Parish notes: Cumberland Mountain Deanery

All Saints, Knoxville

Members of All Saints Parish are scheduled to volunteer at Second Harvest Food Bank from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 13. Each hour worked is credited as $1 to the Ladies of Charity food bill. Parishioners ages 10 and older are welcome to assist. For details, contact Ginger Henderson at

Blessed Sacrament, Harriman

The parish is celebrating a healing Mass with the anointing of the sick at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5. All those who wish to pray for physical, spiritual, or emotional healing are encouraged to attend. The evening will close with Benediction at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call the parish office at 865-882-9838.

St. Francis of Assisi, Fairfield Glade

The St. Francis Council of Catholic Women hosted three local authors Nov. 12. Tom Edwards, Girard Etzkorn, and JoAnne Bunyak spoke about their writing at the event.
The parish CCW will host a silent auction at its Wednesday, Dec. 10, meeting.

Anniversaries: Steve and MaryLou Knowles (67), Lyle and Kathryn Flahaven (61), Edwin and Grace Johnson (61), Jack and Marilyn Alderton (60), Ron and Terry Gleusner (58), Fred and Laura Reed (58), Ron and Mary White (56), Fred and Sharon Henkel (53), Robert and Janice Cahill (53), Vern and Marianne Parrish (52), Mike and Susan Spitler (52), Tom and Mary Dega (51), John and Elizabeth Mosior (51), Frank and Nancy Drabek (50), Eugene and Janet Standaert (50), Philip and Rosalie Poynter (50)

St. John Neumann, Farragut

The St. John Neumann Church Christmas children’s liturgy will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Children in grades kindergarten through sixth grade who would like to participate in the Christmas pageant are invited to attend three practices at 1 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 7, 14, and 21. Children who want to participate in the choir should arrive at noon on those three days. Middle and high school students who would like to lector, usher, or narrate the play should come to practice at noon Sunday, Dec. 7. For more information, contact Lydia Donahue at
The parish is collecting Christmas gifts for children in Appalachia including underwear, jeans, shoes, and toys or games for children and teens ages 1-18. Unwrapped items should be placed in the narthex of the church by the week of Sunday, Dec. 14.

Sister Restituta Nyinoweitu, pastoral associate at St. John Neumann, will facilitate a series titled “Your Child 6-12: Your Last Great Chance,” which addresses how to fully appreciate and nurture preteen children, instill virtues, and discuss vocations. The class will meet Wednesday evenings in the St. John Neumann School library from 7-8:15 p.m. Dec. 3, Dec. 17, and Jan. 7; or Sundays from 9:40-10:20 a.m. Dec. 7, Dec. 14; Jan. 11, Jan. 25; and Feb. 1. Child-care will be provided with prior arrangement. For more information, contact Sister Restituta at 865-777-4319 or

“Boots, Bowties, and Blessings” will be the theme of the St. John Neumann School fundraising silent auction and dinner scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 31, at The Reserve at Bluebird Hill in Lenoir City. For more information, call the school office at 865-777-0077.

St. Therese, Clinton

The parish Christmas potluck will take place from 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14. Each family should bring a dish or dessert. For more information, contact Fran Pisano at or call 865-482-6879.

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