Bishop Stika Issues Pastoral Letter After Pennsylvania Abuse Report

Bishop Richard F. Stika issued a pastoral letter to priests, pastors, deacons, religious communities, and the faithful of the Diocese of Knoxville on Thursday. The letter addresses a report by the Pennsylvania attorney general on abuses that took place in that state and comes after two days of detailed reading of the report by the Read more about Bishop Stika Issues Pastoral Letter After Pennsylvania Abuse Report[…]

Pathways of Belief Returning

Our Pathways of Belief series is set to return this fall, but with an expanded program. The first Wednesday of each month is “Catholic Answers Night”, a time to discuss your questions about the beliefs, practices and current events of our Catholic Faith. The second Wednesday is “Book Night”, when we will discuss our book-of-the-month. Read more about Pathways of Belief Returning[…]

Email and Caller ID Scams

Please beware of fraudulent emails purporting to be from parish clergy or staff. If you have any questions or concerns about a suspicious email from the parish, please call the parish office. Official parish emails feature “@stmarysoakridge.org” in the originating address. Please also beware of caller ID “spoofing”. “Spoofing” occurs when a telephone caller deliberately Read more about Email and Caller ID Scams[…]

Saint Mary’s and Community Relations

Fellow Parishioners, Following all the masses on the weekend of April 14 & 15, there will be information sessions in the Board Room about St. Mary’s participation in the Alliance for Community Transformation-East Tennessee (ACT-East TN)/Strong United. Funded by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, ACT-East TN/Strong United is a multi-cultural, multi-racial multi-denominational group coming Read more about Saint Mary’s and Community Relations[…]

Safety and Security

Dear Parishioners, I’ve received several questions from various parishioners about our security measures for Sunday Mass and other large parochial gatherings. A key safety and security feature of our church on Sundays is the vigilant presence of our ushers, four of whom (plus a ready substitute) should be trained and active at each Sunday Mass.  When ushers Read more about Safety and Security[…]

Our Parish Revitalization Group Speaks

Our three-month-old Parish Revitalization Group, composed of the leaders of all the ministries, apostolates and sodalities of our parish, has produced its first set of proposals for review by the pastoral council. These proposals touch on everything from improving communications to developing young adult ministry. Some proposals are exciting, some are ambitious, some are revolutionary, Read more about Our Parish Revitalization Group Speaks[…]