First Sunday of Advent:

Our 11 a.m. Sunday Mass at St. Therese will live stream each week. Join us Nov. 29 by clicking the image below (will be available soon)

You can watch the live-stream link for 9 a.m. Sunday Mass at St. Joseph below or the link can be found (will be available soon)



 

THANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE  The Social Action Committee will be collecting for the local Food Pantry.  Please place your canned goods and non-perishable food items for a Thanksgiving Dinner in the basket in the Parish Hall.  Thank you so much for your generosity!


CHRISTMAS TOYS FOR BOYS & GIRLS  In lieu of an Angel Tree, the Social Action Committee is collecting new and gently used toys and children’s clothing for the Holiday Bureau of Anderson County.  The Holiday Bureau is an all-volunteer and non-profit organization that provides toys, books, games, clothing, and food to low-income families of Anderson County.  We are collecting new and used toys as well as financial donations.  All items for donation can be placed in the donation box that will be in the parish hall through December 19. Please help St. Therese make a difference in the lives of others in our community this Christmas Season.  Thank you in advance for your generosity!


DIAPER DRIVE The St. Therese Diapers and Diaper Wipes Christmas drive is underway this year to benefit the Choices Resource Center and Catholic Charities Pregnancy Help Center.   We will be collecting all sizes of diapers and wipes but especially need Size 3 and 4 for delivery during the Christmas season.  Please leave them at the church and thank you so much for your kindness. The CCW appreciates your help.


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!


HAVE YOU BEEN MISSING THE HOLY EUCHARIST and MASS? 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 that work for you.


DECEMBER 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. November 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.


 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.


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). 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.