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Images of Christ

Two local artists named finalists in National Sacred Art exhibit By Emily Booker Picture Christ. What image comes to your mind? Sacred art forms our understanding of religious concepts, like who Christ is, and educates us on the faith, using rich imagery and symbolism to pass down stories and meaning. …

Looking at the Prayer Over the Offerings

The language of sacrifice and offering or oblation is prominent in this second proper prayer By Father Randy Stice Last month, I began a three-part series on the proper prayers of the Mass: the Collect, the Prayer Over the Offerings, and the Prayer After Communion, beginning with the Collect. In …

Parishes embrace Tenebrae

Moving service highlights the darkness present before Easter By Emily Booker Slow. Quiet. Dark. It can be difficult to step away from the busyness and noise of the world and to truly enter into a space that offers a stillness in order to draw you closer to God. If you …

Announcing the Gospel

MAG Sisters celebrate 75 years with a Mass, opening of Holy Door By Emily Booker I trust in your mercy. Grant my heart joy in your salvation.  — Psalm 13:6 It was a day of both mercy and joy on Dec. 15 when Las Misioneras del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus …

Generosity pours forth on Giving Tuesday

St. Albert the Great Parish, St. Joseph School in U.S. Top 100 for funds raised By Emily Booker Diocese of Knoxville parishioners began the season of giving in a robust way. #iGiveCatholic is an online giving initiative held in dioceses across the United States on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving every …

St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic’s village

Diocesan ministry bringing aboard partners to offer a full complement of health services for East Tennesseans By Emily Booker It’s often said, “It takes a village to raise a child.” But the need for a village doesn’t stop after childhood. Most everyone needs a village. And St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic …

Our brethren before us

Students learn that care for departed, their burial grounds are part of Christian life By Emily Booker A burial ground, be it a cemetery, mausoleum, or columbarium, is an important part of a Catholic community. The Catechism says, “The bodies of the dead must be treated with respect and charity, …

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Sacred and southern

‘A High Lonesome Mass’ combines Mass settings and bluegrass style in joyful performance      By Emily Booker By the sound of it, you may not have been sure if it was a Catholic Mass, an old-time Protestant revival, or a Rhythm and Roots stage, but it was certainly a sound glorifying …

Gatlinburg parishioner installed as NCCW province director

Sevierville resident Amelia Sweeney was recently installed as the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW) director for the Province of Louisville at the NCCW national convention in Salt Lake City. The NCCW acts through its members to support, empower, and educate all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership, and service. There …

St. Francis-Fairfield Glade presents St. Alphonsus with a $30,000 gift

St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Fairfield Glade recently made a $30,000 gift to St. Alphonsus Parish in Crossville to help with the latter’s building campaign. Construction is nearing completion on a new St. Alphonsus Church. Parishioners have been worshiping in a parish life center since 2003. In his letter …

A closer look at Eucharistic Prayer III

Liturgical prayer—the words of the Mass—can enrich and inform our personal prayers By Father Randy Stice Last month I introduced the Eucharistic Prayer (EP), “the center and high point” of the Mass. The current liturgy has 13 Eucharistic Prayers. EP I (Roman Canon) was the only Eucharistic Prayer for many …

KDCCW leaders attend international assembly

World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations attendees meet with pope By Emily Booker Two women from the Diocese of Knoxville attended the international World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations (WUCWO) General Assembly in Assisi, Italy, in May. Patty Johnson and Sally Jackson joined more than 800 women representing nearly 70 …