Ministries

Our Lady of Fatima is a vibrant and active parish. In accord with the teachings of the Church, we believe “there is a diversity of ministry but a oneness of mission. Christ conferred on the Apostles and their successors the duty of teaching, sanctifying, and ruling in His name and power. But the laity likewise share in the priestly, prophetic, and royal office of Christ and therefore have their own share in the mission of the whole people of God in the Church and in the world.” The diverse ministries of our parish reflect the many ways the people of God are called to be like leaven in the world: bearing witness to Jesus Christ and promoting the salvation of all people.

If you are having difficulty deciding which ministry or ministries are right for you, or if you believe God is calling you to start a new ministry at our parish, don’t hesitate to contact us.


Children and Youth


Children’s Liturgy of The Word

For children pre-school through 1st grade. Takes place during the Liturgy of the Word at the 8:30am and 11am Sunday masses. The Sunday readings are presented to the children at an age appropriate level.

Sunday 8:30am mass:
MaryLouise Ward | [email protected]

Sunday 11:00am mass:
Diane O’Neill


Little Flowers

Little Flowers Girls’ Club is a Catholic club for girls ages 5 and up that teaches virtues through scripture, saints’ biographies and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Based on the 1906 Catholic classic “The Catholic Girls’ Guide” by Fr. F.X. Lasance, and the spirituality of St. Therese, the Little Flower of Liseux, this beautiful, authentically Catholic program, has delighted and instilled in our girls a love of our Catholic Faith for nearly 20 years. Meets on Mondays from 6pm-7pm.

Sarah Parsons | [email protected]


Co-ed Groups


Cursillo

This group is designed to increase and continue the conversion process and the living out of what is fundamental for being a Christian; a follow up to those who have been on a Cursillo retreat.

Monday Evening Group
Vicky Johnson | [email protected]

Tuesday Morning Group
Lois Schering | [email protected]

Wednesday Evening Group
Velma Burke | [email protected]

Saturday Morning Group
Deacon Bill Jacobs | [email protected]


Fellowship of Young Adults (FOYA)

Young Adults (18+) are invited to gather with others their age who are interested in growing in their faith and meeting new people.

FOYA meets twice a month, on Sundays after the 11am Mass for a Bible Study and Lunch.

All are welcome to come and talk about life, school, faith, and more in fellowship.

Facebook: Fellowship of Young Adults (FOYA)

Luis Ramos | [email protected]


Hispanic Ministry

Hispanic ministry in our parish works with different cultures in our area, with different needs, especially spiritual. We serve the two communities (Hispanic and American), when necessary, and work together.

Part of the ministry’s services include:

Bible Study every Monday at 7pm
Prayer Group every Friday at 7pm
First Friday Mass at 7pm
Preparation classes for baptisms and marriage.
Additional preparation classes for other sacraments, if they do not understand the language.
Bible study & Mass or Communion service at the Blount County Jail every Thursday from 11am to 12:30 pm. This is bilingual, for the benefit of all inmates.


Juan Hernandez | [email protected]


Leadership


Finance Council

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Contact person | email


Office Volunteers

We are happy to have volunteers to assist our office staff. May include answering phones, filing, greeting those who come into the parish office, and mailings. Computer skills optional. Can volunteer for half or full days during regular office hours.

Mary Morrissey | [email protected]


Parish Pastoral Council

A Parish Council is a group of people who together are representing the entire parish and who plan and guide its growth. They are chosen by the pastor to serve in long-range planning, the setting of parish priorities, and the implementation of programs. The Role of the Parish Council cannot be understood apart from the work to which the entire parish is called. The various ministries and programs of our parish report to the parish council of the activities and happenings to better work together and inform the pastor.

Parish Council meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm in the parish library.

Parishioners are invited to attend, if you wish to bring something up – please notify the chair to be added to the agenda.

Baron Johnson | [email protected]


Stewardship Committee

They steward things.

Contact person | email


Liturgy and Environment


Altar Servers

Servers should be mature enough to understand their responsibilities and to carry them out well and with appropriate reverence. They should have already received Holy Communion for the first time and normally receive the Eucharist whenever they participate in the liturgy. Servers should receive proper formation before they begin to function. The formation should include instruction on the Mass and its parts and their meaning, the various objects used in the liturgy (their names and use), and the various functions of the server during the Mass and other liturgical celebrations. Servers should also receive appropriate guidance on maintaining proper decorum and attire when serving Mass and other functions.

Leon Dodd | [email protected]


Arts & Environment

This ministry maintains plants in the church. Also, decorates church for Christmas and Easter and orders palms and decorates for Palm Sunday. Altar flower memorial requests are available. Contact Dottie or the parish office.

Dottie Osborne | [email protected]


Coffee & Donuts

Provides coffee, juice, and doughnuts after 8:30am Sunday Mass in the social hall. Please join us in for fellowship!

Marty Deschenes | [email protected]


Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

In every celebration of the Eucharist, there should be a sufficient number of ministers of Holy Communion so that it may be distributed in a reverent and orderly manner. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion should receive sufficient spiritual, theological, and practical preparation to fulfill their role with knowledge and reverence. In all matters they should follow the guidance of the diocesan bishop, Bishop Stika. All ministers of Holy Communion should show the greatest reverence for the Most Holy Eucharist by their demeanor, their attire, and the manner in which they handle the consecrated bread or wine.

Weekend Mass Scheduling:
Contact the Parish Office

Morning Mass Scheduling:
John and Joan Speck | [email protected]

Home and Nursing Home Visits:
Fr. Andrés Cano | [email protected]


Hospitality

Bringing parishioners and community together to enhance spiritual fellowship.

Dottie Berry | [email protected]
Marie Muse | [email protected]


Lectors

Lectors proclaim the readings from Sacred Scripture, with the exception of the gospel reading. They may also announce the intentions for the General Intercessions and, in the absence of the psalmist, sing or read the psalm between the readings. When the Scriptures are read in the Church, God himself is speaking to his people, and Christ, present in his own word, is proclaiming the gospel. The readings of God’s word must therefore be listened to by all with reverence; they make up a principal element of the liturgy.

Deacon Bill Jacobs | [email protected]


Music

Our ensembles at Fatima are comprised of volunteers who faithfully share their time and talents with our parish. They are a diverse group of individuals who come together each week to make music to glorify God. New members are welcome throughout the year, so don’t hesitate to join!

Contemporary Choir: Rehearses every Thursday at 7pm. Sings every Sunday at the 8:30am Mass and the second Saturday of the month at the 5pm Mass.

Fatima Choir: Rehearses every Wednesday at 6:30pm. Sings every Sunday at the 11am Mass.

Instrumentalists
Instrumentalists of high school age and up are invited to participate at Mass whenever they can. Many of our instrumentalists have played for Holy Days, concerts, and other special occasions, but instrumentalists are welcome to play anytime they can be prepared. Rehearsals will be arranged on an individual basis.

For more information on any of our ensembles, stop by the organ after Mass or contact Rob by phone or email.

See the Music Ministry page for even more details.

Rob Lynch | 982-3672 x 15 | [email protected]


Sacristans

The role of the sacristan is to oversee and keep in good order the worship space (including the sanctuary, the nave, and the gathering area) and the sacristy. They must have a reverence for the sanctuary and for all articles and sacred vessels used in worship and liturgical activities. The sacristan is appointed to be available to prepare everything needed for the liturgy.

Cheryl Land | [email protected]


Ushers

Ushers greet arriving parishioners and guests, making them feel welcome. They act as first responders if someone is in distress. They ensure that the Lord’s house is in order before, during and after the celebration of Mass.

Bob Myers | [email protected]


Men Groups


Knights of Columbus (KofC)

Pope John Paul II believes in the Knights of Columbus, an organization started 6 years ago, whose motto is “First and Always Catholic” and whose aim is “a council in every parish to support our priests.” The Knights urge interested and qualified men of this parish, 18 years of age and older, to consider membership in this-the largest organization of Catholic laymen in the world. Part of a Catholic service organization, there are many programs such as church, community, council, family, or youth activities. The Knights promote fund raising events and use the proceeds for charitable works such as support for seminarians, church debt reduction, Right to Life organizations, several Christian organizations, sponsor a Christmas party for the local girls’ and boys’ homes, and donations to needy families at Christmas.

Council 3832 meets on the first Tuesday of each month in Columbus Hall at 7pm for the Rosary, business meeting at 7:30pm. A family social meeting is held on the third Tuesday of the month in the Fatima Center at 6:30pm with Brother Knights and family preparing the meal.

Frank Sampietro, Grand Knight | [email protected]


That Man is You

That Man is You! is an interactive men’s program combining the best research from science with the teachings of the Catholic faith and the wisdom of saints to develop the vision of a man fully alive. By honestly addressing the pressures and temptations that men face in our modern culture, That Man is You! seeks to form men who will be capable of transforming homes and society. See the That Man Is You page for more details.

Tim Thurston | [email protected]
Keith Feltz | [email protected]


Women Groups


Council of Catholic Women (CCW)

The Council of Catholic Women’s purpose is to unite all women of the parish through service to others, spiritual development, and social interaction. Council of Catholic Women acts through its membership to support, empower, and educate all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership, and service. It is our prayer that God will guide, strengthen, and bless us as we do His work. The CCW will meet the first Tuesday of the month September thru May.

Facebook: Our Lady of Fatima CCW

Cindy Tocco, Co-President
Sue Park, Co-President, Secretary
Charisse O’Brien, Treasurer
Sr. Yvette, Spiritual Moderator


Walking with Purpose

A women’s Catholic Bible study program that aims to bring women to a deeper personal relationship with Christ through personal study and small group discussions that link our everyday challenges and struggles with the solutions given to us through the teachings of Christ and the Catholic Church. Walking with Purpose meets weekly during the calendar school year on Wednesday mornings 9-11 a.m. and Thursday evenings 7-8:45 p.m.

Marie Ward | [email protected]


Works of Mercy


Comfort Food

Provides meals for grieving families.

Sharon Brothers | [email protected]


Compassionate Care

A group of parishioners that meet each Wednesday morning at 10:30am to share their experiences of grief with each other. Each person in the group has experienced grief in one form or another whether it be through death or divorce or any other type of loss of something important in their life. The purpose of the group is to provide a safe place for others that are suffering through a loss to come and share their feelings. The meetings are open to anyone and there is no commitment to continue coming to meetings. Our mission is simple; provide comfort to those who suffer.

Deacon Ken Long | [email protected]


Family Promise

Our Lady of Fatima partners with St. Paul’s Lutheran Church four times a year providing meals, lodging and meals, and much more for homeless families.

Mary Cawthorn | [email protected]


Haiti Outreach

Our Parish is twinned (partnered) with the College Monsignor Jean Baptist Decoste in Thomond, Haiti, through the “Parish Twinning Program of the Americas.” The College is a Jr. High and High School for approximately 300 students. We strive to build a community with the students and teachers through spiritual and social interaction as well as material support.

Marty Deschenes | [email protected]


Jail Outreach

Visits are made each Thursday to the Blount County jail inmates to help them with their spiritual needs and growth.

Juan Hernandez | [email protected]


Quilters & Crafters

Meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 10 to noon and provides fellowship to parishioners while they make quilts. Part of our ministry is making prayer quilts to give out to those who are sick or suffering. Please contact us if you know someone in need.

Joan Speck | [email protected]


Respect Life

This ministry serves the parish and community by proclaiming God’s truth that the gift of human life is sacred from the moment of conception to natural death. Through pro-life education, evangelization, catechesis, pastoral outreach, works of charity, and public policy formulation and awareness, they promote the establishment of a culture of life that respects and supports the sacredness of human life. Meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 12:45pm, following Mass, in the parish library.

Deb Maupin | [email protected]


St. Joseph’s Helpers

Parishioners helping parishioners in need.

Joseph Szmidt | [email protected]