Diocesan calendar

Deacons Adam Kane, Tony Budnick, Colin Blatchford, and Julian Cardona are scheduled to be ordained to the priesthood at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 31, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Bishop Richard F. Stika will preside.

Bishop Stika will ordain Jesus Guerrero Rodriguez, Ray Powell, and Scott Russell to the transitional diaconate at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 14, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. All are invited to attend.

The annual Mass and Sending of the Neophytes is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday, June 7, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. New Catholics, their families and sponsors, and RCIA teams are invited to attend. For more information, contact Chris Kite at 865-584-3307 or ckite@dioknox.org.

An Engaged Encounter weekend is scheduled for April 11-13 at the Holiday Inn Express in Lenoir City. For more information, contact Jason or Carmen Jeansonne at 865-377-3077 or ceeknoxville@yahoo.com.

The Conquest program for school-age boys at St. Mary Church in Oak Ridge is encouraging parishes, organizations, and individuals in the Diocese of Knoxville to join with them in a Diocesan Day of Prayer on Friday, April 11. The diocese is asked to pray for religious freedom, an end to abortion, an increase of faith, and other intentions deemed appropriate. To read more about the group and its mission, visit bit.ly/1hrQGuc. Parishioners are asked to contact their parish office or coordinator of youth ministry for information about formal events taking place at the parish level.

Course 6 of the Catechetical Formation Program co-sponsored by the diocesan Office of Christian Formation and Aquinas College is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, at St. Dominic Church in Kingsport. The session will meet from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There is no charge for the class. Register on the Eventbrite page, http://www.eventbrite.com/o/diocese-of-knoxville-office-of-christian-formation-3149767104. For more information, contact Father Richard Armstrong at 865-584-3307 or rarmstrong@dioknox.org.

The Knoxville Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Convention will take place April 10-12 at the Doubletree Hotel in Chattanooga. Registration begins at 11 a.m. at the hotel. The opening Mass will be at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul at 5:30 p.m. Susan Conroy, author of “Mother Teresa’s Lessons of Love and Secrets of Sanctity,” will be the keynote speaker at the banquet following the Mass. Other speakers during the weekend will include Mary Jo Peyton, who will speak on the Mary, Mother of God Society’s work to re-establish the Catholic faith in Eastern Russia, and Jim Bello, who will speak about pro-life ministry. The registration fee is $89. Call 800-222-TREE to make hotel reservations. Registration forms are available at www.kdccw.org or by contacting Emily Knoch at Emily@livingstoncompany.com.

Camp Marymount near Nashville is hosting a “Grandma’s Family Camp” the weekend of April 11-13. Activities will include canoeing, swimming, archery, games, and more. Participant registration is $95 for campers 18 and up, $80 for teens ages 13-17, and $60 for children ages 5-12 (the camp is not recommended for children under age 5). To learn more or register, visit www.campmarymount.com or call 615-799-0410.

The 16th annual Kids Helping Kids Fun Walk is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at the Knoxville Catholic High School stadium. The gates will open at 12:30 p.m. before the event. The afternoon will include the walk, games, face painting, refreshments, and fun for all ages. NFL football star and Knoxville native Harrison Smith is the honorary chairperson of the event. Register online at columbushomewalk.eventbrite.com or download a form from the Catholic Charities website at bit.ly/1m2wUKd and mail it to 3009 Lake Brook Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37909 to the attention of Sherrie Shuler. The registration price is $30 per family or $15 per person. Add $5 to the price if registering the day of the event. To reserve a T-shirt, registration must be done before April 25. Proceeds from the event will support Columbus Home Children’s Services. For more information, contact Sherrie Shuler at 865-524-9896, extension 1005, or sherrie@ccetn.org.

The fifth annual Catholic Charities Common Good Golf Tournament is set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, June 9, at Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville. Registration includes green fees, a club-catered brunch, an hors d’oeuvres reception, and a hosted bar provided by local chef David Pinckney. For more information, contact Sherrie Shuler at 865-524-9896, extension 1005, or sherrie@ccetn.org.

Individuals interested in the next Medical Mission to Ghana should contact Dr. Elaine Bunick at sugardoctn@gmail.com. The 2014 Medical Mission is set for Aug. 1-8 (departure from the United States on Aug. 1 and return on Aug. 9). Include “Medical Mission 2014” in the subject line of your e-mail.

Tennessee Right to Life is again running a Mother’s Day ad in the Knoxville News Sentinel. Cost is $15 per person or $20 per family to have one’s name or family name included in the ad. For more information, contact TRL at 865-689-1139 or trlknox@trlknox.com.

The summer God Camps for students in grades five through eight will take place at Harrison Bay State Park near Harrison, Tenn., during June. Participants will engage in age-appropriate community-building activities, games, crafts, prayer services, and group discussions. The “Discover” camp for incoming fifth- and sixth-grade students is scheduled for June 19-21. The cost is $100. “Reach,” for incoming seventh- and eighth-grade students, will take place June 16-19. The cost is $125. To download registration forms, medical releases, and packing lists, visit the diocesan youth ministry webpage, bit.ly/1gBV3YP, or contact Donna Jones at 423-718-4387 or djones6029@gmail.com.

The high school Catholic Youth Camp for all incoming high school students is scheduled for June 25-29 at the Ocoee Retreat Center in Ocoee, Tenn. The camp will feature team-building exercises, group discussions, prayer services, and many recreational activities, including the water park and the ropes course. The cost is $269 per person. To download registration forms and other camp-related material, visit bit.ly/1gBV3YP or contact Donna Jones at 423-718-4387 or djones6029@gmail.com.

The newly formed district council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 3, at Holy Family Church in Seymour. Those interested in the charitable work of the society are invited to attend. For more information, call Patricia Farner at 423-532-7449.

St. Joseph School in Knoxville is accepting applications for the 2014-15 school year. Call the school at 865-689-3424 or visit www.sjsknox.org for more information.

Father David Boettner will be leading a pilgrimage to Italy from Sept. 22 through Oct. 2. For more information, contact Lisa Morris at 865-567-1245 or lccte@bellsouth.net, or Susan Prendergast at Select International at 800-842-4842 or susan@select-intl.com.

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 and fourth 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 the first and third Sundays at St. Mary Church in Johnson City. Easter Mass will be celebrated in Latin at Holy Ghost Church at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 20, with a musical prelude beginning at 1 p.m. The Mass will include sacred motets, Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony, with the ordinary parts (Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, etc.) of the Mass sung in a polyphonic setting by the Renaissance composer William Byrd. All area Catholics and their friends are invited to share this festive celebration of the resurrection of the Lord. Visit www.knoxlatinmass.net for updated information.

The St. Thomas the Apostle Eastern (Byzantine) 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.