Throughout the Bible we are encouraged to sing praises to God and give to those in need. The children of the diocese plan to do just that this Christmas season in the many school programs and service projects being held across East Tennessee. For more details on each school’s events, visit dioknox.org/home/diocesan-schools-christmas/.
Knoxville Catholic High School
Knoxville Catholic High School, 9245 Fox Lonas Road, Knoxville, will begin the season with its Fine Arts Celebration at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the school. The celebration will include performances by KCHS’s band, choral and theater groups.
KCHS students will also perform the second annual Lessons and Carols at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at All Saints Church next door to the school’s campus.
Sacred Heart Cathedral School
Sacred Heart Cathedral School, 711 Northshore Drive, Knoxville, will present its Christmas Concert on Thursday, Dec. 13. Kindergarten, first and second grades will present “Angels, Lambs, Ladybugs and Fireflies” beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the gym at Sacred Heart. That program will be followed by “On Our Way to Bethlehem,” presented by the third-, fourth- and fifth-graders. They will be joined by the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade Praise Band Jams and the seventh- and eighth-grade Liturgical Choir Rocks.
St. Joseph School
St. Joseph School, 1810 Howard Drive, Knoxville, will present The Little Drummer Boy at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the school. Students have been working on this program, directed by music teacher William Lovelace, for several weeks in their music classes.
SJS will also host Family Faith Night for its school families Wednesday, Dec. 19. Advent activities, hot chocolate and goodies will be followed by Christmas caroling, said Principal Sister Mary Elizabeth Ann McCullough, RSM.
St. John Neumann School
St. John Neumann School, 625 St. John Court, Farragut, will present The Christmas Shoe Tree at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the school. The musical was created by Jeff Slaughter.
The children at SJNS will sponsor a Christmas Stocking Collection and collect gently used and new shoes to be donated to Soles4Souls.
St. Mary School, Oak Ridge
In the neighboring city of Oak Ridge, St. Mary School, 323 Vermont Ave., will host an annual Family Advent Mass on Thursday, Dec. 20. Bishop Richard F. Stika will be the main celebrant. The Mass will feature a prelude of Advent choral music performed by the students and directed by Carol Villaverde, music teacher at St. Mary.
Students at St. Mary will be hard at work this season participating in one of three service projects: the Giving Tree/Crazy Quilt Friendship Center, Family Adoption, or the orchestra and ensemble performance at Briarcliff Health Care Center.
Notre Dame High School
In Chattanooga, Notre Dame High School, 2701 Vermont Ave., will bring in the Christmas season with its Christmas Band Concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the school.
Notre Dame High School students will be collecting canned goods for the Chattanooga Food Bank and monetary donations for the Ladies of Charity. They will also have an Angel Tree with names from the Clifton Hills Head Start program.
St. Jude School
An annual Christmas Pageant will be presented by St. Jude School, 930 Ashland Terrace, Chattanooga, at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at St. Jude Church. Students from the first and second grades will perform.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help School
Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, 505 S. Moore Road, Chattanooga, will perform its Christmas program, Peace on Earth, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at the school. According to OLPH music teacher Angie Carson, the program is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ in song.
St. Dominic School
In Kingsport, St. Dominic School, 1474 E. Center St., will present its annual Christmas program at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, in the school gym.