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 …

Revival: Christ in the Eucharist center of KCHS retreat

Eucharistic procession brings together high school community By Emily Booker Communion—with Christ and with one another—is the key to strengthening any Catholic community. So, on Sept. 16 the Knoxville Catholic High School community held an all-day student retreat focused on the Eucharist and communion with Christ. The theme stemmed from …

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A living sacrifice

The Mass is the source for living and becoming the saints we are all called to be By Bishop Richard F. Stika “Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship.”  — Romans 12:1 Striving for holiness. Each November when the Church celebrates all …

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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 …

St. Dominic parishioners meet with new sister parish

Blackfeet Reservation in Montana is site of a mutually inspirational, faith-filled relationship   By Emily Booker Whether in the green valleys of Appalachia or the windy buttes of Montana, you can find Catholics full of faith and love of Christ. The universality of the Church makes it possible to find family …

KDCCW food-packing service project presented to pope

By Emily Booker A key project of the Knoxville Diocesan Council of Catholic Women has received the accolades of Pope Francis. On June 11, the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations (WUCWO) Executive Committee met with the Holy Father. The committee presented the pope with two gifts demonstrating the spirituality …

Holy Family is the focus of KDCCW convention

Annual diocesan gathering takes place at St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish in Cleveland By Emily Booker The family is the building block of society. The family is the domestic Church where children first learn about God. It is through a family that Jesus came into the world in human flesh. …