Ash Wednesday* Mass times: 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. at St. Therese; 7 p.m. at St. Joseph
*There will be a second collection at this Mass for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. See below for details.
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.
FLU SEASON: Since February is typically the peak of flu season, Bishop Stika has suspended the distribution of the Precious Blood and the exchange of handshakes during the sign of peace at all Masses effective Feb. 1 and continuing through March 1. Any parishioner exhibiting cold or flu symptoms is encouraged to refrain from attending Mass and is released from their Sunday obligation during this time.
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.
ASH WEDNESDAY SECOND COLLECTION: Around the world, women who face unplanned pregnancies or who have experienced abortion or miscarriage suffer psychological stress. They need material and emotional support to help them heal. This reality is especially true in Eastern Europe, where for decades, the Soviet system proposed abortion as a method of birth control. Even today, many pregnant women face difficult financial situations, are abandoned by partners and family members, and confront other hardships that compound their circumstances. Your contributions help train staff and further grow pregnancy centers, a culture of life, and support for women and children.
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.
FIRST WEEKEND FELLOWSHIP: The weekend of March 7-8 will be our next First Weekend Fellowship, and the Spiritual Life Committee will be hosting a Poverty Meal. Additionally, there will be no First Weekend Fellowship in April because of the many Holy Week activities and the date of Easter this year (April 12). However, there are spots available on the board next to the kitchen to sign up to host future weekends in 2020. Please consider hosting these fun weekends. The parish will reimburse you for your expenses.
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.
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 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.