Diocesan calendar

Bishop Richard F. Stika will preside at two additional Masses to celebrate the sacrament of marriage in the diocese in 2013. The second of three Masses will take place at St. Mary Church in Athens on Saturday, Feb. 9, and the third will be at St. Patrick Church in Morristown on Saturday, March 9. Both Masses will begin at11 a.m. and will be followed by a reception. Register in advance to receive a certificate and to be photographed with Bishop Stika. Contact Karen Byrne at 865-584-3307 or kbyrne@dioknox.org to register.

Bishop Richard F. Stika will preside at Solemn Vespers at Sacred Heart Cathedral at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, to mark the diocesan celebration of the World Day for Consecrated Life. Blessed John Paul II instituted the day of prayer for women and men religious in 1997. Eighteen religious communities are represented in the Diocese of Knoxville. All are cordially invited to join the men and women religious in the diocese in prayer and gratitude for the gift of this vocation in the Church. A reception will follow Vespers in the school gymnasium. Contact Sister Mary Christine Cremin, RSM, for more information at srmarychristine@dioknox.org.

The diocesan high school dodge ball tournament, Battle in the Ridge, will be hosted by St. Mary Church in Oak Ridge from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23. The entry fee is $5 per player with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the winning team to donate to a charity of their choice. Parishes are asked to form teams of six to 10 with at least one girl. Parishes may have more than one team or join another parish to form one. A uniform of some sort such as matching T-shirts is suggested. E-mail Margaret Merrill to register at mmerrill@smcor.org.

The annual Rites of Election for RCIA will take place on the first weekend of Lent in each of the four deaneries. St. Mary Church in Johnson City will host the Five Rivers Deanery rite at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. At 6:30 p.m. that day, St. John Neumann Church in Farragut will host the Cumberland Mountain Deanery rite. St. Stephen Church in Chattanooga will be the site for the Chattanooga Deanery rite at
1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. At 5 p.m. that day, Our Lady of Fatima Church in Alcoa will host the rite for the Smoky Mountain Deanery.

Notre Dame High School is currently accepting applications for the 2013-14 school year. To learn more or request an application, call 423-624-4618, extension 1004, or e-mail admissions@myndhs.com.

Registration forms are now available for Frazzled in the Vineyard, a catechetical leadership retreat for DRE’s and catechists scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23. The retreat master is Dr. Ruth Queen Smith, pastoral associate at Blessed John XXIII Parish. The Friday night session will be held at the Comfort Suites Hotel in Farragut, and the Saturday session will be at St. John Neumann Church. The cost is $40 for both days or $25 for Saturday only. Lodging at the Comfort Suites is $89 per night and can be arranged by calling 865-675-7585. For more information, contact Father Richard Armstrong at 865-584-3307 or rarmstrong@dioknox.org.

The next Picture of Love engaged-couples retreat will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Chattanooga. The program is designed to help couples gain a better understanding of the joys and challenges of being married in their day-to-day lives. The cost is $135 per couple, which includes a certificate good for a $60 discount on a marriage license. Couples must attend the entire retreat to receive the certificate. For more information, contact Marian Christiana, director of the Office of Marriage Preparation and Enrichment, at 423-892-2310 or mchristiana@dioknox.org.

The next Retrouvaille weekends are scheduled for Feb. 22-24 in Memphis and March 8-10 in Nashville. Retrouvaille is a program designed for couples who are struggling in their marriages or may have separated or divorced, but who want to reconcile. Call 800-470-2230, e-mail nrv3034@gmail.com, or visit the website www.HelpOurMarriage.com.

The fourth course in the catechetical formation program sponsored by the Diocese of Knoxville and taught by instructors from Aquinas College in Nashville will be held Saturday, March 9, at St. Mary Church in Johnson City; Saturday, March 23, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Chattanooga; and Saturday, April 27, at the Chancery in Knoxville. All sessions will meet from 9 a.m. to
3:30 p.m. Register online at www.eventbrite.com/org/3149767104 or contact Father Richard Armstrong at 865-584-3307 or rarmstrong@dioknox.org for more information.

St. Mary Parish in Oak Ridge is presenting “A Taste of New Orleans—‘Art’ di Gras,” a dinner, dance, and silent auction, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. A Mardi Gras–themed dinner with four courses will be served. The art selection for the auction includes a collection of framed prints, canvas paintings, lithographs, and Asian needlework. Sizes range from 5 by 7 to 60 by 60. Signed prints will also be available. Music will be provided by the Mount LeConte Jug Band. Tickets can be purchased for $20 at the church or $25 at the door. Call Lynda Vinyard at 865-556-1355 for more information.

The 2013 Ladies of Charity of Knoxville Golf Tournament is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 3, at Egwani Farms Golf Course in Rockford. The format is four-person teams, best shot. Registration is $125 per individual and $500 per team. Prizes include first, second, third, and last place in each of two flights. A hole-in-one grand prize is a trip for two including four nights at the Lodge at Pebble Beach and rounds of golf at Pebble Beach, Spyglass, and Spanish Bay. Additional hole-in-one prizes and closest-to-the-pin and door prizes will be awarded. Sponsorships are available; sponsorships of $1,500 or more include a full team registration. For more information, contact Joe Fuhr at 865-693-1810 or jfuhr4221@aol.com.

The next Engaged Encounter will be held the weekend of April 12-14. To register, contact Jason and Carmen Jeansonne at 865-377-3077, or ceeknoxville@yahoo.com. For more information on Engaged Encounter, visit the website www.engagedencounter.org/community.asp.

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; at 3 p.m. on second, fourth, and fifth Sundays at St. Joseph the Worker Church in Madisonville; at 11 a.m. each Sunday at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Townsend; and at 3 p.m. on second and fourth Sundays at St. Mary Church in Johnson City. 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 lower level of Holy Cross Anglican Church, 515 Herron Road, Knoxville, TN 37934. All services are in English. Call Father Richard Armstrong at 865-584-3307 or visit www.saintthomas-knoxville.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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