Parish notes: Smoky Mountain Deanery

Immaculate Conception, Knoxville

The sixth annual Irish Fest on the Hill will take place from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at Immaculate Conception Church. The festival will include Irish music, dancers, a silent auction, games for kids, food, and beer. The cost is $5 for adults and free for children. For more information contact Becky Birdwell at or the parish office at 865-522-1508.

Our Lady of Fatima, Alcoa

Will Thomas, organist at Our Lady of Fatima Church, will be moving to Tucson, Ariz., to pursue a doctoral degree in organ at the University of Arizona. Robert Lynch was hired as the new director of music. He is a recent graduate of Emory University, where he completed a master’s degree in sacred music and organ performance.

Registration for the St. Cecilia Youth Choir will take place Aug. 3-4 in the parish life center after all the Masses. Practices will take place from 6:30-7:15 p.m. Thursdays beginning Aug. 22. The group will lead the music at Mass one Sunday per month. For more information, call Robert Lynch at 865-982-3672.

Sacred Heart, Knoxville

The master plan for the construction of the new cathedral will be presented at a Master Plan Parish Town Hall meeting at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, in the Sacred Heart School gym. A cookout will follow the meeting. Merit Construction Inc. has been chosen as the general contractor/construction manager for the project. Duncan Stroik, a Boston firm that specializes in church architecture, helped develop the concept for the new building. Barber McMurry Architects are drafting the plans, which should be complete by mid-August. Questions, concerns, or suggestions about the master plan can be e-mailed to

Sacred Heart Cathedral donated the second collection at the parish the weekend of July 20-21 to support its twin parish, St. Michel Church, in Boucan-Carré, Haiti. On June 22, the area experienced torrential rain and flooding resulting in wide-range damage to the area and the loss of a considerable amount of farmland and livestock. The parish, school, hospital, and rectory were not damaged, but around 60 homes were destroyed with many others sustaining serious structural damage.

St. Albert the Great, Knoxville

The corporal works of mercy committee will be collecting school supplies and backpacks for children participating in the Mountain Art Program in Jellico during July and August. The group hopes to exceed the 94 backpacks they were able to provide to the children last year.

Baptism: Addison Grace Rothrock, daughter of Benjamin and Kari Rothrock

St. Joseph the Worker, Madisonville

The parish participated in a “Christmas in July” school clothing drive for students who receive services at the Good Shepherd Center in Madisonville.