The Third Sunday in Ordinary Time · Sunday, January 24

Join us at Mass at 11 am at St Therese, or you can view live-stream by clicking on the image below.

NOTE: St. Joseph 9 am Mass will NOT be live-streaming this week.


January 22, 2021 · Day of Prayer · Pray to end abortion


PRAY THE ROSARY:  Please join us in the recitation of the rosary before Mass on Saturdays before Mass, at 4:30 pm.  If you would like to lead the rosary on Sundays, please contact the office and we can add Sunday mornings as well  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, sanitizing, 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:

  • Lectors
  • Ushers
  • Sanitization
  • Liturgical Decoration
  • Garden maintenance

IF YOU HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE CATHOLIC FAITH, it is never too late to join us for an evening of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). RCIA is a journey into the Catholic Church through a process of education, faith sharing, and rituals including several stages marked by prayer, study, and discussion. Anyone desiring to join the RCIA sessions can contact the parish office (865-457-4073) or Dave and Linda McCune.


THURSDAY NIGHT SCRIPTURE STUDY: This group is meeting again in the parish hall, with social distancing seating. The Scripture class helps prepare for the Sunday Mass. You are welcome to join anytime! If you are interested, please contact Jean Chiaro at (865) 742-5137.


SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Confessions will be heard 4:15 p.m. Saturdays before the 5 p.m. Vigil. Due to colder weather, confessions are now being heard back in the confessional in the church.


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 (social distancing, use of masks, routes through building). Please know we will adhere to rules regarding seating, church capacity, and receiving Holy Communion.

***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.