We are blessed at Saint Mary Parish to have many groups who gather to pray as a community. Please consider joining one of the groups listed below – or starting one of your own! There is great power in prayer.
Perpetual Adoration Society – This group keeps our Lord company 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days a year. To become a regular member of the group, please contact Vilma DeClue (865-482-5888).
Sunday Night Rosary Group – This group prays the Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy on Sunday night at 6:30pm in the Chapel. For more information, contact Mary Layton (865-483-8527).
There are other groups listed below.
St. Mary's Rosary Roses
The Rosary Roses are a Rosary-based prayer group whose long term goal was to increase prayer, specifically of the Rosary, and to eventually spread out to other churches. The Roses are not a working group, but are dedicated to the praying and propagation of the Rosary.
The St. Faustina Rosary Rose is dedicated to the Divine Mercy propagation; the St. Gianna Molla Rose is dedicated to Life Issues from conception to death; the St. Joseph Rose is tailored to St Mary’s needs and the support of our parish, priests, and family/married life. We also have a St. John XXIII Spanish Rosary Rose.
To join or begin a Rosary Rose, contact Barb McFall (865-202-3883) or Peggy Mitchell (865-482-3960).
Divine Mercy Groups
The Divine Mercy Cenacle has informal gatherings that consist of prayer and reading paragraphs in the Diary of Saint Faustina and then discussing it. We promote the Divine Mercy by providing Images of Divine Mercy, Diary of St. Faustina, the “Will You Help Me?” devotionals, booklets and pamphlets.
Divine Mercy Prison Ministry minister to Catholics in prison and those who desire to become Catholic. They assist with Mass two times a month. Each Monday they hold a Bible study and a Communion Service if there is no Mass. They provide Bibles, Catechisms, rosaries, pamphlets, religious books, and any other item that may bring people closer to God. They donate hygiene products, stationary & greeting cards to the general population. They give out Christmas cards and Christmas goody bags to the general population of 2,200 men. They also provide financial and spiritual support to those released from prison.
Coordinator: Suzanne Saltzman – (865) 300-3900
Scripture Study Groups
There are several Bible study groups who meet through the year. Please consider joining a group to build fellowship and explore our Catholic faith in greater depth.
Faith-Filled Women’s Bible Study Group meets to read and discuss the Bible. They meet on Tuesdays from 9-11am in the Youth Building. For more information, contact Karen Vacaliuc (865-386-5784) or Maria Fleming (616-540-8318).
Woman of Courage Bible Study – their goal is to provide a confidential and non-judgmental atmosphere in which women can explore and share their faith, regardless of where they are in their faith walk. Meetings are Tuesdays, 12:00-2:30 in the Youth Building, when St. Mary School is in session. For more information, contact Peggy Mitchell (865-482-3960).
Sunday Night Adult Scripture Study Group meet weekly to study various curriculum to enhance our knowledge of the scripture and our faith. They meet on Wednesday night in the school library. For more information, contact Amy Campbell (865-466-0921).
Pathways of Belief
This group meets weekly to discuss the Catholic faith and life with Father Shelton and other invited guests. They meet after the 6pm Mass on Wednesdays in the School Library. You can sign up via the Parish App or through the Parish Office (865-482-2875).
Landings was initiated in response to an unmet need in our St Mary Church community for an outreach that would minister to Catholics that have left the church for a variety of reasons and have questions and/or seek to return back to the Catholic Church. Confidentiality and compassion are the keys to this ministry. Team members of Landings are former returnees to the Church and/or Catholics with key qualifications of kindness and non-judgment and the gift of outreach. Classes/Meetings are held entirely at the convenience of the prospective Landings participant.
Coordinator: Barb McFalls (865-202-3883)
The CCW Bereavement Ministry serves families who have lost a loved one to death. We are committed to offering support to families as they adjust to life without their loved ones. Our mission is to be a supportive presence to the families of the deceased through contact over a period of a year after their loss hoping to prevent their grieving alone. The support consists of prayers, phone calls, cards, and an invitation to our annual remembrance mass on All Soul’s Day. Our ministry sponsors a special mass to remember parishioners who have died during the past year. A solemn calling of the names of the deceased and the lighting of a candle in their honor is the highlight of the remembrance mass. The candles remain on the side altar for one week.
We also help the Sacristan set up the church or chapel on the day of the funeral. Family members may want pictures of their loved ones displayed at the back of the church and we help with that as well. We may also serve at the mass as extraordinary ministers or do the readings. We pass on the message when the family wishes to have a Gathering of Friends Luncheon following the mass/burial. We always meet the family at the church an hour ahead of the service to make sure that everything will run smoothly. We greet family and friends and welcome them to Saint Mary’s.
Coordinators: Claudia Raudorf (865-599-9752) or Maureen Fricke (865-679-4398)