Our memories can be a happy privilege

Especially when we recall to mind that God is present in every moment of our lives By Deacon Bob Hunt There are moments that inspire reflection on those matters of life that matter most. Sometimes these moments are of the unhappy variety, but there are happy moments, too. I had …

The Bread of Life

Eucharistic Revival events focus on Church teachings, increasing love of Christ By Emily Booker “This saying is hard; who can accept it?” (John 6:60) This was the response of many of Jesus’ disciples when He said He was the Bread of Life and that “whoever eats my flesh and drinks …

The extraordinary in the ordinary

God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven begins in the heart as a little house of Nazareth By Bishop Richard F. Stika “There is one thing I ask of the Lord, only this do I seek: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of …

Cathedral marks 5th year since dedication

By Bill Brewer It seems like just yesterday when a standing-room-only congregation gathered at 711 S. Northshore Drive in Knoxville to finally see the result from decades of prayer, thought, and planning: the new Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. In a ceremony 30 years in the making, …

‘A match made in heaven’

Echo graduate students making a local impact in diocesan schools and parishes By Gabrielle Nolan Since 2017, the Echo Graduate Service Program has brought nine graduate students to the Diocese of Knoxville to enrich the parish and school communities here. The program, which is under the McGrath Institute for Church …

Young Adult Conference explores authentic faith

By Emily Booker What does an authentic faith look like in a world that is terrified of authenticity and faith? The Diocesan Young Adult Conference, “Bold Faith in the Modern World,” was held at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on Feb. 18 aiming to address that …

Bishop Stika leads East Tennessee faithful into Lent

Ash Wednesday Mass celebrations mark beginning of Easter countdown By Emily Booker Ash Wednesday on Feb. 22 marked the beginning of Lent, the 40 days of penance and prayer as the Church spiritually prepares for Easter. Although not a holy day of obligation, Ash Wednesday is one of the most …

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The Eucharistic Revival is underway — and you’re invited

Each parish and Catholic community is being asked to take part in celebrating love of the Eucharist By Deacon Jim Bello and Emily Booker Catholics across East Tennessee are invited to reflect and deepen their connection to Jesus in the Eucharist during the National Eucharistic Revival, now underway. The revival …

World mourns following the death of Pope Benedict XVI

His eight years serving the papacy capped a long ministry as teacher of the faith By Cindy Wooden/Catholic News Service Retired Pope Benedict XVI, who had an impressive record as a teacher and defender of the basics of Catholic faith, is likely to go down in history books as the …

Changing the culture

Cathedral minister attends international conference focused on discipleship By Emily Booker What is the meaning of life? Who is God? Will believing in Jesus make me happy? If someone on the street were to ask you those questions, how would you answer? And do you think your answers would lead …

Advent penance services scheduled around the diocese

Advent 2022 begins on Sunday, Nov. 27, and continues through Saturday, Dec. 24. As the Diocese of Knoxville looks toward Advent, churches around the diocese are announcing Advent penance services. Here are the Advent penance services received as of Nov. 6: Chattanooga Deanery Monday, Nov. 28—Notre Dame High School, (confessions) …

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A pilgrimage to New Hope

Virgin of the Poor Shrine has offered a place for prayer for 40 years By Emily Booker When people think of making a pilgrimage to a Marian shrine, they often think of a long journey to France, Mexico, or Portugal. But pilgrims can find a place of solace under the …