Divine Mercy Mission Masses near capacity in KCHS chapel

Divine Mercy Catholic Mission recently relocated from its home of nearly two decades, Immaculate Conception Church in downtown Knoxville, to the chapel at Knoxville Catholic High School. Sunday Masses for the mission that serves the diocese’s Vietnamese community are held at 9 a.m. in the chapel, although crowds may soon …

Diocesan schools plan Christmas season events

By Kara Lockmiller Throughout the Bible we are encouraged to sing praises to God and give to those in need. The children of the diocese plan to do just that this Christmas season in the many school programs and service projects being held across East Tennessee.   Knoxville Catholic High …

Father David Boettner welcomed home

The Sacred Heart Cathedral School community welcomed back cathedral rector Father David Boettner in a big way Nov. 20. At an all-school Mass, Deacon Sean Smith led a packed cathedral in a round of applause for Father Boettner, who was on a Continuing Education experience overseas from July 18 until …

Morning has broken at Camp Greenville

God’s presence can be felt when least expected, especially for seventh-graders rising early for a sunrise Mass. Camp Greenville, a YMCA-sponsored camp facility for youth and families in the northwestern part of South Carolina, is home this week to seventh-grade students from Sacred Heart Cathedral School in Knoxville. The annual …

Scientist leading parishioners through intersection of faith and reason

Deacon Mike Gouge is no stranger to scientific theory. In fact, the Ph.D. and recent retiree from Oak Ridge National Laboratory has thrived on research about the beginnings of the universe. Deacon Gouge has spent the fall preaching what he has practiced by leading an adult faith formation class called …

Pope: faith, science must cooperate to protect people, planet

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Dialogue and cooperation between faith and science are urgently needed for building a culture that respects people and the planet, Pope Benedict XVI told his own science academy. Without faith and science informing each other, “the great questions of humanity leave the domain of reason and …

Sacred Heart School mock election is a study in politics

News reporters, TV cameras and political analysts weren’t huddled outside the halls of Sacred Heart Cathedral School on Tuesday, but maybe they should have been. The school was a hotbed of election activity as students took part in the electoral process, bringing to life what they’ve been studying in social …

Top speakers headline Eucharistic Congress that kicks off Jubilee year

The Diocese of Knoxville’s yearlong 25th anniversary jubilee will kick off Sept. 13-14 with a family weekend that includes a Eucharistic Congress for all the diocesan faithful featuring some of the most influential personalities in the U.S. Catholic Church—a lineup called “almost miraculous.” The two-day celebration will take place at …

Chattanooga, Knox pro-life events highlight gains in battling abortion

CHATTANOOGA—The ninth annual Celebrate Life Benefit Banquet, held by Chattanoogans for Life, this year added a co-sponsor in the Chattanooga Deanery Office of Youth Ministry. The event was held Oct. 18 at the Pier 2 banquet hall on Chattanooga’s riverfront. Guest speakers were singer-songwriter Kara Klein and former NFL and …

St. Francis Parish’s two Mrs. Campbells retire

By Carol S. Adams Eighteen years ago some parishioners of St. Francis of Assisi in Fairfield Glade approached the pastor, Father George Sheehan, asking for religion classes for their children. Father Sheehan told them they could have classes if they could find a teacher. Fortunately for them, their children, and …

Bishop rededicates Notre Dame High chapel

Bishop Richard F. Stika rededicated the newly renovated chapel at Notre Dame High School on Oct. 4. The renovation of the chapel was a project envisioned by Father Augustine Idra, AJ, spiritual director at Notre Dame High School from July 2009 to January 2012. Funding for the project was realized …