Frassati Fellowship builds ministry through Habitat project

School was back in session for several Frassati Fellowship members Aug. 23 as the young adults received a crash course in home building and sweat equity during a Habitat for Humanity project. The Frassati members didn’t let the steamy dog days of summer deter them from hammering, caulking, wielding a …

Knoxville Catholic keeps Irish Bowl trophy in win over Notre Dame

By Bill Brewer and Jim Wogan Notre Dame High School battled rival Knoxville Catholic and the clock Friday night as the Chattanooga Fighting Irish’s hopes for a last-second tie or victory fell short in the teams’ first football game of the 2014 season. Knoxville Catholic scored 15 points in the …

Second annual Irish Bowl kicks off high school football

East Tennessee’s two Catholic football teams kick off their seasons tonight in Chattanooga when Notre Dame hosts Knoxville Catholic in the second annual Irish Bowl. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Bishop Richard F. Stika and Sister Mary Marta Abbott, RSM, superintendent of Catholic Schools, will be at the …

Diocesan schools In-Service Day marks beginning of school year

By Dan McWilliams and Sedonna Prater Nearly 300 teachers and administrators from East Tennessee Catholic schools took part in the annual Diocesan In-Service on Aug. 8 at Knoxville Catholic High School. Bishop Richard F. Stika began the program with a keynote address in the KCHS gym. The day fell on …

Parish notes: Smoky Mountain Deanery

Holy Family, Seymour Holy Family Church is hosting a yard and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9; and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10. For more information, contact Anita or Jerry Miller at 865-712-8252 or …

Smoky Mountain Deanery calendar

The seventh annual Irish Fest on the Hill will take place from 4-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Immaculate Conception Church. The festival will include Irish music, dancing, beer, a tour of the church, games, and much more. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 12 and under. …

Notre Dame High’s Howie Sompayrac moves to St. Joseph

Notre Dame High School’s Howie Sompayrac resigned as athletics director April 8 after 15 years in the position. Mr. Sompayrac has accepted a job at St. Joseph School in Knoxville, where he will be the director of School Advancement. His wife, Cathy, has been offered an elementary teaching position there …

Funeral Mass held for diocesan seminarian Jeff Emitt

Diocese of Knoxville seminarian Jeff Emitt died July 16 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 61. Mr. Emitt was a longtime member of Holy Ghost Church, where he had played guitar for Sunday evening Masses. He also was a fourth-degree Knight of Columbus prior to joining the seminary. …

St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic breaks ground on garage, offices

Facility for mobile medical unit will be on the Church of Divine Mercy campus in West Knox County The St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic will soon have a new home. The diocese broke ground July 1 for a 40-by-60-foot warehouse that will house the mobile clinic, which is a family physician’s …

Diocese schools in Chattanooga, Kingsport see new principals

Top educators at St. Dominic, Our Lady of Perpetual Help retire; successors eager to begin new year Two diocesan elementary school principals retired following the 2013-14 school year, and each has a successor eager to step in and fill the role. Jeri McInturff stepped down at Our Lady of Perpetual …

Church of Divine Mercy holds inaugural first Communion, confirmation Mass

Bishop Richard F. Stika gave the sacrament of confirmation to nearly every Diocese of Knoxville parish during the spring. The sacrament was especially eagerly anticipated at one church, which held its first Mass of confirmation and first Holy Communion. Divine Mercy Catholic mission celebrated milestones for 21 of its youngest …

Weekday readings for August 2014

Friday, Aug. 1: Jeremiah 26:1-9; Psalm 69:5, 8-10, 14; Matthew 13:54-58 Saturday, Aug. 2: Jeremiah 26:11-16, 24; Psalm 69:15-16, 30-31, 33-34; Matthew 14:1-12 Sunday, Aug. 3: Isaiah 55:1-3; Psalm 145:8-9, 15-18; Romans 8:35, 37-39; Matthew 14:13-21 Monday, Aug. 4: Jeremiah 28:1-17; Psalm 119:29, 43, 79-80, 95, 102; Matthew 14:22-36 Tuesday, …