New Parish Mission Statement:
St. Mary's Catholic Church in Johnson
City, TN gathers as a diverse and welcoming Eucharistic community
baptized in Jesus Christ to proclaim the Gospel.
We celebrate the sacraments and serve our community through works of compassion, love, and mercy.
The Mass schedule for the Assumption is:
Thursday, August 14, 2014
7:00 pm Vigil
Friday, August 15, 2014
Dear Parish family of St. Mary's,
During this month of
summer rest and relaxation and vacation, we welcome a newly ordained
priest to St. Mary's. His name is Father Julian Cardona. St. Mary's
Parish is blessed
in that this community has always been able to receive and mentor and
form new priests. Not all parishes can claim that. St. Mary's is a
wonderful welcoming community.
As Jesus called His
own disciples and after they responded, “Yes,” to His call, they had to
grow in their knowledge and acceptance and love of one another. This
took time and
patience and bearing with one another. The word “respect” means to take a second look.
First impressions and judgments seem to naturally come out of us,
for good or not so good. Respect requires us to go beyond first
impressions and to get to know the other person in a deeper way. As
Christians, we are invited to do that to every new person
that we meet.
Mentoring a newly
ordained priest is a new experience and opportunity in my own priesthood
of 21 years. I know from experience that a newly ordained priest's
is most important. It shapes the way in which he will minister and
fashion his style of priestly ministry. My desire is that Father Julian
experiences a true family in Jesus Christ. He will know that we love him
and he will freely give his love to us. Together
we will continue to build up the kingdom of God.
May God continue to
bless each of us individually, our families, and our parish family of
St. Mary's Church in Johnson City Tennessee!
Sincerely in Christ,