KCHS, NDHS Class of 2020 finally graduates

KCHS, NDHS Class of 2020 finally graduates Stories by Dan McWilliams The COVID-19 pandemic may have sent home seniors for the last two months of their high school careers and delayed graduation, but the commencement ceremonies for Knoxville Catholic High School and Notre Dame High School nevertheless took place in …

PPP loans have had direct benefits for Church communities

Recipients say federal program has been instrumental in keeping open programs that aid those in need          By Tom Tracy/Catholic News Service  Catholic entities that took part in the Paycheck Protection Program said the federal emergency bridge loans translated into rapid assistance for their communities in the early months of …

The Catholic Church and the Paycheck Protection Program

By Elizabeth Solsburg and Michael Stechshulte/FAITH Catholic When the COVID-19 crisis abruptly shuttered small businesses across the country, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide assistance to individuals and businesses who’d experienced a financial impact. Part of the Act included a paycheck protection program …

Retreating to Rogersville

Hawkins County is a welcoming host to Tennessee Knights of Columbus leaders and their strategic planning weekend               By Bill Brewer Rome has an ambassador from Africa in Rogersville and Sneedville, and he is promoting the Catholic faith across the four corners of Hawkins and Hancock counties. Father Bartholomew Okere is …

A plan for renewal

A call to renew the Pastoral Plan for the Hispanic community of the Diocese of Knoxville             By Blanca Primm “Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us? So they set out at …

St. Michael the Archangel gets transitional deacon

Bishop Richard F. Stika has assigned Deacon Kenneth Ouma Wandera to support Glenmary Father Tom Charters at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Erwin. Father Charters is the pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Parish. Deacon Wandera took his final vows with the Glenmary Home Missioners on June 26 and …

St. John Paul II Catholic Mission names pastoral associate

Father Neil Pezzulo, GHM, pastor of St. John Paul II Catholic Mission in Rutledge has announced the hiring of a new pastoral associate, Clarisa Chavarria. Ms. Chavarria will assist the parish in serving the local Catholic minority, fostering cooperation with other local churches, evangelization, social outreach, and social justice efforts, …

New safe environment program replaces VIRTUS training

The Diocese of Knoxville is introducing a new safe environment program for the protection of children and vulnerable adults that will apply to all diocesan volunteers and employees. Effective July 1, the diocese has implemented the CMG Connect online platform to administer the safe environment program, which replaces the VIRTUS …

God’s work and ours

We glorify God through the work Christ accomplishes in us and through us in the world about us By Bishop Richard F. Stika  We glorify God through the work Christ accomplishes in us and through us in the world about us Father…, I glorified you on earth by accomplishing the …

Caroline Carlin named principal of Our Lady of Perpetual Help School

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Chattanooga had to look no farther than its faculty to find its next principal. Caroline Carlin, who joined the OLPH faculty in the summer of 2019 as academic dean, was named principal to begin the 2020-21 academic year. She succeeds Paul Jette, who …

New Media’s Role in the New Evangelization

Catholic community increasingly relies on technology during the pandemic By Emily Booker Photography by Stephanie Richer “He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation.’”— Matthew 16:15. When you first hear the word “evangelization,” what do you picture? Maybe a minister preaching on …

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Keeping the needy fed during the pandemic

Diocese of Knoxville parishes and organization live out Christ’s message to feed the hungry By Dan McWilliams Feeding the hungry is among the most basic of the corporal works of mercy, and several Catholic food pantries around the Diocese of Knoxville are doing just that. For some pantries, the coronavirus …