Diocesan calendar

Cardinal Justin Rigali will lead the annual Rosary for Life at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, in front of the Planned Parenthood Clinic located at 710 N. Cherry St. in Knoxville. For more information, call Paul Simoneau at 865-584-3307.

Chattanoogans for Life and the diocesan Youth and Young Adult Ministry Office are sponsoring a trip to the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., Jan. 21-23. The group will leave from OLPH School in Chattanooga around 9 p.m. on the 21st and arrive in time for the march. The group will return to Chattanooga around midnight on Jan. 23. The cost is $150 per person, which includes one night in a hotel, bus fare, most meals, and Metro passes. Registration is now open with a limit of 108 people. A payment of half of the cost will reserve a seat if paid by Dec. 8. Flyers, medical release forms, and other pertinent information is available on the Diocese of Knoxville youth ministry page at dioknox.org. For more information, call Donna Jones at 423-718-4387.

The 40 Days for Life campaign will begin on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18, and will run through Palm Sunday, March 29. Last year, 19 diocesan parishes as well as a number of Catholic organizations adopted days of vigil to help cover each day of the campaign. Please have your parish or organization pro-life representative contact Paul Simoneau at psimoneau@dioknox.org or 865-862-5753 in order to beginning planning for this year’s coming campaign.

Las Posadas will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, at the Emporium Center in Knoxville. The free event is a reenactment of Joseph’s and Mary’s journey to Bethlehem. Children dress as angels and shepherds. The group will parade through downtown Knoxville, with the event ending back at the Emporium Center with snacks and a piñata for the children. For more information, call Casa Hola at 865-335-3358 or the diocesan Office of Hispanic Ministry at 865-637-4769.

La Pastorela, a Mexican traditional Christmas story organized by the Emmanuel Group, will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, in the gym at St. Joseph School in Knoxville. The play will be in Spanish with English narration. For more information, call 865-386-9610.

In observance of the USCCB National Migration Week, Jan. 4-10, there will be a bilingual Stations of the Cross of the Migrant Christ at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, at Holy Ghost Church in Knoxville.

St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic volunteer orientation will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, at the Church of Divine Mercy, 10919 Carmichael Road in Knoxville. Volunteer applications may be found at www.stmary​clinic.org.

Catholic Charities needs volunteers for several of its programs. The Pregnancy Help Center needs Spanish-speaking volunteers to assist with the “Earn While You Learn” program for parents-to-be, giving them the opportunity to learn about pregnancy-related concerns and parenting tips while earning needed supplies for their infants. Contact Sandi Davidson for more information at 865-776-4510 or sandi@ccetn.org.

The Children’s Emergency Shelter is also in serious need of volunteers to care for and prepare meals for the residents of the program. Fingerprinting and a background check are required to participate. Contact Jackie Fleming at 865-544-0578 or jackie@ccetn.org for more information.

The next Picture of Love engaged couples retreat is scheduled for 7-10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Chattanooga. The retreat is to supplement couples’ marriage formation process with their parish priests. The cost is $135 per couple, which includes a certificate good for $60 off a marriage license. Couples must attend the entire program to receive the certificate. Mass will be celebrated during the event. For more information, contact Marian Christiana at 423-892-2310 or mchristiana@dioknox.org.

The Office of Marriage Preparation and Enrichment is planning a pilgrimage to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia Sept. 23-27. Space is limited. Contact Marian Christiana at mchristiana@dioknox.org or 423-892-2310, or Lisa Morris at lccte@bellsouth.net or 865-567-1245 for details and trip information.

An Engaged Encounter weekend is scheduled for Feb. 13-15 at the Holiday Inn Express in Lenoir City. For more information, contact Jason or Carmen Jeansonne, weekend registration couple, at 865-377-3077, or Tom and Maggie Slankas, local coordinators, at 483-7896 or ceeknoxville@yahoo.com.

An RCIA conference for those who participate in faith-formation activities with catechumens and candidates in the Diocese of Knoxville is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at Immaculate Conception Church in Knoxville. Registration forms are available online at dioknox.org/offices-ministries/christian-formation/. For more information, contact Sister Mary Timothea Elliott, RSM, at 865-584-3307 or Chris Kite at ckite@dioknox.org.

Knoxville Catholic High School is holding a placement test from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 6, in the KCHS administration building. To obtain further information, contact Nichole Pfohl, dean of admissions, at 865-560-0502 or npfohl@knoxvillecatholic.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. Visit www.knoxlatinmass.net for updated information.

The traditional Latin Mass of Christmas will be offered at Holy Ghost Church (Knoxville) at 1:30 p.m. on Christmas Day. At 1 p.m. preceding the Mass, the Knoxville Latin Mass Schola will present a program of traditional Christmas music. The Mass itself will be accompanied by the variable proper parts sung in Gregorian chant and the fixed ordinary parts (Kyrie, Gloria, etc.) in a polyphonic setting (Missa de Beata Virgine Maria) by the Portuguese renaissance composer Manuel Cardoso, plus motets in sacred polyphony composed by Palestrina, Byrd, and Victoria. Christmas Mass in the extraordinary form will also be offered at midnight Christmas, Dec. 25, at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Townsend.

A Missa Cantata (sung high Mass) in the ancient form of the Roman Rite will be celebrated by Father David Carter at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Chattanooga at 2:30 p.m. on Christmas Day, Dec. 25. Prelude music begins at 2:15 p.m. Music will be sung by adult and youth scholae cantorum. All are invited.

The St. Thomas the Apostle Eastern (Byzantine) Catholic Mission has moved to 2304 Ault Road, Knoxville, TN 37914. Divine Liturgy times remain the same. 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.

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