Pro-Life Day on the Hill draws women from across state

Gov. Lee lauds grassroots advocates for their work and support of the unborn; update on legislative initiatives given By The East Tennessee Catholic Women from across Tennessee joined together March 22 in Nashville in a demonstration to state lawmakers and Gov. Bill Lee of their support for pro-life legislation and …

Father Sturm installed as pastor of two parishes

Bishop Stika performs the rite at OLPH in LaFollette and again at Christ the King in Tazewell   By Dan McWilliams Father Sam Sturm recently had the feeling that it was déjà vu all over again, to quote the great Yogi Berra. Although Father Sturm has had his current assignment for …

Speaker Melissa Foley leads Lenten talk, prayer for women at St. John Neumann

Speaker Melissa Foley leads Lenten talk, prayer for women at St. John Neumann By Gabrielle Nolan “Am I worth dying for?” Women of the diocese were presented with this question at a Lenten evening of reflection at St. John Neumann Church in Farragut on Mar. 31. Nearly 100 women gathered …

On the road again

Bishop Stika resumes a full confirmation schedule as youth prepare to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit By Dan McWilliams Bishop Richard F. Stika is back on the road conferring confirmations after COVID paused most of his celebrations of the sacrament last year, and no one may be any …

Following GPS during the holiest of seasons

Does God’s Plan for Salvation include you? IC Lenten ecumenical service offers a map to penance By Bill Brewer In the holiest spirit of neighborly ecumenism, downtown Knoxville churches celebrated the Lenten season leading into Easter by sharing each other’s faith practices, and Immaculate Conception Church was at the forefront. …

KCHS basketball teams reach state tourney

The Fighting Irish fall in the championship game, while the Lady Irish advance to the semifinals    By Dan McWilliams Knoxville Catholic High School’s basketball teams again advanced far in the postseason as the Fighting Irish boys team finished as the state runner-up and the Lady Irish fell in the state …

Memorial Mass celebrated for Podensiana M. Massawe

Podensiana Makiria Massawe, 75, went to be with the Lord on March 12 at the home of her daughter in Tanzania following many years of illness. Mrs. Massawe’s son, Father Emmanuel Massawe, who is associate pastor of St. Dominic Parish in Kingsport, celebrated a memorial Mass for Mrs. Massawe on …

Getting ready for ‘Tornado Season 2022’

Does God get a good laugh watching us prepare our lives for an eternity we know is coming? By George Valadie An-ni-ver-sa-ry plural: anniversaries—1. The annual recurrence of a date marking a notable event, e.g., a wedding anniversary. Happily, that’s most often the context in which we use the word, …

Catholic Charities of East Tennessee holding Race for Kids 5K & Family Walk

Catholic Charities of East Tennessee is looking forward to its premier annual event, the Race for Kids 5K & Family Walk. The family friendly activity will be held on Saturday, April 23, at Victor Ashe Park in northwest Knoxville. Participation in the event by Catholic Charities supporters supports the nonprofit …

Funeral Mass celebrated for Margaret Ann Maples

A funeral Mass was held on March 12 for Margaret Ann Maples, age 79, at St. John Neumann Church in Farragut. Mrs. Maples’ son, Father Michael Maples, associate pastor of St. John Neumann, served as celebrant of the Mass. Mrs. Maples, who lived in Knoxville, died March 3 at Fort …