Blessing Box installed at Our Lady of Fatima

The Council of Catholic Women at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Alcoa recently installed a Blessing Box on the church grounds. Father Adam Royal, spiritual adviser and parochial vicar at Our Lady of Fatima, blessed the box before the September general meeting. Funding for the Blessing Box was made …

Knights volunteer for Special Olympics bowling event

On Sept. 9, Knights of Columbus Council 8860 provided a team of six parishioners and Knights from St. Henry Parish in Rogersville to work as volunteer coaches for the Special Olympics at Warpath Bowling Center in Kingsport. Christy Thacker, Area 32 Coordinator for the Special Olympics, said that this event …

Fr. Richard Cortese funeral Mass held

A funeral Mass was held on Sept. 20 at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Memphis for Father Richard Cortese, who was associate pastor of St. Mary Church in Jackson. Father Cortese died Sept. 11 at age 66. He was buried at Calvary Cemetery in Memphis. Bishop David P. Talley …

Remembering prayers he offered for students

Petitions offered by a former principal spanned everything from report cards to final exams By George Valadie Prayer is easy. That’s what Father said. He was speaking to the third- and fourth-graders at their weekly Wednesday morning Mass. Admittedly, Nanc and I should attend daily Mass more than we do. …

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Schoolteacher makes Our Lady of Guadalupe mosaic

Felicia Gregory of St. Mary School in Johnson City fashions artwork out of lids from baby food pouches   By Casey Keeley The newest work of art on display at St. Mary School in Johnson City, a mosaic, is the fruit of their own staff member’s labor. Felicia Gregory has been …

St. Anne Parish in the middle of abortion debate

Bristol Catholic community standing for life as pro-choice facilities choose between Tennessee, Virginia By Casey Keeley After the June Supreme Court ruling reversing Roe v. Wade that now allows states to make their own decisions on abortion, Tennessee immediately sprang into action to protect the lives of the unborn. Gov. …

Supporting Catholic-run small business in the Tri-Cities

Faithful parishioners have started successful operations on little more than a wing and a prayer By Casey Keeley Small businesses have been the backbone of the U.S. economy since the country’s early years. In recent years, however, owners have been struggling to stay in business. Most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic …

What season are you in?

What season are you in? The winds of change are constant, but faith supports us through ups and downs By Claire Collins It was 4 a.m. I sat in my rocking chair holding my sleeping baby, using all my strength to keep myself awake. You may be asking, “Why were …

My peace I give you

The example of two military chaplain heroes reminds us what is most essential in the earthly and spiritual battles of life By Bishop Richard F. Stika Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not …

The rosary depicted as an extremist symbol

A magazine article says the Catholic devotion ‘has acquired a militaristic meaning’ for ‘rad trads’ By Deacon Bob Hunt I prayed my extremist symbol of Christian nationalism today. Have you? In an article that Bishop Robert Barron called “colossally stupid,” published in the August edition of The Atlantic magazine, Daniel …

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Making space for Christ to teach

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program engages children in learning a love of God By Emily Booker “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.” — John 7:16 There are lots of methods and theories about how to best teach a child, but when it comes to religious …

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In the words of the Church

The Church, since the mid-19th century, has warned of a great error to afflict human society By Bishop Richard F. Stika “Come, let us build ourselves a city and make a tower with its top in the sky, and so make a name for ourselves.” — Genesis 11:4 Social micromanagement. …