Diocesan calendar

Bishop Richard F. Stika will preside at one more Mass to celebrate the sacrament of marriage in the diocese. The third of three Masses will take place at St. Patrick Church in Morristown on Saturday, March 9. Mass will begin at 11 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.

Tennessee Right to Life is sponsoring an oratory and art contest for high school students Tuesday, March 12, at Calvary Baptist Church in Knoxville. Students should prepare either a 5- to 7-minute presentation on abortion, euthanasia, infanticide, or stem cell research, or make an original work of art illustrating the pro-life viewpoint. First prize in the local competition is $250. Winning presentations have the opportunity to compete at the state and national levels. The registration deadline is Wednesday, March 6. To download a registration form, go to the TRL website at www.trlknox.org. For more information, call Leslie Hunse at 865-689-1339 or e-mail trlknox@trlknox.com.

The Knoxville-area Catholic Charities dinner, “An Emerald O’ccasion,” will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the Knoxville Convention Center. A reception will precede the event at 6 p.m. Bishop Richard F. Stika and Father Ragan Schriver, executive director of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, will host the event. Tickets are $125 per person. Table sponsorships are available for $1,250 for a group of 10. To register, contact Sherrie Shuler at 865-524-9896 or sherrie@ccetn.org.

Sister Mary Timothea Elliott, RSM, will present a Lenten retreat on the gospel of St. Luke on Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16, at the Christ Prince of Peace Retreat Center in Benton for St. Luke Guild members. Contact Sister Timothea or Sister Mariana Koonce, RSM, at 865-584-3307 for more information. The St. Luke Guild was recently established in the diocese for Catholics involved in any capacity in the medical field. For more information about the St. Luke Guild, contact Sister Mariana at 584-3307 or srmariana@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 Cursillo Region IV Service Team will present a Fourth Day Workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Lenoir City. The cost is $10 per person. Bring a potluck dish for lunch. For more information, contact Lois Schering at 865-681-7858 or schering4@aol.com.

The next Retrouvaille weekend is scheduled for 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.HelpOur​Marriage.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.

A Beginning Experience weekend is scheduled for the weekend of April 5-7 at the Christ Prince of Peace Retreat Center in Benton. The retreat is designed for those who have suffered the death of a spouse, separation, or divorce and are seeking hope and renewal. The cost of the weekend is $150 before March 11 and $175 after the early-registration date. Financial aid is available. Contact Marian Christiana for more information at mchristiana@dioknox.org.

The next Cursillo for men in English is scheduled for April 11-14 at the Apison Retreat Center. For more information, contact Lois Schering at 865-681-7858 or schering4@aol.com.

Divorced Catholics are invited to view an introduction of the DVD series The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at Noodles and Co., 405 Market St. in Chattanooga. The series will continue for 12 weeks and will cover a wide range of topics that address the common experiences of divorced Catholics and attempts to provide practical insights into how to manage the healing process. The cost is $15 per person. Contact Marian Christiana to register at mchristiana@dioknox.org, or visit the website www.faithlifeline.com for more detailed information about the series.

The 15th annual Kids Helping Kids Fun Walk sponsored by Catholic Charities of East Tennessee will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21, on the Knoxville Catholic High School campus. Registration and entertainment will begin at 2 p.m. The family-friendly event includes a one-mile fun walk around the grounds of KCHS, inflatable games, complimentary refreshments, and live music. Individual tickets are $15 or $30 for a family of four. Corporate sponsorships are also available. Proceeds go to support Columbus Home Children’s Services. Contact Sherrie Shuler for more information at 865-524-9896 or sherrie@ccetn.org.

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 Picture of Love engaged-couples retreat will take place June 21-22 at the St. Augustine Church parish life center in Signal Mountain. 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 Marriage Encounter weekend in the diocese is scheduled for May 17-19 at the Holiday Inn in Johnson City. There will also be two one-day marriage-enrichment sessions, March 2 at St. Dominic Church in Kingsport and at a date to be determined in Knoxville. The title of the March 2 enrichment is “The Time Starved Marriage.” For more information, contact John or Anne Wharton at 423-581-1815 or acw193@bellsouth.net, or visit www.loveinthesmokies.org or wwme.org.

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. on most Sundays 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 1:30 p.m. Mass on Easter Sunday (March 31) at Holy Ghost Church will be a solemn Latin Mass in the extraordinary form with Father David Carter, Father John Orr, and Father Christopher Riehl as sacred ministers, accompanied by a choir presenting Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony.

The St. Thomas the Apostle Ukrainian Catholic Mission celebrates Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. Sundays in the lower level of Holy Cross Anglican Church, 515 Herron Road, Knoxville, TN 37934. Note the time change. 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. n

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