Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

The Catholic bishops of the United States are pleased to offer once again to the Catholic faithful Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (en Español), our teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics. This statement represents our guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy. We urge our pastors, lay and religious faithful, and …

Renewing Our Parish

Dear Clergy, Religious and Lay Faithful of Saint Mary Parish, The year of Our Lord 2020 has given us much to think about, much to worry about, and much to do to preserve our health, our security and our patriotic fraternity. But 2020 should be for us more than just a year of reacting and conserving. It should also be …

Virtual Fall Festival

Rather than the traditional Spaghetti Supper followed by a day of food, fun, and festivities, the 70th annual Fall Festival will be a series of events occurring between September 16 and October 31, 2020. Festival events will include both on-line Virtual Events and Outdoor Events that follow/exceed all of the recommended health and safety procedures to protect against the spread …

70th Annual Fall Festival

The 70th Annual St. Mary’s Parish Fall Festival to host a series of events for the entire community-and beyond! Kick-Off begins with Drive-Thru Spaghetti Dinner and Online Auction September 16-25th. In light of COVID-19 pandemic, the 70th Annual St. Mary’s Parish Fall Festival in Oak Ridge, TN will offer a series of events rather than a single day of festivities. …

Job Opportunity: Part-Time Assistant Bookkeeper

Saint Mary Parish is looking for a part-time Assistant Bookkeeper. This position reports directly to the Parish Bookkeeper and to the Pastor performing financial support services of the parish, including our parish school. Other responsibilities include accounts payable, money counts, payroll preparation, maintaining the integrity of general ledger accounts and stewardship records. A potential candidate should have demonstrated knowledge of …

Lenten Rewind: An Invitation from Our Pastor

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Thank you for your generosity and patience during these last six months. I’m especially grateful for our teams of volunteers who’ve made our resumption of public Masses possible, and to all those volunteers who made our modified Founders Day so special for us all. Please keep our dedicated teachers in your prayers as they …

Founders Day 2020

Saint Mary Parish will celebrate our 77th Anniversary with our annual Founders Day Picnic on Saturday, Aug. 22nd. This year our traditional BBQ picnic dinner will be provided by the Knights of Columbus (KOC) #3175. They will be preparing their delicious BBQ pork and chicken plus hot-dogs for the kids. RSVP required: PLEASE SIGN UP HERE TO RESERVE YOUR MEAL. …

Resumption Update No. 6

Founders Day Picnic: On the Octave Day of the Assumption, our parish feast day, we will have a cookout and outdoor picnic.  You will be able to pick up your order and enjoy it either at home or outdoors around the parish grounds.  Details TBA soon. Bishop Adrian of Nashville established Saint Mary Parish as a community of the Diocese …

Resumption Update No. 5

Parking Lot Maintenance: Please be aware that some sections of the parking lot will be out of use for several days this coming week, weather permitting, for (long overdue!) maintenance. Saint Mary School: Bishop Stika has announced a return to on-site learning at all 10 Catholic schools in the diocese for the 2020-’21 academic year, which will begin on Monday, …

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 …