Tennessee Knights earn prestigious Circle of Honor award

Recognition is among several honors state Knights of Columbus receive at annual Supreme Convention in St. Louis By Andy Telli The Tennessee Knights of Columbus were honored with several awards presented at the awards ceremony of this year’s Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus, held in St. Louis Aug. …

Notre Dame High School welcomes new faculty

Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga recently welcomed five new faculty members for the 2017-18 school year. Father Christopher Floersh will serve as chaplain while teaching theology, tae kwon do, and service learning. He will also coordinate Notre Dame’s community-service program. Father Floersh is newly ordained, having completed seminary at …

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. Bishop Richard F. Stika …

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 …

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 …

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

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

Living the readings: Beginning at the end of the story

An approach from the rear can prepare us for Advent By Father Joseph Brando 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 …

Fr. Bill Gahagan introduced as diocese’s newest monsignor

Mass of Celebration at All Saints Church held in honor of diocese’s recent papal designate By Bill Brewer Father Bill Gahagan was officially introduced as the Diocese of Knoxville’s new monsignor on Aug. 29 during a Mass in his honor at All Saints Church in Knoxville. Parishioners from around the …

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

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

Fr. Shelton named dean of Cumberland Mountain Deanery

Father Brent Shelton, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Oak Ridge, has been appointed by Bishop Richard F. Stika as dean of the Cumberland Mountain Deanery. Father Shelton succeeds Father Doug Owens, who serves as pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Lenoir City and also as a vicar …

Fr. John Orr installed into Order of Fleur de Lis

Father John Orr, pastor of St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Madisonville, was installed as a Knight Commander of the Order of the Fleur de Lis on Aug. 26 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Long Beach, Miss. The Order of the Fleur de Lis is a nonprofit …

A Running of the Rose celebration Mass

The annual Running of the Silver Rose unites Knights of Columbus councils and members from across North America to bring attention to Our Lady of Guadalupe and the miracle of St. Juan Diego in Mexico. One of the Silver Roses on pilgrimage was hosted by the Handmaids of the Precious …