Parish notes: Cumberland Mountain Deanery

St. Francis of Assisi, Fairfield Glade
St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Fairfield Glade will have a blessing of firefighters and EMS personnel at the 10 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Sept. 9.
The Council of Catholic Women’s first meeting will be held following the 8 a.m. Mass on Wednesday, Sept. 12.
The annual parish golf outing and dinner will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, on the Crag course at Heatherhurst Golf Course. The format will be an 18-hole scramble. Dinner will be served on the patio at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $12 for dinner and prizes. Greens fees are paid directly to the course. Contact the parish office for more information at 931-484-3628.
There will be a reception for Mrs. Tom Campbell and Mrs. Robin Campbell after the 10 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Sept. 16. The two women are retiring after many years of service teaching CCD at the parish. Amanda Bacon will be the new director of religious education.
Anniversaries: Charles and Mary Russella (64), Guy and Victoria Bretl (64), Les and Marjorie Cavell (64), Darwin and Margaret Reiley (63), Milton and Regina Jerabek (63), Ralph and Patty Hargraves (61), Lloyd and Ann Tripp (60), Harold and Eileen Metzger (56), Eugene and Elaine Riggleman (55), Nick and Pat Santore (55), Bob and Dorothy Connor (55), Ken and Carol Kaczkowski (54), Robert and Evelyn Tomaszewski (54), Roy and Jackie Richardson (53), Tom and Pauline Higgins (53), Rudy and Denise Difazio (52), Mark and Karin Salsbury (51), Pat and Sara Tripiciano (50)

St. John Neumann, Farragut
The St. John Neumann youth group collected school supplies for needy Claiborne County students. The effort was coordinated at St. John Neumann Church by Annalise Osorio. Father Joe Campbell, pastor of Christ the King in Tazewell, distributed the supplies. This is the third year that the parish has participated in the project.
The youth ministry office at St. John Neumann is forming two new groups. The Youth4Life group will meet from 7:30-9 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the parish community room and is open to students in grades seven through 12. The group will pray the rosary, spend time in adoration, and meet with others involved with all areas of the pro-life movement from birth through natural death. The In His Service Team is open to high school–age students and will involve performing a variety of service projects in the community such as simple home repairs, yard cleaning, painting, and possibly minor carpentry work on an as-needed basis. Contact Al Forsythe at 865-862-5754 or for more details.

St. Therese, Clinton
Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated Mass in the newly renovated sanctuary of St. Therese Church on Aug. 12. He was assisted by Father Julius Abuh, pastor of St. Therese, and Deacon Patrick Murphy-Racey. After Mass, the women of St. Therese hosted a reception with refreshments for Bishop Stika in the family center, where parishioners had the opportunity to meet, talk and have pictures made with the bishop.

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