Knights in Fairfield Glade donate $8,275 to Hilltoppers

Monsignor Philip Thoni Knights of Columbus Council 16088, representing St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Fairfield Glade and through its KinD Charities of Tennessee, recently donated $8,275 to Hilltoppers Inc. “We are committed to helping wherever we can,” said local KinD Charities director Roland Wicker, who presented the donation, “and …

St. Thomas CCW prepares ‘Soup Jars of Love’ for needy

Each fall, the Council of Catholic Women at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Lenoir City gathers to fill 60-70 quart mason jars with dry ingredients for a hearty meal of bean soup. These “Soup Jars of Love” are then given to the St. Thomas Friendship Kitchen committee to distribute …

Funeral Mass held for diocesan Deacon Thomas Kiefer

Deacon Thomas J. Kiefer of Dayton died Nov. 23 at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga after complications from multiple ailments. He was 85. A funeral Mass for Deacon Kiefer was celebrated on Nov. 29 at St. Bridget Church, where he had served for years. Father Jim Vick, pastor of St. …

St. Mary-Oak Ridge sixth-grader takes first in essay contest

James Lutz, a sixth-grader at St. Mary School in Oak Ridge, was awarded first place locally in the recent Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) essay contest. The VFW’s annual youth essay contest invites students from sixth, seventh, and eighth grades to submit essays reflecting on yearly themes concerning patriotism. Student …

#iGiveCatholic 2022 results reflect strong giving

By Allison Di Gennaro Celebrated annually on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, #iGiveCatholic is the U.S. Catholic Church’s giving day that kicks off the charitable season and brings the Catholic community together to give thanks and give back. As the first-ever giving day created to recognize …

Knoxville Catholic girls tennis team ranked No. 1 in the nation

Global tennis player rating system Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) recently ranked the Knoxville Catholic High School girls tennis program as the No. 1 girls high school team in the United States. When it comes to high school tennis, the No. 1 spot in the nation usually belongs to a full-scale …

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Free and undeserved help from God

Despite our lives coming up short, the Lord gives us chances to do more and be more By George Valadie It was exactly one month ago when we sat down for lunch in our living room, Nancy in her chair, me and the dog in mine. It’s how we eat …

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Luisa Piccarreta lives at the heart of the Benedictine family

Servant of God’s life and Divine Will writings are a source of inspiration for the faithful By Bill Brewer In much of the world, Luisa Piccarreta is a saint in waiting whose prolific writings were divinely inspired and merit careful study. To much of East Tennessee, the Servant of God …

In the Mass: ‘God himself acts’

‘The liturgy is the privileged place for the encounter of Christians with God and the one whom He has sent’ By Father Randy Stice The Liturgy,” wrote St. John Paul II, “is the privileged place for the encounter of Christians with God and the one whom He has sent, Jesus …

Diocese, McNabb Center partner on sexual assault reporting

Innovative agreement announced after months of detailed discussion By The East Tennessee Catholic The Diocese of Knoxville has announced that the McNabb Center, the region’s leading nonprofit provider of mental health, substance use, and social and victim services, will serve as the diocese’s new sexual assault victim’s reporting provider, the …

St. Joseph JV boys hoops team raises funds for Legacy Clinic

By Allison Di Gennaro In December, while many children were dreaming of what they might receive for Christmas, the junior varsity basketball team at St. Joseph School in Knoxville was only dreaming about how they could give back. The JV team, composed of St. Joseph fifth-, sixth-, and seventh-grade students, …

Father Valentin Iurochkin incardinated into diocese

The native of Russia says he now ‘belongs permanently’ to the Church in East Tennessee   By Dan McWilliams Father Valentin Iurochkin, a native of Russia, has traveled the world in his time in the seminary and the priesthood, but now he can officially call East Tennessee his home. Bishop Richard …