With the arrival of Lent and the beginning of the Easter season on March 5, the Diocese of Knoxville will begin observing this holiest time of the year and the special events that mark it, such as Ash Wednesday, the days of fasting, the Rites of Election for RCIA candidates, and the sacraments of penance leading up to the Holy Week Masses and Easter Vigil.
The diocese will begin Lent with the start of the 40 Days for Life vigil in front of Planned Parenthood’s facility on Cherry Street at Washington Avenue in East Knoxville. Individuals and groups are urged to sign up for a day of prayer at the site, which is a block south of the Cherry Street exit off Interstate 40.
Here is a list of Lenten penance services around the Diocese of Knoxville:
Chattanooga Deanery (7 p.m. Eastern time, except as noted)
March 13-Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, 5:30 p.m.; March 20 and 21-Notre Dame High School, 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m.; March 20-Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Chattanooga; March 24-St. Stephen, Chattanooga; March 27-St. Augustine, Signal Mountain; April 1-Our Lady of Lourdes, South Pittsburg, 5:30 p.m. (CDT); St. Mary, Athens; April 2-Holy Spirit, Soddy-Daisy; April 7-St. Jude, Chattanooga; April 9-St. Bridget, Dayton, 6:30 p.m.; April 10-St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Cleveland; St. Catherine Labouré, Copperhill, TBD; Shepherd of the Valley, Dunlap, TBD
Cumberland Mountain Deanery (7 p.m. Eastern time, except as noted)
March 8-St. Christopher, Jamestown, 7:30 p.m. (CST), March 10-Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Maynardville, 6 p.m.; March 12-Blessed Sacrament, Harriman; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, LaFollette; March 13-Christ the King, Tazewell; March 18-St. Francis of Assisi, Fairfield Glade, 6 p.m. (CDT); March 19-St. Ann, Lancing; March 25-St. John Neumann, Farragut; St. Joseph, Norris/St. Therese, Clinton at St. Joseph; March 26-St. Mary, Oak Ridge; April 2-St. Alphonsus, Crossville, 6 p.m. (CDT); April 14-All Saints, Knoxville
Five Rivers Deanery (7 p.m. Eastern time, except as noted)
March 13-St. Dominic, Kingsport; March 18-Notre Dame, Greeneville; March 22-St. Michael the Archangel, Erwin; March 24-Good Shepherd, Newport; March 26-Holy Trinity, Jefferson City; March 31-St. Elizabeth, Elizabethton; April 1-St. Mary, Johnson City; April 2-St. Henry, Rogersville, 6 p.m.; April 3-Blessed John Paul II, Rutledge; St. Anthony of Padua, Mountain City, TBD; St. Patrick, Morristown, TBD
Smoky Mountain Deanery (7 p.m. Eastern time, except as noted)
March 18-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart; March 24-St. Albert the Great, Knoxville; March 25-Our Lady of Fatima, Alcoa; March 27-Holy Cross, Pigeon Forge; April 2-Blessed John XXIII, Knoxville, 7:30 p.m.; April 7-Immaculate Conception, Knoxville, and Holy Ghost, Knoxville, at Immaculate Conception; April 9-St. Mary, Gatlinburg; April 10-St. Joseph the Worker, Madisonville.