Parish notes: Smoky Mountain Deanery

Blessed John XXIII, Knoxville

The parish is recruiting volunteers for participants in the annual Elf Project. Donors, donor/shoppers, and volunteer shoppers are needed to assist clients of the program to shop for Christmas gifts for themselves or their families. Call the parish office for more information at 865-523-7931.

Holy Family, Seymour

Holy Family Church is hosting eucharistic adoration from 9 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the vestibule of the church.

Immaculate Conception, Knoxville

The Philadelphian Prison Ministry has requested donations of 4-ounce bars of Dial soap for their Christmas care packages. A collection box will be in the narthex of the church until Sunday, Dec. 8, for those who wish to contribute.

Our Lady of Fatima, Alcoa

Habitat for Humanity is sponsoring a gift-wrapping booth at Foothills Mall outside the Belk entrance from Saturday, Dec. 7, through Christmas Eve. Volunteers are needed to staff the booth and will receive a 20-percent Belk employee discount for the day they worked. Contact or call 865-982-8717, extension 240, to volunteer.

Sacred Heart, Knoxville

Sacred Heart Cathedral School is hosting two open houses at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, and 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29. Potential students and their families are welcome to attend. Contact Joni Punch, at 865-558-4136 or

St. Albert the Great, Knoxville

The St. Albert the Great youth group sold Honey Baked Ham certificates and the Scott Hahn book Rome Sweet Home to raise funds for their trip to the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis.

St. Mary, Gatlinburg

St. Mary Church is hosting the third station of the Smoky Mountain Deanery pilgrimage marking the 25th anniversary of the Diocese of Knoxville. Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 1. Bishop Richard F. Stika will preside. A light lunch and short concert will follow Mass.

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