Race Relations: An Oak Ridge Experiment in Social Concern

The five week period from November 10th through December 8th marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Oak Ridge public forums on race relations, hosted by Saint Mary’s. The series of forums, called “An Experiment in Social Concern”, followed the Holy Week Uprising against the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. earlier that year in Read more about Race Relations: An Oak Ridge Experiment in Social Concern[…]

60th Anniversary of the Dedication of Our Peace Statue

Bishop Adrian of Nashville dedicated our peace statue under the very special title “Our Lady of Oak Ridge” on October 12th, 1958 as a peaceful symbol of hope during both the international Cold War and the national movement against Jim Crow segregation. Next week on Wednesday evening (October 17th) we will gather together to celebrate Read more about 60th Anniversary of the Dedication of Our Peace Statue[…]

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[…]

Catholic Social Justice in the Here and Now

3-5 PM, October 8, 2017 Saint Mary Parish, Columbus Hall (317 Vermont Ave.)   Order of Program   Welcome to St. Mary’s – Fr. Shelton     St. Mary’s should be engaged in our broader community, addressing the important social justice issues of our day.     Tom and Joan Burns reforming “Community Relations” committee to promote parish engagement Read more about Catholic Social Justice in the Here and Now[…]

Message from Rev. Derrick Hammond of Oak Valley Baptist Church

COMMUNITY LEADERS CONVENE “COMMUNITY MATTERS” FORUMS Last November, a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown. Given the many strong feelings all over the country, several clergy in Oak Ridge decided to address our community. In our public statement, we called for “inspiration, perspiration, Read more about Message from Rev. Derrick Hammond of Oak Valley Baptist Church[…]