St. Mary Parish Plans Time Capsule for Future Generation

Photo: Taken in the school library, which served as the original church for St. Mary Parish. Back Row (Left to Right): Michelle Gianelli, parishioner for 35 years; Sister Marie Blanchette, Principal of St. Mary’s School; Fran Broome, parishioner for over 50 years (children attended St. Mary’s School); Father Brent Shelton, Pastor of St. Mary Parish, Joane Lane and Pearlie Rivas, parishioners for over 50 years and schoolmates. Front Row: St. Mary’s Parish students: Courtney Isenberg, 1st grade; Kevin Lozada, 3rd grade; Gloria Jenkins, 5th grade

SUBMITTED:  To conclude St. Mary Parish’s 75th-anniversary celebration, a time capsule has been created that will be blessed, buried and secured with concrete, waiting to be unearthed by parishioners during their 100th anniversary. Inside the capsule will be signed messages, describing how life is experienced in the parish today, as well as how life is expected to be in 25 years.  The letters were written by key groups, including St. Mary’s School students, faculty and staff, parishioners and clergy, as well as groups within and connected to the parish. The notes also include joyful messages of faith, hope, and love for the SMOR parishioners of 2043.

The Capsule Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, December 12th, beginning at 2 pm.  Students and parishioners will pass the capsule one to another until it reaches its final destination, where it will be blessed and buried for future generations to discover and enjoy.  Coffee, hot chocolate and fellowship are to follow the ceremony.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony and witness this landmark event for the parish and Oak Ridge community.

About St. Mary Parish:

Oak Ridge has a rich history in the United States: Since 1943 St. Mary’s has been a part of it! The story of Saint Mary’s Parish is unusual in the annals of modern Church history as it grew out of the Atomic Age created by the development of Oak Ridge. Founded in 1943, it has served well the religious needs of the faithful for now over 75 years. Today, Saint Mary’s Parish is a vibrant, growing Catholic community whose foundation was laid by many of the original parishioners who are now complemented by the on-going influx of new parishioners throughout the years.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 25, Chandler 21, and Naomi 11. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 9 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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