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Inexpressible groanings of gratitude this weekend at Saint John XXIII

July 18, 2014 by Fr. Charlie  
Filed under Staff Member's Weekly Column

 

My dear Friends!
This weekend marks my last as Pastor at Saint John XXIII Parish and Catholic Center in Knoxville, as I prepare to serve as Director of Formation for the Paulist Fathers

I am also happy to let you know that all the local parking issues are completed!  You’ll be able to park as usual this weekend!

Rather than a party or some such, we’ll do what we always to in celebrating the Marriage Feast of Heaven and Earth, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, ( and me with an extra dose of gratitude for y’all!) with receptions following each (5:30pm Saturday, 9am & 11:15am Sunday, Sunday Night at 8pm.)  (+if any one wants to help pack the rent-a-truck with me that’d be amazing too!)

Our second reading this Sunday includes these words from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans:


Brothers and sisters:
The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we ought,
but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings.
And the one who searches hearts
knows what is the intention of the Spirit,
because he intercedes for the holy ones
according to God’s will.

There really aren’t words that can express my gratitude to you and UTK and the Diocese of Knoxville for the opportunity to serve you, the community and God in this way these past five years!  So my homily may include some inexpressible groanings of the ineffable gratitude that part and parcel is the Life with God!
I “have a few brief announcements” in the meantime, naturally! 

The Ladies of Charity Knoxville is, like almost every direct service organization, seeing an increased and ongoing need in the very basics:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Tuna Fish
  • Pots & Pans
  • Towels
  • Toothpaste & toothbrushes
  • Bar soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Big bottles of shampoo

Y’all can bring anything like the above by John XXIII this weekend or drop it off at the Baxter Ave Building of the Ladies!

120 W Baxter Ave Knoxville, TN 37917
THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!
Great peace,
Fr. Charlie

contact information as of July 22, 2014:

Fr. Charlie Donahue
Saint Paul’s College
3015 Fourth Street NE
Washington DC 20017
frcharlie@paulist.org

 

FOCUS Missionaries and FOCUS Bible Studies

This Weekend at Saint John XXXIII! Welcome Destination Imagination Folks!

Greetings all!

As we welcome thousands of young folks to campus from all over the country for the DESTINATION IMAGINATION program, we also welcome their families, loved ones and caregivers for Masses!
Our masses are on the “Summer Schedule” i.e. 5:30pm Saturday, 9 & 11:15am Sunday morning, and 8pm Sunday night.
We celebrate First Communion for a number of our children at the 11:15am Mass!
Unfortunately, we are unable to continue our Nursery Ministry on Sunday Mornings this Summer, as we have been unable to regularly schedule staffers, We look forward to having this ministry in the Fall.  The Nursery will remain open for families to play and relax together.
Our Adult Faith Fellowship continues at 10:10am each Sunday Morning, and the Young Professionals group will meet at 6pm in the downstairs office at 6pm.
Lastly,It is also my sad duty to let you know that Dr. H. Dudley Dewhirst, an emeritus faculty member and husband of Zara, and father of Bill and Hillary, passed away this past week.  Saint John XXIII will host the funeral Service on Wednesday Morning, May 21st.  Receiving of friends and family:  starting at 10 am.  Funeral service:  11:30 am.  Burial at New Veterans Cemetery (John Sevier Highway) at 1:30 pm.
Dr. Dudley’s work at UT and the Knoxville community is noted by the UT Business School:
H. Dudley Dewhirst is a professor in the Department of Management at The University of Tennessee. His past work experience was with Exxon USA where he held staff and managerial assignments in process development research, operations analysis, and management evaluation. Dr. Dewhirst conducts seminars for business executives in various areas of management and specializes in the management of technical employees. His interests include management of scientists and engineers, self managing teams, project management, the management of organizational change, and management of technology based organizations. He has authored many articles for academic and management journals and has served as a consultant to a number of organizations such as Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Knoxville Community Development, and the Knoxville Worlds Fair. Dr. Dewhirst worked on the team to develop and teach the U.T. College of Business MBA program as well as the Executive MBA program. Dudley received his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from V.P.I., MA. from Harvard and a Ph.D. in Management from the University of Texas.
Please keep Zara and the whole Dewhirst family in your prayers tis week.
Great peace,
Fr. Charlie

This weekend at SAINT John XXIII, Happy Mother’s Day

My dear friends!

As this week of Graduations concludes, I have a both a full and heavy heart!  There are two special moments this week that I want to hold up during a week of many special moments:
One of the clarion calls of Christian and Catholic Identity is Service, and while one could always “do more”  it is vital that we celebrate all that so many of our fellowship help with, spearhead, and serve on campus, in the greater Knoxville community and literally around he world.
Many of our students an student leaders participated in the “Pass the Torch of Service” Aloha Celebration that has been a longstanding tradition at UT!
http://tntoday.utk.edu/2014/05/09/seniors-pass-torch-aloha-oe/
And as a gesture of the group’s growth and commitment to that culture of service and fraternity across the years our Collegiate Knights of Columbus have created Graduation Stoles to be used year to year, as a public witness to their dedication to service, the Church and one another!
This weekend we begin our Summer Schedule:
Saturday at 5:30pm, Sunday at 9am & 11:15am and 8pm. (PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NOT A 5:30pm or 10pm Mass during the summer months)

We look forward to seeing you this weekend!
Peace,
Fr. Charlie

Fr. Charlie Donahue, CSP
Blessed John XXIII University Catholic Center
1710 Melrose Pl
Knoxville, TN 37916-3417
(865) 523-7931
frcharlie@gmail.com

This Holy Week and Easter at Blessed John XXIII

Greetings, All!


Some of y’all may be traveling for Easter Weekend, if so have a safe and relaxing time!  If you’re going to be in Knoxville, please join us for some or all of our celebrations!
 

This Holy Week concludes with the Great Liturgical Feasts of the Triduum.
The Church remembers and celebrates Holy Thursday, GoodFriday, and Easter Sunday

Our Easter Masses are 8:30pm Saturday Easter Vigil and 9:00am and 11:15am Easter Sunday.
Please remember the liturgical Feasts that precede Easter, all are welcome to these wonderful events in the Life of our local Church

Holy Thursday of Holy Week:

  • 8:30am Morning Prayer (Matins of Holy Week) with Paulist Novice Dan Arthur in Chapel
  • 8:45am FOCUS Rosary & Holy Hour in Chapel (you can stay as long as you wish)
  • 7:30pm Triduum Mass of the Lord’s Supper
  • 8:30pm – Midnight:  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Good Friday of Holy Week:
(UT is closed, parking is ample)
  • 8:30am Morning Prayer (Matins of Holy Week) with Paulist Novice Dan Arthur in Chapel
  • 12 Noon, Walking Stations of the Cross on Campus
  • 3pm Triduum Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion and Death
Holy Saturday of Holy Week:
  • 8:30pm Triduum – Easter Vigil
Easter Sunday:
  • 9:00am Easter Sunday Mass
  • 10:10am Easter Egg Hunt on Lawn
  • 11:15am Easter Sunday Mass
  • 12:20pm Easter Egg Hunt on Lawn
  • **Please Note there will NOT be evening or night Masses on Easter Sunday**
Great blessings,
Fr. Charlie

N.B.  Please keep all those preparing for the Easter Sacraments in your prayers this week!

 

This Palm Sunday Weekend at Blessed John XXIII – Orange and White Edition!

Greetings, All!

This Weekend the Church remembers and celebrates Palm Sunday and begins Holy Week!
Our Palm Sunday Masses are as always: 5:30pm Saturday and 9:00am, 11:15am, 5:30pm and 10pm Sunday.
Please remember:
Saturday is the Orange and White Game and Festivities! This major event in the life of the University has an added verve to it this year with the marketing and media savvy of Coach Butch Jones and the Team.  If you are coming to campus on Saturday please be prepared for some traffic and parking issues.  The kickoff is later than usual (3pm estimated) and may conflict with the 5:30pm Mass.  (http://www.utsports.com/gameday/football/

Holy Week at Blessed John XXIII includes many meaningful events:
Friday, April 11:
  • 5:05 Daily Mass followed by potluck soup supper
  • 7pm Seven Last Words of Christ – Meditation and Faith Sharing with Dr. Ruth
Palm Sunday Weekend:
  • Masses as noted above
  • 10:10am Adult Faith Sharing and Fellowship in Downstairs Office
  • 10:10am Children’s Religious Education
  • 6:30pm Sunday Supper
  • 7:30pm Grad & Young Professionals Fellowship
Monday of Holy Week:
  • 8:30am Morning Prayer (Matins of Holy Week) with Paulist Novice Dan Arthur in Chapel
  • 8:45am FOCUS Rosary & Holy Hour in Chapel (you can stay as long as you wish)
  • 3-5pm Sacrament of Reconciliation Available
  • 5:10pm Daily Mass
  • 7pm Lectio Divina Prayer in Chapel
Tuesday of Holy Week
  • 8:30am Morning Prayer (Matins of Holy Week) with Paulist Novice Dan Arthur in Chapel
  • 8:45am FOCUS Rosary & Holy Hour in Chapel (you can stay as long as you wish)
  • 5:10pm Daily Mass
  • 7:30pm Chrism Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral (please arrive early as this will be SRO.)
Wednesday of Holy Week:
  • 8:30am Morning Prayer (Matins of Holy Week) with Paulist Novice Dan Arthur in Chapel
  • 8:45am FOCUS Rosary & Holy Hour in Chapel (you can stay as long as you wish)
  • 5:10pm Daily Mass
  • 7pm Catholic Student Association Meeting (Undergraduate Students only, please)
Holy Thursday of Holy Week:
  • 8:30am Morning Prayer (Matins of Holy Week) with Paulist Novice Dan Arthur in Chapel
  • 8:45am FOCUS Rosary & Holy Hour in Chapel (you can stay as long as you wish)
  • 7:30pm Triduum Mass of the Lord’s Supper
  • 8:30pm – Midnight:  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Good Friday of Holy Week:
(UT is closed, parking is ample)
  • 8:30am Morning Prayer (Matins of Holy Week) with Paulist Novice Dan Arthur in Chapel
  • 12 Noon, Walking Stations of the Cross on Campus
  • 3pm Triduum Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion and Death
Holy Saturday of Holy Week:
  • 8:30pm Triduum – Easter Vigil
Easter Sunday:
  • 9:00am Easter Sunday Mass
  • 10:10am Easter Egg Hunt on Lawn
  • 11:15am Easter Sunday Mass
  • 12:20pm Easter Egg Hunt on Lawn
  • **Please Note there will NOT be evening or night Masses on Easter Sunday**
Great blessings,
Fr. Charlie
N.B.  Please keep all those preparing for the Easter Sacraments in your prayers this week!

 

This week at CSA on March 5th

CSA this week:

  • http://volawakening.wordpress.com/retreater/
  • This week at CSA  we are taking Ash Wednesday to go through a guided Meditation to help start our Lenten journey off the right way.  We are meeting at7pm, in Paulus Room at Blessed John XXIII.
  • Are you looking to deepen your faith? Sign up for Awakening on March 7-9. Click the Button at the top of the email. Guy to girl Ratio is currently  1:6, just sayin’ . Hope to see you all there!
  • Dr. Ruth Queen Smith is holding Prayer Service after every Friday 5:05 mass during lent. Every week someone will talk about one of the last phrases Jesus said.
  • Sign up for the Habitat for Humanity Mud Run CSA team: Team Mudder Teresas! The race is April 13 at 2:00 pm.

Ash Wednesday Services at Blessed John 23rd (Ashes available at all services)
7:30 am - Prayer Service
12:15 pm - Mass
5:15 pm- Mass
8:30- Mass
10:00 pm- Prayer Service

 

Hope you have an great rest of the week.
From Your PR Chairs
-Lindsay and Andy

By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, Till you return to the ground, because from it you were taken; For you are dust, and to dust you shall return
Genesis 3:19

 

Ash Wednesday 2014

March 4, 2014 by Fr. Charlie  
Filed under Staff Member's Weekly Column

As Lent begins for 2014, Ash Wednesday Services at Bl. John XXIII Catholic Center at UTK are: 

7:30am – Morning Prayer w/ Ashes,

12:15pm – Mass w/ Ashes,
5:15pm – Mass w/ Ashes,
8:30pm Mass w/ Ashes
10:00 pm – Night Prayer w/ Ashes 

Repent and Believe the Good News! ALL ARE WELCOME!

Please remember too that Friday begins our Seven Last Words of Christ Soup Supper and Faith Sharing, immediately following the 5:05 Mass! 

Great peace this Ash Wednesday!


Fr. Charlie

n.b. please remember to park legally, as the weekend rules don’t apply for our local parking!  double parking in the driveway is permitted during the Masses and Services on Ash Wednesday!

This week at CSA on February 19th

February 20, 2014 by Fr. Charlie  
Filed under Student Ministry News

CSA this week:

  • Have you ever wondered why we say, what we say in Mass? This week at CSA Fr. Charlie will be walking us through the Mass’ scriptural roots followed by doughnuts and hot chocolate! We are meeting in the Paulus Room at Blessed John XXIII, at 7pm.
  • CSA Lock-in is February 21-22 from 8pm to 8am we hope to see you there! For more info check out the Facebook event
  • Are you looking to invigorate or rediscover your faith? Sign up Vol Awakening on March 7-9thThere is a link at bottom of the email.
  • Mardi Gras is Febuary 28th. Get your Tickets Now! To purchase one, stop by the office at John XXII, or contact Lindsay Murphy atlmurphy9@utk.edu
  • Remember Doc Rock, the fundraiser for the Mobile Health Clinic run by Sr. Mariana, is March 1st at NV for more information check out theFacebook Page

From Your PR Chairs
-Andy and Lindsay

Man is justified by works and not by faith alone.
James 2:24

 

This Sixth Sunday or Ordinary Time at Blessed John XXIII

February 20, 2014 by Fr. Charlie  
Filed under Staff Member's Weekly Column

My dear friends!

This past week I have spent with the governing General Council of the Paulist Fathers, of which I am the “First Alternate.” Being First Alternate, I go to the meetings, have a “voice at the table”… but not a vote. I can “only” advise based on my experience and hope… (ok, and some fear, too!) I felt a real solidarity with the many from our parish community’s history that have served on Parish Finance, Pastoral and other Committees over the years whose advice and counsel have been invaluable to the Pastors who have served – and especially the one who currently serves as Pastor here, me!

Please keep them all in your gratitude lists all we all work to make Blessed John XXIII the great place we hope to be!

Our second reading this weekend remarks:

What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love him, this God has revealed to us through the Spirit.

We are all stewards of the mysteries of God as they continue to be revealed in our midst – in trial, joy, comfort, challenge, and munificent other ways! We hope you can join us this weekend!

Of course: Masses are: 5:30pm Saturday, 9:00am, 11:15am, 5:30pm and 10pm Sunday Nursery available at the 9:00 and 11:15am Masses Sunday School for Children between Masses (10:10am) Adult Bible Study and Fellowship between the masses (10:10am) Sunday Supper after the 5:30pm Mass

There will be both Lector Training and Extraordinary Minister of the Holy Eucharist Training after the 5:30pm and 10pm Masses! Please consider this ministry as we remain in need as a community! Please remember our ongoing Coat and winter wear drive for the Ladies of Charity! We look forward to seeing you this Weekend!

Great peace, Fr. Charlie

N.B. As a brief reminder: on HVAC Unit above the Paulus Roomwhich heats and cools all the spaces on that side of the building is “on its last legs” after 30 years of service – (with a life expectancy of 18-20 years!) In the next few weeks that unit will need to be replaced. The cost will be approximately $31,000. Any help you can provide in helping us to meet that need would be greatly appreciated! Please simply mark “Heater” or “HVAC” in the memo field of a check, or online make a direct donation at this secure link, with the same notation.