Crisis Update No. 15

Pentecost Sunday: We will resume celebrating Sunday Mass in the church on Pentecost Sunday, following the usual Sunday schedule: Saturday vigil @ 5:30 pm; Sunday @ 8 am, 10:30 am, 2 pm (Spanish) and 6 pm.  Please read the detailed instructions issued by Bishop Stika last week, and be prepared to follow these instructions carefully.  You will need to sign-up …

Happy Easter!

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Crisis Update No. 11

The Sacred Triduum rites will be live-streamed according to the following schedule: Holy Thursday at 7 pm, Good Friday at 3 pm and the Night Vigil of Easter at 8:30 pm. Live-streaming is available both on the parish website under the “Divine Worship” tab, and on the parish Facebook page. Easter Sunday Mass will be live-streamed at 8 am. The church is still open from 7 am to 7 pm. Solemn …

Several Updates

Dear Parishioners, Our Hands of Christ team is calling parishioners to see how everyone is doing. If you have any needs in the meantime, including emotional, spiritual or material needs, please call the office and follow the prompts. Pressing “0” allows you to record a message for our Hands of Christ team, and one of them will call you very …

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.  …

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 …

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 …