Diocesan calendar

“A Conversation with the Cardinals” will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville featuring New York Archbishop Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Cardinal Justin Rigali, and Cardinal William Levada. Bishop Richard F. Stika will moderate this entertaining and informative night, the proceeds of which will benefit the St. Mary’s Legacy Foundation Mobile Health Clinic. Tickets can be purchased on a first-come, first-served basis at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800-745-3000, online at www.tennesseetheatre.com, or at the Tennessee Theatre’s Clinch Avenue box office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For more information about this special event, visit www.dioknox.org.

Catholic Charities of East Tennessee will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at its new administrative offices located at 119 Dameron Ave. Bishop Richard F. Stika will bless the building at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Carrie McConkey at 865-524-9896 or carrie@ccetn.org.

There will be a Mass for the World Day of Consecrated Life at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Bishop Richard F. Stika will preside. For more information, call Sister Mary Charles Mayer, RSM, at 865-584-3307.

A Lenten pilgrimage to the EWTN studios and the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament has been planned for March 4-6. The group will have the opportunity to go to Mass, take a tour of the EWTN studios, participate in a live taping of “EWTN Live” with Father Mitch Pacwa, SJ, visit the shrine, and pray with the nuns of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration. The price is $250 per person based on double occupancy and includes two nights at St. Bernard Abbey Retreat Center; bus fare; two breakfasts, lunches, and dinners; and the cost of the Ave Maria Grotto tour. The deadline for registration and payment is Wednesday, Feb. 18. To register or learn more, contact Lisa Morris at 865-567-1245 or lccte@bellsouth.net.

Aquinas College is hosting the St. Thomas Aquinas Theological and Catechetical Forum “Proclaiming and Living the Gospel of the Family” Feb. 13-14 at the St. Cecilia Academy Theater adjacent to Aquinas College in Nashville. Speakers include Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, DD, JCL, archbishop of Seattle; Helen Alvaré, professor of law at George Mason University and consultor for the Pontifical Council of the Laity; Sister Terese Auer, OP, Ph.D., chair of the bioethics department at Pope John Paul the Great High School in Virginia; Richard Bulzacchelli, STD, associate professor of theology at Aquinas College; John Garvey, president of the Catholic University of America; and Katrina Zeno, MTS, coordinator for the John Paul II Resource Center for Theology of the Body and Culture in Phoenix. Registration is $150 per person. For more information, visit www.aquinascollege.edu/forum.

The 40 Days for Life campaign will begin on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18, and will run through Palm Sunday, March 29. Last year, 19 diocesan parishes as well as a number of Catholic organizations adopted days of vigil to help cover each day of the campaign. Please have your parish or organization pro-life representative contact Paul Simoneau at psimoneau@dioknox.org or 865-862-5753 in order to beginning planning for this year’s coming campaign.

The Diocese of Knoxville is sponsoring an art contest for children in kindergarten through 12th grade as part of activities planned for the Year of Consecrated Life. The theme will be “Wake up the world! Be witnesses of a different way of doing things, of acting, of living!” The art project can be a drawing, painting, sculpture, or woodcraft and must be able to fit in a small car for transport. Artwork must be submitted on March 7 or 8 at the parishes designated to receive the entries: Smoky Mountain Deanery, St. Albert the Great; Cumberland Mountain Deanery, St. Mary, Oak Ridge; Five Rivers Deanery, St. Mary, Johnson City; Chattanooga Deanery, St. Jude. No early entries will be accepted. Entries must have the child’s name, parents’ names, grade, parish, and contact information included. Judging will take place during the week of March 9-13, with finalists being announced March 28-29. A winner in each age group will be contacted by phone by March 31. The winner in each group (grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12) will be invited for a reception at the Chancery. For more information, contact Sister Mary Charles Mayer, RSM, at 865-584-3307 or srmarycharles@dioknox.org.

The Catholic Charities “Emerald O’ccasion” fundraising dinner is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at the Knoxville Marriott. Father Eric Andrews, CSP, president of the Paulist Fathers and former pastor of St. John XXIII Parish, will be the keynote speaker. Contact Sherrie Shuler for tickets or more information at 865-684-1894 or sherrie@ccetn.org.

Catholic Charities needs volunteers for several of its programs. The Pregnancy Help Center needs Spanish-speaking volunteers to assist with the “Earn While You Learn” program for parents-to-be, giving them the opportunity to learn about pregnancy-related concerns and parenting tips while earning needed supplies for their infants. Contact Sandi Davidson for more information at 865-776-4510 or sandi@ccetn.org.

The Children’s Emergency Shelter is also in serious need of volunteers to care for and prepare meals for the residents of the program. Fingerprinting and a background check are required to participate. Contact Jackie Fleming at 865-544-0578 or jackie@ccetn.org for more information.

The next Picture of Love engaged couples retreat is scheduled for 7-10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Chattanooga. The retreat is to supplement couples’ marriage formation process with their parish priests. The cost is $135 per couple, which includes a certificate good for $60 off a marriage license. Couples must attend the entire program to receive the certificate. Mass will be celebrated during the event. For more information, contact Marian Christiana at 423-892-2310 or mchristiana@dioknox.org.

The Office of Marriage Preparation and Enrichment is planning a pilgrimage to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia Sept. 23-27. Space is limited. Contact Marian Christiana at mchristiana@dioknox.org or 423-892-2310 or Lisa Morris at lccte@bellsouth.net or 865-567-1245 for details and trip information.

An Engaged Encounter weekend is scheduled for Feb. 13-15 at the Holiday Inn Express in Lenoir City. For more information, contact Jason or Carmen Jeansonne, weekend registration couple, at 865-377-3077, or Tom and Maggie Slankas, local coordinators, at 483-7896 or ceeknoxville@yahoo.com.

Mass in the extraordinary form (“traditional Latin”) is celebrated at 1:30 p.m. each Sunday at Holy Ghost Church in Knoxville; at 3 p.m. on first and third Sundays at St. Thérèse of Lisieux Church in Cleveland; at 3 p.m. on second and fourth Sundays at St. Joseph the Worker Church in Madisonville; at 11 a.m. on most Sundays at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Townsend; and at 3 p.m. on the first and third Sundays at St. Mary Church in Johnson City. Visit www.knoxlatinmass.net for updated information.

Father David Carter will celebrate a Missa Privata (low Mass) in the ancient form of the Roman Rite on Mondays at 7 a.m. at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Chattanooga.

A Missa Cantata (sung high Mass) in the ancient form of the Roman Rite is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of every month at 5 p.m. at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul. The next scheduled Masses are Feb. 22 and March 22. A potluck dinner will follow in Varallo Hall after each Mass. For more information, call the parish office at 423-266-1618.

The St. Thomas the Apostle Eastern (Byzantine) Catholic Mission has moved to 2304 Ault Road, Knoxville, TN 37914. Divine Liturgy times remain the same. All services are in English. Call Father Richard Armstrong at 865-584-3307 or visit www.saintthomas-knoxville.org for details.

Holy Resurrection Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic Mission has Divine Liturgy celebrations at 9:30 a.m. Sundays at the old Holy Ghost Church, 1031 N. Central St. in Knoxville. For times of holy-day services or for more information, visit www.knoxbyz.org or call Father Thomas O’Connell at 865-256-4880.

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