Public Masses Suspended

Effective Friday, March 20th, the public celebration of Masses in the Diocese of Knoxville will cease until concerns over the spread of the coronavirus subside. Bishop Stika has requested that all small adoration chapels in the diocese be closed. All churches remain open for daily adoration, allowing people to spread out. “I do this with great regret but with prudence …

Messages from Bishop Stika

On March 13th, Bishop Stika issued the following procedural mandates for Masses in the diocese:   The faithful’s obligation to attend Sunday Mass is dispensed if they have an illness or because they are older adults who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease; are individuals with severely compromised immune systems; and caretakers of anyone at risk.  …

Preparation Status Update

Given growing concerns about the risks of viral infection, our parish is making the following preparations: Our Society of Saint Vincent de Paul conference is meeting today to determine how best to continue food distribution in the event of a local outbreak. Our White Elephant Thrift Store will comply with any relevant directives from local health authorities, if these are …

Arbor Day 2020

Many thanks to Cathy Lowden, Marsha Sega, Bill Hevrdeys, Lawrence O’Rourke and Tod Butz for planting eleven new trees along our walking trail for Tennessee Arbor Day 2020. Take a look!

COVID-19

Dear Parishioners: As you know, Bishop Stika recently lifted the restrictions on offering the sign of peace and the reception of the Precious Blood – because the incident rate for the flu significantly lowered in our diocese, especially in our Catholic and public schools. However, Bishop Stika has been closely monitoring the developments related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and he …

Lent Begins Soon!

Ash Wednesday Mass with Blessing and Imposition of Ashes: Wednesday, February 26th at 6:30 am, 8 am, 12.10 pm, 6 pm, and in Spanish at 7 pm. Fasting and abstinence: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.Abstinence: Lenten Fridays.Fasting: Holy Saturday. Our parish makes the Way of the Cross together on Lenten Fridays at 6 pm in Saint Mary Church. The Via Crucis (“Way of the Cross”) …

Influenza Precautions

Several East Tennessee schools joined a growing list of closures that has kept more than 100,000 kids out of the classroom this week due to the flu. Additionally, the state of Tennessee has reported eight pediatric flu deaths this season. Since February is typically the peak of the flu season, Bishop Stika is issuing a directive today suspending the distribution …

Job Opportunity

Position: Capital Campaign Administrative Assistant Organization: St. Mary’s School, Oak Ridge TN Job Title: Capital Campaign Administrative Assistant Job Duration: Immediate hire through June 2020 Organization’s Website: https://school.stmarysoakridge.org/ Reports to: Development Director Status: Hourly/Non-Exempt (22.5 hours/T-R) Position Summary: This is a temporary, part-time position. The successful candidate will provide administrative and project management assistance to properly execute the duties and …

Candlemas!

Sunday, February 2nd is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas). Please bring to the 8 am Mass any devotional candles you wish to have blessed for use throughout the year. Everyone participating in the 8 am Mass that day should gather in the church foyer before 8 am. The following day, the Memorial of Saint Blaise, the …