Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Happy Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus! The 1983 Code of Canon Law—building on what Paul VI called “the grave and urgent problem” of reminding Catholics about “the significance and importance of the divine precept of penitence”—states that “abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the episcopal conference, …

Easter Sunday MODIFIED Mass Schedule

Easter Day Masses follow a modified Sunday schedule: 8 am, 9:30 am, 11 am, 2 pm (Spanish), and 6 pm. N.B.: there will be no Confessions before any of the Masses here on Easter Sunday. Sunday Confessions will resume on Divine Mercy Sunday for those who arrive thirty minutes before Mass.

The Triduum and Easter Sunday

(Note: Mass schedule during Holy Week follows the usual Mass schedule.  Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday and concludes Thursday afternoon.) The high point of the Catholic liturgical year is the Sacred Passover Triduum, which lasts from Thursday evening to the Mass of the Resurrection on Saturday evening. Though spread out over several days, the Triduum is counted as one, …

Laetare Sunday, Rose Vestments and You!

Each year on Laetare Sunday we rejoice as we begin the fourth week of Lent. But why is Laetare Sunday so different from the other Sundays of Lent? And why on earth do the clergy wear pinkish–officially “rose”–vestments? This article answers your questions: pillarcatholic.com. Also, don’t forget to read last month’s full length interview with retiring Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, who …

Friday Consecration of Russia and Ukraine

Pope Francis invites all the faithful to join him in a special prayer to consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Friday, March 25. Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary O Mary, Mother of God and our mother, in this time of trial we turn to you. As our mother, you love us …

Employment Opportunity

St. Mary’s School, Oak Ridge, is seeking exceptional candidates for their art teacher position for the 2022-2023 academic year. The work of the art teacher is closely linked to the fulfillment of the mission and belief of St. Mary’s School. Teaching in a Catholic school is not just a job; it is a vocation. Our teachers are called to be professionally proficient …

Urgent Prayer for Peace

The story of our parish unfolds along our walking trail. From our Memorial Bridge, dedicated during the 75th anniversary of our parish to the memory of all the departed teachers who served in our school since 1950, to Saint Mary Church, built by parishioners in 1962, we are surrounded by the memories of parishioners, both living and departed. Between the …

Friday Evening

Stations of the Cross will be in Columbus Hall (317 Vermont Ave.) this evening, at 6 pm in English and 7 pm in Spanish. The usual Lenten meal will be in the Social Hall (325 Vermont Ave.), with easy access through the school. Come join us! The funeral Mass for Marla Lenihan will be in the church (325 Vermont Ave.) …

Archbishop Kurtz Interview

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, former bishop of Knoxville and retired metropolitan of the Archdiocese of Louisville (whose ecclesiastical province includes the Diocese of Knoxville), as well as past president of the US bishops’ conference, sat down for a friendly, full-length interview with journalist JD Flynn of The Pillar. The interview, published a few days ago, is worth a listen, and sharing. …

Open Forum

Our next Open Forum will be Monday, February 21st from 6-7 pm in the Social Hall. This is an opportunity for parishioners to discuss among ourselves questions, complaints, compliments and suggestions pertaining to our parish mission, ministries and apostolates. The Parish Pastoral Council later reviews the comments, and then makes pertinent pastoral recommendations developed from them. Participants are encouraged to …

Holy Communion on the Tongue

MEMORANDUM Effective Sunday, March 6th, in order to better accommodate those communicants who prefer to receive Holy Communion on the tongue (the “default” practice in the Roman Mass), while respecting ongoing concerns pertaining to the present viral pandemic, there will be three Communion ministers distributing the Blessed Sacrament in front of the altar at all Masses on Sundays and other …

Employment Opportunity

Saint Mary’s Catholic School, Oak Ridge, is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of Office Manager. The work of the office manager is integral to the fulfillment of the mission and belief of Saint Mary’s School.  Serving as office manager in a Catholic school is not just a job; it is a vocation. We are looking for an energetic, personable team …