Ministries

LITURGICAL MINISTRY

Welcome to Sacred Heart where worship matters! Everything we do as Catholics begin in worship. It is our worship that leads us to action in our community and world. There are a variety of opportunities in which you can make a difference through the mission and ministry of the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart Jesus. Consider your passions and discover ways to use your gifts and energy.

USHERS & GREETERS

The job of our Ushers and Greeters is to convey a welcoming and hospitable spirit at Sacred Heart. Greeters warmly welcome parishioners and visitors as they arrive and assist those with special needs. Ushers hand out liturgy guides, help seat people for Mass and collect the offering. Ushers answer questions and provide information about our parish. Contact Scott Barron at sbarron@shcknox.org.

SACRISTANS

A Sacristan is a trained Eucharistic Minister responsible for the materials and ministers needed for the celebration of the liturgy. They prepare the altar and sanctuary with the necessary liturgical objects needed for Mass and other liturgies. This is a vital liturgical ministry. Contact: Rose Hust 865.584.8836

COMMUNION MINISTERS

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion distribute the Body and Blood of Christ to fellow parishioners at Mass. It is required that you have received the Sacrament of Confirmation, and you must receive training by a Priest or a Deacon. All ministers are scheduled a few times a month for the Mass of their preference. Go here for procedures and the latest schedule. Contact: Tom and Jackie Foster  865.806.6212.

READERS & LECTORS

Our Readers/Lectors proclaim the Word of God from the scripture at all Masses and other liturgies. Each reader must attend a class to learn more about their role and devote time to prayer and preparation. Readers are scheduled for the Mass they usually attend. Click here for procedures and the latest scheduleContact: Tom and Jackie Foster  865.584.7714.

ALTAR SERVERS

Altar Servers have a very special role in assisting the Priests during Mass and other liturgies. This is a vital liturgical ministry. Servers must be in the 4th grade or older and be fully trained. Schedules are provided on a monthly basis and need to report to the sacristy 20 minutes before the start of Mass. Contact: Lisa Morris  865.567.1245.

VIDEO PRODUCTION MINISTRY

The Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is seeking energetic people who have experience in Video Production or want to learn more about VP and desire to help spread the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus through evangelization, faith formation, and service. Team members will direct a multi-camera view of our Masses. You should be somewhat proficient in computers and be comfortable troubleshooting technical issues that could arise in typical television production. If you are interested in being a part of our Video Production Ministry, please email Steve Coy at scoy@shcknox.org.

COMMUNION TO THE SICK

Holy Communion is taken once a week to those who are sick, homebound, and unable to attend Mass. EMCs will also arrange a Priest visit if a person needs the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick or Reconciliation. Training will be provided. Contact the parish office at 865.588.0249.

Flower Guild

The Flower Guild is responsible for preparing all floral arrangements for the Cathedral. The guild arranges the flowers each week and for special occasions. In keeping with the liturgical calendar, the guild decorates the Sanctuary for weddings, Advent, Christmas, Holy Week, and Easter. Contact: Ann Bodie at 865-805-9351.

music ministry

Music Ministry

The Music Ministry offers opportunities to express our faith with a variety of musical experiences for each Mass. For special feasts and celebrations, we join together to form one choir with many voices and instruments. We want to alleviate any reservations you may have about joining the Music Ministry. Formal training in music is not required. All you need is the desire to sing or play an instrument. Whether you would like to join us weekly, for a special time of year, or just for a specific event, you are always welcome!

Our Choirs
2021
July 29

9:00 AM

This choir blends complex melodies and rich harmonies in a broad range of musical styles from Gregorian chant to contemporary settings of classical sacred music. Contact Glenn Kahler

July 29

11:00 AM

This choir blends a variety of musical instruments and voices in a style that is more contemporary. The repertoire includes music for Catholic worship from today’s most recognized composers. Contact Glenn Kahler.

July 29

1:00 PM

Many instruments and voices join to celebrate our faith for the Mass in Spanish.  Contact: Glenn Kahler.

July 29

5:00 PM

This new choir is composed of youth and young adults. The youth choir encourages the development of worship leaders while nurturing musical ability and education and fostering a love and enjoyment for a wide variety of sacred music.  Contact Glenn Kahler

CANTORS

Cantors play a special role in leading the assembly and proclaiming the psalms. We utilize cantors at all our masses, and being a cantor requires excellent singing ability, strong music reading and interpretation. If you would like to learn more about serving as a cantor in our parish, Contact: Glenn Kahler 865.385.8402
gkahler@shcknox.org

Cantor singing at the Cathedral
By serving as a Music Minster at Sacred Heart, you have the opportunity to be enriched in a special way, and to sing/play and pray in a ministry that works hard and has fun. You will be richly blessed!
Our Team

Glenn Kahler

Michelle Pokelwaldt

Ashton Gallagher

Natalie Kimbro

Byong-Suk Moon

The Guilds of the Cathedral

THE GUILDS

The guilds provide a small group with which its members can share their love of God through service, prayer, study and fellowship. Sacred Heart has 8 active women’s guilds that fall under the PCCW. Membership is open to all women of The Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. 

ST. CLARE

Members: Young women and young moms

Activities: Focus on help for the SHC preschool; raising money for the preschool; bible studies; monthly fellowship meetings; couples fellowship.

Please send an email to saintclareguild@gmail.com for more information!

ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON

Members: women of all ages!

Activities: Monthly meetings to provide fun and fellowship among members. 1st Friday Mass & Munch. Support SHCS teachers/staff/students through works of service, the Prayer Partner Ministry, and providing Teacher Grants which enhance the student’s education. Decorate the rectory at Christmas.

Katie Holvey

ST. GERARD 

Members: women of all ages though most have grown children and are now enjoying grandchildren.

Activities: Monthly fellowship meetings, fundraisers to support the church; help with the Chrism mass dinner; decorate the Bishops’ house at Christmas

Tina Prochaska

Carol Testa

ST. JOHN OF GOD

Members: Women of the Hispanic community

Activities: meet twice a month; assist with the mass and activities surrounding the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe; visit the sick

Hilda Carrera 

ST. MARTHA

Members: women of all ages, though most have children in high school and college.

Activities: Monthly meetings; fundraiser to support Haiti mission; fall mum sale to support a variety of charities; sponsor the Epiphany Open House.

Laura Holechek 

Ginger Holt  

ST. MICHAEL

Members: Mostly senior women, but welcome all women!

Activities: monthly daytime meetings; support Ladies of Charity and Haiti with time, talent, and treasure.

Geri Sutter  

FLOWER GUILD

Members: All women welcome!

Ann Bodie

Sue Greer  

WEDDING GUILD  

Members: the Wedding Guild supports the clergy and provides a great experience for the bridal party and guests!

Scott Barron 

Polly Burch  

ST. ZITA’S GUILD

Members: Women of all ages, who desire quiet time with Christ, cleaning joyfully in contemplative prayer.  The St. Zita’s Guild supports the facilities management by assisting in preserving the edifying beauty of the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Activities: Praying and completing cleaning tasks during times, chosen by the member, from a sign-up genius.

Diana Seaver  

PARISH OUTREACH

Members of Sacred Heart are committed to serving the poor and marginalized in our community. Our parish organizations hear the call of Pope Francis to love the Lord through our service to others. We invite you to join our outreach groups!

“How marvelous it would be if, at the end of the day, each of us could say: today I have performed an act of charity towards others.” ~ Pope Francis

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS

The Knights are a council of Catholic men over the age of 18 who serve Sacred Heart parish and its
 community. Their dedication to the Blessed Virgin Mary leads us to fight for the ‘Rights of the Unborn,’ those of disability and the needs of our Catholic and surrounding communities. Visit the Knights website www.KOC5207.org.

Started by a humble parish priest, the Knights of Columbus have grown into the world’s largest lay Catholic organization with over 1.8 million members. Learn more about the Knights: The Strong Arm of the Church.

PARISH COUNCIL OF CATHOLIC WOMEN

All women of our parish are members of the council. These wonderful ladies of Sacred Heart come together for fellowship, spiritual nourishment, and service. The PCCW has several active guilds that have different parish and community involvement projects. Please contact Rachel Mohney at rachelmohney@gmail.com.

ST. JOSEPH’S SOCIETY

All men of the Cathedral are welcomed and encouraged to join the St. Joseph Society. This group of Sacred Heart men is dedicated to growing in faith and bringing the Light of Christ into our families, parish community, and workplaces.  Bible studies are held throughout the year.

Deacon Walt Otey

LADIES OF CHARITY

The Ladies of Charity manage a Thrift Shop and an Emergency Assistance Center that handles emergency requests for food, clothing, housing, utilities and medical needs. Volunteers are needed to work at the thrift store.

Ladies of Charity
ladiesofcharityknox.org

FILIPINO-AMERICAN CATHOLIC COMMUNITY

The Filipino-American Catholic Community celebrates Mass at the Cathedral on the 2nd Sunday of every month at 3:00 pm. The mission of the organization is to unite and community, and service. Contact: Percy Sturgeon 865.719.5299.

KOREAN CATHOLIC COMMUNITY

The Knoxville Korean Catholic Community celebrates Mass at Sacred Heart at 7 PM, on the third Saturday of each month. Following Mass, a Korean dinner is held in the Shea Room. The community also gathers for Bible Studies, Prayer and Rosary services. Contact: Younjaung An at younjan26@gmail.com. Click here for more information.

Community Support

It is our worship that leads us to action in our community and world. At Sacred Heart, we have a variety of opportunities in which you can make a difference. Consider your passions and discover ways to use your God-given gifts and energy!

HAITI OUTREACH

Sacred Heart’s Haiti Outreach is the link between our parish and our sister parish, St. Michel, in Boucan Carre’, Haiti. With the help of volunteers and donations, the committee assures that impoverished children receive daily nourishment, have clean water, medical supplies, health care, and many other much-needed services. There is an ongoing need for volunteers to maintain this ministry and several opportunities each year to visit, serve and raise funds for our brothers and sisters in Christ. Visit HaitiOutreachProgram.org. Contact: Matt Webster at 812-216-8797 or  mattwebster@haitioutreachprogram.org.

FOOD PANTRY

FISH is county wide program that supplies food to those in need. Sacred Heart parishioners are responsible for delivering the food to the families on the 3rd Friday of each month. Volunteers are needed to answer phone calls and to deliver meals. In May of each year, Sacred Heart parishioners supply the food for the cooperative pantry and fill the bags for delivery on Saturdays. This is a great, fun way for your family to work together to help others in need. FISH Delivery contact: Kelley Karnes 865.256.9951 | FISH Pantry contact: Christina or Bruce Pint 865.588.3405.

PRO-LIFE MINISTRY

Sacred Heart’s Pro-Life Ministry is a witness for God’s Gift of Life from conception to natural death. The foundation of this ministry is prayer, knowing that it is the power of prayer that will change hearts to ‘Choose Life.’ Education through presentations, workshops, and seminars are the way the community learns and then reaches out in love to our neighbors to spread the message of God’s Gift of Life. Visit Contact: Lisa Morris  865.567.1245.

PRAYER BLANKET MINISTRY

Blankets and shawls are hand-crafted and given to anyone who is in need of love and prayers. As each blanket is made, it is prayed over by the person making it and when completed it is blessed by the priest at Mass. Hats and mittens, too. If you would like to join this wonderful ministry, contact: Aggie Wallace 865.851.9408.

FAMILY PROMISE

Since July of 2005, Family Promise of Knoxville has served hundreds of families with children experiencing homelessness in Knox County and the surrounding area. Through the incredible support of our faith-based congregations and churches, we have been a place of safety, shelter, and certainty while a family rebuilds their life. Together, our network of more than 1500 volunteers, clergy, board members, and staff strive to give families the space to work out their own story of renewal and a second chance. We believe that every family’s future begins with a home. We are looking for the best way to equip, encourage, and empower parents to pursue their dream of home-ownership and independence. For more information, please get in touch with Melissa Tribble for information on how you can help!

SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP), assists people in our parish area needing food, rent assistance, utility assistance, and other needs. We are a group of dedicated men and women who have come together to help those in need. In doing so, you will also find yourself growing in God’s love and the desire to share that love with others. Contact shcsvdp@gmail.com.

Safe Environment Training

DIOCESE OF KNOXVILLE TRAINING

CMG connect is a new web-based platform that will assist us in ensuring that all employees and volunteers who are in a position of trust with children and vulnerable adults within our schools and parishes are trained to recognize behavior patterns of potential abusers and provide pro-active measures for preventing abuse in any context.