St. Therese Catholic Church, as a happy faith community, welcomes you with joyful hearts to our church.  Celebrate the gift of the Eucharist 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.

MARCH CALENDAR: Click here to keep track of all the events going on this month!

PENANCE SERVICES: If you missed the penance service on March 21st, consider other places around the diocese that offer this sacrament to prepare the heart, soul, and mind for Easter:

  • 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at St. Teresa of Kolkata, Maynardville
  • 6 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at St. John Neumann, Farragut
  • 7 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at St. Alphonsus, Crossville
  • 10:40-11:45 a.m. Thursday, April 4, at Knoxville Catholic High School
  • 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at St. Francis of Assisi, Townsend

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS FOR HOLY COMMUNION: There will be a training for Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion after Masses on Sunday, March 24, and Saturday, March 30, to review mandates for current EMHC and also instruction for those who are interested in becoming a Eucharistic Minister.  Please contact Deacon Dan Hosford before training if you have questions.

FAMILY GAME NIGHT: Parish and Family Life will be hosting a Game Night 6-8 p.m. Saturday, March 30, after the Vigil Mass.  We will provide food and a variety of games. People are welcome to bring a game to share. All are welcome!

EASTER FLOWERS:  If you would like to donate toward the flowers that will fill St. Therese on Easter morning in honor of or in memory of loved ones, please drop your donation in the place provided on the table in the parish hall. Envelopes can be found in your monthly mailing or you may use one provided in the back. Thank you, as always, for your generous contributions.

EASTER CANDY St. Therese Parish & Family Life will host an Easter Egg Hunt after 11 a.m. Mass on April 21.   All children younger than 10 are invited.  Please consider donating candy to fill the Easter bags that will be available in the back of church that morning.  All types of candy are welcome.  Donations can be dropped in the pink basket on the table in the parish hall.  *KROGER is having a 50% off sale this weekend on ALL Easter candy and home items with digital coupon!

SECOND COLLECTION: Donations given March 30 and 31 will support of the work of Catholic Relief Serves (CRS), the international humanitarian agency of the US Bishops and Catholic community.  Your gift will help developing worlds break cycles of poverty and provide emergency relief in wake of natural disasters and civil conflict.

PARISH COUNCIL OPENINGS: PPC will have two vacancies starting this summer. Each parish council member serves three years, attends monthly meetings with other council members and our pastor, and is involved in parish activities. If you are interested in serving in this important role, please write a letter of your intention to Fr. Richard by April 7. After nominations are received, we will have an election by parishioners. To serve in this role, you must be a registered member of St. Therese parish. Please feel free to discuss any questions with current or past parish council members.

ROSARY  RECITATION: Please join us in praying the Rosary before Mass this Sunday, March 24, at 10:30 a.m.  The rosary will be recited every Sunday throughout Lent, and at 4:30 p.m. before Saturday Mass on April 13.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: Our Challenge and Conquest class will meet this Wednesday (March 27). As usual, supper will be served from 6:15-6:45, and classes will be working on Stations of the Cross. Decision Point classes for Confirmation will meet 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 24, in the rectory and the Confirmation Retreat will be 4:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 31. Please bring your saint papers for the March 24 class. For more information and all our documents, click the Youth News tab above or find the calendar here.

FISH FRIES: Our Friday evening fish fries will be each Friday in Lent. The next one will be 5-6:30 p.m. Friday, March 29, followed by Stations of the Cross led by the St. Therese choir. Please contact the parish office if you are able to assist with setup or cleanup of the fish fries. Donations welcome.

FOOD PANTRY: An excellent way to practice almsgiving during Lent is to help the Social Action Committee as they collect nonperishable food and personal hygiene items. Please consider bringing in donations to help local food pantries. Canned protein items such as tuna, canned chicken, beef stew, etc. are needed.  As always, ANY items are appreciated.

LENTEN BIBLE STUDY: “No Greater Love” is a biblical pilgrimage that reveals Christ’s amazing love for us. Join us for a video study program through the last hours of Christ’s life. All are welcome 6:30-8 p.m. on Wednesdays March 27 and April 3, 10, and 17.

CALLING ALL VOICES: If you feel called to participate musically in church (cantor, instrument, etc.) please contact Mary Tuskan at the number listed on the inside front page of the bulletin. The choir is always looking for new members!  The choir will be practicing at 7 p.m. every Tuesday in Lent beginning Tuesday,

AMAZON SMILE: AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to St. Therese. To do this, simply click here or enter this website address into your search bar: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/62-1330400. Every item available for purchase on www.amazon.com is also available on AmazonSmile at smile.amazon.com. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.

MASS INTENTIONS: There are dates available for Mass Intentions for 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. Our next gathering is April 6 and 7. 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.

2ND 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 April through June. 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. Thank you to the Ritz Theater, our newest ad patron!

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 beginning at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8. Anyone is welcome, and all are invited to join this group to discuss weekly topics. 

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 jander3601@aol.com.

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 WORLD: 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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Drop-Off Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; closed Sunday

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