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banner-holi-revolutionA Dynamic
Lenten Pilgrimage for

The world is in dire need of
change.  People are hurting and turning
to empty promises, searching for answers.  All along,
have the answer: Jesus.
 In Holiness Revolution, your eyes will be awakened to the
need for change in this world.  You will
be challenged to live a life of radical discipleship that brings that change.  It’s time to stop making excuses and start
taking action.  Only from God, and
through the lives of the saints, does true revolution come.  
Will you join
the revolution of holiness?

danAbout Dan DeMatte

Dan DeMatte challenges families
today to live a life of radical Holiness – a Holiness that produces saints, not mere mediocre Catholics.  Dan is one of the great emerging Catholic
voices of our time.  He starred in
A&E’s reality TV show, God or the Girl; he defended the Church and
the priesthood on Larry King Live and The View; and he has shared
his testimony on the Today Show.

Saint Mary’s Youth Group recognizes the need for All Catholic Families and Parish Body to be formed as one, so that together,
we can unite as the one body of Christ.  This upcoming
Lent, the Youth
Group Students challenge
each parishioner to attend this one-day Parish Mission and be recharged, excited, and
prepared to live the radical life of
Holiness, to be the body of Christ!

Where:  Saint Mary’s Catholic Church: 2211 E. Lakeview Drive,
Johnson City, TN, 37601

When:   March 28th, 2015: Mission 8:30 AM-1:30 PM.  The daily Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Stika at 1:30 PM.

Tickets: Cost
– $20.  You can purchase your tickets at
church or go to DynamicCatholic.com, select “Events”, scroll down and
click on “
Holiness Revolution”, then find the event at St. Mary’s.  (If you have difficulty
purchasing tickets,
or if you cannot
afford them
, contact Stephanie Mann at 423-612-2272 or

The cost includes snacks
during breaks
.  We will offer a spaghetti lunch after the Mass
for $5.

in the evening, let your
Youth meet Dan DeMatte, up close and personal, for a Lock-In Apologetics session in the church basement.  Open to all students in 7th-12th
lock-in will begin with Mass at 5 PM and will end with breakfast at 9:00 AM on

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Welcome to St. Mary’s Catholic Church!

Whether you are just visiting the area or are putting down roots, our parish family welcomes you with open arms & hearts. If you are a new member, we invite you to pick up a registration packet in the bookrack located in the gathering area of the church. Or you can download the registration form to complete and return to the parish office.  We are blessed that you are here!





Our story began in 1789 when Father William Roham spent a year in this area attempting to establish a colony of Catholics. It was not until after the Bishop of Nashville made a missionary tour of East Tennessee in 1838 that Catholicism began to take root.

Father%20CallahanFather Emmanuel Francis Callahan and his horse “Rebel” became a familiar sight in the 34 counties of East Tennessee, establishing Johnson City as his headquarters because of its railroad lines. In 1902, Father Callahan purchased a small cottage on Walnut Street for $1,200 which he converted into a chapel and dedicated it to St. Francis de Sales. Mass was held on the first Sunday of the month. Around this time, the VA began in Johnson City and Mass was celebrated there twice a month.

Several years later when congregation had grown to ten families. Father Callahan felt it was time to build a parish church in Johnson City. In 1905, he purchased the Old Burrow Hill Estate between Main and Market Streets for $8,500. The small wooden house on a hill overlooking Market Street became Johnson City’s first Catholic Church and was named Mount St. Mary’s. In 1916, the Dominican Fathers of St. Joseph assumed responsibility for the parish and the name was changed to St. Mary’s.

In the early 1920s, the expansion of the rayon mills in Elizabethton brought many Catholics to the area. Despite the impact of the Great Depression, funds were raised to build a new church. The Gothic brick church was dedicated on February 8, 1931. The membership had increased and it was necessary to celebrate two Masses on Sunday. The priest also had responsibility for the mission churches in Elizabethton, Kingsport, Greeneville, Rogersville, and Erwin.

St. Mary’s School first opened in 1931 under the leadership of the Sisters of Mercy from Nashville. Over the next 20 years, the school struggled and was closed and reopened on multiple occasions. In the early 1950s, under the pastoral leadership of Father Michael Snider, funds were raised to finance a new school which was dedicated on October 17, 1954.

The population growth in East Tennessee in the 1970s brought many Catholics to the area. The church on Market Street was experiencing growing pains. A Land Fund Drive was conducted and in October, 1980, the property on Lakeview Drive was purchased. Ten years later, a multi-purpose center was completed; school started in September and Masses were celebrated in the facility on the weekend. Construction began in 1999 on the building in which we now worship as a community. The new church facility was dedicated on December 2, 2000, by Bishop Joseph Kurtz.

From her humble beginning, the Church in northeast Tennessee has thrived and continues to grow. The 79 years of service of the Dominican Fathers established a visible Catholic presence in the area. At the time of the formation of the Diocese of Knoxville in 1988, St. Mary’s was the largest of the northeast Tennessee Catholic communities. Under the spiritual leadership of diocesan priests, St. Mary’s Catholic Church has experienced continued growth and currently has a registered membership of 1400 families.