Welcome to St. Therese!
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.
DECEMBER CALENDAR: Click here to keep track of all the events going on this month.
CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE
Christmas Eve (Tuesday, Dec. 24) — 4 p.m.
Midnight Mass — with musical prelude beginning at 11:30 p.m.
Christmas Day (Wednesday, Dec. 25) — 11 a.m.
New Year’s Day: Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God (Holy Day of Obligation, Wednesday, Jan. 1) — 11 a.m.
HOYST: A big, HUGE shout-out to Don McCarthy and Sue Haese for all their hard work on the recent youth group bonfire. Youth Group has several coming events:
- GIFT WRAPPING: Immediately following the 5 p.m. Mass on Saturday, Dec. 14, youth group members will be wrapping gifts for parishioners. If you have gifts purchased and would like them wrapped, bowed, and labeled, please bring them in a box or basket. They will be wrapped and left in the parish hall for pickup.
CATHOLIC SCHOOL SURVEY: The diocese has sent a survey about its Catholic schools. Please take a few minutes to fill it out by clicking here.
FIRST WEEKEND FELLOWSHIP: Our last First Fellowship Weekend of 2019 was in November, but there are spots available on the board next to the kitchen to sign up to host weekends in 2020. (In December we will gather and eat as a parish for the annual Christmas dinner and children’s play on Sunday, Dec. 15.) Please consider hosting these fun weekends. The parish will reimburse you for your expenses. Saturday evenings do a carry-in/potluck supper, and Sunday mornings enjoy coffee and doughnuts.
PARISH TECHNOLOGY: St. Therese has many digital ways to help you stay informed and involved. All parishioners will receive an access code and can log in to Formed.org to access a variety of resources to aid in personal faith formation, group study, and family prayer. Also, get up-to-the-minute St. Therese news by downloading MyParishApp. And finally, check out our freshly redesigned parish site.
SUNDAY SCHOOL: Religious education classes for regular CCD and Confirmation have begun! They are 9:30-10:45 a.m Sundays. Please meet in the parish hall.
HELP SOCIAL ACTION: SOCIAL ACTION CHRISTMAS PROJECT: What better time than the holidays for your children and grandchildren to look through their toys (books, puzzles, and games with all their pieces) to find some that they would want to give to children that may not get any for Christmas. What better time to shop for a new toy than Black Friday and the weekend sales. 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. The “Toy drive” will continue through Dec. 15.
RCIA: Have you been worshiping with us but never took the step to become Catholic? Were you baptized as a child but never received the other Sacraments of Initiation (Eucharist and Confirmation)? Have you been practicing another religion and would now like to find out more about the Catholic Church? Do you know family and friends who may be interested? We welcome anyone interested in becoming a Catholic to start with our RCIA program. It is a journey of faith aimed at welcoming adults into our Catholic family. If you would like more information about RCIA, please contact David or Linda McCune at 865-457-5015, or call the office at 865-457-4073.
FOURTH QUARTER MINISTRIES: If you are a Eucharistic minister of Holy Communion, a lector, an usher, or a server, click here to download or print the ministry list for October, November, and December dates. You can always find this list by clicking on Mass Schedule above and then clicking Ministers’ Schedule. Remember that if you cannot make your scheduled date, please find a replacement.
SPIRITUAL ADOPTION: St. Therese will be participating in this Pro-Life program in which participants pledge to pray for nine months for a baby in danger of abortion. During each month of the program, the “spiritual parents” are given information about their baby’s development in the womb. While this child will remain unknown to his or her ‘spiritual parent’, God knows who the child is. Many people have found that naming ‘their child’ helps to keep them focused on the reality that their prayers are helping to save a particular baby from the harm of abortion. While it is not always possible to see the particular effects of prayer, we know through Scripture that God wants us to pray, and we know by faith that He answers all prayers.
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!
REMEMBER TO SMILE: Remember to do your shopping this busy season on AmazonSmile (a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and features as Amazon.com). By using AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate .5% of your purchase price on eligible products straight to St. Therese! To do this, simply use this web address.
MASS INTENTIONS: There are dates available for Mass intentions beginning in 2020. Call now or stop by the office to request a specific date.
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 865-457-4073.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 SHOPPERS: Gift cards are always available after both Masses and in the parish office. If you shop there anyway, buy a gift card first — St. Therese gets a percentage of the cost, AND they make great Christmas gifts for the mailman, your barber, a baby-sitter, or friends and neighbors!
KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM: Please support St. Therese 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.