St. Teresa breaks ground on new church

Parish lays foundation for growth with permanent worship site in Maynardville

By Bill Brewer

God is many things. The Creator, Father Almighty, Most High, and Maker of Heaven and Earth, among other apt descriptions.

Father Steve Pawelk, GHM, and members of St. Teresa of Kolkata Parish in Maynardville and St. John Paul II Catholic Mission in Rutledge have lovingly bestowed another, albeitearthly, title on the Holy Spirit: General Contractor. Read more…

  • Good Shepherd marks 50th anniversary

    Bishop Stika joins Msgr. Hofstetter, Fr. Waraksa, parishioners in celebrating milestone

    By Dan McWilliams

    The first Mass at the Church of the Good Shepherd took place Sept. 24, 1967, and the Newport parish celebrated the 50th anniversary of that liturgy on the exact date this fall. Read more…

    New Music Commission formed to unify diocesan talents, resources

    Group will promote ways for parish music ministers to collaborate

    By Emily Booker

    The Diocese of Knoxville Music Commission held its inaugural meeting on Sept. 16 at the Chancery. Music directors representing parishes and schools across the diocese gathered to discuss how they can share their resources and talents with one another.

    The Music Commission was established by Bishop Richard F. Stika to “act as a liaison between the diocese, the cathedral, and parish musicians.” Read more…

    In a texting world, youth urged to have ‘subtext of love’

    Nearly 200 high school students and adults attend the annual Youth Mass, where many receive honors for their service

    By Bill Brewer

    Diocese of Knoxville youth are getting schooled on how to get engaged.

    OK, not that kind of engaged.

    We’re talking about more one-on-one engagement with others and less reliance on cell phones and social media to interact with people. Read more…

    Group exploring ways to re-establish Serra Club in Knoxville

    Father Joe Reed celebrates Sacred Heart Cathedral Mass to mark diocesan-wide appeal for vocations

    By Emily Booker

    Are you answering God’s call in your life? Are you helping others answer their call? A group in Knoxville is working to create a culture that grows and nourishes vocations in the Diocese of Knoxville. Read more…

  • 2018 diocesan confirmations to be held in new cathedral

    To mark the dedication of the new Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on March 3 and the 30th anniversary of the Diocese of Knoxville’s founding, Bishop Richard F. Stika will celebrate the sacrament of confirmation for all diocesan parishes in the cathedral next spring.

    Bishop Stika is adjusting the confirmation Mass schedules only for 2018, after which all confirmations will return to the parishes. Read more…

    St. Mary-Johnson City has triple celebration

    The parish burns its church mortgage, honors Monsignor Bill Gahagan, and receives a Leadership Roundtable award

    By Dan McWilliams

    St. Mary Parish in Johnson City held a triple celebration Aug. 22.

    The parish burned the mortgage on its church building, honored former pastor and now-Monsignor Bill Gahagan, and announced that it had received a Leadership Roundtable award.

    And all of that took place on the memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the parish’s patron. Read more…

    A special grace … then and now

    Cardinal Rigali leads Diocese of Knoxville faithful on a Fatima pilgrimage to mark 100th anniversary of Marian apparitions

    By Jim Wogan

    One hundred years ago this month, on Oct. 13, 1917, the Blessed Mother fulfilled a promise of her appearance and a miracle at what has now become a sacred site for pilgrims from around the world: Fatima. Read more…

    All Saints Parish hosts diocese’s sixth Ministries Day

    More than 200 participate in a day of workshops on the Catholic faith featuring ‘a great lineup of presenters and topics’

    By Dan McWilliams

    The diocese held its sixth Ministries Day on Aug. 19 at All Saints Church in Knoxville, and more than 200 people took part in a morning and an afternoon of workshops on the Catholic faith. Read more…


He dwells among us: Where heaven and earth meet
By Bishop Richard F. Stika

May your heart’s temple truly be God’s cathedral, where his presence dwells

The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. –Luke 1:3

These words of the archangel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin Mary at the annunciation come to mind as I have watched the large elevated structure called a “baldacchino” being built over the altar in our new cathedral church.

More than an ornamental structure, the baldacchino speaks to the mystery of our faith and of our communion with God. Read more…

Living the readings: Beginning at the end of the story
By Father Joseph Brando

An approach from the rear can prepare us for Advent

What we have here before you is an analysis of the next two months’ Sunday Mass readings. It starts at the 26th Sunday of the Church’s Ordinary Time (Oct. 1) and continues until the last Sunday of the ecclesial year at the feast of Christ the King on Nov. 26. This approach from the rear can help us to prepare our way to Advent, which will commence Dec. 3. We all know well that Advent prepares us for Christmas. Read more…

Understanding the sacraments: The ‘peculiar graces’ of the Mass
Fr. Randy Stice

The saints, including St. John of the Cross and St. Faustina, experienced this liturgical presence in profound ways

The meaning and power of the liturgical year was elegantly summarized by Vatican Council II: “Within the cycle of a year, moreover, she [the Church] unfolds the whole mystery of Christ, from the incarnation and birth until the ascension, the day of Pentecost, and the expectation of blessed hope and of the coming of the Lord” (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 102). Read more…

Praying for perspective: It ain’t over til it’s over
By George Valadie

Yogi Berra was right when it comes to sports…and life; it’s never too late to come back

I’ve been a sports fan, more like a sports nut, I guess, from my youngest days, though I’m not entirely sure how or why. I know it’s not genetic because my dad could have cared less and my mom only went to watch “her baby.”

I’m guessing a major contributing factor was the competitive culture of the neighborhood in which I grew up, with our afternoons of backyard kickball and wiffle ball, the summer evenings of kick-the-can and blind-man’s-bluff. Read more…

Marriage Enrichment: Can you be a marital ‘first responder’?
Marian Christiana

A new program in the diocese will help sustain marriages by tapping into the power of support networks

The Office of Marriage Preparation and Enrichment is introducing what we think is an exciting new training program called “Marital First Responders.” This program is developed by The Doherty Relationship Institute in Minnesota, and we hope that you will consider getting involved.

Marital First Responders training is a breakthrough way to help sustain marriages by tapping into the power of their support networks already in place. Read more…