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 …

Procession of Children @ 4 pm Christmas Eve Mass

St Mary’s is offering all children attending the 4 PM Christmas Eve Mass the opportunity to process into Church as either an angel or shepherd, offering homage to our new-born King. There will be costumes downstairs in the Social Hall for the kids to dress in. Parents are asked to bring the children participating prior to the Mass to get …

Time of Mass Change

In order to accommodate the annual Chamber of Commerce parade, the 5:30 pm Mass on Saturday, December 14th will be moved to 5 pm. The schedule will return to normal the following Saturday.

Mass Schedule: Dec. 24th & 25; Jan. 1

Mass schedule for the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas): Tuesday, December 24th at 4 pm, in Spanish at 6 pm and again in English at 8 pm; Wednesday, December 25th at 12 midnight and 10:30 am. Mass schedule for the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God: Tuesday, December 31st at 6 pm; Wednesday, January 1st …

Thanksgiving Day Mass

There will be only one Mass on Thanksgiving Day, at 9 am in the church. The usual Thursday evening Mass in the Extraordinary Form will not take place that day. “PRAYER FOR THE NATION” by Archbishop John Carroll, S.J. of Baltimore, America’s first bishop: We pray, Thee O Almighty and Eternal God! Who through Jesus Christ hast revealed Thy glory …

All Saints and All Souls

Mass schedule for the Solemnity of All Saints: October 31st at 6 pm; November 1st at 6:30 am, 8 am, 12:10 pm, and in Spanish at 7 pm. Mass schedule for all the poor souls in purgatory: November 2nd at 9 am (in Spanish) and at 10:30 am. Through Christ we on earth remain in communion both with the saints …

Blessing of Animals

In celebration of the Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi, Deacon, Penitent and Religious Founder, our parish clergy will administer the Blessing of Animals in the Marian Courtyard (between the church and the school) at 7 am and at 6 pm on Friday, October 4th. Some prayers composed by Saint Francis of Assisi follow: PRAYER BEFORE A CRUCIFIX Most High, …

There’s a Time for You!

This month, our perpetual exposition focus-day is Tuesday. Hours with two vacancies on Tuesdays are: 2 am and noon. Hours with one vacancy on Tuesdays are: 1 am, 3 am, 4 am, 5 am, 6 am, 7 am, 8 am 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm 7 pm and 11 pm. Perpetual exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is …