The Sacred Heart Parish Council of Catholic Women (PCCW), in honor of Our Lady of Fatima, is affiliated with the Smoky Mountain Deanery under the Knoxville Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. All women of our parish are considered members of our council.
The PCCW follows the mission statement of the National Council of Catholic Women:
- To support, empower and educate all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership and service.
- To respond with Gospel values to the needs of the Church and society in the modern world.
Priests’ Dinners, Bake Sale, Funeral Luncheons, Lenten Luncheons, Winter Coffees, Receptions & other Parish needs.
MEMBERSHIP & DUES
Membership is open to all women of Sacred Heart Parish. Dues are voluntary. Currently, PCCW requests $10 per paying member collected through the guilds. Guilds may request an additional amount.
PCCW President – Christy Watkins – 406-3753 – firstname.lastname@example.org
PCCW President-Elect – Kelli Coyne – 865-584-8341 – email@example.com
PCCW Past President –Tracey Harrigan – 865-789-7786 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary – Pebby Distefano – 865-208-5511 email@example.com
Treasurer – Mary Leitnaker – Leitnake@utk.edu
Our Lady of Fatima Award
The Guilds of Sacred Heart Cathedral
St. Christopher – Hazel Brimi – 865-522-9984 – This founding guild welcomes all to join. They support Lakeshore Ministry and continue to be active in all PCCW activities.
St. Margaret – Vera Claiborne – 865-690-3528 – This active and founding guild welcomes women of all ages to join. We support the parish in any way needed. We participate in the Bake Sale, Lenten Luncheons and any fund raisers sponsored by the PCCW. We continue to pray for our parish.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton – Mary Tyler – 865-584-584-6508 – The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton guild is a faith-filled and active guild that always welcomes new members. Our members are diverse-married and single, employed both in and outside the home, younger and older. We have children ranging from school age to adult, including grandchildren. Our meetings are usually held monthly, usually at different members’ homes. Our focus is on the education of children and we support Sacred Heart Cathedral School through time, talent and treasure. We participate in Sacred Heart Cathedral activities such as decorating the rectory at Christmas, sponsoring the Chrism Mass reception and hosting Lenten Luncheons, among others. We also support all PCCW activities.
St. Gerard – Tami Hartmann – 865-692-5337 – This dedicated guild welcomes all women. Most current members have grown children, although some have high school and college students. Many work part or full time. Devoted to enriching worship in the Cathedral, we have raised funds to carpet the Cathedral and volunteered countless hours toward refurbishing the Cathedral after the fire in 2006. Most recently, we have purchased new Nativity statues for the Cathedral. Each year we sponsor the Chrism Mass dinner for diocesan priests and decorate the Bishop’s home for Christmas. We support all PCCW activities and meetings are held monthly.
St. Martha – Polly Burch – 865-865-804-1544 – St. Martha’s welcomes all women. Many current members have children in Elementary school to college aged. Meetings begin in the church at 7pm the 2nd Thursday of each month. We host the Epiphany Open House, Lenten Luncheons, Priests Dinners and the Anthony Mary Memorial Blood Drive. We also sponsor a family each Christmas. We hold a wine festival to Benefit Haiti, a mum sale to benefit various charities. We participate in all PCCW activities.
St. Michael – Joan Stone – 865-588-2989 – This mostly senior guild encourages all women to join. Meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 10:30 am in the Shea Room. This group participates in and supports all PCCW activities. We support Ladies of Charity and our sister church and school in Haiti with time and treasures.
St. Clare – Melissa Goin – 865-679-4646 – The newest guild welcomes all women in their twenty and thirties, either single, married or with children, who would enjoy fellowship, faith formation and service. We will serve the elderly as our mission. We will meet once a month and try to alternate between day and evening times. We plan to participate in all PCCW activities as well as new projects and service.
And our Heritage guilds –
St. Ann – This small senior guild has devoted countless hours of service to Sacred Heart. These women helped set the standard for us all. They continue to support PCCW ministries with quiet but dedicated efforts. They continue to meet to offer support to one another.
St. Mark – This small senior guild continues to be active in parish events as their health and energy allows. We owe gratitude to these lovely ladies for many years of service. They continue to meet as often as possible. They support all PCCW activities.
St. Rita – This guild has given service to Sacred Heart over the years. They continue to keep informed and pray for us all.
Sacred Heart has enjoyed a rich heritage with the PCCW. Here are a few highlights:
- 1952- The Our Lady of Fatima Society was organized to extend hospitality and develop friendships among Catholic women. This society was made up of individual guilds each dedicated to a saint. Our present system is still based on this original premise and we still have members from this founding society.
- 1956- This was a year of reorganization, as we became a parochial society devoted to study in accordance with the regulations of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine. This was done at the request of Father Edward Dolan, our first Pastor. The thirteen guilds took on new responsibilities that included altar duty, Saturday liturgy and Coffee at Eastern State Hospital.
- 1974- Became affiliated with the Knoxville Deanery of the Nashville Diocesan council of Catholic women. We adopted the commission format as used by the National Council of Catholic Women. We still use that format today. We continued to respond to parish and community needs.
- 1988- The Diocese of Knoxville was formed we were honored to be involved in many of the activities related to the formation of our new diocese. Since Sacred Heart was designated as the Cathedral, the support functions and hospitality of the PCCW took on a new importance. We are still proud to be the “welcoming and hosting committee” as needed for deanery and diocesan events.
- 1991- Officially called the Sacred Heart Parish Council of Catholic Women in compliance with the guidelines set forth by the National Council of Catholic Women. We had ten active guilds. Religious study is an integral part of the meetings. In addition to parish activities, members continued to respond to community and international needs.
- 2006- Officially became a voting part of the Sacred Heart Parish Pastoral Council.