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Catholic veterans post helps vets with ‘anything’

Post 1973 at Our Lady of Fatima assists vets in a variety of projects, including food drives and flag-retirement ceremonies By Bill Brewer Deacon Ken Long spends each Tuesday giving Communion to a small group of men he barely knows but shares much in common. He’s a veteran helping other …

Old cathedral hosts its final rites of election

More than 200 catechumens and candidates take part in the first-weekend-of-Lent ceremonies this year By Dan McWilliams Bishop Richard F. Stika presided as the final rites of election were held in the old Sacred Heart Cathedral in February. The first-weekend-of-Lent ceremonies will move to the new Cathedral of the Most …

Knights Cup Lacrosse event features NCAA action

Host Knoxville Catholic High School is one of many teams taking the field at this year’s third annual tournament By Dan McWilliams The third annual Knights Cup Lacrosse Tournament, featuring the debut of NCAA lacrosse in the city, will be held on Saturday, April 21, at Knoxville Catholic High School’s …

Scouting dinner sees changing of the guard

Longtime diocesan Scouting committee chair George LeCrone Sr. passes the torch to new leader Chris Manning By Dan McWilliams The annual diocesan Scouting Mass and dinner March 17 saw a changing of the guard along with the presentation of youth and adult awards. The Mass was the first Scouting liturgy …

Funeral Mass celebrated for Fr. John Milewski

Bishop Stika presides at Our Lady of Perpetual Help-LaFollette service Father John Milewski, a priest of the Diocese of Knoxville who went on to serve outside the diocese in chaplaincy for many years, died Tuesday, March 20. He was 68. John Adolph Milewski was born the son of the late …

Marriage enrichment: Giving up procrastinating ends up helping marriage

A timely Lenten goal has an unexpected benefit, and longest-married couples can teach the same lesson By Marian Christiana Happy Easter season! I hope you all had a very fulfilling Lenten season and are rejoicing in the Risen Lord. I have to admit that my Lenten journey was a bit …

Praying for Perspective: Seeing oneself more like Joseph of Arimathea

When thinking about what Joseph wrestled with on that long-ago Good Friday, the question comes: Can we do more? By George Valadie Take a minute, think back, it wasn’t that long ago really— try to recall where you were at noon on Good Friday? Though some were lucky enough to …

Diocese of Knoxville parishioners take part in Regional Encuentro

East Tennessee delegates gather in Miami with peers from 29 Southeast dioceses to plan for National Encuentro By Brittany Garcia Some people have heard much about the V Encuentro (the 5th National Encounter of Hispanic/Latino Ministry). Others, perhaps, have not heard so much. But the V Encuentro is an exciting, …

Christ’s Passion relived in Living Stations of the Cross

All Saints, Holy Ghost among several Diocese of Knoxville parishes to re-enact the crucifixion, resurrection on Good Friday The Diocese of Knoxville’s Office of Hispanic Ministry invited parishioners around the diocese to accompany Jesus through his Passion and death in the Living Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, March …

KCHS, Notre Dame students make statements on school safety

Campus activities follow recent shootings in other states as parents, faculties share concerns about disturbing trend By Emily Booker Today’s high school students were born after Columbine—a word that has become synonymous with student shootings. These students have always known lockdown drills and breaking news of gun violence in schools. …

He dwells among us: Do not be afraid of God’s mercy

Ensure that the suffering Jesus underwent in His Passion has its Easter triumph in our hearts By Bishop Richard F. Stika Easter is so special that the Church celebrates it over eight days—an octave—culminating on the following Sunday, which we call “Divine Mercy Sunday.” To understand why this second Sunday …

Family life center at the heart of future plans for St. Mary-Gatlinburg

Despite setbacks from wildfires, Sevier County parish is outgrowing present space for activities By Bill Brewer Unlike the proverbial phoenix, St. Mary Parish in Gatlinburg hasn’t had to rise from the ashes, though that possibility was a sobering thought for Father Antony Punnackal on Nov. 28, 2016. Still, Father Punnackal, …