A Renewed Option for Holy Communion

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In a canonical decree issued on November 9th, Bishop Stika altered his earlier decree pertaining to the distribution of Holy Communion during the present pandemic. The alteration permits the distribution of Holy Communion onto the tongues of communicants, in the manner traditional to the Roman Rite. This alteration takes effect on the First Sunday …

Catholic Schools Special Collection

Dear Parishioners, Thank you to all who have contributed to our Catholic Schools’ Second Collection! If you have not done so, you still have an opportunity to make a gift to Catholic Schools’ Tuition Support. Each dollar you offer today will help a family to give their child the priceless gift of a Catholic education. With your financial support, help …

The McCarrick Report: A Professional Response

The following is a message from the Leadership Roundtable on Church Management, an organization of laity, religious, and clergy working together to promote best practices and accountability in the management, finances, communications, and human resource development of the Catholic Church in the U.S., including greater incorporation of the expertise of the laity. The Leadership Roundtable brings together leaders from the …

Resumption Update No. 7

PARISH MISSION: Come and join us this Advent are our Parish Mission!  Presented by: Sister Maria Juan, RSM, Director of Faith Formation, Diocese of Knoxville, TN.  A three-night reflection as we ‘prepare ourselves for the coming of the Lord’.  St Mary’s Church, Oak Ridge: Each evening- 7PM to 9PM, December 9th, 10th, and 11th.  There will be Confession each evening at 6:30 PM (please …

Indulgences for the Faithful Departed During the Pandemic

DECREE issued Friday by the Holy See: This year, in the current circumstances due to the “Covid-19” pandemic, the Plenary Indulgences for the deceased faithful will be extended throughout the entire month of November, with adaptation of works and conditions to guarantee the safety of the faithful. This Apostolic Penitentiary has received many petitions from holy Pastors who have asked …

All Saints Day and All Souls Day

Mass schedule for the Solemnity of All Saints: Saturday, October 31st @ 5:30 pm; Sunday, November 1st @ 8 am, 10:30 am, 2 pm in Spanish and @ 6 pm. Mass schedule for the Commemoration of All Souls: Monday, November 2nd, @ 6:30 am, 8 am, 12:10 pm and in Spanish @ 7 pm. Due to seating restrictions and sanitizing …

Maintaining a Safe Environment for Children

To comply with the USCCB Charter and Norms, the Diocese of Knoxville’s Safe Environment Program requires all clergy, employees, contracted school personnel, volunteers, members of groups and organizations, over the age of 18, who work, volunteer or participate in any capacity to complete the Diocesan Safe Environment training and have a criminal background check before they may begin employment, volunteer, or …

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 …