28TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME:

Our 11 a.m. Sunday Mass at St. Therese will live stream each week. Join us Oct. 11 by clicking the image below:

The live-stream link for 9 a.m. Sunday Mass at St. Joseph can be found here.


MEA CULPA: Fr. Richard’s address titled “How do our sins and faults fit into God’s plan for us?” can be found at this link.


NEED JESUS? If you or someone you know has gone weeks or months without the Sacrament of Holy Communion since the pandemic began, please let us know. Fr. Richard is extending the invitation to come to homes to celebrate Mass on weekdays. He will accommodate families and surroundings — family room, bedside, porch, deck, yard … and all while social distancing, sanitizing hands, and wearing a face mask. Please reach out to the parish office with a couple of times and dates (after Oct. 16) that work for you.


BYZANTINE DIVINE LITURGY: Fr. Richard will celebrate a Divine Liturgy at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, at St. Therese Church. Come see how the Heavenly Eucharistic Banquet (Mass) is celebrated in the Eastern Catholic Churches. (Attendance at Divine Liturgy fulfills the Sunday obligation for Mass for all Catholics.) All are invited to attend — bring friends!


HEY, LADIES: The CCW will hold an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, to discuss ways this important group. This will just be a get together to try to see how the CCW
can remain active and relevant this year, so please bring your masks … AND ideas. All women of the parish are invited. We will be following social distancing and mask guidelines as well as food guidelines (small refreshments and bottled water only). For more information and who to contact, with questions, please see the Sunday bulletin.


OCTOBER MINISTRIES: A huge thank you to every parishioner who has helped St. Therese in any way through this pandemic. Your gift of time — whether ushering, lectoring, sanitizing, or anything else — keeps our parish going. October is just around the corner. If you are willing to help in any way, please use this link to indicate your preferred ministries and dates. Even one weekend a month is helpful. For those who have not signed up but are interested or want more information, please feel free to call the parish office at 865-457-4073.


SING A LITTLE LOUDER: Inspired by the true story of an elderly man who in his youth witnessed the horrors of the Jewish Holocaust from the pews of his church, the video Sing a Little Louder provides a stunning message for the twenty-first century and a revelation of the genocide that continues to exist today. Watch it here!


FALL RCIA: Interested in finding out more about the Catholic faith? Parishes welcome new members into the Catholic Church through a process of education, faith sharing, and rituals 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 can contact the parish office (865-457-4073) or Dave and Linda McCune.


WALK FOR LIFE: Choices Resource Center will once again hold its annual “Walk For Life” at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Melton Lake Marina in Oak Ridge. You may come in person or walk on your own to benefit the babies, children, and women the center assists. There is a free t-shirt for those who raise more than $200 in pledges. Go to choicesresourcecenter.org to make a monetary donation or to sponsor a walker.


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.


MARRIED COUPLES AND PRIESTS: “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.” Accept God’s ways for your marriage. Strengthen, renew, and rekindle your marriage sacrament by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend on October 16-18 or November 13-15This is a virtual experience, so no overnight stay in a hotel. Right from the comfort of your home. You can get more information or apply online at GATN-wwme.org or by calling 678-242-WWME.


SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: Confessions will be heard 4:15 p.m. Saturdays before the 5 p.m. Vigil). For the health and safety of the priest and penitent, all Confessions will be outside (weather permitting). A portable Confession screen will be set up in the carport of the Administration building. Please wait at a safe and respectful distance (such as in your car or down the driveway) while others’ confessions are being heard.


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.


PRAY THE ROSARY: We will suspend recitation of the rosary before Mass until further notice, but consider praying the Rosary alone or with your family. It 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.