Christmas Season Mass Times and Penance Service:

  • Advent Penance Service: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at St. Joseph
  • Christmas Eve: 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24
  • Midnight Mass: with musical prelude at 11:30 p.m.
  • Christmas Day: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25
  • Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God (Holy Day of Obligation): 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1


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!

DECEMBER CALENDAR: Click here to keep track of all the events going on in December!

ADVENT PRAYER SERVICE: St. Joseph will be having an Advent Prayer Service titled “Women of Faith: An In-Depth Look at Mary and Elizabeth” by Sr. Anna Marie McGuan, RSM, Director of Christian Formation, Diocese of Knoxville on Sunday, December 9 at 6:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church.  Open to all women, so bring your friends!  We’ll enjoy cookies and friendship afterward, so bring some cookies to eat and we’ll swap what’s left!

SECOND COLLECTION: Our second collection next weekend (Dec. 8-9) is for the National Collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious. Please consider donating to help care for our priests and religious who dedicated their lives to caring for us and who are now in need of our support.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: Our Decision Point classes for Confirmation will meet 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9 in the rectory, and then we will not meet again until Jan. 6 and 13. Challenge and Conquest will meet Wednesday, Dec. 12. Supper will be served from 6:15-6:45, and play practice will be 6:45-8 p.m. For more information and all our documents, click the Youth News tab above or find the calendar here.

CHRISTMAS FLOWERS:  Donations “in honor of” or “in memory of” your loved ones can be made and placed in the Christmas box in the parish hall. Your contributions go toward the flowers in the sanctuary for the Christmas season. Envelopes can be found in the back or in your December envelope packs.  Deadline to donate is Dec. 19.  Thank you, St. Therese parishioners and families, for your generosity.

ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE:  There will be an Advent Penance Service at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at St. Joseph in Norris for both St. Therese and St. Joseph parishes.

CHRISTMAS PARTY: Please make plans to join for the annual St. Therese Christmas Party and Potluck on Sunday, Dec. 16. The children’s short program begins at 4 p.m. with a supper to follow. Please bring a dish of any type (meat, side, dessert) if you are able. Drinks are provided, and the event is free.

CHRISTMAS CARDS: There will be religious Christmas cards for sale in the parish hall, 50% off, and the proceeds will go to the church.

SOCIAL ACTION: Remember our Christmas Project this year is to send new and used (in good condition) toys and new children’s clothing to the Holiday Bureau in Oak Ridge. They will take them and recondition them for needy Families in Anderson County. We need to collect by Dec. 4 so that they will have time to recondition them if needed. The “Toy drive” WILL continue through Dec. 16.

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.

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