Parish News - Weekly Bulletin

SEPTEMBER 21, 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:   Pray for healing and comfort: Woody J, Sarah Ormsbee, Frances Beason, Thomas Joseph, Bob & Ruth Schell, Linda Pearce, Jim McConnell, Scott Fisher, Sarah Fiskelli, Mary Armstrong, John Benko, Bob May, Wanda Ricker, Kelly Humphrey, Martha Renner, 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 homes folks & caregivers   Names will be kept on the prayer list for one month then removed unless Church office notified: 639-9381.

Last chance to enjoy a part of the FALL FESTIVAL OF NATIONS
Tonight, Saturday, September 20th, following Mass, a Bar-B-Q dinner and concert featuring: LONESOME PINE
A Bluegrass Band with our own, Mike Durham.

Premium Waters
American Greetings
Frost Chiropractic
Burdisco Imports, LLC
DJ Dalton
Knights of Columbus
Bob & Maggie May
Summit Medical – Dr. Jaime Oakley

Fr. Dan likes FRESH FLOWERS ON THE ALTAR and says we may have flowers during all Liturgical seasons with the exceptions of Advent and Lent. Order flowers directly from a florist – the only stipulation, is you must notify the Church office as to the date and who’s being honored or remembered; A single large bouquet will be place on the steps in front of the Altar or two bouquets will be used on each side of the Tabernacle Altar. An arrangement at a cost of $35.00 (or more) will  make a bouquet large enough and suitable for our Altar.

NOTICE: Bathrooms in the Education Wing now have a light switch and NO LONGER COME ON AUTOMATICALLY; please remember to turn off the light when you leave. (Thank you, Jerry.)

NOTRE DAME’S GOLF OUTING SCHEDULED FOR COLUMBUS DAY, OCTOBER 13, 2014 – The Golf Committee says plans are coming together splendidly for a great golf outing, Monday, October 13th.  Information and registration forms are available in the Narthex if you haven’t seen them and need one. Remember, aside from being a social event for our parish, the purpose is to raise funds to reduce the parish debt.  Your involvement and support is much appreciated. Need more players, helpers, sponsors & supporters. Get a team together and come play!

PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN: Register online at for Tue., Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. at Holy Trinity in Jefferson City for all interested adults that work with children. There is no cost for this course.

FOOD BANK MINISTRY: The commodity the Food Bank requests for September is Crackers.  All kinds of crackers, from saltine to club! Please help fill our barrel! We had a bumper crop of ‘peanut butter’ last month so we need a bumper crop of crackers to balance the scales. Thank you for your generosity, Notre Dame!

40 DAYS FOR LIFE: Opening Rally, Sun, Sept. 21, 4-5:30pm/Hosanna Fellowship, 715 Sunset Drive, Johnson City.  Join this interfaith kickoff prayer vigil rally for the campaign against abortion in Upper East Tennessee

CATHOLIC CHARITIES: If you are experiencing emotional or spiritual difficulties from a past abortion, a healing retreat is being held Sept 26-28 at Cross Point Retreat Center, Washburn TN; call Sandy Davidson at 865-776-4510/ or  for more info. Catholic Charities would like to thank everyone involved for the furniture and other donations received recently to aid in the Tri-Cities Family Housing project.  Volunteers are always needed to assist with the pickup of donations.  If you can help in any way with furniture,  or with pickup, call Suzi at 423-741-9915.

DID YOU NOTICE THE FLOWER BEDS AROUND CHURCH? They have all been weeded, ground cloth and mulch laid; making them look pretty sharp and readied for winter. Jim Williams, Chairman of the Grounds Committee, wishes to recognize: Bud Noe, Frank Dwyer, Mick Maggert, Rich Jones, Rick Longworth, Chuck Alter and Mike Teter for all their hard work on this project. Thank you all!

ST. VERONICA’S GUILD – Have you noticed how nice our Church, Narthex, Parish Hall, Kitchen and bathrooms look? Our facility is always clean, neat and lovely due to the expert care and love received weekly from our cleaning teams.  Barbara Violette requests a little more help! It takes about an hour and a half once a month.  Can you give that to your Church?  Call her and say YES, I can help! (423)292-8035 cell.

ST. CATHERINE’S GUILD meets the 1st Thurs. of every month.  These dedicated crafters are preparing for the Craft Sale to be held the weekend of Nov. 15-16. Everyone who likes crafting is invited to join them Thursday, Oct. 2, beginning 9 am in the Parish Hall.

CORN MAZE PARISH FAMILY NIGHT: Join us at Myers Pumpkin Patch on Wed., Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. to cook hotdogs over an open fire, take a hay ride to the maze and choose from 3 trails: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Cost is FREE for youth and $5 for adults. Sign up in narthex after Fall Festival of Nations.

DOGWOOD PARK CONCERT SERIES: Last concert of the season is Saturday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. at Dogwood Park with Allison Brown. Bring a lawn chair and plan to stay and enjoy the fireworks! See Susan if you wish to help with the hospitality tent.

MASS MINISTRY BY YOUTH: Beginning the first Sun in Oct 5th at 11 a.m. Mass, the Religious Ed youth will take turns with ministry at Mass. Our Pre-K & Kindergarten students will be the Greeters/Presenters directed by their catechists, Kristen & Anna. All youth  are asked to attend the 11 am Mass on Catechetical Sun., Sept. 28, 2014 with their parents.

CATECHETICAL SUNDAY: Take the time to thank our catechists on Sun., Sept. 28 at 11 am Mass. Certification certificates will be distributed.

BLESSING OF PETS:  Fr. Dan has a ‘pet blessing’ scheduled for Sunday, October 5 th, at 2 PM.  Mark this afternoon on your calendars and plan to bring you pets!

Sun ~ Sept 21 ~ Is 55: 6-9; Phil 1: 20-24, 27a;  Mt 20: 1-16a
Mon ~ Sept 22~ Prv 3: 27-34; Lk 8: 16-18
Tues ~ Sept 23~ Prv 21: 1-6, 10-13; Lk. 8:12-21
Wed ~ Sept 24 ~ Prv 30: 5-9; Lk 9: 1-6
Thu ~ Sept 25 ~ Eccl 1 2-11; Lk 9; 7-9
Fri ~ Sept 26~  Eccl 3: 1-11; Lk 9: 18-22
Sat ~ Sept 27~ Eccl 11: 9 - 12: 8; Lk 9: 43b-45

MASS MINISTRIES: If you are interested in serving in   ministry at our Masses, sign-up sheet is in the narthex! Training date will be announced for: Altar Servers, Readers, Ushers, Greeters, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and Cantors. It is an honor to server Our Lord in these capacities! THINK/PRAY ABOUT THE WAY YOU CAN BEST SERVE JESUS, THRU OUR CHURCH MINISTRIES, AND THEN SIGN UP!!

A MUST SEE!  “Tell All Souls About My Mercy” - “There is nothing man needs more than Divine Mercy,” John Paul II-St Mary’s Parish says ‘don’t miss the nationally traveling dramatic presentation that will bring you to the heart of the Divine Mercy message and devotion.  Now called the fastest growing devotion in the history of the Church, learn how it can help you and your family find hope, healing, strength and peace in difficult times. The program to be held St Mary’s Parish, on Thursday evening, Oct 2nd. from 7-9.  includes Exposition, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and Benediction.  Admission: Free Will Offering

Sat Sept 20 5:00 PM + Gerald Mader by L Marrone
Sun Sept 21 8:00 AM SI Joan Dwyer by J&F Dwyer
  11:00AM SI Scott & Lisa Fisher / Noe’s
  3:00 PM SI All Notre Dame parishioners
Mon Sept 22   NO MASS
Tue Sept 23 8:30 AM + John Rae by Sue Scofield
Wed Sept 24 8:30 AM + Soul of JoAnn by S Collins
Thu Sept 25 8:30 AM + Wes Wayson by Margaret
Fri Sept 26 8:30 AM SI Blaine Douglas by MLLamb

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITATION FOR ADULTS: The RCIA Period of Inquiry has begun.  You may still join the classes held on Tues. 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Contact Judy Collins @ 639-0688/,

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: Still accepting youth:
• Elementary classes, Pre-K – 7th grade meet on Sunday morning between the Masses at 9:30 a.m. Please do not enter the classroom prior to 9:30 a.m. in order for catechists to prepare. Have your child use the restroom and get a drink before class please!
• Wednesday night RE for 8th-12th grades (pre-confirmation, confirmation, post-confirmation) with a meal at 6 p.m. and class begins at 7 p.m.

MINISTRIES DAY 2014: Registration forms & session descriptions now available in the narthex or online at It is to be held Sat. Oct. 8 at Sacred Heart of Jesus in Knoxville. Select from over 24 workshops based on the theme: ’Families Together in Christ’.  Cost is $20 and includes lunch. NEW: Spanish track now available, registration forms in narthex.

COURSE 1: The Dominican Sisters of Nashville will be at Notre Dame on Sat., Nov. 1 for an all day workshop based on the 4 pillars of the catechism. Open to all interested adults and a MUST for catechists! Register at or see forms in narthex. FREE and lunch included. Mass will be celebrated or All Saints Day at 8:30 a.m. prior to this training.

SEARCH 47: Applications now being accepted for the next Search for Christian Maturity on Oct. 31 – Nov. 2 at St. Patrick. Cost is $55 and open to Junior and Seniors in high school. Leaders Needed: Next leader meeting is in our parish hall on Sun., Sept. 21 at 1:30 p.m.

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