KCHS sophomore Cade Mays commits to Vols

Knoxville Catholic High School sophomore offensive lineman Cade Mays committed to the University of Tennessee on July 13, giving the Vols their first commitment in the 2018 class. Cade, who stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 305 pounds, had offers from schools such as Alabama, Florida State, Clemson, and Texas A&M. He …

KCHS hires Moore as baseball coach

On July 6 Knoxville Catholic High School announced Caleb Moore as the new head coach for the Irish baseball program. Mr. Moore, a 2001 graduate of Knoxville Catholic, has spent the last four seasons resurrecting the Happy Valley High School baseball program. He replaces Adam Sullivan, who left KCHS for …

Knights boost donations to help intellectually disabled across state

MR Foundation supports agencies in Tennessee through fundraising efforts like Tootsie Roll drives By Andy Telli Efforts to revitalize fundraising for the Tennessee Knights of Columbus’ MR Foundation, which supports agencies across the state that serve people with intellectual disabilities, are starting to pay off. “It has taken awhile to …

Understanding the sacraments: A new ‘Order of Confirmation’

Archbishop Kurtz, USCCB president, sets implementation date for Pentecost Sunday 2016 By Father Randy Stice The new English translation of the Order of Confirmation has been confirmed by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. Publication is scheduled for this fall. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president …

Marriage Enrichment: Preparing for Pope Francis

Diocese is actively engaged in World Meeting of Families as paper visit nears By Marian Christiana The Pope is coming! The Pope is coming! In case you didn’t know, Pope Francis will be coming to the United States in September. He will arrive in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 22. …

Once upon a time: Out of step with the normal

Praying for five servicemen, their families, and the Chattanooga community By Monsignor Xavier Mankel The Chattanooga area, tucked in the southeast corner of Tennessee, is no stranger to bloodshed – dating all the way to Indian days. Granted, most of the time since the Spanish landed in Florida near the …

Living the Readings: Jesus’ words come to life

The law of God takes us from earthly life to the eternal By Father Joseph Brando August is a different kind of month liturgically. For the first time in a long time, and this year, we have five Sundays in a row in the same month that all the Sunday …

Bishop Stika issues statement on U.S. Supreme Court same-sex union ruling

Bishop Richard F. Stika issued a statement following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on June 26 calling for all states to license and recognize same-sex unions. “I am disappointed in today’s Supreme Court decision,” Bishop Stika said shortly after the court decision. “Regardless of the ruling, as Catholics and Christians, we will …

Praying for perspective: Living our vocations

Whether priests, women religious, or mom and dad By George Valadie Well, I have to say it’s been quite the summer already, and the baby hasn’t even gotten here yet. Yes, in a week or so, our middle daughter, Meg, will experience the miracle of birth yet again when she …

Once upon a time: Keep cool and remain faithful

By Monsignor Xavier Mankel Although there are some vestiges of the summers of yesteryear still around, the pace that you and I face June, July and August differs measurably from yesteryear. Refrigerated air-conditioning is partially responsible for this. No matter how hot the temperature, we work, worship and relax at …

He dwells among us: Stand beside her

In the struggle against suffering, there is one sword we should all take up By Bishop Richard F. Stika July is always a special time when I give particular thanks to God for the gifts of life, of baptism and of our country. Mom gave birth to me on the …

He dwells among us: Hope and new beginnings

Advent reminds us of what a new beginning truly is when our hope is Christ We all look forward to the new beginnings that mark life’s journey, which we hope will be filled with much good in our future and in the lives of others. And with every life disappointment …