Parish notes: Chattanooga Deanery

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Chattanooga

Volunteers are needed to prepare meals, greet guests, and lead activities during the week of June 9 through 16 as the parish hosts the homeless for the Family Promise Interfaith Homeless Network week. To volunteer, contact Lisa Kosky at 423-877-5982 or sign up to participate in Holy Family Hall.

Knights of Columbus Holy Family Council 6099 thanked parishioners of OLPH for donating a total of $25,741 to the Knights of Columbus State Mental Retardation Foundation. Around 60 percent of the total will be donated to local charities that assist the mentally challenged in Chattanooga such as Signal Centers, Orange Grove, and AzUWer.

Knights of Columbus Holy Family Council 6099 won several awards at the recent Tennessee State Convention in Franklin. The council won the State Chaplain’s Award, the Bishop’s Award for outstanding council programming, and the Charity Activity Award for the council’s Southern Brewers Festival event.

St. Augustine, Signal Mountain

The parish vacation Bible school, Kingdom Rock, will take place June 3-6. Registration is online at To learn more or volunteer, contact Karlin Baker at or Heather Wilson at

Anniversaries: Peter and Mary Arrowsmith (55), Robert and Frances Mathieson (53), Ed and Cindy Schemel (25), John and Sandy Mitchum (20), Cole and Rena Keane (10), Matt and Erin Corcoran (10).

First communicants: Lily Bowman, Olivia Cisto, Emma Corcoran, Lily Cecil, Molly Gallagher, Mac Hickman, Jackson Phillips, Nathan Lanese, Marc Thiesen, Brooke Waye, Ava Varnell, Juan Pablo Zirangua.

St. Jude, Chattanooga

Totus Tuus, the parish vacation Bible school, will meet from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 9-14 for children entering grades one through six. Students in grades seven-12 will meet June 9-13 from 7-9 p.m. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. The cost is $20 per child with a $40 per family maximum. Contact Sandy Pricer, VBS director, at 423-619-1163, or for more information.

The parish Good Samaritan Collection supported the Chattanooga Community Kitchen, a local social service agency that provides meals for the homeless, job training, and case management, during May.

Newcomers: Tom and Marlene Blewett, Mikayla Long.

St. Mary, Athens

St. Mary Knights of Columbus Council 8396 won the District 15 District Deputy’s Award and the state award for church and parish at the 110th Knights of Columbus State Convention. Both awards were in recognition of the council’s Our Lady of Guadalupe Week of Prayer event.

St. Stephen, Chattanooga

Fourteen young people from the parish received the sacrament of confirmation May 19.

Twenty-one children received their first Holy Communion on May 5.

Anniversary: Pat and Jack O’Keefe (57)

Newcomers: Jim and Susan Colvard and family; Brittany Johnson and son, Taylor; Chris and Ashley Stenberg and daughter, Stella; Polly Ann Parshall-Bouch, Joe Bouch, Clark and Casey Parshall

St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Cleveland

Vacation Bible school (VBS), for pre-K through sixth-grade students, will be held from 8:45 a.m. to noon June 10-14 at St. Thérèse. There is a suggested donation of $10 per family for supplies and snacks. Call Sandy Hartert-Forshee, director of religious education, to register at 423-476-8123.

Young, single Catholics in the Cleveland area who are looking for a group to grow their faith and friendships are asked to call Jared Martin at 423-486-7561 or Sandy Hartert-Forshee at 423-476-8123 for more information.

The Catholic Men’s Association meets at 8 a.m. June 8 and June 22 in Breen Hall, room 3. All Catholic men are welcome to participate in these gatherings, held the second and fourth Saturday of the month at 8 a.m.

A rosary for the unborn is offered on June 17 and every third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in the church.