Praying for perspective: It ain’t over til it’s over

Yogi Berra was right when it comes to sports…and life; it’s never too late to come back By George Valadie I’ve been a sports fan, more like a sports nut, I guess, from my youngest days, though I’m not entirely sure how or why. I know it’s not genetic because …

Living the readings: Beginning at the end of the story

An approach from the rear can prepare us for Advent By Father Joseph Brando What we have here before you is an analysis of the next two months’ Sunday Mass readings. It starts at the 26th Sunday of the Church’s Ordinary Time (Oct. 1) and continues until the last Sunday …

Fr. Bill Gahagan introduced as diocese’s newest monsignor

Mass of Celebration at All Saints Church held in honor of diocese’s recent papal designate By Bill Brewer Father Bill Gahagan was officially introduced as the Diocese of Knoxville’s new monsignor on Aug. 29 during a Mass in his honor at All Saints Church in Knoxville. Parishioners from around the …

Marriage Enrichment: Can you be a marital ‘first responder’?

A new program in the diocese will help sustain marriages by tapping into the power of support networks by Marian Christiana The Office of Marriage Preparation and Enrichment is introducing what we think is an exciting new training program called “Marital First Responders.” This program is developed by The Doherty …

Fr. Shelton named dean of Cumberland Mountain Deanery

Father Brent Shelton, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Oak Ridge, has been appointed by Bishop Richard F. Stika as dean of the Cumberland Mountain Deanery. Father Shelton succeeds Father Doug Owens, who serves as pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Lenoir City and also as a vicar …

Fr. John Orr installed into Order of Fleur de Lis

Father John Orr, pastor of St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Madisonville, was installed as a Knight Commander of the Order of the Fleur de Lis on Aug. 26 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Long Beach, Miss. The Order of the Fleur de Lis is a nonprofit …

A Running of the Rose celebration Mass

The annual Running of the Silver Rose unites Knights of Columbus councils and members from across North America to bring attention to Our Lady of Guadalupe and the miracle of St. Juan Diego in Mexico. One of the Silver Roses on pilgrimage was hosted by the Handmaids of the Precious …

He dwells among us: Teachable moments

The Holy Spirit educates us on all things, and the Church is His schoolhouse, where we must always be open to learning or risk becoming spiritual dropouts By Bishop Richard F. Stika Another school year has begun, and we pray for the safety and success of our teachers, school administrators, …

Shelter from a Sevier firestorm

Diocese of Knoxville distributes nearly $369,000 to assist victims of the Gatlinburg fires By Bill Brewer Karla Amador now can breathe a deep sigh of relief, something she struggled to do on Nov. 28, 2016, and in the days and weeks following the now-historic date. Nearly nine months after the …

Eclipse illustrates God’s creation to astronomers of all ages

The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. – Psalm 19:1 When darkness descended on East Tennessee in the early afternoon of Aug. 21, astronomers of all ages looked to the sky to see the alignment of the moon …

Faith on the Border

East Tennessee is home to parishes that serve both sides of the state line By Dan McWilliams Photography by Stephanie Richer The universal Church always has transcended geographical borders. Nowhere is that more evident than in East Tennessee. Yes, East Tennessee is blessed with several Catholic churches located in border …

Our Lady of the Mount, Lookout Mountain, Ga.: Celebrating community

Part of the Faith on the Border series By Dan McWilliams Lookout Mountain’s Catholic church is only a short distance from the Tennessee line and draws many people from the Chattanooga area. Father Tom Shuler is pastor of the border parish that sits inside Georgia. “It presents an interesting situation …