Message from Father Shelton

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As our parish family prepares to participate in the Diocese of Knoxville’s Home Capital Campaign, I’m looking forward to seeing the many ways this campaign will benefit us. Half of the donations will help fund the long term needs of the diocese as a whole, which is one of the most vibrant and fastest …

St. Mary’s School (Oak Ridge) Receives $10,000 Physical Education Grant

St. Mary’s School in Oak Ridge was honored to be selected as one of twenty Tennessee middle schools to have been awarded a 2015 Shape the State grant to improve its physical education program. The grant, valued at $10,000 is funded by the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation. Ms. Ashley Williams, BlueCross BlueShield of TN visited St. Mary’s School …

DAILY MASS NOTICE

REMINDER: No daily Mass in the convent or the church on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday of this week. There will be Communion Services at the usual 8 am (and 6 pm Wednesday) Mass times on those days.

All Souls Novena

Today, we begin nine days of prayer in preparation for our annual Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day). This novena can be as simple as reciting the “Requiem Æternam” each day: “Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.” While our annual Solemnity of All …

Christ’s Passion, Our Freedom, and the Friday Penance

“Father, what is meant by the phrase, ‘observing the Friday penance’?” Good question! In 1966, the Catholic bishops of the United States said, “far from downgrading the traditional penitential observance of Friday, and motivated precisely by the desire to give the spirit of penance greater vitality, especially on Fridays, the day that Jesus died, [we] urge our Catholic people henceforth …

Fall Festival

Spaghetti Supper: Friday 10/16 @ 5 pm. Auction: Friday 10/16 @ 7 pm. Festival: Saturday 10/17 from 10 am to 6 pm. SPECIAL NOTICE: the usual 5:30 pm Saturday Mass has been moved to 7:30 pm, due to the Fall Festival.

St. Mary’s (Oak Ridge) Lady Crusaders Varsity Volleyball Team Crowned Season and Tournament Champions for the Third Consecutive Year

The Knoxville Independent School League (K.I.S.L.) held its annual Volleyball Tournament last week at St. Joseph’s School with the finals being held on Friday, October 2nd. The St. Mary’s varsity volleyball team from Oak Ridge took first place in the regular season and swept the tournament securing their 3rd consecutive Championship. “We never dropped a set” said Coach Rob Halcrow …

Parish Open Forum: A Big Success!

Our Open Forum went very well last night. It is my hope that these forums, which I think we should schedule at least twice a year, will provide an opportunity for the Holy Spirit to speak through everyone as we work together to make our parish the best it can be for the Lord. At yesterday’s forum, we discussed a …

Message from Rev. Derrick Hammond of Oak Valley Baptist Church

COMMUNITY LEADERS CONVENE “COMMUNITY MATTERS” FORUMS Last November, a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown. Given the many strong feelings all over the country, several clergy in Oak Ridge decided to address our community. In our public statement, we called for “inspiration, perspiration, and collaboration” in our shared …

A New Opportunity for You!

Dear Parishioners, Today, the feast day of Saint Vincent de Paul, I am pleased to announce that we are forming a conference of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. Founded by a Paris professor with the assistance of a Vincentian religious sister, the Society now has almost a million members, and conferences around the world, all dedicated to care …