Understanding the Sacraments: The ‘peculiar graces’ of the Mass

The saints, including St. John of the Cross and St. Faustina, experienced this liturgical presence in profound ways By Father Randy Stice The meaning and power of the liturgical year was elegantly summarized by Vatican Council II: “Within the cycle of a year, moreover, she [the Church] unfolds the whole …

Living the Readings: Pentecost to Ordinary Time

The nine Sundays of June and July include three key feast days By Father Joseph Brando This edition of The East Tennessee Catholic takes us beyond the Easter Season, through the feasts of Pentecost, Holy Trinity, and the Body and Blood of Christ, and right back into Ordinary Time. It’s …

KCHS alum graduates from U.S. Military Academy

Cadet Reese Staley, son of Jim and Patrice Staley, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy on May 27. Staley graduated from Knoxville Catholic High School in 2013. While at West Point, he received a bachelor of science degree in international history with a minor in environmental engineering. He was commissioned …

Marriage Enrichment: Communication is the bedrock of any relationship

Differences in language between two people, based on what their family of origin passed on, can present a challenge By Marian Christiana Language, both verbal and physical, is a key ingredient to good communication. The first two factors dealing with good communication both focus on language. The first reminds us …

Praying for Perspective: ‘Common Sense Parenting’ class came too late

Raising children brings daily parenting decisions that are surely ‘in the manual we never got’ By George Valadie We Valadies have had the opportunity to live in three very different cities since the original two of us grew larger than that. One small, one midsize, one very large city. Each …

SJNS seventh-graders achieve on ACT exam

St. John Neumann School in Farragut congratulated four seventh-graders for outstanding achievement on the ACT exam for the Duke Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP). Three students, Ella Myers, Isabella Ramos, and Alonso Vela, received state recognition for their scores. These students scored at or above the national average of recent …

KCHS junior puts service hours to good use

Knoxville Catholic High School junior Towns Hughes has taken KCHS’s service hour requirement and put his own mark on it. Knowing that service hours were required at Knoxville Catholic, Towns wanted to put his service to good use and make a difference in children’s lives. During summer 2016, Towns started …

NDHS duo named Academic All-Americans

Notre Dame High School seniors Audrey Barkeloo-Carter and Jordan Crumpler have been named Academic All-Americans by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association of America Inc. More than 342,294 students are involved in aquatics at the high school level in more than 16,432 programs for boys and girls. Approximately 2 percent …

St. Mary students shine at UT science fair

Of the 57 projects at the St. Mary School-Oak Ridge science fair Feb. 9, 19 received awards making them eligible to enter the regional Southern Appalachian Science & Engineering Fair (SASEF) at the University of Tennessee on March 28-30. The SASEF is sponsored by the University of Tennessee and numerous …

Knoxville Catholic holds third annual Academic Signing Day

By Dan McWilliams Knoxville Catholic High School hosted its third annual Academic Signing Day event May 8 in the school gym. The event honors those students who have been offered academic scholarships, covering all of their tuition and fees, at the college where they plan to attend next fall. The …

Scouting committee holds 17th annual Bishop’s Gathering

By Dan McWilliams The Knoxville Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting held its 17th annual Bishop’s Gathering and Adult Recognition on April 8 at Sacred Heart Cathedral. The day began with morning Mass, followed by a breakfast in the school cafeteria. Bishop Richard F. Stika presided at Mass, which was concelebrated …