Parish News - Weekly Bulletin


  OCTOBER 23, 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

PLEASE PRAY:   Pray for Fr. Dan and all our priests, especially this week while they are on retreat. Continue prayers for healing & comfort: Marty Newport, Teresa Grodi-Kennon, Janet Murphy, Andrea Alter Moore, Cecilia Marcy, Charlene Thomas,   Rick Longworth, Mary Jane Keparutis,  Bob & Maggie May, Rick Willis, Angelo Botta,  Fr. Joe Campbell, Fr. Joseph Hammond, Kathryn Carter & daughter, Gerri Fisher, Sara Pope, Oscar Alexander, Kameron Hutchins, Colby Parlapiano, Janet Simonds, Shaunta Chamberlin & Max; Rita Chaloux,  Eddie Boone,  Danny Collins, Scott & Lisa Fisher, Bob & Ruth Schell,  Mary Noe, Bill & Ruth Hawk, the Homer Davenports, Martha Renner, Kelly Humphrey, Leslie Law, hospital & nursing home patients.



The office will be closed on Tuesday, October 25th.


RESPECT LIFE MONTH: October is Respect Life Month. All life is sacred: from conception to natural death. ALL SAINTS / ALL SOULS DAY: All Saints Day, a holy day of obligation, is Tues., Nov. 1st with Mass celebrated at 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. All Souls Day is Wed., Nov. 2 with Mass celebrated at 8:30 a.m. and the 6:30 p.m. Mass will have Luminaries lining the driveway in memory of loved ones. Luminaries are available for only a $5 donation. This project is hosted by our Post Confirmation HS Class. Envelopes are in the pews.

PRAY FOR THE DEAD: The month of November is dedicated to remember those who have died. Our Post Confirmation HS Class is requesting photographs of your deceased loved ones for a memorial display during the month. Pictures should be wallet size or no larger than 3 x 5 and in a frame with your contact info on the back. A plastic container is in the church. Drop off by Oct. 30th



Oct  22

 5:00 pm


Bob May by Mgt Wayson


Oct  23

 8:00 am


Bob May by The Janaskie’s




Loretta DeRuvo/Sue&Maggie



 3:00 pm


All  Notre Dame Parishioners







Oct  28

8:30 am


George Cook by Aud & Mgt


~ Daily Scripture Readings ~

Sun ~ Oct 23 ~Sir 35:12-14 16-18; 2Tm 4: 6-8, 16-18

Lk 18: 9-14

Mon ~ Oct 24 ~Eph 4:32—5:8;  Lk 13: 10=17

Tues ~ Oct 25 ~ Eph 5: 21-33; Lk 13: 18-21

Wed ~ Oct 26~ Eph 6: 1-9; Lk 13: 2-30

Thur~ Oct 27~Eph 6: 10-20; Lk 21-25

Fri ~ Oct 28~ St Simon and St. Jude, Apostles

Eph 2: 19-22; Lk 6: 12-16

Sat ~ Oct 29 ~Phil 1: 15b-26; Lk 14: 1, 7-11


Flowers on the altar - this week are in loving memory of Amanda Norris by Dianna Thompson.  May all the souls of the faithfully departed, rest in the peace of Christ.     AMEN




OUR SISTER CHURCH IN HAITI, IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF DE ROSEAUX has been crushed by Hurricane Matthew. The school still stands but with no roof, the Rectory walls are no longer standing and the Church is roofless and ruined.  There has been loss of life reported by Fr. Youry Jules, Pastor.

He is asking for our help!   Fr. Jules letter included in this weeks’ bulletin along with some pictures. (More pictures on ND Facebook page)

In Solidarity with our Sister Parish

you are invited to attend


12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6

Reservations required

Sign up at the Display in Narthex

$$$ Donations accepted at event or

in advance if unable to attend.

FOOD BANK NEWS: October’s commodity requested by the Food Bank is CORN MEAL. Our barrel for food collection is in the Narthex alcove.  Please be generous and fill our barrel to the brim.  Thank you!

Appalachian Regional Coalition on Homelessness (ARCH) A plastic container is in the Narthex alcove for needed hygiene products. It’s time to think about donating new or used (but clean) sleeping bags and sleeping mats for the homeless, with the approach of cold weather, and small tents are also a welcome item.  Think of coats, rain ponchos, or tarps as items that would be appreciated.    

POST ABORTION HEALING OPPORTUNITIES: If you are experiencing emotional or spiritual difficulties from a past abortion, you are not alone.  Catholic Charities is here to assist you with Rachel’s Vineyard healing and recovery retreat Oct. 28-30 at the Christ Prince of Peace Retreat Center in Benton, TN.  For info, contact Sandi Davidson (865) 776-4510 or If unable to commit to a weekend, a day of prayer and healing for women called Entering Canaan, is available on Nov. 12 at the Retreat Center conducted by the Sisters of Life. Call (866)575-0075 or email Complete confidentiality will be honored.

A BOX OF JOY: Cross Catholic Outreach delivers food, shelter and hope to the poorest of the poor. The HS Post Confirmation Class are coordinating the efforts of sharing the love of Jesus Christ with needy children this Christmas. Gift boxes have been distributed for you to fill with small items to make a wish come true for a child. If you did not get a box and would like to participate, you may use a clear plastic shoe box with lid.  Info on display in the narthex. Boxes are to be returned on Nov. 6th to 9th.


FIT CLUB-meets every Thur. evening at 6 pm in the Parish Hall. The class is FREE!  Everyone is welcome!  Come out, get your FIT ON and thanks, Julie Colotti for your dedication to our fitness!

CHOIR / CANTOR / MADRIGAL PRACTICE - Choir/Cantor Practice has changed days. Cantor /Choir folks practice at 6-7 P.M. every Tuesday evening in the Music Room/Parish Hall. It’s never too late to join and make a “joyful noise to the Lord”.

Madrigal Practice is each Tues. from 7-8 p.m. in the Music Room.  As the date for Madrigal gets closer, we may have to practice some weekends. New music- and it’s not too late to lend your voice to our group.  Call Wanda!

Madrigal Dinner Theatre - if you haven’t been, it’s a must! If you have previously attended, this the last year we plan to hold the Madrigal.  This year’s 2 night performance will prove to be a bit different. Since it’s the last one, you must make it a must on your list of things to do. Mark Friday and/or Saturday, December 9 &10 down for a “must attend” event.



THE COFFEE KLATCH, is “coffee and conversation” in the Parish Hall at 9 a.m. every 3rd Thursday of each month. They encourage you to bring your cup, a craft or some handwork and just come for conversation and sharing with other Catholics.

St. Elizabeth’s Guild - (the Care Guild) would like some costume jewelry for the Nursing Home ladies, socks, small stuffed animals, and baseball caps.  There’s a box (marked Life Care) in the Narthex alcove for you to deposit items.


The Knight’s TOOTSIE ROLL DRIVE is happening  this weekend.  You will notice our guys in their bright yellow vest at Peggy Ann’s Bakery and at Walmart.  The proceeds from their efforts are donated to serve the mentally challenged of our area. 


·         BUSINESS MEETING next Tuesday evening, Oct. 25th at 6:30 p.m. in the Knight’s area of the Hall.

·         DEANERY MEETING on Sun., Oct. 30th from 4:30-7 p.m. in the Knight’s area of the Parish Hall.

·         MONTHLY MEETING will be Sunday, Nov 6th. at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall.


ADULT CATECHESIS: Steven Tenk welcomes all to join in, at any time, for breaking open the Word of God, discussion on aspects of Catholic Faith based on the Creed & Catechism of the Catholic Church, Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m., between the Masses.


PRICE REDUCED: Middle School Regional Conference is Nov. 12 in Pigeon Forge with national musicians & speakers! Cost is $36.50. Youth & parents encouraged to register (as a family) & attend together, but different sessions. Info on and in the latest edition of East Tennessee Catholic newspaper.

SEARCH 51: Applications now being accepted from Junior and Seniors in High School for Search for Christian Maturity. It will be held at St. Dominic Church in Kingsport on Dec. 2 – 4. Cost is $60 and includes all meals, lodging and supplies. Leaders are wanted… You must have attended a Search to be able to serve in a leadership role. Contact Susan if available to serve.

MARCH FOR LIFE: Forms have been distributed to our HS students for 2017 March for Life Pilgrimage to Washington, DC on Jan. 26-29. Cost is $215 and $100 deposit is due by Nov. 15 and includes bus, hat, metro pass, night at hotel, 5 meals and youth rally tickets.  Only 112 spots available so it is a first come, first served  basis.



PARISH FAMILY NIGHT: Join us on Wednesday, October 26th on the grounds of Notre Dame Church. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall consisting of Hot Dogs and Nachos with all the trimmings, and the ultimate Halloween Cupcakes. A donation basket will be on hand to contribute a couple dollars per person to assist with the cost of food. Other activities include:

6:30 pm - Costume Contest: Scariest, Funniest and Most Original in 3 age groups: Pre K & K, 1st & 2nd, and 3rd, 4th & 5th grade.

7 pm- Hay Ride: The whole family can climb on a wagon at the pavilion for a hay ride on the parish grounds…

7 pm - Bon Fire: Your family can roast marshmallows at the prayer circle for a great fall treat…

7 pm - Haunted House: Staffed by MS and HS Youth to give you a trill in the Ganz Youth Center and not for the weak hearted…

7 pm - Trunk-or-Treat: Children travel trunk to trunk in the parish parking lot for goodies… and we need lots of parishioners handing out treats. This is THE BIGGEST Family Night Activity of the year. Friends and neighbors of our parishioners also attend. Prizes for best decorated!!!