Divine Mercy Sunday

Three conditions for the Divine Mercy Sunday plenary indulgence: A plenary indulgence is granted under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer for the intentions of Supreme Pontiff) to the faithful who, on the Second Sunday of Easter or Divine Mercy Sunday, in any church or chapel, in a spirit that is completely detached from the affection for …

Employment Opportunity: Youth Ministry Coordinator

Saint Mary Parish, Oak Ridge is seeking a full-time youth ministry coordinator for our youth ministry programs (junior and senior high).  Send résumé to: pastor [at] stmarysoakridge.org. Purpose of Position:  The Youth Minister Coordinator (director) is a member of the parish staff who provides primary leadership for the design and implementation of parish ministry to its youth. Responsibilities & Expectations: …

Happy Easter, and Some Sad News

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I hope you’re all having a happy Easter Octave.  After celebrating the Palm Sunday, Sacred Triduum and Easter Octave without the presence of parishioners last year, I’m very grateful that we had a sizable representation of the parish for these celebrations this year.  Thank you for your patience and innovation over these past twelve …

Triduum and Easter Sunday Schedule

DUE TO SEATING RESTRICTIONS AT EACH OF THE FOLLOWING CELEBRATIONS, PLEASE SIGN UP NOW ON THE MAIN PAGE OF THE PARISH WEBSITE.   Passover Triduum schedule: Maundy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper: 7 pm.  Good Friday Celebration of the Lord’s Passion: 7 pm.  Holy Night Easter Vigil: 8:30 pm. Easter Sunday Mass schedule (!!!NOTE CHANGE FROM USUAL SUNDAY SCHEDULE!!!): 8 am, 9:30 am, 11 am, …

Use of the Johnson and Johnson Covid-19 Vaccine

WASHINGTON– On March 2, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Doctrine, and Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued a statement on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine recently approved for use in the United States. “The …

Pastor’s Update

Dear Friends in Christ, I thank Dave Duhamel for organizing our Lenten mission: “Conviction, Contrition, Conversion”.  Sr. Scholastica, OP, will lead us in exploring how the intellect, emotions and will help us enter into Lent.  See details and sign-up on our parish website. The teaching staff in our school is now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and many of …

Ash Wednesday

Blessing and Imposition of Ashes (by sprinkling, rather than tracing) will take place during the following celebrations of Mass: 6:30 am 8 am 12:10 pm 6 pm 7 pm (Spanish) Seating and capacity restrictions remain in place inside the church. Masking and social distancing are required. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, please remain at home and follow official recovery …

40 Days to 40 Friends

Dear Friends in Christ, As we make our final preparations for the Lenten journey that leads us to Easter, I invite you to make this year’s journey one that will strengthen our parish by building friendships. There are parishioners you know well, parishioners you’d like to know better, and parishioners you don’t yet know at all. Our Lenten journey together …

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The parish office is closed today (January 18th) for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.   PRAYER FOR THE PROGRESS OF PEOPLES O God, who gave one origin to all peoples and willed to gather from them one family for yourself, fill all hearts, we pray, with the fire of your love and kindle in them a desire for the just …