Parish notes: Chattanooga Deanery

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Chattanooga

Knights of Columbus Council 6099 honored Wade and Denice Eckler as its family of the month for October.

Volunteers are needed to host homeless families for the Family Promise Interfaith Homeless Network the week of Dec. 30 through Jan. 6, 2013. Volunteers are also needed to prepare meals and to plan activities for participants in the program. Contact Lisa Kosky to register at 423-877-5982 or sign up on the poster in Holy Family Hall.

St. Augustine, Signal Mountain

The parish held a Haiti Adoption Fair the weekend of Nov. 10-11 to support the students at St. Antoine School in Haiti. The $180 adoption fee covers the cost of school supplies and hot meals for a child at the school for one year. Each person who financially adopted a child received a photograph of the child receiving the assistance.

St. Augustine Parish celebrated its first Spanish-language Mass on Oct 14. Mass was celebrated by Father Jim Vick. Music for the liturgy was provided by the Hispanic choir from St. Jude Parish in Chattanooga. More than 65 attended the Mass and a reception that followed in the parish life center. The parish hopes to continue to offer Masses in Spanish several times a year.

St. Jude, Chattanooga

The parish is collecting gift cards for the clients of the Ladies of Charity of Chattanooga for Christmas. Parishioners are encouraged to take an empty envelope from the Star Tree and return it with a gift card in the amount of $20 or more from Walmart, Target, or Kmart by Sunday, Dec. 9. The cards can be placed in a locked box next to the tree or returned to the parish office between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Contact Dick or Judy Smith at 423-842-1483 for more information.

Representatives from Bethlehem Christian Families mission thanked the parish for supporting craftsmen in the Holy Land through their purchase of items carved from olive wood. The mission raised $4,095 during its visit to the parish Oct. 27-28.

The St. Jude Knights of Columbus thanked the parish for supporting the recent barbecue fundraiser for St. Jude School and the wheelchair fund. The sale raised $1,000 for the school and $400 for the wheelchair fund. The Knights also sponsored a clothing drive for victims of Hurricane Sandy and have sent the donations to a Knights council in New Jersey to distribute the items.

St. Mary, Athens

Knights of Columbus Council 8396 brought a special image of Our Lady of Guadalupe to St. Mary Church. The image was on display Nov. 12-18. The icon is one of a few unique images that have been touched to St. Juan Diego’s tilma in Mexico City containing the original image of Our Lady. The image also has been blessed by Pope Benedict XVI. The Knights have been sending these images to various councils around the country, with the Athens council receiving it for a full week. Additional information about the image is available at http://bit.ly/116Du8f .

The parish Angel Tree was set up in the church during the weekend of Nov. 24. Participants are asked to choose an angel and return the unwrapped gift along with the angel by Sunday, Dec. 16. Contact Holly Gates for more information at 423-507-5899.

St. Stephen, Chattanooga

Newcomers: Bill and Mona Hines, Terri Zaucconi, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Merritt, Amy Ricks, Mr. and Mrs. John Czerwonka, Jason and Joelle Geddie.

Sts. Peter and Paul, Chattanooga

The confirmation class is collecting new and used washable blankets for the Community Kitchen as its service project. The class goal is 200 blankets.

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