Marriage enrichment: Keeping the family life holy

Pope affirms Church teaching on family and marriage in ‘The Joy of Love’ exhortation By Marian Christiana Family life is holy. It is messy but holy. Since his installation as pontiff, Pope Francis has helped to bring family life and its complications into sharper focus within the universal Church. During his …

Once upon a time: The liturgy is alive and well

Popularity of novenas and other private devotions attest to improvements inspired by Vatican II By Monsignor Xavier Mankel Many churches 75 years old and older have them, or have places where they used to be. Immaculate Conception Church in Knoxville had them, and although bricked over for many years, they …

KDCCW members exemplify ‘the power of the Church’

Bishop Stika celebrates Mass; special guests address annual convention at Holy Trinity By The East Tennessee Catholic Staff The Knoxville Diocesan Council of Catholic Women welcomed Father Leo Patalinghug, the “Cooking Priest,” and Beth Mahoney, spirituality commission chairperson for the National Council of Catholic Women, to its 2016 convention April 14-16 …

Living the readings: The bounty of summer

In this Year of Mercy, we find God’s grace is truly abundant By Father Joseph Brando Now that they Easter season is completed with the feast of Pentecost, we return to Ordinary Time. However, this year is different. We are celebrating a Year of Mercy, which changes the way we look …

NDHS students earn chemistry, gymnastics honors

Notre Dame High School students recently earning honors included the following: ■ James West and Luis Sanchez competed in the citywide American Chemical Society Chemistry Olympiad. Eight schools in the city participated, and the Notre Dame students scored in the top 10 for the city. They advanced to compete for …

History honors for St. John Neumann students

Two students at St. John Neumann School in Farragut who created a documentary on desegregation of Tennessee schools won first-place honors in a state competition and advanced to a national competition in Maryland. Kaylie Pomerantz and Laila Stempkowski created a documentary titled “Exploration of Tennessee’s Journey to Desegregate Schools and …

Holy Trinity funeral Mass held for parishioner Johna Morvant

By Emily Booker In times of tragedy and loss, Eastertide can be a reminder that death, though painful, is not an end. Johna J. Morvant, 49, died April 4 in a helicopter accident in Pigeon Forge along with her daughter, Peyton Rasmussen, 22; her son, Parker Rasmussen, 18; her daughter’s …

KCHS senior receives UT-Battelle Scholarship

Knoxville Catholic High School senior Ian Greeley has been named recipient of the 2016 UT-Battelle Scholarship to attend the University of Tennessee. The scholarship, awarded to a graduating senior planning to study science, mathematics, or engineering at UT, is renewable for up to four years and is worth a total …

KCHS teacher awarded AP Redesign Scholarship

Knoxville Catholic High School teacher Joan Williams has been awarded a 2016 AP Redesign Scholarship by the AP Program. AP offers a limited number of tuition scholarships for teachers whose AP course is in a redesign year. Ms. Williams teaches AP world history, which is in a redesign year for …

St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish, RAM partner on clinic

Mini health event attracts people from Cleveland area as well as from out of state By Janice Fritz-Ryken Imagine what life would be like if your only option for health care meant sleeping overnight in your car in a church parking lot for the possibility to be seen at a …

KCHS president named ‘Advocate of the Year’

On April 6 Knoxville Catholic High School announced that president Dickie Sompayrac has been named “Advocate of the Year” by the Smoky Mountain Counseling Association. The purpose of this award is to recognize a person whose advocacy of guidance and counseling services, in a school setting, has an impact for …

Workshop on annulment policies, procedures draws priests, deacons

Diocese of Knoxville plans to have its own marriage tribunal established within five years By Bill Brewer The Diocese of Knoxville, which relies on the Diocese of Nashville to decide East Tennessee declarations of nullity, may be establishing its own tribunal that will handle annulment cases. The Diocese of Nashville Tribunal’s …