Hundreds take part in Knoxville March for Life

Pro-life community joins together in support of women and their unborn children

By Bill Brewer

Women, men, and children of all walks of faith joined together Jan. 22 to pray for an end to abortion and show solidarity to mark the 44th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion across the country.

Knoxville’s annual March for Life, coordinated by the Knox County chapter of Tennessee Right to Life, attracted 542 pro-life enthusiasts who held babies, banners, signs, and rosaries as they voiced their support. Read more…

  • Schools accreditation reaches critical phase

    The Diocese of Knoxville school system is being reviewed by AdvancED for certification as a system of excellence

    By Bill Brewer

    Diocesan-wide schools accreditation, a project Diocese of Knoxville education leaders have been working on for two years, reaches a critical phase this month.

    The diocesan school system is officially being reviewed by AdvancED for certification as a system of excellence. During February a team of education professionals will visit all 10 schools in the diocese. Read more…

    Funeral Mass held at basilica for Monsignor George Schmidt

    Priests join Bishop Stika in celebrating longtime Chattanooga pastor

    By Dan McWilliams

    There was no better place for the funeral Mass for Monsignor George Schmidt than the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Chattanooga, “this place that he loved so much,” as Bishop Richard F. Stika called it. Read more…

    Bishop’s Appeal underway in all Diocese of Knoxville parishes

    By Jim Wogan

    The Bishop’s Appeal 2017— a critical source of annual funding for diocesan works of mercy, formation, evangelization, education, and charity — is underway at all 51 parishes and mission churches in the Diocese of Knoxville.

    The theme for the Bishop’s Appeal 2017 is “Called to Serve” — words inspired by a prayer attributed to St. Teresa of Calcutta. Read more…

  • Monsignor Mankel receives MLK Commission award

    By Bill Brewer

    The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission has presented its 2017 Chair’s Award to Monsignor Xavier Mankel for his work in support of justice and equality. Read more…

    Former Vols coach Phillip Fulmer to headline Emerald O’ccasion

    Catholic Charities of East Tennessee’s 32nd annual fundraising dinner to be held March 9 at Knoxville Marriott Hotel

    The 32nd annual Emerald O’ccasion Catholic Charities fundraising dinner in Knoxville will be complemented with a dash of orange this year.
    Phillip Fulmer, unquestionably one of the biggest names in University of Tennessee sports history, will be the guest speaker for the March 9 event at the Knoxville Marriott Hotel. Read more…

    St. Mary-Oak Ridge parishioner is new lieutenant governor

    Sen. Randy McNally is first Catholic to hold state’s second-highest elected office

    By Bill Brewer

    When Diocese of Knoxville priest Father Michael Woods delivered the invocation to convene the 110th General Assembly in Nashville on Jan. 10, Sen. Randy McNally was putting his imprint on a longtime tradition in the state legislature. Read more…


He Dwells Among Us
By Bishop Richard F. Stika

How will we use the time we have left? Three important top for making the most of our moments

It doesn’t happen that often, but this year it does. We will be in Ordinary Time for the whole month of February.

That’s right – Lent begins on March 1. So, what message could we glean for the shortest month of the year, one that is often the coldest, at least here in Tennessee, and is blanketed this year by Ordinary Time? I offer these thoughts in a three-part reply: Read more…

Living the readings
By Father Joseph Brando

Ten weeks of Scripture meditation will prepare you for Easter

In this issue we will be looking at all the Sunday Scripture readings in February and March. This period of time starts in Ordinary Time following Epiphany and continues until the day before Holy Week. One might think that these Sundays may be disconnected. However, the contrary is true. Read more…

Understanding the sacraments
Fr. Randy Stice

The Lectionary for Mass Supplement contains additions for a number of optional memorials

In its Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Vatican Council II stressed the multifaceted role of Sacred Scripture in the liturgy. “Sacred Scripture is of the greatest importance in the celebration of the liturgy. From it are taken the readings, which are explained in the homily and the psalms that are sung. Read more…

Praying for Perspective
By George Valadie

I love weekends, especially when our Friday night games have gone well and all the students have made it home safely.

After these many years, with our girls now living out of town, Nancy and I have finally established a Saturday – Sunday routine that we enjoy. Read more…

Marriage enrichment corner
Marian Christiana

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) National Marriage Week annual initiative begins Feb. 7 and ends Feb. 14 this year. Archbishop Charles Chaput, chairman of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth, states that the week “provides an opportunity to celebrate the gift and blessing of marriage and to affirm and support engaged and married couples.” Read more…