October 23, 2017

Parish Life Groups

There are many groups that meet at Saint Mary Parish and form part of our Parish Life. Some are sodalities that serve Catholics, and others are apostolates serving individuals of any faith. Still others are social groups that are connected to our parish community. If you are looking for a way to become involved, this is your place!

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus provide invaluable service to our Parish. They are an active organization with many members. Please click on the link below to visit their website.

Council of Catholic Women

The Saint Mary’s CCW are called to spiritually enrich the lives of the women of the parish and those they serve. In addition to liturgical and spiritual ministries listed on other pages, St. Mary’s CCW is currently keeping women connected through small groups called Guilds. 

These are autonomous groups that individually determine how often they’ll meet and upon what special interests they’ll focus their efforts. In addition, the guilds also help with altar care and funeral receptions. All women are automatically members by being members of the Parish. 

Guilds of the CCW:

Holy Family Guild – Their mission is to connect young moms in the church, both socially & spiritually. They have weekly newsletters that share parish activities, as well as encouragement to young moms.  They also provide altar care and funeral luncheons throughout the year as needed. For more information, contact Carmen Tondo (240-477-6319).

St. Francis Guild – They provide support for funeral receptions, any parish wide activities, and altar cleaning. For more information, contact Judy Osucha (865-482-2582).

St. Gertrude de Neville Garden Guild – They help maintain existing decorative/display gardens outside main church, chapel, school, and Parish Office.  They also help with semi-annual parish clean-up days and manage an annual spring plant sale to fund gardening expenses. Members also help and contribute to funeral receptions thru bereavement ministry. Guild members contribute to monthly altar care/cleaning. For more information, contact Betty Sloop (865-483-2009) or Joan Lane (865-483-7880).

St. Lucy’s Craft Guild – They are called to support the church through their creative & artistic endeavors. St. Lucy’s Guild conducts three craft sales each year.  The proceeds from Spring & at Christmas sales are donated to St. Mary’s Council of Catholic Women in support of its work & ministries.  The Fall Festival sale proceeds are donated in support of St. Mary’s School & St. Mary’s Church needs & programs. For more information, contact Cathy Lowden (865-463-8541).

St. Veronica Guild – They provide support for funeral receptions, any parish wide activities, and altar cleaning. For more information, contact Lynn Christ (865-407-9343) or Jo Ellen Iacovino (865-483-8330).

St. Vincent de Paul Society / St. Joseph Food Pantry

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a lay Catholic organization of men and women who join together to grow spiritually by offering charitable services to those in need.  We do not discriminate to those in need and we are currently focused on filling the needs of the hungry.

The St. Joseph Food Pantry provides food and a few household supplies to about 4500 people per year.  Clients are provided with: eggs, meat, bread, canned chicken, beans, soup, macaroni and cheese, canned fruit, snacks, cereal, spaghetti, canned tomato sauce, beans and corn; diapers, dish and laundry detergent where needed.  We also provide four weeks of extra holiday food for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The Food Pantry itself is open to clients Wednesday’s from 10 – 11:45 a.m.  Our Society meets the 1st Tuesday of every month at 7p.m. in the School Library and the 3rd Wednesday of the month at the Food Pantry, after it closes approximately 11:55 a.m.

For more information, contact Mary Ann Gubanc (865-964-5381).

White Elephant Thrift Store

The Saint Mary’s White Elephant Thrift Store offers small appliances, clothes, knick knacks, and toys for sale. Most money goes back into the community and all staff are 100% volunteer. 

If you have any specific needs or for more information, please feel free to call us during our business hours and ask any of us. (865) 766-8560

Hours:
Tues-Thurs 9 am to 4 pm 
Saturday 9 am to 12:30 pm

Social Action Groups

Haiti Ministry – This group is called to actively support our two sister parishes located in the Northern mountains of Haiti, through the Parish Twinning Program of the Americas; and to organize and manage the Annual Haiti Run for Health with the proceeds being utilized to support our annual medical mission and ongoing medical needs of the parishioners served. They also work to keep St. Mary’s parishioners educated and involved with the goals and activities of the Ministry while serving the needs of both St Louis du Nord and Notre Dame du Mont Carmel in Haiti. 

Coordinator: Bob Benning (865-483-1696)

Respect Life Group – This group promotes the cause of life from conception to natural death.  Respect Life operates strictly out of the Legion of Mary.  Activities include fundraising for pro-life billboard and for Choices Resource Center, working at pro-life booths at festivals, etc., staying current on legislative issues, and sharing information with parishioners.

Coordinator: Maureen Fricke (865-679-4398)

Prayer Blanket Ministry – The CCW prayer blanket ministry makes & accepts blankets that are provided to those who request them for individuals who are ill/infirm or in need of prayer.  These blankets have been distributed all over the world to Catholics and non-Catholics.  The blankets have pockets attached, into which are placed prayer cards & rosaries (for Catholic recipients).  They are blessed by our priests. 

Coordinator: Anna Joldersma (865-272-3104)

Ulster Project of East Tennessee

The Mission of the Ulster Project is to help young, Christian based potential leaders from Northern Ireland and the United States become peacemakers by providing a safe environment to learn, by practicing the skills needed to unite people, when differences divide them. 

We bring approximately 14 teens from Northern Ireland (half Catholic, half Protestant) to the East Tennessee for a month during the summer where they stay with host teens and families.  The Teens from both countries participate in group activities that include Shared Worship, Service to the community, Times of Discover where they discuss the things teens face in the world today (mattering and marginality, working together, leadership development, conflict resolution, racism, sectarianism, and bringing this all back home) and finally lots of fun activities like white water rafting, Dollywood,  hiking, overnight retreats, movies, swimming, etc.  The teens go home with new friends from the other side of their communities that they may never have otherwise made.  American teens finish the project with a new world view and a group of friends from both sides of the Atlantic that they will treasure forever.

Coordinator: John Hough (Board Member) 865-405-5929

Social Groups

Sunday Morning Coffee & Donuts – Join this group for fellowship and conversation every Sunday after the 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. Masses in the cafeteria, with the exception of the 3rd Sunday of each month when the Knights of Columbus offer breakfast after these Masses. (These are social too!!)

Coordinators: 8am Mass – Barb McFalls; 10am – Bobbette Audet (865-803-5926) and Annie Cacheiro

Senior Coffee – This group’s goal is to welcome and provide on-going social opportunities for senior members of St. Mary’s to come together in faith and fellowship. Senior Coffee meets every week and is open to any senior member of St. Mary’s & their guests.  Participants join together in faith, friendship & fellowship to socialize.  Men & women who attend enjoy the blessing of any priest in attendance, conversation, refreshments, & opportunities to recognize & support fellow seniors and the priests, seminarians & deacons of our diocese with get-well, sympathy, and birthday cards signed by all members in attendance.  Each second Tuesday is designated “Celebration Tuesday” when the birthdays & holidays of the month are celebrated.

Coordinator: Fran Broome (865-483-7315)

Fall Festival Committee

The goal of this committee is to bring the parish together with the community for fun and fellowship while raising money for the parish. This event typically takes place near the end of October and includes a spaghetti dinner and silent/live auction Friday night and a festival day of food, games, music and fun on Saturday. 

Coordinator: Current Chair – Lenna Aird (865-256-9130)

Cub Scout Pack 329

The goal of the Troop is to instill scouting principles in boys in 1st through 5th grades in the parish. Activities include camping, fishing, hiking, respect for outdoors, and patriotic activities.

Coordinator: Current Cubmaster – Ray Audet (865-809-1857)