Celebrate Catholic Schools Week!

Since 1974, National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2017 is January 29 – February 4. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2017 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” Schools typically observe the annual …

Pastor’s Notes

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Two of our long-time parishioners passed away last Saturday. Helen Hochanadel passed away around noon, and Mildred Hare passed away a few hours later. May Helen and Mildred rest in the peace of Christ, and may their families remain living memorials of these two souls. For American Catholics, Monday is designated a day of …

Reserving a Parish Facility

If you wish to reserve a parish facility, then simply complete our updated Facility Use Request Form and carefully read our revised Facility Use Policy. If you have any questions about the form or the policy, then please feel free to contact our Parish Office during regular office hours, and a member of our staff will be happy to assist …

Mother of God Mass Schedule

Merry Christmas! Our Mass schedule for the Solemnity of the Mother of God (Octave Day of Christmas) will follow the usual weekend schedule: Saturday, December 31st at 5 pm; Sunday, January 1st at 8 am, 10 am and noon (2 pm in Spanish). Please welcome our past pastor Father Bill Gahagan, celebrant for the first three Masses on Sunday.

St. Mary’s Robotics Team Rolls On!

St. Mary’s Lego Crusaders competed with twenty-seven other Lego teams on Saturday, December 3, 2016 to qualify to advance to the East Tennessee Championship.  The annual Lego® Challenge requires participants to identify and research a real-world problem, develop and implement a solution, and communicate their results to a panel of judges.   Additionally, the teams are required to design, build, and …

St. Mary’s Competitive Chess Team Continues to Succeed!

St. Mary’s School competed in the Secret City Chess Tournament on Saturday, November 5th at Oak Ridge High School. The tournament hosted 42 teams comprised of 76 students. Both unrated and rated levels included teams from grades K-3, 4-6 and 7-12. Genevieve Robinson, Elliot Barnes and Miko Zolnierczuk competed in the unrated 7-12 division and brought home a 1st place …

St. Mary’s Student Wins Local VFW Essay Contest

St. Mary’s School students had the option of participating in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Essay Competition. Conducted nationwide, the Patriot’s Pen is a VFW-sponsored youth essay competition that gives students an opportunity to write essays expressing their views on an annual patriotic theme. This year’s Patriot’s Pen essay asked students to describe “The America I Believe In….” Students were …

CALL FOR HELP! (Updated)

UPDATE (12/03): Father Antony asks me to convey his appreciation to the Knights of Columbus and to all our parishioners and school parents who answered his call for help. I know he is also grateful to Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish, which has been exceptionally responsive from the first hours of the crisis. The diocese-wide special collection this weekend will allow …

St. Mary’s Student to Sing in National Honor Choir

Anna Kasemir, an 8th grader at St. Mary’s School, Oak Ridge has been selected to sing in the 2017 American Choral Directors Association National Middle School/Junior High Mixed Honor Choir on March 8th-11th in Minneapolis, MN. The ACDA is the premiere national choral organization, so singers come from all over the country to participate. She will have the opportunity to …

Response to Fires

Bishop Stika asks that a special collection be taken up at this weekend’s Masses. The Haiti collection will be postponed to later in December. Though we do not know the full extent of damage at this time, we do know that many have been displaced and many homes damaged or destroyed. Our parish council of the Knights of Columbus is …