Our Lady of Lourdes, South Pittsburg: When it comes to God, there are no rivalries

Part of the Faith on the Border series By Dan McWilliams The parish in the Diocese of Knoxville’s southwestern corner draws a sizable number of folks from northeastern Alabama. Deanna Jordi of Bridgeport, Ala., says Our Lady of Lourdes is “only about five miles away,” compared with the Catholic church …

St. Anne, Bristol, Va.: Administering the sacraments in a border parish

Part of the Faith on the Border series By Dan McWilliams The ultimate border town, with State Street in downtown Bristol dividing Tennessee and Virginia, has a Catholic church on the Virginia side that still draws plenty of people from Bristol, Tenn. St. Anne pastor Father Kevin Segerblom, who was …

St. Boniface, Jellico, Tenn./Ky.: Tennesseans attending Mass in Kentucky

Part of the Faith on the Border series By Dan McWilliams St. Boniface sits on the Kentucky side of the state line, but the Tennessee border runs directly behind the church and its adjacent Catholic cemetery. The church is part of the Diocese of Lexington, and, on the Diocese of …

St. Catherine Labouré, Copperhill: an interstate congregation

Part of the Faith on the Border series By Dan McWilliams The Georgia-Tennessee state line bisects this little church, located in the Diocese of Knoxville’s southeastern corner. The diagonal direction of the line leaves the front door of the church in Tennessee and the altar in Georgia. So when St. …

Retired Maronite Bishop Robert J. Shaheen dies at age 80

By Jennifer Brinker / St. Louis Review ST. LOUIS — Bishop Robert J. Shaheen, the first Maronite priest to be ordained in the United States and a priest and bishop in St. Louis for a half-century, died Aug. 9. Bishop Shaheen, who celebrated his 80th birthday in June, was the …

Funeral Mass celebrated for Deacon Norman George Amero

A funeral Mass was celebrated Aug. 8 at St. Mary Church in Oak Ridge for Deacon Norman George Amero, who died Aug. 1 at his home after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 77. Bishop Richard F. Stika was the principal celebrant of the Mass. Concelebrating were priests of …

Praying for perspective: A view from on high

We may not see each other as God sees us, which can be very humbling By George Valadie Our youngest daughter recently moved back to Chattanooga and found an apartment downtown. We love to visit her and pretend we are cool. We take her to all the trendy places for …

SJNS sixth-graders stand out at science fair

The Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair (SASEF) took place last spring at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville. St. John Neumann School in Farragut was represented extremely well this year, and the students are directed by middle school science teacher Brett Shaffer. This year’s Junior Division Grand Champion (first place overall) …

Conquest boys youth group helps strengthen faith

By Patrick Daigle Two of the seven Corporal Works of Mercy are feeding the hungry and giving water to the thirsty. On April 29, my Conquest group did just that. Conquest is a fifth- through eighth-grade youth group found across the country to help strengthen the Catholic faith in middle …

Girls in Challenge group are ‘sculpted by Christ’

By Meghan Campbell “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.” — Proverbs 31:25-26 This is the type of young woman that Challenge Youth Group helps build. Through discussions, fun activities, Gospel …

Keegan Smith wins AAU Junior Olympics gold

Ten-year-old Keegan Smith, a fifth-grader at Sacred Heart Cathedral School much honored already in his running career, captured a gold medal July 31 in the 3,000-meter run for 11-year-olds at the AAU Junior Olympic Games in Detroit. Keegan ran a sub-10-minute time of 9:59.36 to win by a margin of …

NDHS alumni Dennis Haskins, Carl Labbe honored

By Barry Courter Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga honored two of its most well-known alums July 27 as part of its annual Alumni Weekend festivities. Dennis Haskins, best known as Mr. Belding on the hit TV show “Saved by the Bell,” was presented the Distinguished Alumni Award during the …