Sunday 11:00 am
Wednesday at 9:00 am and Communion Service on Fridays at 9:00 am with Adoration afterward
St. Therese Parish, joined together by the love of Christ,
desiring to further the understanding of prayer and religious commitment, pledge ourselves to continue and improve our mission to Jesus, which is loving and serving the Lord and our neighbor.
PARISH NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS
Council of Catholic Women
Diaper Drive: CCW is continuing to collect diapers and baby wipes for the Annual Diaper Drive to benefit local Pregnancy Centers. The donations will be divided up between Choices Resource Center in Oak Ridge and the Catholic Charities Pregnancy Help Center in Knoxville. In particular, they need bigger size diapers. There is a box in the church hall for the donation of diapers and wipes. Diaper Drive will be held until Sunday, January 22, 2023
Seeking a new CCW President:
Jean Chiaro will be officially resigning as co-president of Catholic Council of Women. We thank Jean for her years of service and commitment to this position. CCW currently does not have anyone to take over as president. Please prayerfully consider if you might be able to assume the responsibility as president. If you are interested, please contact Jean Chiaro. THANK YOU to Jean Chiaro for your years as President!
St. Therese parish has a blessing box in the parking lot to help those in need in our community. Patrons of the box have been very grateful for the generous donations from St. Therese parishioners!
Donations of non-perishable foods and small personal care items are greatly appreciated. The donations are collected in the parish hall or brought into the office during office hours.
The following items are most needed:
- Canned Meats (chicken, tuna, ham, and spam)
- Dry cereals
- Pasta sauce & Alfredo Sauce
- Nuts, breakfast bars, light snacks
Thank you for your kindness and generosity toward our community!
Bishop Stika offered prayers for Ukraine: Please pray for the citizens of Ukraine who are living in difficult and dangerous times right now. I offer my prayers that peace and freedom, which is rightfully theirs, return to them soon. As I watch the events unfold in Eastern Europe, I am reminded of my own family heritage, and my thoughts are with Americans who trace their ancestry to that part of the world—some of whom may still have friends and relatives living there. I pray for wisdom and compassion for our world leaders and that the aggressors in Ukraine recognize and repent of their oppressive acts. We ask God to protect the people of Ukraine. Amen.
Parishes welcome new members into the Catholic Church through a process of education & faith sharing known as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). This process includes several stages marked by prayer, study, and discussion. Anyone desiring to join the RCIA sessions for this year please contact the Parish Office or David or Linda McCune (865) 457-5015. RCIA Classes are held every Wednesday at 1:00 pm, and you are welcome to join anytime!
THURSDAY NIGHT SCRIPTURE STUDY: All are invited to join us in studying the upcoming Sunday’s readings and gospel to help prepare for Sunday Mass. The meeting is held in the parish hall, with social distancing seating. If you are interested, please contact Jean Chiaro at (865) 742-5137.
PRAY THE ROSARY: Please join us in the recitation of the rosary before Mass on Sundays at 10:30 am. This devotion to Our Blessed Mother is needed now more than ever. On Mondays and Saturdays, we pray the Joyful Mysteries. Say the Sorrowful Mysteries on Tuesdays and Fridays. The Glorious Mysteries are prayed on Wednesdays and Sundays. And the Luminous Mysteries are prayed on Thursdays.
FOOD CITY GIFT CARDS AVAILABLE AFTER MASSES AGAIN St. Therese earns 5% for each gift card purchased and you can stop by after Masses to purchase in $25, $50 and $100 cards. Thank you so much for your support!
THE CALL TO VOLUNTEER: We have a small parish, but full of parishioners with big hearts that have given of their time and talents to help St. Therese through this pandemic. Your gift of time — whether ushering, lectoring, Eucharistic Minister or anything else — keeps our parish going. For those who have not signed up but are interested, or want more information, please contact the parish office at 865-457-4073.
The following ministries are needing volunteers at this time:
- Eucharistic Ministers
- Liturgical Decoration
- Garden maintenance
- Blessing Box
Please note that according to the new Decree by Bishop Stika on May 19, 2021, the dispensation to attend Holy Mass on Sundays and Days of Obligation has been lifted as of May 22/23. Also, face masks will no longer be required. Holy Water is now available for use in churches. Please see full decree for more information.
COVID-19 RESPONSE: For the health and safety of Fr. Richard, Deacon Dan, and all those who choose to attend Mass in person, we continue to follow the guidelines set by Bishop Stika and the Diocese of Knoxville.
***GENTLE REMINDER: The Bishop has extended dispensation from Mass indefinitely for all those who are ill, vulnerable, or uncomfortable with going to church. St. Therese and St. Joseph will continue to live stream Sunday Masses.