Diocesan calendar

The 2012 Celebrate Life Fundraising Banquet sponsored by the Knox County chapter of Tennessee Right to Life will be held Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Knoxville Convention Center. The keynote speaker will be Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey. Seating will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner starting at 6:30. Tickets are $50. Contact the TRL office for tickets or more information at 865-689-1339 or trlknox@knology.net.

The Office of Christian Formation and Aquinas College are sponsoring the third course of their catechetical formation program for catechists, directors of religious education, RCIA directors, and those interested in broadening their understanding of Church teachings and Scripture. The class will be offered on Saturday, Oct. 13, at St. Thérèse of Lisieux Church in Cleveland and Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Chancery office, 805 Northshore Drive in Knoxville. Both sessions will meet from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There is no charge for the class. Register online at dioknox.org/events/event-calendar/ or contact Father Richard Armstrong at 865-584-3307 or rarmstrong@dioknox.org.

Father David Carter will present an overview of the annulment process from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, in the parish life center at St. Dominic Church in Kingsport. The session will be simultaneously translated in Spanish. For more details, contact Marian Christiana, coordinator of Marriage Preparation and Enrichment, at 423-892-2310 or mchristiana@dioknox.org.


The Schools Office of the Diocese of Knoxville is sponsoring mandatory catechetical training days for teachers and staff employed in diocesan Catholic schools. The training day for Chattanooga-area teachers and staff is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 15, and for Knoxville-area teachers and staff Friday, Oct. 26. Both sessions will meet from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact Marie Garvey, administrative assistant for the Schools Office, for more information at 865-584-3307 or mgarvey@dioknox.org.

The St. Joseph School Golf Tournament will take place on Friday, Oct. 12, at Three Ridges Golf Course in Knoxville. Contact Mollie Krueger at St. Joseph School at 865-689-3424 for more information.

The St. Joseph School Fall Festival will take place at St. Albert the Great Church in Knoxville from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Games, food, crafts, a country store, and musical entertainment are planned for the 32nd annual fundraiser. Call St. Joseph School for more information at 865-689-3424.

The 62nd annual fall festival at St. Mary Church in Oak Ridge will take place Oct. 11 through 13. The festival kick-off event will be a Road Rally at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11. The entrance fee per team is $30. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams who complete the race. An ice cream social will follow the road rally. At 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, the Knights of Columbus will have a spaghetti supper followed by silent and live auctions, a bake sale, and games for both children and adults. The final day of the festival will be on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the parish grounds. Activities will include live entertainment, inflatables, an obstacle course, a white-elephant sale, a car auction, crafts, a general store, games, and more. Tickets, armbands, T-shirts, and cups will be sold after all Masses on the weekend of Oct. 6-7. For more information, call festival committee co-chairs Pete and Andrea Souza at 865-803-3352, or Scott and Lynda Vinyard at 556-1355 or 556-1356.

The next “Picture of Love” engaged-couples retreat is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12 and 13, in Siener Hall at St. Jude Church in Chattanooga. The retreat is Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. and then continues on Saturday, going from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mass will be celebrated during the retreat. The cost is $135 and includes a certificate good for a $60 discount on a marriage license. Couples must attend the entire program to receive a certificate. To register, contact Marian Christiana at 423-892-2310 or mchristiana@dioknox.org.

A Beginning Experience retreat for those who have lost a spouse through death or divorce is scheduled for Oct. 5-7. The event will be held at the Alex Haley Farm in Clinton. More information about the weekend can be found at www.beginningexperience.org. Contact Marian Christiana at 423-892-2310 or mchristiana@dioknox.org to register.

A Rachel’s Vineyard retreat will take place the weekend of Oct. 26-28 in Maggie Valley, N. C. The retreats are for women and family members who are struggling emotionally and spiritually from the aftereffects of an abortion. For more information, contact Carla at 828-342-4655 or cwool76@frontier.com.

There are two charismatic Masses scheduled in the diocese during October and November. The next charismatic Mass will be at Holy Spirit Church in Soddy-Daisy at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. Father Dan Whitman of Holy Trinity Parish in Jefferson City will be the celebrant. Singers and instrumentalists who would like to participate should arrive at 4:30. The second charismatic Mass is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Holy Trinity Church in Jefferson City. Prayers for healing will follow both Masses. Call Dee Leigh at 423-842-2305 for more information on the Soddy-Daisy Mass.

The Spiritual Direction Training Program being presented by the Ursuline Sisters of Mount St. Joseph in Maple Mount, Ky., begins Monday, Oct. 22. The two-year program consists of eight weeklong sessions that will begin at noon Mondays and end at 1 p.m. Fridays. Each session will include classes on spiritual direction and provide the opportunity for reflection, prayer, and daily reception of the Eucharist. The program seeks to prepare participants for the ministry of spiritual direction from a Catholic perspective. Members of all faiths are welcome. For more information, contact Sheila Blandford at 270-229-4103, extension 804, or sheila.blandford@maplemount.org.

The next Marriage Encounter weekend in the diocese is scheduled for Nov. 2-4 in Kingsport. For more information, contact John or Anne Wharton at 423-581-1815 or acw193@bellsouth.net, or visit www.loveinthesmokies.org or wwme.org.

The next Engaged Encounter weekend in the diocese will be held Oct. 12-14 in the greater Knoxville area. To register, call Jason or Carmen Jeansonne at 865-377-3077. For more information on Engaged Encounter, contact Jerry or Mary Daugherty at 865-458-4117 or ceeknoxville@gmail.com or visit www.rc.net/knoxville/cee/.

Monsignor Al Humbrecht and Father William Oruko, AJ, will lead a 14-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land from March 3-16, 2013. The itinerary includes Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Mount Zion and the Mount of Olives, Jericho, Masada, Nazareth, the Mount of Beatitudes, and Emmaus. The standard cost per person is $3,498 or a cash discount price of $3,299. The price includes economy-class airfare from Atlanta, accommodations in superior tourist-class hotels, meals, taxes, tips, and security fees. Contact Sister Albertine Paulus, RSM, for more information at 865-545-8270, 207-4742, or smaevang@yahoo.com.

Father Charlie Burton and Father Michael Cummins will lead a 12-day pilgrimage to Ireland from June 10-21, 2013. The itinerary includes stops in Dublin, Cork, Killarney, Adare, Ennis, Connemara, and Galway. The standard cost per person is $3,398 or a cash discount price of $3,199. The price includes economy-class airfare from Atlanta, accommodations in superior tourist-class hotels, meals, taxes, tips, and security fees. Contact Sister Albertine Paulus, RSM, for more information at 865-545-8270, 207-4742, or smaevang@yahoo.com.

The Community of Sant’Egidio is a Catholic lay ecclesial movement that focuses on prayer and service to the poor. For more information, call Father Michael Cummins at 423-926-7061. Everyone is welcome.

Mass in the extraordinary form (“traditional Latin”) is celebrated at 1:30 p.m. each Sunday at Holy Ghost Church in Knoxville, at 3 p.m. on first and third Sundays at St. Thérèse of Lisieux Church in Cleveland, and at 3 p.m. on second and fourth Sundays at St. Joseph the Worker Church in Madisonville. Visit www.knoxlatinmass.net for updated information.

The St. Thomas the Apostle Ukrainian Catholic Mission celebrates Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. Sundays in the chapel at the Chancery office in Knoxville. All services are in English. Call Father Richard Armstrong at 865-584-3307 or visit www.saintthomasknoxville.org for details.

Holy Resurrection Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic Mission has Divine Liturgy celebrations at 9:30 a.m. Sundays at the old Holy Ghost Church, 1031 N. Central St. in Knoxville. For times of holy-day services or for more information, visit www.knoxbyz.org or call Father Thomas O’Connell at 865-256-4880.

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