He dwells among us: Becoming cathedrals of God

Cooperate with the Holy Spirit as he builds you into a beautiful sacred dwelling of his love By Bishop Richard F. Stika I rejoiced when they said to me, “Let us go to the House of the Lord.”And now our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem. — Psalm …

Sacred Heart Cathedral is where construction, art intersect

Hard hats, scaffolding, tight spaces all in a days work for EverGreene Architectural artisans on a mission By Bill Brewer When the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus begins filling with worshipers next month, people attending Mass, adoration, confession, or any of a number of sacred events coming …

Working on the cathedral has been a labor of love for many

Clancy Custom Woodworking adds local craftsmanship to the Diocese of Knoxville’s new mother church By Bill Brewer Art Clancy III envisioned the Diocese of Knoxville’s new cathedral “a million times” before his company ever installed the first wood trim or molding. That’s because the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart …

St. Michael Mission celebrates groundbreaking

The six-year-old growing community in Erwin hopes to be in its new multipurpose building by Easter Sunday By Emily Booker The newest building project in the Diocese of Knoxville demonstrates the joy and growth of the Catholic Church in East Tennessee, even in rural, mountainous parts of the region. St. …

KCHS sports teams making move to Division II

The Fighting Irish will begin competing in the financial-aid division starting in 2019-20 By Dan McWilliams Knoxville Catholic High School sports will begin competing in Division II starting with the 2019-20 school year. The TSSAA Board of Control approved KCHS’s request for the move at its Jan. 11 meeting. Division …

Parishioner gives used church candles new life

Jean Sohnly of St. Francis – Fairfield Glade re-melts the candles and forms them into decorative ornaments By Dan McWilliams Jean Sohnly hates to see a good church candle go to waste. The parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi in Fairfield Glade has for years taken used candles and re-melted …

Funeral Mass celebrated for Father Frank Brett

Bishop Stika is celebrant for services at St. Augustine Chapel Father Francis X. Brett, a Diocese of Knoxville priest and former U.S. Army chaplain and teacher, passed away Dec. 18 at Alexian Village Retirement Center in Signal Mountain following a battle with cancer. He was 86. A funeral Mass for …

Living the Readings: Our cathedral: the mission begins

The new Sacred Heart Cathedral joins all that came before it By Father Joseph Brando What is the function of the Church? One answer may be that the Church exists to make our Risen Lord present in every corner of the world and in every human soul. That job is …

Knoxville March for Life takes a different route in 2018

Threat of protests from fringe groups forces annual event indoors; overflow crowd of pro-life supporters turns out By Bill Brewer The 43rd annual March for Life took a different route this year to mark the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision on abortion. East Tennessee Catholics …

Diocese of Knoxville deaneries announce Lenten penance services for parishes

Here are the Lenten penance services scheduled for parishes around the diocese received as of press time: Cumberland Mountain Deanery 7 p.m. ET, unless noted. Feb. 20 — St. Mary, Oak Ridge; Feb. 26 — St. Teresa of Kolkata, Maynardville; March 7 — Our Lady of Perpetual Help, LaFollette; March …

The apostolic pardon

Guest Column by Father Arthur Torres Barona As priests at Sacred Heart Cathedral, we receive phone calls almost every day asking us to come to the hospital or the nursing home to administer the so-called Last Rites to the dying. Not long ago, a faithful parishioner called me to come …