Smoky Mountain Deanery calendar

The Pope Benedict XVI Schola will present “A Candlemas Concert” to benefit the Ladies of Charity of Knoxville at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Holy Ghost Church in Knoxville. The concert will include Gregorian chant and choral works in Latiln and English by Palestrina, Purcell, Victoria, Byrd, Sheppard, Tye, and Vaughan Williams. Organist Charles Walden, music director at Holy Ghost, will also perform. Schola members come from churches throughout Knoxville, and the group’s director is Mary C. Weaver. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or online at b16.eventbrite.com/. For more information, call 865-437-8620 or e-mail mary@b16schola.org.

The Knoxville-area Knights of Columbus are sponsoring the ninth annual Blue Mass for the spiritual intentions of local police and firefighters at 6:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Breakfast will be served after Mass. Contact the parish office for more information at 865-588-0249.

The St. Joseph School annual Mardi Gras dinner and silent auction will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. Tickets are $40 each or $400 for a table and are available at the school office. The school is encouraging early ticket purchases because last year’s event was a sellout, and many were turned away. For more information, or to donate auction items, contact St. Joseph School at 865-689-3424.

The Haiti Outreach Program at Sacred Heart Cathedral is collecting prom and formal dresses at all Knoxville-area Prestige Cleaners for the fourth annual Fierce and Fancy Formal Fashion Show and Dress Sale to be held Feb. 9. All proceeds from the fashion show and sale will support Sacred Heart’s twin parish in Boucan Carré, Haiti. For tickets or information on the sale or the mission, contact Jennifer Neil at 865-329-3294 or jenniferneil@givehaitihope.org.

Catholic Charities’ Office of Immigration Services is co-hosting citizenship classes from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays through March 23 at Sacred Heart Cathedral School and through April 6 at First Presbyterian Church in Oak Ridge. Cost is $50. For more information, contact Nathaly Perez at 865-971-3550.

A Seekers of Silence Contemplative Saturday Morning will be held Feb. 2 at John XXIII Catholic Center in Knoxville. Father Terry Ryan, CSP will speak on the topic “Anonymous Mystic: Writings of Elizabeth Leseur.” Coffee and tea will be served at 8:30 a.m.; the workshop will run from 9 a.m. to noon. Bring a bag lunch. RSVP at 865-523-7931.

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