Bishop Stika looking to resume public Masses

Bishop Richard F. Stika has expressed his desire to resume public Masses at all parishes and mission churches in the Diocese of Knoxville the weekend of Pentecost Sunday, May 30-31. “I understand how much our parishioners want to return to their churches, see their priests, and once again have a …

We’re all in need

Crises wreak havoc on our lives, prompt us to be our best selves By George Valadie Well, that was different! No new Easter outfits this year; didn’t even need the ones we got last year. We didn’t go to Mass in our pajamas, but we also didn’t need to arrive …

Rising above the pandemic

Diocesan ministries continue serving despite COVID-19 and its aftereffects By Bill Brewer If hope opens doors, then Bishop Richard F. Stika is an optimistic — and joyful — spiritual doorman. As the nation and the world continue to grapple with COVID-19 and its ghastly ripples, the risen Jesus is all …

Helping hands join the mask-making brigade

Diocese of Knoxville volunteers doing their part to combat the spread of coronavirus By Dan McWilliams Karen Vacaliuc of St. Mary Parish in Oak Ridge simply wanted to make face masks to help in the fight against the coronavirus, but her efforts landed her in a front-page article in The …

Jesus, I trust in you

In this time of crisis and pandemic, the Divine Mercy illumines our way and dispels the darkness of fear By Bishop Richard F. Stika “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me” (John 14:1). Though you are reading this column in …

A study in catechism: from the cavalry to Calvary

Tennessee National Guard member is among more than 200 people entering the Catholic Church By Bill Brewer Charles Hutson’s faith journey can be measured in miles, all 4,800 of them. That’s the distance the Tennessee Army National Guard captain has bridged to join the Catholic Church. Capt. Hutson is among …

KCHS captures first boys basketball state title

The Fighting Irish defeat Briarcrest 50-47 in the finals and set off a celebration 80-plus years in the making By Dan McWilliams This one was for Luke Smith. And for Matt Brown. And for Chris Gettelfinger. And for Matt Parton. And for every player who has ever donned the green …

Bishop Stika spotlights youth and adult Scouts

‘The Scouting program has fortified people who are able to recognize their challenges, gifts, and abilities’ By Dan McWilliams Bishop Richard F. Stika continued an annual recognition of youth and adults in Scouting this year with an 8:05 a.m. Saturday Mass on March 7 at the Cathedral of the Most …

‘Our Good Friday’

Bishop Stika reassures diocese, takes historic safety action due to coronavirus outbreak; Mass suspended By Bill Brewer Shuttered stores and schools. Locked restaurants and bars. Dissipated traffic. Silent theaters. Barren grocery shelves. Empty churches. The novel coronavirus, a mysterious, communicable illness that first appeared on the other side of the …

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The Church is a lighthouse in the severest of storms —or pandemics

Cardinal Rigali puts the coronavirus in context as he reflects on challenges in Catholic history            By Dan McWilliams Cardinal Justin Rigali has seen a little of everything in his nearly 59 years as a priest and nearly 85 years of life. He was on the ground floor as a young …

‘God’s dwelling place’

Our Lady of Fatima Parish marks the 20th year since its ‘new’ church was dedicated in Blount County       By Bill Brewer A special Mass celebrated March 11 to mark the 20th anniversary of the dedication of Our Lady of Fatima’s present church, parish hall, and offices, was as much …

Parishioners asked to continue supporting parishes by giving online

Online giving helps Diocese of Knoxville churches sustain operations in this uncertain time                        By John Deinhart These are challenging times for so many — filled with confusion and uncertainty. At this time, so many are in need of our support. Our families, neighbors, community leaders, and health-care workers, or one …