Advent begins on Sunday, November 30th. Several activities and special Masses are scheduled during this season.
Tuesday, December 2, at 7 pm. Advent Penance Service
Monday, December 8 Holy Day of Obligation The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. We will have two Masses, noon and 7 pm (bilingual).
Friday, December 12 The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. We will begin with a procession at 5 pm, followed by Mass at 6 and then dinner/fiesta in the PFLC.
Saturday, December 13 Parish Christmas Party. After the 5 pm Mass, a reenactment of the Birth of Jesus will be performed by our CCD students. We will begin the potluck dinner in the PFLC at 6:15. At 7 our “wise men” will lead us all to the narthex for the program. At 7:45 we will return to the PFLC for dessert and a story by St. Nicholas.
A memorial funeral mass will be held 2:00 pm, Saturday, November 15, 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Randy Stice officiating. The family will receive friends, Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 3:00-6:00 pm at Smith Funeral Home.
Laura Byars Talmadge, 55, of Athens, died Wednesday afternoon, November 5, 2014 at her residence. She was a lifelong resident of McMinn County and was a daughter of the late Frank and Beulah Nichols Byars and was also preceded in death by 2 sisters, Carolyn Trobenter and Joyce McAmis. She was a graduate of McMinn County High School and a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan College where she majored in Biology and minored in Religion.
She was passionate about animal welfare, and her pets were like her children. She loved her family with all her heart and always had an inspirational word. Her gift of encouragement will be truly missed. She is survived by her husband, Phillip M. Talmadge of Athens; a sister and brother-in-law, Cathy and Tom Parrish of Brevard, NC; and several nieces and nephews.
The family suggests memorials be made to McMinn Regional Humane Society, 219 Alford Street, Athens, TN 37303.
St Mary’s will celebrate the Mass for All Saints at 9am on Saturday November 1st.
All Souls’ Day: The Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed will be celebrated Saturday November 1st at 5pm, Sunday November 2nd at 10am, and in Spanish Sunday November 2nd at 1pm.