Parish News - Weekly Bulletin

NOVEMBER 23, 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 the repose of the soul of Herb Sturm, father of Fr. Sam Sturm. Continued prayers for: Marbeth Doughtery, Chuck Alter, Scott Fisher, Doug McConnell, Pat Lee, Janet Simonds, Gregory Nojeim, Mike Teter, Fr. Joe Brando, Keith Dietzman, Blaine Douglas, Thomas Joseph, Patrick Doughtery, Bob & Ruth Schell, Woody J, 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, in nursing homes, caregivers and youth attending DYC. (To keep our prayer list current, names remain on the prayer list for one month unless otherwise requested!)

The Church office is closed for Thanksgiving holidays, from 2pm on Wednesday,’ til Monday, Dec 1st.

MADRIGAL DINNER - Thurs., Dec. 4, Fri., Dec. 5 still available and Sat., Dec. 6 sold out - Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the Royal Court enters the Castle at 7 p.m. Complete 4 course meal of French Onion Soup, Garden Salad, Baked Ham with Raisin Sauce and Ye Royal Dessert, all served in a beautiful decorated hall! Enjoy musical selections by the Madrigal Court, and King and Queen, dressed just for the occasion.  TICKETS $30.00
COAT CLERKS needed for all three nights plus YOUTH SERVERS / KITCHEN HELP.   A sign-up sheet is on the display table for the Madrigal Dinner in the narthex. We need high school youth servers for all three nights. Kitchen help is needed for set up, prep work, serving during dinner, dishes, and clean up.

The MINISTRIAL ASSOCIATION and Fr. Dan cordially invites you to the Annual Thanksgiving Service Monday, Nov 24th Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Main Street, at 7 p.m. All are welcome!  See insert!

THANKSGIVING WITH FRIENDS: Bring your cooked turkey to the church on Wednesday, Nov 26th between 8:30-9:00AM. Call Jean HagenBurger with questions @ 525-4081 or 360-0775. Thank you, all you folks, who donated turkey and helped!

ANGEL TREE: Our post confirmation High School students have the annual Angel Tree on display in the Narthex. Select an Angel, purchase the item, and return the unwrapped gift by Dec. 7 in time for delivery.

THE FOOD BANK: The commodity requested for November is Flour. The folks who deliver our donations monthly come back stating just how much the Food Bank appreciates our generosity!! Great job, Church!

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

CATHOLIC CHARITIES: Five River’s Group homes for low income adults with mental illness are in need of arts & craft projects. Need info: Contact or call 423-312-2317.

BELL RINGERS NEEDED FOR FRI., DEC. 19TH   from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  If you are able to help, please sign the schedule in the Narthex.  Two people are needed each hour. Your support is appreciated!

MARCH FOR LIFE PILGRIMAGE: All high school students & chaperones are invited. Leaving late Wed., Jan. 21 and return home late Fri. Jan. 23. Cost $150 and deposit due Dec. 8. Space limited – 1st come/1st served.

NOTRE DAME’S ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE - As we prepare for the new liturgical year and the season of Advent take advantage of our Penance Service which has been scheduled for Wednesday evening, December 10th, 2014 beginning at 7:00 pm.

CHRISTMAS FLOWERS FOR THE ALTAR - Advent is upon us.  It is a time of preparation and anticipation for the birth of our Lord Jesus. Donations of $15.00 toward the cost of poinsettias; now being accepted in honor or in memory of your loved ones.  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.

SOLEMN VESPER SERVICE - Please join Bishop Stika and the Religious of the Diocese in Solemn Vespers on November 30, 2013 at 4 pm at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  This celebration will kick off the Year of Consecrated Life; a reception follows the service.  Keep a look out for additional events in our bulletin in celebration of  ‘Year of Consecrated Life’.

ATTENTION ALL LITURGICAL MINISTERS: Need liturgical ministers for Thanksgiving weekend, Christmas Masses & Christmas weekend. Please check your schedules; we need volunteers, SO SIGN UP!

CHRISTMAS MASSES/PLAY: Sign-up sheets are located on the RE Bulletin Board in the narthex 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 interested in singing carols prior to the vigil Mass are asked to be in the church at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7 & 14 for practice. Sign-up sheets are also available for adults for the Christmas Midnight Mass and Christmas Day on board in narthex.

CONFIRMATION: Rite of Enrollment will be on Sun., Dec. 7 during the 3 p.m. Mass. Candidates and sponsors are to be in church before 2:30 p.m. Dress appropriately.

Sun ~ Nov 23~ Ez 34: 11-12, 15-17; 1 Cor 15: 20-26,28; Mt 25: 31-46
Mon ~ Nov 24~ Rv 14: 1-3, 4b-5; Lk 21: 1-4
Tues ~ Nov 25~ RV 14: 14-19; Lk 21: 5-11
 Wed ~ Nov 26~ Rv 5: 1-4; Lk 21:12-19
Thu ~ Nov 27~ Rv 18: 1-2, 21-23, 19: 1-3,9; Lk 21: 20-28
Fri ~ Nov 28~ Rv 20: 1-4, 11,--21: 2; Lk 21: 29-33
Sat~ Nov 29 ~ Rv 22: 1-7; Lk 21: 34-36

Sat Nov 22 8:30 AM SI Gregory Nojeim by Dick N
Sun Nov 23 8:00 AM SI Mike & LeAnn Teter by Alters
  11:00AM SI Scott & Lisa Fisher by Alters
    3:00 PM SI Parishioners of Notre Dame
Mon Nov 24   NO MASS
Tue Nov 25 8:30 AM + Frank Saponaro by his family
Wed Nov 26 8:30 AM + Armand LeMoine by Collins
Thu Nov 27 8:30 AM SI N D Parshioners living &dead
Fri Nov 28 8:30 AM SI Father Dan Whitman

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. Do you think $28.00-$30.00 per plate is too much?  This includes the place, set-up, clean up, just come & enjoy! Call the office 639-938 with input & your interest! We are researching other options, and need feed-back.

The Knights of Columbus wish to thank everyone who attended and supported the Pancake Breakfast at Fatz Café.  The food was delicious & fellowship even better. The Knights meeting will be held on Sunday evening, Dec 7th, 2014 at 6pm.  All members are urged to attend this Christmas Dinner meeting.

CCW MEETING is a Christmas Party scheduled for 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. 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.


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.

YM DEANERY MEETING: Scheduled at Notre Dame for the 5 Rivers Deanery n Tues., Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. Open to all high school youth. Bring a snack to share!

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.

DID YOU KNOW: The Catholic Education Trust Fund has approved $22,446 so that Notre Dame Parish could purchase new books, tables, chairs, programs, TVs, DVD players, computers and VBS programs for our Faith Formation Program. Since 2004, the CETF has approved $878,000 in funding for parish-based religious education needs in the Diocese of Knoxville.

RE CLASS: No classes will be held Wed., Nov. 26 or Sun., Nov. 30 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
• Classes resume for elementary students on Sun., Dec. 7 and our Santa’s Mart will be available for RE students to select a present for their parents. Gifts are only $1 each and gift wrapping will be available
• Classes resume for 8 – 12 grades on Wed., Dec. 10 with dinner in the hall at 6 p.m. and in the classroom at 6:30. Parents and confirmation sponsors are asked to join student in the church at 7 p.m. for the Advent Penance Service.

KID’S NIGHT OUT: Wed., Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. in the Ganz Youth Center, youth can gather for snacks, crafts, games and even shop in our Santa Mart for their parents! High school students are needed to assist with the Santa Mart and other activities. Great service hours!

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