St. Therese Catholic Church, as a happy faith community, welcomes you with joyful hearts to our church.  Celebrate the gift of life with us, whether newly arrived or longtime registered.

If you are not registered and want to belong to this happy family of worshipers, please stop after mass by the church hall or the parish office to pick up a registration form or call us at:  (865) 457-4073

—Fr. Julius

CCW Guest Speaker: October is Domestic Violence Month. All men and women are invited to come and learn more about violence awareness. The CCW will have a guest speaker to talk about domestic violence at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17. Please join us for this important discussion.

Pet Blessings: There will be a blessing of pets at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct.  21, in the church parking lot. Bring your feather, fur, and scale babies to be blessed.

CCW Bake Sale: There will be a bake sale after both Masses on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21 and 22. Come and purchase delicious homemade desserts!

Trunk or Treat: We will have our annual Trunk or Treat for little ghosts and goblins 6:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. The event is open to the public, so invite your friends and families. Dress up in costumes and enjoy the festivities with the kids! Volunteers are needed, so please sign up in the parish hall. Thank you.

Ministry Weekend: Make plans to attend this important weekend on Nov. 4 and 5 in conjunction with First Weekend Fellowship. Representatives of the parish’s major committees and organizations will be available after Saturday evening and Sunday morning Masses to answer questions about parish activities and volunteer opportunities. Please plan to enjoy refreshments at the fellowship event after Mass and consider volunteering for one or more ministries.  We are soliciting volunteers to make a one-year (not open-ended) commitment. As a reminder, committee/organization leads are responsible for identifying representatives to man their tables/posters, answer questions, and sign up volunteers on both Saturday and Sunday after Mass.

Mass intentions: Mass intentions are now available for the 2018 year. Call or come by the parish office to get the intention date of a loved one’s special intention, birthday, anniversary, in memory of or in honor of.

First Fellowship Weekend: We always need hosts for this monthly ministry. A sign-up sheet is available in the parish hall near the kitchen. The only requirement for hosts is to provide drinks (if you save your receipts, the office will reimburse you) and to set up tables in the parish hall before Mass is over. Please consider helping us with this worthy gathering!

Parish Directories: They’re here! Contact the parish office if you would like to order any additional directories ($10 each). They will be available soon.

Sunday School: THERE WILL BE NO SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES SUNDAY, OCT. 8. Join us when we resume Oct. 15 and every Sunday morning from 9:45-10:45 (Mass at 11). A light breakfast (cereal, oatmeal, drinks, fruit) is served from 9:45-10, and class begins promptly at 10. We are in the Lower Meeting Room of the Parish Office.

CCW News: There will be a guest speaker to talk about domestic violence at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in the parish hall. Women and men of the parish are invited. Don’t miss the CCW bake sale on Oct. 21 and 22. Also, the ladies would like to thank everyone who participated or helped with the fall rummage sale.

Best BBQ Sauce: The famous St. Therese “Homemade BBQ Sauce” is being sold to raise funds for the kitchen project. Purchase prices are: Quarts: $10; Pints: $5; and 1/2 Pints: $3. Get yours in the parish hall or call the parish office to purchase.

Volunteers Needed: Volunteers are still needed to help the Family and Parish Life Committee organize upcoming events, such as the Trunk or Treat, Easter Egg Hunt, Parish Picnic, etc. Contact Fran Pisano or John Meersman for more information on how you can help.

Eucharist to the Homebound: Just a reminder that Joanne Anderson is available to take the Eucharist to the homebound. If you know of anyone needing this service, please contact Joanne at 865-809-1837 or jander3601@aol.com.

Adoration: St. Therese has weekly Eucharistic Adoration on Friday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. after the 9 a.m. Mass. All are invited to attend.

Wondering About Catholicism? RCIA classes meet on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Office Conference Room during the month of October. If you are interested in learning more about your Catholic faith or becoming a Catholic, now is the time to sign up with Dave McCune at dadcune@aol.com for any questions about the course.

First Saturday Mass: Fr. Julius will celebrate Mass on the first Saturday of every month at 9 a.m. at St. Therese. Please join us on those mornings in prayer.

Thursday Evening Scripture Program: This weekly program on Thursday nights is open to everyone. The group meets in the parish hall at 7 p.m. on Thursdays. Participants will read the upcoming Sunday readings and then have some discussion questions afterward. A sign-up sheet is in the parish hall. For more information, contact Pete or Jean Chiaro. The group continues to meet through the summer.

Food Pantry

The Social Action Committee has changed the way it is collecting items for the Food Pantry. Each month, the committee will focus on a different need so as to supply the food pantry with high-demand items.

October: Baby items, diapers, wipes, baby wash, baby shampoo, clothing, blankets, etc.;

November: Food for the holidays; Toys for the Holiday Bureau;

December: Special items for Senior Center Christmas Baskets such as, small hygiene items, shampoo, cologne, mouthwash, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, tooth floss, combs, perfume, gloves, socks, knit hats, scarves and Toys for the Holiday Bureau. There is a box in the parish hall for monthly items each month. Thank you.

Bible Studies: Monday morning Renew will return to Mondays at 10 a.m. in the parish office basement meeting room on Oct. 2. Tuesday morning Bible Study starts on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 10 a.m. in the parish hall.

Social Action: On the second Monday of every month, several local restaurants will donate a portion of their sales to support Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties (ADFAC). Launched in 2013, “Dine and Donate” is a year-long event, with different restaurant participants each month.

Food City Gift Cards: Be sure to use these gift cards when shopping and purchasing gas. They make great gift ideas as well. They can be purchased after every Mass on Saturday and Sunday. They are also available 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday at the parish office.

Kroger Community Rewards Program: Please support St. krogerTherese parish by shopping at Kroger.  It’s easy to enroll in Kroger Community Rewards.  To get started, sign up with your Kroger Plus card online at www.krogercommunityrewards.com and select St. Therese account NPO #80264. Once you’re enrolled, you’ll earn rewards for our parish every time you shop and use your Kroger Plus card. If you need help registering, please come to the parish office. Thank you in advance for your continuous support.

Corners of Your Field: We create an opportunity for everyone to play a role in helping those in need and experience the joy it brings.

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