The Direction of Liturgical Prayer at Saint Mary Church

“Why does the priest traditionally turn his back on the congregation during Mass?”   Until the 1960’s, the priest faced whomever he was addressing.  If he was speaking to the congregation, then he faced the congregation.  If he was speaking to God, then he faced the symbol of God: the altar cross.  The sermon, for example, was always delivered facing …

Pastor’s Post

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, It’s been a busy summer. The Ulster Project is going strong this month, thanks in part to some of our very generous parishioners. Our summer seminarian Maksym will be in Poland the next few weeks, but will come back with us for a week or two before returning to the seminary in the autumn. …

Hiring Bookkeeper

UPDATE: This position has been filled. Thank you for your interest. Saint Mary Parish, Oak Ridge, Tenn., is hiring a Parish Bookkeeper. Principal responsibilities: preparation of payroll, associated taxes and reports; provide computer input/output services for accounting and census; prepare bank deposits and record receipts; coding and payment of outstanding invoices; reconcile parish books (including parish school); prepare financial statements …

Funeral Masses

Please join us for the following funeral Masses: Richard Honald, Friday, June 10th at 2 pm. Margy Conlin, Saturday, June 11th at 7 pm. Tommy Riikola, Saturday, June 25th at 11 am.

Daily Mass Notice

Please be aware that there will be no 6:30 am Mass Tuesday through Thursday of this week. The 8 am Mass remains as usual.

St. Mary’s School is now a One-to-One Technology School

Through the help of the St. Mary’s Legacy Foundation, St. Mary School in Oak Ridge is now the first diocesan school to offer “one-to-one” technology. The school used a grant of $29,200 to install wireless infrastructure and purchase dozens of Chromebooks to fulfill the goal of providing a Chromebook for every student in grades 1-8.  The St. Mary’s Legacy Foundation …

Questions from Parishioners about the Home campaign

“Who is asked to participate in the Home Campaign?” In order to provide the renovations and major maintenance that our facilities need to keep them functional, welcoming, safe and secure, we need each and every household in the parish to participate. “How much is each household expected to contribute to the Home Campaign?”  While our parish goal is 1.4X annual …

A Banner year for the Music Program at St. Mary’s School! Students Recognized for their Talents by Selection in Multiple Honor Choirs

We are pleased to announce that St. Mary’s School students Elizabeth Brands, Sophie Sherlock, and Gabriella Wilkerson were selected to participate in the 2016 TN Treble Honor Choir.  The singers sang under the direction of Dr. Derrick Fox, assistant professor of choral music education and choral conducting in the Ithaca College School of Music.  The Tennessee Music Educators Association commissioned …

Another Great Year at Regional Science Fair!

The annual St. Mary’s School middle school science fair was held on February 18, 2016.  Projects were divided into two categories, biological and physical sciences.  Awards were determined by an expert panel of judges representing local civic organizations, industry, and educational entities.  Fourteen St. Mary’s students received awards making them eligible to compete at the regional Southern Appalachian Science & …

Winners Named in SMS Science Fair

Congratulations to our students in grades 6-8 who recently participated in the 2016 St. Mary’s Science Fair on February 18th.  Fifteen of those students received awards for their projects. The winners from each category of Physical and Biological science will attend the Southern Appalachian Science & Engineering Fair (SASEF) at the University of Tennessee in April. We are so proud …