know is interested in becoming Catholic, please contact Judy Collins at 639-0688 or email


Continued prayers of comfort, strength, and healing for: Roberto Diaze, Ana Hernandez, Pat Dougherty, Rita Chaloux, Janet Murphy Les Law, Roland’Bud’Brault, Kara Zdaniewicz Knott, Anthony McBride, Jackie Kerrick, Marty Newport, , Andrea Alter Moore, Charlene Thomas, 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, the Homer Davenports, Martha Renner, Kelly Humphrey, hospital & nursing home patients.     


END OF YEAR STATEMENTS: Annual contribution letters/statements WILL NOT BE AUTOMATICALLY SENT OUT. Contribution statements, for tax purpose, are available upon request.  If you wish to receive a statement, please sign your name, address, and phone number to the sheet on the clipboard in the Narthex. Your contribution statement will be sent out in January 2017.

Please Note: The Letter Written By Our Bishop Is An Insert In This Weeks Bulletin. He Asked That We Share This With You, This, The 2nd Week Of Advent.

~NEW BULLETIN COVERS UPDATED~ THIS WEEK NEW ADVERTISERS ARE LISTED IN OUR BULLETIN AS WELL AS THE TRIED AND TRUE ONES. As always we encourage you to: support our advertisers; their  Ad $$$s pay for the annual cost of printing of our bulletin.

CHURCH KITCHEN~HOUSECLEANING EFFORT: Several ladies are volunteering to give our kitchen a good old fashion kitchen cleaning before and continuing after our Madrigal dinner.  They are aware that the kitchen is used by many different groups within the Church family.  So consequently, there are many dishes, bowls, serving plates, etc. that do not belong to the Church. If you own such an item, be sure to take it home before it’s claimed by a Church cabinet or the donation pile. Thanks for your help!

~CATHEDRAL DEDICATION STONE PILGRIMAGE~ Notice the cornerstone of our Cathedral (encased in its box)  in front of the Ambo! This Dedication Stone is on pilgrimage and has been delivered to us this week.  It will be on display from Dec 3-10, before it continues its journey to Church after Church to arrive at its final destination, the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Nov 25, 2017.  A photo of Pope Francis blessing the Stone accompanies the stone along with an explanation of its travels.





Dec 3

5:00 pm


John Benko Sr. by the CCW


Dec 4

8:00 am


Andrea Alter Moore


11:00 am


Bill Hawk by J. Hagenburger



 3:00 pm


All parishioners of Notre Dame


Dec 5





Dec 6

8:30 am


Bill Hawk by Maggie May


Dec 7

 6:30 pm




Dec 8

8:30 am


All Notre Dame Parishioners


Dec 9

8:30 am


All Youth of Notre Dame Church

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION of MARY: Holy Day of Obligation is Dec. 8th    A Vigil Mass will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7th and the Holy Day Mass is at 8:30 a.m. on December 8th. 

ADVENT PENANCE SERVICS SCHEDULED - Notre Dame’s Penance Service will be held Wednesday evening, December 14th at 7 pm.  There are 5 priest scheduled to be on hand for the Penance Service followed by Confessions.  “Prepare ye the Way of the Lord”


Sun ~ Dec 4 ~ Is 11:1-10; Rom 15: 4-9; Mt 3: 1-12

Mon ~ Dec 5 ~ Is 35: 1-10; Lk 5: 17-26

Tue ~ Dec 6 ~Is 40: 1-11; Mt 18: 12-14

Wed ~ Dec 7~ Is 40: 25-31; Mt 11: 28-30

Thu ~ Dec 8~ Gn 3:9-15, 20; Eph 1: 3-6, 11-12; Lk 1: 26-38

The Immaculate Conception of Blessed Virgin Mary

Fri ~ Dec 9~ Is 48: 17-19; Mt 11: 16-19

Sat ~ Dec 10~ Sir 48: 1-4, 9-11; Mt 17: 9a, 10-13

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PLAY: Parents are encouraged to sign up their children to participate in the annual Christmas Play on Sat., Dec. 24 at the 5 p.m. Mass. A sheet is located in the narthex and we need lots of help!




FOOD BANK NEWS: Thank you, Andy Chaloux for  delivering the extra food in our barrel (128 lbs) to the Food Bank to finish November’s donations. We previously delivered 484 lbs. bringing our total to 612 pounds.  WOW! The commodity requested for the month of DECEMBER IS VEGETABLE OIL. We also sent a check for $275.00 this month.  Monetary donations may be made payable to Notre Dame Church, with Food Bank on the memo line. 

ANGEL TREE:  The Post Confirmation Class would like to thank you for selecting all the Angels from our Angel Tree. Please purchase the item requested and return the unwrapped gift under the tree by Dec. 11.

BELL RINGING - Notre Dame has been a part of the Bell Ringing effort for the local Food Bank and we have been asked to man both doors at the Food City, Asheville Hwy store, on Friday, Dec 16th from 9 am to 3 pm. This 6 hour shift will require 2 people each hour. There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex to help with this worthy service.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF EAST TENNESSEE Volunteer Opportunity: Catholic Charities is opening a new Pregnancy Help Center in Johnson City in December. They are looking for English and Spanish speaking volunteers. Training provided Contact Sandi Davidson at 865-776-4510/

CCETN has immediate job openings for Director of Development, Development Administrator, & other full-time positions available. All jobs are all in Knoxville area. More Info: under “jobs” tab.

SERVICE PROJECTS: Confirmation Candidates are encouraged to participate in a service project on Wed., Dec. 21 from 9 am until 3 pm. with lunch provided and on Wed., Dec. 28 to serve lunch at Plaza Towers. Soups, breads and cookies are needed. Contact Susan to assist.


WAIT STAFF NEEDED: Youth are needed to provide service for wait staff at the Madrigal Dinner on Dec. 9 & 10. Practice will be held after vigil Mass on Wed., Dec. 7 and a sign-up sheet is located on our table in the narthex.

MARCH FOR LIFE: Another bus has been added to the Pilgrimage to Washington, DC for the March for Life on Jan. 26-29 so space is still available with a $125 deposit as soon as possible. Total cost is $265 and includes bus, hat, metro pass, 2 nights at hotel, 5 meals and youth rally.  SANTA MART: Parents mark your calendar for Sun., Dec. 11 during Elem. Religious Education class for this years’ Santa Mart. Youth will be able to sneak in, purchase a gift for their parents or guardians, and gift wrap it for only $1 each. This “Mart” is for young people only, and older youth helpers, because they can fit in the tunnel!


FAMILY LIFE PILGRIMAGE WITH FR. MICHAEL CUMMINS TO ST. AUGUSTINE AND ORLANDO, FLORIDA ~ JUNE 7-11, 2017.Travel with families of “all ages and stages” from all around our diocese on a pilgrimage of faith, fellowship, beauty and fun! Celebrate Mass, pray at the shrines, historic churches. Enjoy St Augustine beach & fun Orlando has to offer.  For more info:, or call423-892-2310.


MS/HS WED. RE: No meal will be served on Wed., Dec. 7 due to Vigil Mass at 6:30 p.m. Parents are encouraged to attend Mass with their children. Madrigal Practice for teen servers will follow Mass. Wed, Dec14, a meal to be served at 6 pm. Parents & Confirmation sponsors are asked to join students at 7pm in the Church. No classes Dec. 21 & 28/ Christmas break. There are Service opportunities available for Confirmation candidates.

ELEMENTARY RE: Classes will be held 9:30-10:45a.m Dec. 4, Dec. 11, w/Santa’s Mart available, and Sun, Dec 18, with annual Breakfast Feast! No classes:Dec 25/Jan. 1.

RE CLASS CANCELATIONS: Due to unpredictable weather, our policy remains: If there is no school in Greene County, there is no RE Wed. night. Cancelations will be posted/ND Facebook Page or call Susan, 470-2560. Remember safety is first concern.


VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO HELP WITH THE TRANSFORMATION OF OUR PARISH HALL INTO “THE CASTLE OF NOTRE DAME” - The marvelous transformation will begin on Wednesday, December 7th at 9 AM.  We can certainly use many hands, from raising the Castle walls to counting out tableware. 


LAST WEEKEND TO GET YOUR SEATS FOR THE MADRIGAL  DINNER TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW - This will be the last year we plan to hold the Madrigal Dinner. Friday &/or Saturday, Dec. 9 &10, this “must attend” event includes a delicious 4 course meal, musical entertainment and the court magician. Tickets are now on sale for $30. Stop by the “Madrigal Ticket Station” in the Narthex after any of the weekend Masses.  Choose your night, invite a friend for dinner and entertainment.  What a great gift, certainly a pleasant, delicious way to begin the Christmas season. You may also call the parish office for reservations / purchase tickets ASAP.

WAIT STAFF AND KITCHEN STAFF WANTED - Sign-up sheets are located in the narthex for High School Youth for Wait Staff and Adult help on Kitchen Staff to provide service for our church on Fri., Dec. 9 and Sat., Dec. 10 beginning at 6 p.m. during the parish fundraiser.

CHOIR / CANTOR / PRACTICE is at 6-7 P.M. every Tuesday evening in the Music Room of the Parish Hall. There are no try outs-just come on Tuesday evenings for an hour and sing with us.  Can you give an extra hour to the Lord?  That’s all it would take!


Thank you, ST MARTHA’S GUILD, Judy & crew, for the delicious Mercy Meal provided for Ruth & family.

Attention: All Ladies of Notre Dame Parish! - Heads Up! You MUST MARK ~ Sunday Evening, December 18th ~ 6 Pm On Your Calendars…….Santa Claus Is Coming To Town a Little Early, Especially To See Us For The Best Party Of The Year!


Knight’s meeting- Sunday, Dec 4th, 6:00 pm.

Knights of Columbus remind you that “Jesus is the reason for the season” and to keep”Christ in Christmas”, they have  Christmas cards on sale for $1.00 available for purchase.