Parish notes: Five Rivers Deanery

Holy Trinity, Jefferson City

The parish collected gifts for Operation Christmas Child, a program that sends toys, clothing, and other items in shoeboxes to children overseas.
Newcomer: Cherise Martines
Anniversaries: Joseph and Sally Braschler (30), Raymond and Nina Smith (25), Timothy and Victoria Schneider (15), Ralph and Aurora Levin (15), Edwin and Ardie Zawacki (10)

St. Mary, Johnson City

Parishioners of St. Mary Church spent 27 hours in eucharistic adoration the weekend of Oct. 26-27 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the parish’s perpetual-adoration chapel. Father Larry Villone, a priest from the Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament, presented the homilies at weekend Masses and talked about the importance of the devotion. Participants in the eucharistic adoration signed 3-foot-by-4-foot holy cards that were sent to Bishop Richard F. Stika and Pope Francis.

The parish Angel Tree has been decorated with gift requests from needy children in the Tri-Cities area. Everyone is encouraged choose an angel and then shop for the gift listed on it. Presents should be wrapped in a black plastic bag with the angel attached to it and returned to the church no later than Sunday, Dec. 8. Gifts can also be brought to the Catholic Charities office located at 1409 W. Market St., Suite 109, in Johnson City. For more information, call the parish office at 423-282-6367.

St. Patrick, Morristown

The Knights of Columbus sponsored a winter coat drive for homeless veterans living outside the Veterans Administration Hospital in Johnson City during November.

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