Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a gradual process by which adults ordinarily become incorporated to the Catholic Church. It is marked with a series of steps (formal rites) celebrated in a context of learning the faith and spiritual formation. The rites gradually incorporate the person into the body of Christ, the Church.

Who can be in RCIA?
  • An unbaptized adult who feels God’s call to the Catholic Church (catechumen)
  • Baptized Catholic adults who need to receive the sacrament of the Eucharist and/or Confirmation
  • Those baptized in other Christian churches and seek full communion with the Roman Catholic Church
  • Non-practicing Catholics who want to return to the church and deepen their faith
  • One in an interfaith marriage and wants to understand the family’s Catholic faith better

Embracing the Catholic Faith is a call from God. He calls in different ways and at different times. Thus, one can begin the process at any time. The conversion journey is always personal, shaped and influenced by many factors. Individuals vary in their needs and readiness.

If you are interested in learning more about our RCIA, please, contact any of our Pastors or call Sr. Elizabeth Wanyoike, ESM (Adult Faith Coordinator) at St. John Neumann Catholic Church’s office 865-966-4540.

Group Studies

On-going faith formation opportunities: Fall 2019-Spring 2020

Throughout the Year

Duc in Altum: “Put out into deep waters” -Luke 5:4
Exploring the depths of Catholic teachings and practices through guest speaker
presentations monthly on Wednesdays from 6:45-8:00 pm


  • Bible Study: Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible
  • Walking with Purpose: Women’s Bible study
  • That Man Is You (TMIY): Men’s program
  • Alpha: Returning to the Catholic Faith and/or challenging self to move
    one’s faith from the head to the heart while connecting with others
  • Mercy in Action: A five-week class on a Practical Guide to Mercy in Action
  • The Extraordinary Missionary Month of October
  • The Mission of the Church (Missiology) – 3-week classes
  • A Parish Retreat: Open to all Men and Women


  • Bible Study: Fulfilled Part II: Uncovering the Biblical Foundation of
  • Walking with Purpose (continuation)
  • TMIY (continuation)
  • The Marian Dogmas: A 3 Week Class
  • Lent: Faith Sharing in Small Groups

If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities, please check the church bulletin or contact Sister Elizabeth at the church office at 865-966-4540 or by email at srelizabeth@sjnknox.org

Sunday Religious Education

Preparation for Sacraments

First Reconciliation and First Communion consist of a two-year preparation requirement. Attendance in our 1st-grade religious education classes or enrollment at St. John Neumann School is a necessary component to the preparation and reception of the two sacraments in the 2nd grade. Ideally, preparation for the reception of these sacraments begins in Kindergarten with a basic understanding of religious doctrine and continues through the 2nd-grade year.

Attendance in religious education classes is vital to the faith formation of a child in preparation of the reception of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Our Religious Education classes for students in Kindergarten through 4th grade are held on Sunday mornings from 9:40-10:20 AM August to May. Please contact the Office of Religious Education at 966-4540 for more information.

Adult Volunteers

Students attending Parish Religious Education classes are taught by catechists (teachers) who donate their time, talent, and skills in service to the parish. The requirements for this ministry are:

  • Baptized practicing Catholic
  • Registered member of Saint John Neumann parish
  • Sunday Mass attendance
  • Marriage (if married) is recognized as valid by the Catholic church
  • Life is evidence of the desire to live according to Catholic Christian values
  • Willingness to attend all required catechist training workshops (minimal)

In addition, there are numerous volunteer service opportunities throughout the year, many of which involve a minimal time commitment. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Substitute teaching
  • Room parents
  • Attendance coordinator
  • Classroom /copy aide (copy, assemble, and organize materials)
  • Sacramental preparation: First-grade parents have hospitality responsibilities. First graders host the second graders’ First Communion reception

You are invited to join in this ministry of service to the young people of our parish and their families. Please call the Office of Religious Education (966-4540) to learn more. Among the requirements for catechists and volunteers is the completion of “Safe Environment” training, a program mandated by the U. S. Council of Catholic Bishops to keep children safe.

Men’s Ministry

“That Man is You!” is one of the country’s leading Catholic men’s programs sweeping across the Nation in over 700 parishes. “That Man is You” combines Scripture, solid research about the trends of your contemporary world, and a little fun to address the pressures and temptations facing men in our modern culture. The ministry’s goal is twofold.

  1. Form authentic leaders who will be capable of transforming men, who in turn can transform their families and homes.
  2. Provide Catholic men the tools they need to lead themselves and their families to live a life of virtue.

A completely new TMIY program begins September 12, 2020 – 7 new speakers, new topics, new theme!

The Fight of Faith – View Promo Video Here

This new year brings dynamic speakers from a range of backgrounds.  The Fight of Faith equips and enables men to engage in the cosmic, spiritual battle raging in our day.  Men will rediscover and reclaim their identities as soldiers, saints, brothers, disciples, sons of God and friends of Christ.

Now is the perfect time to join or re-join TMIY!

A list of speakers and a summary of topics for The Fight of Faith are available by downloading the trifold brochure by clicking here.

Please Join Us!

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