Praying for perspective: We are all God’s creatures

Whether well-heeled with the right papers or the more common variety, everyone should strive to be a best friend. By George Valadie For some reason, I feel compelled to tell you about our dogs, the ones still with us and those of the past. Most all of us have had …

The Face and Hands of Jesus

Bridge Ministry connects homeless community and Diocese of Knoxville volunteers By Bill Brewer Photography by Deacon Scott Maentz and Bill Brewer Ministries serve God in a variety of ways. Some are formed with great resources and goals in mind. Many are merely seeds planted that take time to grow. And …

He dwells among us: Eternal friends

As a people of God, we need the help of our friends on earth and in heaven, and to be friends to those in need By Bishop Richard F. Stika “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength, honor and glory and blessing …

Farm-to-church-to-table

Area produce featured as St. Mary Oak Ridge again hosts Winter Farmers Market By Dan McWilliams Photography by Bill Brewer St. Mary Parish and School in Oak Ridge are providing both a valuable opportunity for farmers and good food for the community by hosting the second annual Winter Farmers Market. …

Diocese of Knoxville parishes raise more than $400,000 for disaster relief

Bishop Richard F. Stika has announced distributions for recent collections to assist hurricane and earthquake victims in the United States, the Caribbean, and Mexico. By Jim Wogan Through the generosity of its 51 parishes and mission churches, the Diocese of Knoxville raised more than $400,000 through a series of special …

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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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

He dwells among us: Where heaven and earth meet

May your heart’s temple truly be God’s cathedral, where his presence dwells By Bishop Richard F. Stika 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 …