A Renewed Option for Holy Communion

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In a canonical decree issued on November 9th, Bishop Stika altered his earlier decree pertaining to the distribution of Holy Communion during the present pandemic. The alteration permits the distribution of Holy Communion onto the tongues of communicants, in the manner traditional to the Roman Rite. This alteration takes effect on the First Sunday …

Resumption Update No. 7

PARISH MISSION: Come and join us this Advent are our Parish Mission!  Presented by: Sister Maria Juan, RSM, Director of Faith Formation, Diocese of Knoxville, TN.  A three-night reflection as we ‘prepare ourselves for the coming of the Lord’.  St Mary’s Church, Oak Ridge: Each evening- 7PM to 9PM, December 9th, 10th, and 11th.  There will be Confession each evening at 6:30 PM (please …

All Saints Day and All Souls Day

Mass schedule for the Solemnity of All Saints: Saturday, October 31st @ 5:30 pm; Sunday, November 1st @ 8 am, 10:30 am, 2 pm in Spanish and @ 6 pm. Mass schedule for the Commemoration of All Souls: Monday, November 2nd, @ 6:30 am, 8 am, 12:10 pm and in Spanish @ 7 pm. Due to seating restrictions and sanitizing …

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!

Click to view an Easter message and the Easter challenge! [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9k6eYVxr6DU] [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho2NxwaIzQs&w=560&h=315]

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 …