THANKSGIVING MASS: 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22



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.

ONLINE GIVING: Everything we have is a gift from God. We are called to be wise stewards of those gifts. One simple way to carry out our call is to support the church’s mission through sacrificial giving. Our new electronic options make it easy. GivePlus allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history all at your own convenience. Simply click here and follow the onscreen instructions to create a profile and schedule your recurring contributions. Please contact the parish office at 865-457-4073 with questions. Many thanks for your ongoing generosity to our parish!

NOVEMBER CALENDAR: Click here to keep track of all the events going on in November!

WEEKDAY MASS SCHEDULE CHANGE:  Beginning the week of Nov. 26, daily Mass times will be as follows:

Tuesdays: 9 a.m. at St. Joseph;

Wednesdays: 8:30 a.m. at St. Therese;

Thursdays: 9 a.m. at St. Joseph (no Mass at St. Therese);

Fridays: 8:30 a.m. at St. Therese followed by Eucharistic Adoration.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: Our Decision Point classes for Confirmation will meet 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, in the rectory. Challenge and Conquest — get ready for a night of fun on Wednesday, Nov. 14! Supper will be served from 6:15-6:45, and classes are 6:45-8 p.m. For more information and all our documents, click the Youth News tab above or find the calendar here.

CHILI COOK-OFF:  Prepare your taste buds! Parish Life will be hosting a chili cook-off on Saturday, Nov. 24, immediately after our 5 p.m. Vigil Mass. We would love volunteers to cook chili, bring toppings and sides (sour cream, cheese, tortilla chips, Fritos, cornbread, tamales, jalapenos, etc.), help with set up and clean up, … AND OF OURSE JUDGE THE CHILI! All are welcome! See the sign-up list at the back of church if you are able to help in any way.

CHRISTMAS CHOIR:  If you are interested in singing during any of the Christmas season Masses, join us for choir practice 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays Nov. 28, Dec. 5, and Dec. 12.

ALTAR SERVER TRAINING: Our next altar server training will meet Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24 and 25, after each Mass. Deacon Dan will have as many training sessions as needed to go a bit more in depth covering the why, what, and how of altar serving.  If you have children who currently serve, please bring them to these sessions to brush up on the roles altar servers have at each Mass. This will be a great time to learn and/or review certain procedures.

STEWARDSHIP WEEKEND: We renewed our commitments to our parish on Stewardship Weekend (Nov. 10-11), but there is no deadline on serving the Lord. When you give to the parish, you support our ministries and provide for our spiritual home. Christian stewardship is a year-round activity in which we recognize our gifts from God, share them in generosity of others, and return our gifts with increase to the Lord. We ask you to prayerfully consider what God may be asking of you regarding your time, talents, and treasure.

SOCIAL ACTION: Social Action Committee will be collecting winter coats from now until February.  Donations will be given to the Anderson County Community Action Commission.

MASS INTENTIONS: There are dates available for Mass Intentions for the remainder of 2018 as well as 2019.  Call now or stop by the office to request a specific date.

FIRST WEEKEND FELLOWSHIP: The sign-up sheet for First Weekend Fellowship is up on the wall next to the kitchen. Host families or groups set up drinks and food, and help clean up after the event. This is a fun and easy way to support your parish, and all expenses are reimbursed.

4TH QUARTER MINISTRIES LIST: If you are an usher, altar server, lector, or Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, you should have received your emailed copy of the ministry schedule for October through December. If you did not receive it via email, please call the parish office with your correct email address or click here to view it online. There are a few printed copies available in the parish hall by the sign-in book. If you are unable to keep your scheduled times, please remember to find a substitute to replace you. Thank you.

RCIA NEWS: The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process that provides information about Catholic beliefs, how to live a Catholic life, and will, if desired, lead to becoming a member of the Catholic Church. RCIA meets at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays until the end of Easter. Anyone desiring to join the RCIA sessions for this year please contact the parish office or David or Linda McCune at (865) 457-5015.

BULLETIN ADVERTISING: The parish bulletin currently has space available for three advertisements. If you have a business or know of someone who has a business that they would like to advertise in our bulletin, have them stop by the parish office for pricing or call 457-4073.


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.

GRIEF SUPPORT MINISTRY: We have a grief support ministry to visit the sick and be with the dying and to help members who are grieving. Call the parish office or Joanne Anderson 865-809-1837 if you would like to join this support group.

BIBLE STUDY: This group meets at 10 a.m. Tuesdays in the parish hall. Anyone is welcome, and all are invited to join this group to discuss weekly topics. Below is their schedule for the rest of 2018:

Tuesday, Nov. 20: NO MEETING

Tuesday, Nov. 27: 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 4: 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 11: Christmas Party

Tuesday, Dec. 18: NO MEETING

Enjoy the Christmas season! We will meet again at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8.

RENEW: Renew meets at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the parish hall.

SCRIPTURE PROGRAM: All are invited to attend the Scripture Program, which meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays in the parish hall (and continues throughout the summer months). This weekly program on Thursday nights is open to everyone. 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.

ADORATION: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is 9:30 a.m. every Friday after the 8:30 a.m. daily Mass.

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

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

Clinton Thrift Store/Drop Off Location 208 S Main Street, Clinton. Phone: (865) 521-0770 x305
Store Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; closed Sunday
Drop-Off Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; closed Sunday

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