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Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

A parish served by the Paulist Fathers

more than 150 years of service to God and God's People

The Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Tel: (865) 522-1508

February 6, 2011

414 West Vine Avenue Knoxville, Tennessee 37902-1327 Fax: (865) 524-8514 E-mail: [email protected] Website:


Weekend Saturday: 6:00pm Sunday: 8:30, 10:00, 11:30am Children's Liturgy: 11:30am Vietnamese Mass: Contact Deacon Vinh, 640-5308. Weekdays Monday - Friday: 12:10pm Saturday: 8:30am


Rosary: First Sat. of the month, after 8:30am Mass


Saturday, 5:00-5:30pm, or by appointment


Baptisms are normally administered in the church on the second Sunday of the month in February, April, June, August, October, and December. Parents must attend a preparation meeting. Preparation meetings are held at the parish office on the first Sunday of the month in February, April, June, August, October, and December. Please call the parish office to register in advance.


Fr. Ronald Franco, CSP[[email protected]].........................Pastor Fr. Jerry Tully, CSP[[email protected]]........Associate Pastor Deacon Hieu Vinh [[email protected]]..............Permanent Deacon Deacon Joe Stackhouse [[email protected]]........Permanent Deacon Marian Howard [[email protected]]............Dir. Of Adult Formation Kathleen Kramer [[email protected]].........Dir. Of Religious Education Karl Jacob [[email protected]]....................Dir. Of Music Ministry 6 months preparation time required. Contact one of the priests to schedule an appointment. Deposit required to secure date. Request a copy of the Wedding Guidelines from the parish office.


Pre-K (age 4) - High School: 9:45-11:00am Sundays (Sept.- May) at St. Joseph School Formation for Adults: as announced


Jenifer Dills [[email protected]]..................Business Manager Nancy Brennan Strange [[email protected]].............Receptionist Ed Stokes [cell:243-6903]..Dir. Of Facilities and Systems Maintenance


St. Joseph School (K-8th grade) 1810 Howard Road Knoxville, TN 37918 (865) 689-3424


Monday-Friday, 9:00-12:45pm; 1:45pm - 5:00pm


St. Francis Xavier in Fond des Blancs, Haiti


Deadline is noon on Monday. Announcements may be mailed, faxed, or e-mailed to Jenifer Dills.


Free weekend parking is available in the lot across the street from the front doors of the church, as well as in the Eagles' lot across Cafego Place and the Crowne Plaza parking garage.

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From the Pastor:

Thank you for your generous support to the Annual Paulist Appeal last week. Your generous support is what had made the Paulist mission in Knoxville and around the country possible in the past and will enable today's and tomorrow's Paulists to continue what Isaac Hecker started ­ for the sake of the Church here in East Tennessee and elsewhere throughout North America. As we begin to look ahead to the introduction of the revised translation of the Roman Missal later this year, we might do well to use this as an opportunity to increase our appreciation of the Church's liturgy ­ and especially to pay additional attention to some elements easily overlooked in our overall experience of Sunday and weekday worship. One such element is the "Act of Penance" in the Introductory Rites of the Mass. The Introductory Rites ­ Entrance, Greeting, Act of Penance, Kyrie, Gloria, and Opening Prayer ­ have for their purpose to ensure that we come together as one community and dispose ourselves both to listen properly to God's word and to celebrate the Eucharist worthily. Typically, the "Act of Penance" consists of a brief invitation, followed by a general prayer of confession by the entire community (Confiteor). Often the Confiteor is replaced by three invocations addressed to Christ the Risen Lord, combined with the ancient acclamation Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison ("Lord, have mercy," "Christ, have mercy," "Lord have mercy"). This is the widely familiar third format for the "Act of Penance." Probably the least familiar of the three formats is the second, which involves two verses, combined with an abridged version of the Kyrie, to which the congregation responds. In this form of the "Act of Penance," the priest says "Lord, we have sinned against you: Lord, have mercy," to which the congregation responds "Lord, have mercy." The priest then says "Lord, show us your mercy and love," to which we respond "and grant us your salvation." In order to get to know this form better, we will be using it in the Introductory Rites at Mass this Sunday and for the following four Sundays (until Lent).

Lent is now just a little over a month away. One very popular Lenten tradition is the Way of the Cross. We will be celebrating the traditional Stations of the Cross every Friday in Lent (March 11 ­ April 15) beginning at 7:00pm, followed by Exposition and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Finally, this week, we join the Vietnamese community at Immaculate Conception, who are celebrating the Lunar New Year ("Tet"). Happy "Year of the Cat" to all!

Annual Paulist Appeal

Thank you to those who gave generously to the Paulist Fathers. We received $3,819.94 in donations last weekend. Appeal packets are available in the vestibule for those who would like to participate.

World Day for Consecrated Life

This afternoon at 4:00pm, Bishop Stika will preside at Solemn Vespers in Sacred Heart Cathedral to mark the celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life. Pope John Paul II instituted this day in 1997 as a day of prayer for men and women in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Feb. 2). The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has transferred the celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life to the following Sunday in order to highlight the gift of consecrated persons for the whole Church. A reception will follow in the school hall. Everyone is invited to come and meet the religious from several different communities serving in the Diocese.

Super Bowl Party

This afternoon at 5pm IC Parish Hall Join Knights of Columbus Council 645 for Chili, Hot Dogs, Desserts, and Big Screen TVs.

The Power of Prayer Returns

Do you want to experience different ways of praying? Four sessions originally presented last October will be offered again on Sunday mornings from 11:30am to 12:30pm, upstairs in the parish office. IC parishioners who have a special love for that particular way of praying will share their knowledge and experience. Today: The Rosary - David Waite 2/13: Healing Prayer - Debby Stethen, Mark Reda 2/20: Lectio Divina - Gerry O'Farrell 2/27: Spontaneous Prayer - Marilyn Hafner

Mass in Celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage

Sat., Feb. 12, 11:00am at St. Therese of Lisieux in Cleveland At this bilingual Mass celebrated by Bishop Stika, couples will be offered the opportunity to renew their wedding vows. RSVP to Karen Byrne at 584-3307 ext. 5739, with your names, number of years married, and number of luncheon guests.

Training for New Altar Servers

Wed., Feb. 9, 6:30pm, in the church Students in grades 4 and above who have made their First Communion are eligible. Successful altar servers are reverent and interested in the Mass. Parents are welcome. For questions and to RSVP, please email Moira Connelly at [email protected]

Music Ministry

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing. Psalm 100:1-2

Music is essential to our worship at Mass. This ministry is open to everyone, regardless of musical background or abilities. Let God use your gifts! Come make a joyful noise! Choir at 10:00 Sunday Mass: This choir is open to high schoolers through adults of any age. Weekly rehearsal are held Tuesday nights starting at 7:00pm in the church with a warmup/rehearsal at 9:30am Sundays before the 10:00am Mass. Try it out! Feel free to contact Karl Jacob, Director of Music Ministry, 522-1508, for any further information about the musical opportunities. Sunday on Summit Hill Recital Series: The next program in the recital series will take place on Sun., Feb. 13, at 3:00pm. Nancy Brennan Strange (our receptionist), along with Ben Dockery on piano and David Slack on bass, will present a jazz concert featuring love songs -- happy & sad -- in honor of Valentine's Day. No admission fee, but a free-will offering will be collected.

SOS (Seekers of Silence) Contemplative Saturday Morning

Sat., Feb. 12, 8:30am ­ 12:00pm, at John XXIII University Parish. A Handful of Hebrew will be presented by Fr. Jim Brucz, CSP. For info or to RSVP, call 523-7931.

Diaconate Inquiry

Do you have a vocation to the Permanent Diaconate? Do you feel called to an ordained life of service? Men interested in information about the diaconate formation program for the Diocese of Knoxville are encouraged to attend an information session. 2/12, 10:00am: St. Dominic, Kingsport 2/26, 1:00pm: All Saints, Knoxville 3/12, 10:00am: St. Therese of Lisieux, Cleveland 3/26, 10:00am: St. Albert the Great, Knoxville For information/to register, contact Deacon Tim Elliott at 919-2658 or [email protected]

We Pray for the Repose of the Soul of

Augusta Ellen Cruze, mother of Hoyt (Janet) Cruze, Jr.

Calling All Dresses

Sacred Heart Cathedral's Haiti Outreach Program and UT's Give Haiti Hope are in need of Fierce and Fancy Formals (new and gently worn formal dresses) for their upcoming fundraiser. Donations may be dropped off at any Prestige Cleaner location in Knoxville before Feb. 14.

IC Women's Group Upcoming Events

Mon., Feb. 21: "Time Budgeting for the Busy Woman" will be presented by Marilyn Hafner in the parish office basement meeting room at 6:30pm. We will gather for light refreshments at 6:00pm. Everyone is invited. Mon., Mar. 21: "Ladies Night Out" Join the ICWG for dinner at Calhoun's on the River at 6:00pm.

Fierce & Fancy Formals Fashion Show and Dress Sale 2011

Fashion Show & Pre-Sale Fri., Feb. 25, 7:00pm Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Encore Dress Sale Sat., Feb. 26 5409 Kingston Pike All proceeds will benefit people in Haiti and provide dresses to girls in Knoxville who might not be able to afford such dresses otherwise. For more info: visit,, or call our Haiti line at 307-1954.

Date Night

The Office of Marriage Preparation and Enrichment is sponsoring a "Date Night" for married couples of all ages and stages on Wed., Feb. 23, at Sacred Heart Cathedral, in the Shea room. A light dinner for two will be followed by the presentation, "Sacrificial Love expressed in everyday moments." Counselors from Catholic Charities will be the guest speakers, interweaving the wisdom of the Catholic tradition, data from the social sciences, and simple suggestions to improve a couple's communication. Dinner will begin at 6:30pm and the evening will end at 9:00pm. This will be a husband friendly evening. NO SMALL GROUP discussions! Come and enjoy an evening out with your spouse! NO COST but donations are gratefully accepted. RSVP to Marian Christiana at (423) 892-2310 or [email protected]

Needed for our FISH Pantry:

Canned tomatoes (14 1/2oz.) ­ Soup, peanut butter, vegetables, meat, green beans, canned tuna (6oz.), canned fruit, and dry cereals are always welcome. There are special red and white envelopes in the vestibule racks for donations. The next distribution will be held on Mon., Feb. 14.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter The Friday Evening Book Club

We will meet on Feb. 18, at 6:30pm in the parish hall, to enjoy a pot luck supper and to discuss The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer. To learn more and to sign up for the potluck supper, contact Rosilyn Flanagan at [email protected] (579-3314) or Becky Cacace at [email protected] (6099111). In the future, we'll be reading and discussing A Book of Awakening by Mark Nebo and The Milagro Beanfield War by John Nichol. Next weekend: Mar. 4-6, in Gatlinburg. Contact John or Manuela Ptacek at 531-1719.

Confidential services by licensed and credentialed counselors. Services are provided on an income-based sliding fee scale and are available to anyone in the community. Call 524-9896 or visit for info.

Nuper Non Nulli

On March 6 the Paulist Fathers commemorate the 1858 Roman Decree Nuper Non Nulli, which dispensed Isaac Hecker and four other priests from their Redemptorist vows and set the stage for the founding of the Paulist Fathers later that year. March 6 falls on Sunday this year ­ the last Sunday before Ash Wednesday, a time traditionally characterized by festivity and fun. In this 125th anniversary year of our present parish church, we will highlight our mission to downtown Knoxville and commemorate Nuper Non Nulli with a festive celebration of Evening Prayer on Sun., Mar. 6, followed by a pre-Lent parish party in the parish hall. Rev. Mark Nelson, Lead Pastor of Crossings, will be our guest preacher at Evening Prayer.

Do You Wonder about the Catholic Faith?

If you have been thinking about becoming Catholic or if you are an adult Catholic who has never received the sacrament of confirmation, the RCIA process will help you make that decision. Call Marian Howard, at 522-1508, for information.

Fabric Wanted

The IC Bees are in need of good, new and/or used fabric that could be used for quilts. Please leave your items in the parish hall, marked "IC Bees." Nothing will be rejected. Other sewing/ quilting items also accepted.

Books Needed Help and Hope for Struggling Marriages

Are you thinking of separation or divorce, or are you already separated or divorced, but want to try again? Retrouvaille, a peer ministry for hurting marriages, consists of a weekend experience and six additional four-hour-long post weekend sessions. The next program begins Mar. 11-13. Call (800) 470-2230 or visit for information. The Book Swap is in special need of children's and religious books. Bring your books on the 3rd Sunday of the month or leave them at any time in the Parish Hall marked "Book Swap."

Magazines and Books

for Adult Faith Formation

(located in the church vestibule)

Magazine Rack Secular Franciscans

The Sts. Francis and Clare Secular Franciscans will hold an "Informational Meeting" at Sacred Heart Cathedral at 3:00pm on Sun., Mar. 20. Thereafter, regular formation meetings are on the third Sunday of each month, beginning April 17 at 1:30pm. The Fraternity Meeting is held at 3:00pm. The meetings are held in the building behind the Office Building at the Cathedral. "Come and See" if this is for you. The Secular Franciscans are open to practicing Lay Catholics, men and women and to Diocesan Clergy. For more information, you may contact one of the following Professed Members: Carol Pavur at 458-4208, Janette Irwin at 671-7220, Nancy Singh at 482-1810 or Paul Carter at 983-3105. Women in the Church: Check out the February magazines in the vestibule. Our magazines contain many articles of interest about the church and about the world we live in. Remember that the parish must pay for all magazines removed from the rack. Put your money in the envelope clipped to each magazine and place in the collection.

Book Nook

We offer a small selection of spiritual books for sale at our cost. Each book has an envelope labeled with the name and the price of the book. To purchase a book, put your money (cash or check made out to IC) in the envelope, and place in the lock box, located on the wall to the right of the shelves.

Youth Ministry

St. Joseph School News

Now Accepting Applications We are a 2010 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence offering a comprehensive program of study for students PreK--8th grade. Now accepting applications for the 2011-2012 school year. For more information, call the Office of Admissions at 689-3424.

We offer Youth Nights for students in grades 68 and 9-12 on the first and third Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm. For info, please contact Moira Connelly at [email protected] Sat., Feb. 12 -- Youth Ensemble, 6pm Mass. Rehearsal 5pm. Wed., Feb. 16 -- Youth Night. St. Valentine's Party! Pizza, prayer, planning, games, and praise and worship music. Bring your favorite Christian rock CD -- or any CD or song that speaks to you on a spiritual level! Registration is now open for high school students to attend SLEEPLESS 2011, the annual lock-in in Pigeon Forge for teens in the Diocese. Join us for Mass and Adoration followed by all night food, swimming, basketball, bowling, etc! RSVP for permission form. NO COST, but space is limited so register soon. Find us now on Facebook under IC Knoxville Youth Ministry!

The Ulster Project of Knoxville

Now recruiting families with teens, ages 14 -- 16, to participate during the summer of 2011. Teens from Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland arrive in Knoxville at the end of June and stay one month. Your teen would be involved in many activities, including team building, service projects, and exploring beautiful East TN. Help us in our mission to work towards reconciliation in N. Ireland among Catholics and Protestants. Contact Barbara O'Brien at [email protected] or 300-9090 for more information.

Ulster Project Fundraiser

Get ready for a new Late Nite Catechism lesson! Save the date for the Ulster Project Fundraiser, "Sister Strikes Again!" Yes, Sister will return with another hilarious lesson for us at 7:30pm on Sat., Feb. 26, at The Historic Grove Theater in Oak Ridge. Join in the fun with other parochial & public school graduates as they "participate" in Sister's classroom! This completely new show is a fundraiser for the Ulster Project, with the emphasis on fun! The pre-show reception begins at 6:30pm. Tickets are available in Oak Ridge at The Realty Center (201 S. Tulane Avenue), The Ferrell Shop (235 Jackson Square), by calling Kathy Obarski at 482-1962 or on-line at

The 2nd Annual Hearts of Gratitude Mass of Celebration, a special Mass to honor the donors, volunteers and staff of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee will be held on Tues., Feb. 15, 6:00pm, at All Saints Catholic Church. A reception will follow. To RSVP call 524-9896 ext. 1011. We are pleased to announce that Governor and Mrs. Bill Haslam are scheduled special guests for our 26th annual dinner, An Emerald O'ccasion: Spring Forward, hosted by Bishop Richard Stika and Fr. Ragan Schriver, on Thurs., Mar. 3, at the Knoxville Convention Center. For info and to purchase tickets, contact Elaine Evans at 524-9896.

Readings for the Week

Paulist Prayer Book-- Week 1: page 11 Monday Weekday Gn 1:1-19 Ps 104:1-2,5-6,10,12,24,35 Mk 6:53-56 Tuesday Jerome Emiliani, priest; Josephine Bakhita, virgin Gn 1:20-2:4a Ps 8:4-9 Mk 7:1-13 Wednesday Weekday Gn 2:4b-9,15-17 Ps 104:1-2,27-30 Thursday Scholastica, virgin Gn 2:18-25 Ps 128:1-5 Friday Our Lady of Lourdes Gn 3:1-8 Ps 32:1-2,5-7 Saturday Weekday Gn 3:9-24 Ps 90:2-6,12-13

Parish Financial News

Parish Offertory Report*

Last Week's Collection Needed for Budget each week: Total Collection YTD: Total Budgeted YTD: Gain/(Loss) this fiscal year: $ $ $ $ $ 13,347.72 12,794.23 343,753.14 396,621.13 (52,867.99)

Mk 7:14-23 Mk 7:24-30 Mk 7:31-37

*Regular offertory giving only. Does not include additional income from donations and other parish collections.

Together....Our Future Fulfilled St. Joseph School Capital Campaign

Total Pledged: $ Total Remitted: $ Balance Remaining: $ 319,672.00 183,899.42 135,772.58

Mk 8:1-10

Sunday Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time Sir 15:15-20 Ps 119:1-2,4-5,17-18,33-34 1 Cor 2:6-10 Mt 5:17-37

2010 Statements of Giving

Now Available! To request your copy, please contact the parish office at 522-1508 or [email protected] Statements are sent UPON REQUEST ONLY.

Mass Intentions

Saturday, February 5 6:00pm Helen D'Innocenzo by the family Sunday, February 6 8:30am Lois New by Jim & Connie Brace 10:00am 11:30am David McGaugh by his 2010 RCIA family The People of Immaculate Conception

Saint for the Week

God wishes to test you like gold in the furnace. The dross is consumed by the fire, but the pure gold remains and its value increases. It is in this manner that God acts with his good servant, who puts his hope in him and remains unshaken in times of distress. God raises him up and, in return for the things he has left because of love for God, he repays him a hundredfold in this life and with eternal life hereafter.

- Saint Jerome Emiliani (1481-1537), Feast Day February 8

Monday, February 7 12:10pm Marc Bressler by Clete & Brenda Walles Tuesday, February 8 12:10pm Sr. Madaleva Partenope by Carole Wunderlich Wednesday, February 9 12:10pm Leonard L. Mays by Clete & Brenda Walles Thursday, February 10 12:10pm Eileen Seton DiVilly by the Heffernan family Friday, February 11 12:10pm Edmund Lipecki (on his 100th birthday) by the family Saturday, February 12 8:30am George Naber by Sr. Martha Naber

A Word from Servant of God Isaac Thomas Hecker

But the reconciliation of obedient faith and intelligent liberty is the problem of the age. ... Let us cultivate the things that make for unity. ["The things That Make for Unity," The Catholic World, April 1888]



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