Liturgical Ministry

Welcome to Sacred Heart 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 Sacred Heart Cathedral. Consider your passions and discover ways to use your gifts and energy!


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 specials 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: Charlie Gaut  865.690.3074.


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


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.


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 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.


This ministry for ages 4 – 1st grade presents the Gospel message in a way more relevant to the lives and experiences of young children. Activities include skits, music, and stories to prepare them for full participation in the Liturgy. The children are dismissed after the opening prayer and return after the homily at the 9 am, 11 am, and 1 pm Masses. Adults and high school students are encouraged to give their time for this special ministry.


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.


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.