St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church Copperhill, TN 37317
St. Catherine Laboure Catholic ChurchCopperhill,   TN   37317

St. Catherine Laboure

Public Mass will not be offered in the Diocese of Knoxville until further notice.

 

DUE TO INCREASING AWARENESS AND THE CALL FROM AUTHORITIES TO SHELTER -AT-HOME,

Each day brings new directives and guidance on the best way to keep everyone safe. And so, the best I can do is give the following schedule, with the note that everything is subject to change.

 

THE CHURCH WILL ONLY BE OPEN THIS WEEKEND AT THE FOLLOWING TIME SUNDAY,

Blessed Palms will not be Available

      

April 5th, 2020 - 9:00 AM - NO PUBLIC MASS

Adoration/Available 9:00AM-11:00AM

Confession – 9:00AM – 10:00AM

 

 

PLEASE FOLLOW SOCIAL DISTANCING and HAND CLEANING PROTOCOLS WHEN VISITING CHURCH FOR PRAYER

 

Holy Week

 

This Schedule Subject to Change due to directives from Bishop or the Tennessee Government

 

The Sacred Triduum (April 9, 10, 11):

  • Holy Thursday – CHURCH AND BUILDINGS CLOSED
  • Good Friday – CHURCH WILL BE OPEN: 3PM – 7PM
  • Holy Saturday – CHURCH WILL BE OPEN 9:00AM -12:00PM

INFORMATION FOR ADORATION/PRAYER ON EASTER SUNDAY WILL BE UPDATED AS SOON AS DIRECTIVE FROM BISHOP STIKA COMES AVAILABLE

 

PLEASE FOLLOW SOCIAL DISTANCING and HAND CLEANING PROTOCOLS WHEN VISITING CHURCH FOR PRAYER

 

Father Jerry's 2nd Pastoral Letter

 

                                                                                                                                             

Dear Parishioners,                                                                                      March 25, 2020

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the fellowship of the Holy Spirit and the love of God our Father be with you. I pray that you and your loved ones are well.

Today, as the COVID-19 outbreak has changed just about every aspect of our lives, there seems to be many uncertainties still as to when our daily lives will return from the shelter-in-place environment to some sense of life as usual whatever that will look like down the road.

However, as with all storms and their passing, the choices we make now reflect the outcome in all aspects of our lives in the future, spiritually, politically, mentally and physically.

As I celebrated a private Mass for the Solemnity of the Annunciation, in my heart were the words of the decree from Bishop Stika (visit diocese website to read) on the continuation of no public services for the upcoming Holy Week.

A strange yet somewhat familiar feeling of isolation that Israel was experiencing in the time of Isaiah’s prophecy was in my heart as well. Not so much isolation from God but isolation that we are all experiencing in some way from not physically being together as the body of Christ.

This feeling will most likely increase as Holy Week approaches with no public Mass and the difficult decision to gather or not gather with family. One of the synonyms for isolation is “setting apart”, I like that better than the more negative “quarantine” or “seclusion”.

“Set apart”, reminds me of the call to holiness and the verse from a song” “refiners fire, my hearts one desire is to be holy set apart for you my master ready to do your will”

Some of you and others have inquired how I am doing during these days. I thank you for your thoughts and prayers. Many of you know that my spiritual temperament is one of a more hermit/desert spirituality.

Hosea 2:16: “I Will Lead Her (Israel, the Church) Into the wilderness and Speak to Her Heart”

This temperament allows me to spiritually and physically live more contemplative. However, it is not without its temptations. Temptation to isolate or detach instead of seeking solitude and communion with God and others.

Many spiritual directors and spiritual fathers, bishops and holy priests have over and over reminded me and my brother priests, who live most of their priesthood alone in rectories, to remember that we are not bachelors, but priests with a vocation of “inpersona Christi”, set apart for God’s bride, the Church.

Where I am most disheartened in all this is, as a priest, is not being able to minister the Sacraments to you who are desiring them and missing the community life of the Church. Which can lead to these days of mostly solitude to the temptation away from prayer, etc..

The goal for us is to not let our guards down, so to speak, during this time of Shelter in Place protocols by allowing “cabin fever” and idleness to be filled with binge watching TV or letting the spiritual virus of fear creep in which can lead to anger, despair, irrationality, loss of faith, and clouded discernment.

At Mass today in the 1st reading The Lord spoke to Ahaz through Isaiah: “Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God; let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky!” (IS 7:10-14) Ahaz responded with false humility: “I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test.” And Isaiah responded Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel, which means “God is with us!

YES, YES, YES, GOD IS WITH US

Between Isaiah's death and Jesus birth, there was 680 years. When the angel appeared to Mary, she cannot “see” how such things are possible because the eyes of the human heart have no capacity to see such light! Only with the eyes of tremendous faith comes her yes, for “faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen,” (Hbs 11:1).

Mary believes the angel, delivering the Fiat that filled her with the Light of Heaven, that it might dawn in this dark world. She sees that all these things are true and shall come to pass, that “nothing is impossible for God. 

This is our great hope in these days of uncertainty. Let us not be afraid and ask God for an Easter Miracle, let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky, let it come down like dewfall covering all creation and let us respond, like Mary, to God’s call on our hearts today.

I share with you from an article I have attached about this call:

“And yet we must remember that within every crisis there is a call. It is a call to conversion, a call to repentance. For God does not desire our comfort nearly as much as he desires our conversion. He does not desire us to have easy lives as much as he desires us with broken hearts to turn back to him….This is a trying time, but it is also an opportunity. It is an opportunity to examine our lives, our consciences, and our priorities. It is a chance to look heavenward and call out to God with all our hearts.” (See attached article – Peace..Be Still)

Brother and Sisters in Christ, may our heart’s cry to God be as one body in Christ, may as we shelter in place seek solitude with God and spiritual communion with one another.

 

“Pray, hope, and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayers.” Saint Padre Pio

I want to thank you for your prayers and ask for your continued stewardship during this time. While our sacrament and worship practices have been altered for the time being, the needs of the parish and the outreach to the needy in our community continue.

Please continue to support the important work of our church with your stewardship.

If you haven’t already done so, I highly encourage you to use online giving to support the important work of the parish. It’s safe, easy, and convenient and a link to our parish can be found on our diocese website www.dioknox.org/parish-offertory. Contributions can still be mailed to the parish office at PO Box 1165, Copperhill TN 37317.

Please feel free to reach out to me and let me know how you are doing or if there is anything I may assist you with.

“For this reason, I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you…; for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline”.

 2 Timothy 1:6-7

 

Peace of Christ,

 

Fr. Jerry Daniels

jdaniels@dioknox.org

423-496-3498

 

Father Jerry's 1st Pastoral Letter

Brother and Sisters in Christ, may our heart’s cry to God be as one body in Christ, may as we shelter in place seek solitude with God and spiritual communion with one another.

 

“Pray, hope, and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayers.” Saint Padre Pio

 

I want to thank you for your prayers and ask for your continued stewardship during this time. While our sacrament and worship practices have been altered for the time being, the needs of the parish and the outreach to the needy in our community continue.

 

Please continue to support the important work of our church with your stewardship.

If you haven’t already done so, I highly encourage you to use online giving to support the important work of the parish. It’s safe, easy, and convenient and a link to our parish can be found on our diocese website www.dioknox.org/parish-offertory. Contributions can still be mailed to the parish office at PO Box 1165, Copperhill TN 37317.

Please feel free to reach out to me and let me know how you are doing or if there is anything I may assist you with.

“For this reason, I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you…; for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline”.

 2 Timothy 1:6-7

 

Peace of Christ,

 

Fr. Jerry Daniels

jdaniels@dioknox.org

423-496-3498

 

Brother and Sisters in Christ, may our heart’s cry to God be as one body in Christ, may as we shelter in place seek solitude with God and spiritual communion with one another.

 

“Pray, hope, and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayers.” Saint Padre Pio

 

I want to thank you for your prayers and ask for your continued stewardship during this time. While our sacrament and worship practices have been altered for the time being, the needs of the parish and the outreach to the needy in our community continue.

 

Please continue to support the important work of our church with your stewardship.

If you haven’t already done so, I highly encourage you to use online giving to support the important work of the parish. It’s safe, easy, and convenient and a link to our parish can be found on our diocese website www.dioknox.org/parish-offertory. Contributions can still be mailed to the parish office at PO Box 1165, Copperhill TN 37317.

Please feel free to reach out to me and let me know how you are doing or if there is anything I may assist you with.

“For this reason, I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you…; for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline”.

 2 Timothy 1:6-7

 

Peace of Christ,

 

Fr. Jerry Daniels

jdaniels@dioknox.org

423-496-3498

 

 

Brother and Sisters in Christ, may our heart’s cry to God be as one body in Christ, may as we shelter in place seek solitude with God and spiritual communion with one another.

 

“Pray, hope, and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayers.” Saint Padre Pio

 

I want to thank you for your prayers and ask for your continued stewardship during this time. While our sacrament and worship practices have been altered for the time being, the needs of the parish and the outreach to the needy in our community continue.

 

Please continue to support the important work of our church with your stewardship.

If you haven’t already done so, I highly encourage you to use online giving to support the important work of the parish. It’s safe, easy, and convenient and a link to our parish can be found on our diocese website www.dioknox.org/parish-offertory. Contributions can still be mailed to the parish office at PO Box 1165, Copperhill TN 37317.

Please feel free to reach out to me and let me know how you are doing or if there is anything I may assist you with.

“For this reason, I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you…; for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline”.

 2 Timothy 1:6-7

 

Peace of Christ,

 

Fr. Jerry Daniels

jdaniels@dioknox.org

423-496-3498

 

Public Mass will not be offered in the Diocese of Knoxville until further notice.

 

Please make as the center of your spiritual journey, as individuals and family, the Masses/Devotions/Adoration being offered by many online resources at this time, especially the Sunday Mass.


Visit our Parish websites: www.sclccopperhill.org and facebook.com/sclccopperhill for important updates and links to online resources available for your use.  As the pandemic situation is very fluid and changing rapidly, the times for prayer and confession that St. Catherine Church on the weekend will vary, especially as Holy Week approaches, so please visit our website and weekly bulletin for information on the church opening times for prayer and adoration.


For the time being, during the week the Church will remain closed due to Shelter-in-Place requirements and implementation of sanitary cleaning protocols when public places are being used.


Visit Diocese of Knoxville website: www.dioknox.org for updates and important announcements from Bishop Stika and other resources.


To facilitate us in continuing our outreach to help those in need by continuing stewardship during this time, please donate online to St. Catherine Parish at www.dioknox.org/parish-offertory  You can also mail donations to Church office @ PO Box 1165, Copperhill TN 37317

Meeting the Financial Needs of Our Parish

During this time of Sheltering In Place we do not have our regular weekend Masses.  We must continue to pay the Parish bills for electricity, salary, insurance, etc.  Just like your personal bills.  There are two ways you can continue to support your Parish:

1.  Mail a check to the Parish Office at PO Box 1165, Copperhill, TN  37317

2.  Visit the Knoxville Diocese Web Site at https://dioknox.org/parish-offertory/ where you can make a donation to our Parish using a credit card.

Thank you for conintuing to support our local Parish.

Weekday Masses are Monday through Thursday at 9 AM.   

Saturday at 5:30 PM.

Sunday morning at 9 AM ( with Rosary each Sunday at 8:25 AM.) 

Sunday mass in Spanish at 6 PM.  

 

Masses for Holy Week

Holy Thursday - no 9 AM Mass - Mass at 6 PM followed by Adoration from 7 to 10 PM

Good Friday - No 9 AM Mass - Serv ice at 3 PM

 

Confessions

Saturday 4:30 to 5:15 PM

Other days by appointment, call, email or speak to Priest.

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Pastor:  Fr. Jerry Daniels, jdaniels@dioknox.org  423-496-3498

Deacon: Loris Sinanian 404-402-4022

Mailing Address: PO Box 1165 Copperhill, TN 37317
Street Address: 115 Main St. Copperhill, TN 37317

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Email: sclcchurch@etcmail.com

Masses & Regularly Scheduled Devotions
Sunday
      Morning - 9 AM

      Spanish - 6 PM
Saturday Vigil - 5:30 PM

Parish Mission Statement

To reflect the mission and the ministry of Jesus, as a community of faith,by teaching, praying and serving one another.
Links

Diocese of Knoxville

Virtus classes available in the Diocese of Knoxville.

East Tennessee Catholic

Knights of Columbus Council 12126

EWTN Program Guide

Miraculous Medal Novena

Liturgical Calendar

St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church

 PO Box 1165
115 Main Street
Copperhill, TN

37317


Phone: 423-496-3498

E-mail: sclcchurch@etcmail.com

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