LIVE STREAM PALM SUNDAY MASS AT 10 A.M. SUNDAY AT ST. JOSEPH NORRIS
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LATEST INFORMATION FROM BISHOP STIKA:
Bishop Stika has issued a decree to assist the clergy and the faithful in the spiritual celebration of Palm Sunday and Holy Week. You can read that here. The main points:
There will be no public gatherings during Holy Week. You can find a beautiful illustrated guide with links to music, dancing, reflections, readings, and more by clicking on this image:
The Chrism Mass and RCIA are postponed.
The following Holy Week liturgies will be live-streamed:
- Palm Sunday: Sunday, April 5 at 10 a.m.
- Holy Thursday: Thursday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m.
- Good Friday: Friday, April 10 at 3 p.m.
- Easter Vigil: Saturday, April 11 at 8 p.m.
- Easter Sunday: Sunday, April 12 at 10 a.m.
— Click here for the latest video message from Bishop Stika regarding COVID-19.
More important links from the Diocese of Knoxville:
- Bishop Richard F. Stika has issued a decree to assist the clergy and the faithful in the spiritual celebration of Palm Sunday and Holy Week.There will be no public gatherings during Holy Week. The Chrism Mass will be postponed. The Rite of Christian Initiation and/or Reception into Full Communion, which normally takes place on the Easter Vigil, will be postponed and rescheduled once restrictions are lifted.Bishop Stika will privately celebrate liturgies throughout Holy Week available to watch via live stream:
- Diocesan Chancery closes to public; employees encouraged to work from home
- Palm Sunday and Holy Week Decree
- Suspension of Masses on March 20
Mass can be watched on TV or online. The following links may be helpful. At Communion time, consider praying the Act of Spiritual Communion prayer mentioned by Bishop Stika. You can find it here.
Area Mass times:
- Mon.-Fri. — 8:05 a.m. and noon
- Saturday — 5 p.m.
- Sunday — 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. (en español)
- Mon.-Fri. — 6:30 a.m., 9 a.m., and 12:10 p.m.
- Saturday — 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. (en español)
- Sunday — 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.
- Sunday Masses uploaded by 8:30 a.m. each week; daily reflections posted by noon Monday-Saturday
- Tues.-Fri. at 8 a.m.
- Sunday at 10 a.m.
- Stations of the Cross, Friday at 5 p.m.
- Daily at 8:15
St. Therese Reminders:
- All Masses at St. Therese will be closed to the public until further word from the Bishop
- Please continue to give using Give Plus
- The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be suspended for now as well.
- Please continue to request Mass intentions. Fr. Richard will be saying Mass daily without a congregation. There can be multiple intentions on any given day.
- The church is available 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Thursday for private prayer.
- All Sunday school classes and activities are canceled at this time as well.
- No bulletins will be printed while Masses are suspended. Please look for information in our weekly parish emails, on this website, on Facebook, or in the MyParishApp.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS: We will not be having Stations of the Cross on Fridays, but many versions — long and short — can be found online. This one, from Catholic.org — is a beautiful television presentation of this 14-step journey.
FISH FRIES: Our fish fries have been canceled. Thank you to all who helped in any way with the two we had at the beginning of Lent. Remember to fast from meat on the Fridays of Lent.
CRS RICE BOWLS: We continue our journey through these 40 days. What condition is your Rice Bowl in? Full? Half full? Untouched? When we give to those who have less than we do, we honor Jesus’s call to serve our neighbors, we share the gifts we have received, and we give HOPE. Refocus your Lenten almsgiving efforts this week. Skip the extra spending and put that money in your Rice Bowl. (Collection of the Rice Bowls will be after Easter.)
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. The Sorrowful Mysteries are prayed on Sundays during Lent. You can find them here.