Adults from around diocese confirmed at cathedral

About 30 men and women receive the sacrament for the first time as Bishop Stika presides            By Gabrielle Nolan On June 5, the feast of Pentecost Sunday, close to 30 adults from around the Diocese of Knoxville were confirmed in an afternoon Mass celebrated by Bishop Richard F. Stika …

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Pope: Catholics need better understanding of the Mass

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service The “sense of mystery” and awe Catholics should experience at Mass is not one prompted by Latin or “creative” elements added to the celebration, but by an awareness of the sacrifice of Christ and His real presence in the Eucharist, Pope Francis said. “Beauty, …

A stroll through family history via school records

Some questions would garner a lawsuit today, but the info gathered was more complete By George Valadie The unexpected text was from my high school alma mater. We stay in touch now and again. Many we know have moved on but not everyone. Turns out one of this summer’s tasks …

Kentuckian’s post-hurricane help spurs ‘Cajun Chefs’ to aid tornado victims

Diocese of Owensboro continues recovery efforts for western Kentucky areas devastated by December storms By Elizabeth Wong Barnstead Catholic News Service Those who have experienced a natural disaster are all too familiar with the timeline of public response. “The media, people come … then everyone pulls out,” said Sarah Hayden-Thomas, …

Diocese is site of national Ladies of Charity convention

Knoxville association is hosting 2022 assembly, which is meeting for first time since COVID By Bill Brewer In a first for the Diocese of Knoxville, the Ladies of Charity will host the 2022 national convention of the Ladies of Charity USA Aug. 25-27. The LCUSA National Assembly, themed “Seeing Christ …

KDCCW food-packing service project presented to pope

By Emily Booker A key project of the Knoxville Diocesan Council of Catholic Women has received the accolades of Pope Francis. On June 11, the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations (WUCWO) Executive Committee met with the Holy Father. The committee presented the pope with two gifts demonstrating the spirituality …

Mountaintops or holler bottoms?

God is as present in the mundane as He is in the most extraordinary moments         By Claire Collins Have you ever been to a big retreat, a Catholic conference, or had a larger-than-life spiritual encounter that left you forever changed? Often deemed “mountaintop experiences,” these moments can be incredibly impactful …

Fairfield Glade council has state Knight and family of the year

The state of Tennessee Knights of Columbus recently held their annual convention for the 105 councils representing the 12,400 member Knights across the state. Among the activities of the convention was the presentation of awards to councils, assemblies, and some individuals based on activities during the fraternal year. Two notable …

Soccer player Gustavo Rivera returns to KCHS

He comes back as a member of the One Knoxville Sporting Club, a team in USL League Two By Dan McWilliams Knoxville Catholic High School graduate Gustavo Rivera is living the dream of playing semi-professional soccer as he competes for One Knoxville Sporting Club, a new team playing at the …

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Putting the mettle to the pedals

Ladies of Charity ministries now include a bicycle program for those needing transportation By Bill Brewer If you’re wondering what to do with that old bicycle that’s taking up space in the garage or rusting out in the yard, the Ladies of Charity have just the solution. Repurpose it for …

The Gospel of Mark and Church persecution

As churches and facilities are attacked for their pro-life beliefs, remember that Jesus walks ahead of us Deacon Bob Hunt The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear? The Lord is my life’s refuge; of whom should I be afraid? When evildoers come at me to …

Fairfield Glade parishioner’s quilts sold to benefit mission in Haiti

Christina Seaman of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Fairfield Glade took up quilting in 2000 and became an avid quilt maker. She works with colorful fabric and all kinds of quilting methods from piecing to appliqué, many also with beautifully finished backings. Over the years she has given quilts …