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.

JANUARY CALENDAR: Click here to keep track of all the events going on this month.

SUNDAY SCHOOL:  Classes resume at 9:15 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 12. Watch for a letter to all parents next week. There will be a Teachers of Faith Formation meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15.

1ST 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 January, February, and March dates. You can also 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.

PRAY THE ROSARY: All are welcome to join us praying the rosary before Mass on Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sundays.

2020 CALENDARS: These are now available in the parish hall for you to take home!  Thank  you to the Hatmaker Funeral Home for sponsoring the calendars for our parish family this year!

INCLEMENT WEATHER REMINDER: As always, the office will send out an email regarding Mass and event cancellations, so please refer to your email first before leaving your house. Fr. Richard will be following Anderson County School’s inclement weather schedule for our schedule. If you would like a phone call or text on your phone, please call the office during business hours so you can be added to the list.

SOCIAL ACTION  COMMITTEE – COATS FOR THE COLD: Please consider donating to the needy, either with food items (canned goods, cornbread, stuffing, etc.) or new or gently used coats. The Social Action Committee will continue to collect non-perishable food items for the holidays.

FIRST WEEKEND FELLOWSHIP: There are spots available on the board next to the kitchen to sign up to host weekends in 2020. 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.

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 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.

RENEW BIBLE STUDY: Renew meets at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays in the parish hall. Anyone is welcome, and all are invited to join this group to discuss weekly topics.

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 9-10 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 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. 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.