Parish notes: Smoky Mountain Deanery

Blessed John XXIII, Knoxville

Blessed John XXIII Parish is participating in the Knox County Jail Ministry for Women, which was recently started in the area. Beginning on Wednesdays during Lent, there will be a lectionary-based service from 5:30-7 p.m. for female inmates at the Knox County Jail located at 400 Main St. Women ages 21 or older are welcome to participate. For more information, contact Geri Mulligan at 865-249-6802 or

Participants in the parish Elf Project during December helped 121 local families purchase Christmas gifts for their children.

Holy Family, Seymour

The parish had a toilet-paper drive during January to benefit clients of the CROSS Food Ministry in Seymour. CROSS provides food, utility assistance, firewood, and other resources for the needy in the Seymour area.

Immaculate Conception, Knoxville

The Immaculate Conception women’s group had a Tupperware party Jan. 26 to raise money for the parish Roof and Ceiling Repair Fund.

St. Joseph the Worker, Madisonville

Parishioners were able to fill 50 requests through the Angel Tree Program and 24 gift bags for clients of the Boys and Girls Club of Madisonville during the Christmas season.

St. Mary, Gatlinburg

Members of the Council of Catholic Women visited women of the parish living in local nursing homes before Christmas. Each resident was presented with a warm lap throw.

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