God Bless America

Let us pray for God’s blessings upon our American republic: We pray you, O God of might, wisdom, and justice, through whom authority is rightly administered, laws are enacted, and judgment decreed, assist with your Holy Spirit of counsel and fortitude the President of these United States, that his administration may be conducted in righteousness, and be eminently useful to …

Resumption Update No. 4

Sign-Up for Mass: Please sign up now for this coming Sunday’s Mass.  Click the “Mass Sign Up” button (on the home page of the parish website) each week to sign up.  The link is refreshed weekly by Tuesday at noon.  Please remember to sign up for each Sunday’s Mass by no later than Friday at noon.  Our seating capacity in the …

Resumption Update No. 3

Sign-Up for Mass: Please sign up now for this coming Sunday’s Mass.  Please remember to sign up for each Sunday’s Mass by no later than Friday at noon of each week.  Our seating capacity in the church for the duration of the pandemic is 100 congregants per Mass, with five Sunday (“Dominical”) Mass options from which to choose. Adoration of the …

School Employment Opportunities

St. Mary’s School in Oak Ridge is accepting applications for two teaching positions for the 2020 – 2021 school year: 6 – 8th grade English/Literature 4th grade Applicants should possess a passion for teaching, an active teaching license, classroom experience, and be a faithful follower of Christ. Send resume to Sr. Marie Blanchette: srmarieblanchette@stmarysoakridge.org St. Mary’s School 323 Vermont Avenue Oak …

Resumption Update No. 2

Sign-Up for Mass: Please sign up now for this coming Sunday’s Mass.  Thanks to our dedicated volunteers and their capable leaders, our Pentecost Sunday Mass went very smoothly.  Please remember to sign up for each Sunday’s Mass by no later than Friday at noon of each week.  Our usual pre-pandemic Mass attendance is 600-700; we can seat a total of …

Death of George Floyd and National Protests

Seven U.S. bishop chairmen of committees within the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have issued a statement in the wake of the death of Mr. George Floyd and the protests which have broken out in Minneapolis and in other cities in the United States: We are broken-hearted, sickened, and outraged to watch another video of an African American man being …

Resumption Update No. 1

PENTECOST SUNDAY MASS: Sign-up here to attend a Pentecost Sunday Mass.  We resume celebrating Sunday Mass in the church on Pentecost Sunday, following the usual Sunday schedule: Saturday vigil @ 5:30 pm; Sunday @ 8 am, 10:30 am, 2 pm (Spanish) and 6 pm.  Please read the detailed instructions issued by Bishop Stika and be prepared to follow these instructions …

Metanoia, A Journey with Christ into Conversion

Come join fellow Parishioners in the a 10-week study: Metanoia, A Journey with Christ into Conversion. Led by Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR. Each of the episodes explores areas of our life where conversion is so often necessary. Join us for the most important journey of our lives, a journey of grace, hope, repentance, and transformation. Day: Tuesdays, starting May 19, 2020 Time: …

Crisis Update No. 15

Pentecost Sunday: We will resume celebrating Sunday Mass in the church on Pentecost Sunday, following the usual Sunday schedule: Saturday vigil @ 5:30 pm; Sunday @ 8 am, 10:30 am, 2 pm (Spanish) and 6 pm.  Please read the detailed instructions issued by Bishop Stika last week, and be prepared to follow these instructions carefully.  You will need to sign-up …

Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the beautiful vocation of motherhood and the gift of life. It calls us to cherish the gift of life that we receive from our mothers and to pray for all women to whom God has entrusted life in a very special way. As we pray in thanksgiving for the gift of all …

Crisis Update No. 14

“When will public Masses resume?”: Bishop Stika has decreed that public Masses will resume the weekend of Pentecost Sunday, May 30-31, but with heavily modified procedures for congregants and clergy.  Among other requirements, everyone will need to bring their own face mask.  The parish Divine Worship Committee of the Pastoral Council will meet on May 20th to discuss implementation of …

May Crowning

May is the month during which Christians, in their churches and their homes, offer the Virgin Mother more fervent and loving acts of homage and veneration, and it is the month in which a greater abundance of God’s merciful gifts comes down to us from our Mother’s throne.