Parish Notes: August 2012

Chattanooga Deanery

Holy Spirit, Soddy-Daisy

The St. Vincent de Paul Society at Holy Spirit Church has been collecting school supplies for five Chattanooga-area elementary schools. Items can be placed in the designated containers in the narthex of the church and outside the parish office.

St. Jude, Chattanooga

The parish Good Samaritan collection supported Room in the Inn, a homeless shelter in Chattanooga, through donations of personal-care items and cleaning materials during July.

The St. Jude Parish picnic will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 on the parish grounds. The Knights of Columbus will grill hot dogs and hamburgers, but parishioners are asked to provide side dishes and desserts. Volunteers are needed to help with food preparation, games, crafts, and music. Contact Kyra Ross to volunteer at 423-870-2386.

Father Charlie Burton’s summer Bible study on the Acts of the Apostles continues from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays in the parish life center through Aug. 14. Bring a New American Bible to the classes.

St. Stephen Church, Chattanooga

The Pregnancy Help Center thanked the St. Stephen families who contributed money to the annual Baby Bottle Drive. The parish raised $1,438.23 for the clients of the center.

Sts. Peter and Paul, Chattanooga

Religious education and RCIA will have sign-ups during a coffee-and-doughnuts gathering from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, in the parish hall.

Five Rivers Deanery

Holy Trinity, Jefferson City

Holy Trinity parishioners have collected $2,428.18 toward their goal of $2,500 for their mission parish at St. Pierre de Bainet in Haiti. The parish collected $2,595 during July 2011.

The Appalachian Outreach annual school-supply drive took place at Holy Trinity on the weekends of July 21-22 and July 28-29.

Anniversaries: Emery and Mildred Faulkner (64), Chuck and Bernice Salley (60), Lee and Evangeline Webster (55), Jeffrey and Julie Greene (15)

Notre Dame, Greeneville

The parish picnic will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. Games and other activities are planned. Contact the parish for more information at 423-639-9381.

Notre Dame’s Fall Festival of Nations is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22. Cuisine from around the world will be featured at the event. Activities include games, a bake sale, a talent show, a silent auction and a yard sale. The yard sale will be open from 8 a.m. until around noon and the festival will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Contact Bud Noe, chairman, at 423-639-1074 for more information.

St. Dominic, Kingsport

The parish is sponsoring a rummage sale from 7 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Aug. 4 in the parish life center. Clothing, electronic items, furniture, exercise equipment, and baked goods will be available for sale. For details, contact Veronica Bukowski-Stanton at 423-765-1264 or Chris Terry at 423-239-8744.

The prison ministry welcomes donations of books in English or Spanish, including mysteries, science fiction, nonfiction, self-help, inspirational, biographies, and history. No items with suggestive subject matter will be accepted. Smaller magazines such as Prevention, Guidepost, Reader’s Digest, and the Magnificat are welcome. Drop off books in the donation tub on the left side of the administration-building doors. For more information, contact Billye Whitaker at 423-239-3199 or 384-4878 or

The parish held a rafting trip on the Lower Nolichucky River near Erwin on July 28.

Cumberland Mountain Deanery

Blessed Sacrament, Harriman

The Council of Catholic Women will have its first meeting following its summer break at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the annex.

The CCW is asking for usable items (no used clothing or shoes) for its annual bazaar, set for Saturday, Oct. 13. Items may be left in Blessed Sacrament Hall beginning Saturday, Sept. 1.

Confirmandi: Megan Butler, Connor Cooney, Samantha Eisenberg, Kyra Grubb, Jonathan Higgins, Scott Nelson, Cody Palko, Aubrey Riggs, Adam Robert, Cynthia Roberts, Alison Smith, Aaron Tapley.

St. Francis of Assisi, Fairfield Glade

The parish book club will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15, in the parish conference hall. The book The Warmth of Other Suns (Vintage Books, 2011) by Isabel Wilkerson will be discussed.

Anniversaries: Jim and Helen McGonagle (66), George and Jean McGonagle (61), Robert and Madonna Boncher (60), William and Mary Best (58), Ralph and Lois Taylor (55), Ben and Jackie Ryba (55), James and Laura Knoll (54), Russell and Edith Uboldi (54), Paul and Carole Forkapa (53), James and Corrine Gabriel (53), Jerome and Carol Scherer (52), Tom and Peg Clifford (52), Ray and Joan Nadolny (51), Mike and Betty Converse (50)

St. John Neumann, Farragut

The parish collected antibacterial soap, lemon drops, and Curél lotion to help fill comfort care baskets for patients of the Thompson Cancer Survival Center.

A blessing of the new church office with an open house will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. Tours of the offices will also be held after the 4:30 p.m. Mass that day as well as after the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Masses on Sunday, Aug. 19. Refreshments will be served in the Elizabeth Ann Seton Community Room after each tour.

St. Mary, Oak Ridge

The St. Mary Knights of Columbus and the parish right-to-life ministry will sponsor a presentation on end-of-life issues by Paul Simoneau, director of the diocesan Office of Justice and Peace, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4, in Columbus Hall. Dinner will be served during the meeting.

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