Diocese of Knoxville Missionaries of Mercy meet with Holy Father in Rome

Their mission is prolonged indefinitely By Bill Brewer When Pope Francis reconvened the Missionaries of Mercy in April, Monsignor Al Humbrecht, pastor of Holy Spirit Church in Soddy-Daisy, and Father Joe Reed, associate pastor of the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, were among the hundreds of clergy …

Military Chaplain Corps dispenses ‘hope and optimism’

Father Brownell of St. Patrick Parish in Morristown is called to serve By Staff Sgt. Timothy Cordeiro/Tennessee Army National Guard Lt. Col. Gary Anderson, the Battalion Chaplain for the Tennessee National Guard’s 30th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, believes that the Chaplain Corps is much more important to the military than …

Father Jim Haley celebrates golden jubilee

The Paulist priest returns to Immaculate Conception Church for an anniversary Mass ‘with a deep sense of gratitude’     By Dan McWilliams The Immaculate Conception community and parishioners from around the United States and Canada all came together May 3 to wish Father Jim Haley, CSP, a happy 50th anniversary in …

Marriage Enrichment: A few tips for reducing conflict on family vacations

Meeting together before the trip and going over expectations can help ‘avoid ruffled feathers’ on the journey By Marian Christiana Summer is upon us, and many of us will be using our vacation time to visit family. My husband, Ralph, and I just returned from such a vacation. I say …

KDCCW holds annual convention at St. Stephen Church

Bishop Stika celebrates Mass for diocesan organization at Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus                     By Emily Booker Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated Mass for the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on April 26. Concelebrants were Father Dan …

Praying for perspective: A man and wife make their final reservations

The purchase of a cemetery plot is conducted with family and friends—the future visitors to Mount Olivet—in mind By George Valadie We finally made our reservations. We’ve been talking about it for some time now. It’s not that we’re all that pumped about going. You know the sort of thing …

Priest assignments set for several Diocese of Knoxville parishes

Retirements, pastoral moves to take place at more than a dozen churches on July 1                        By Bill Brewer Bishop Richard F. Stika has announced pastoral assignments that will take effect July 1 for several Diocese of Knoxville parishes. Included in the upcoming moves are the retirements of Monsignor Patrick Garrity …

Local Knights of Columbus mission program may have national appeal

By Bill Brewer The idea was born from a desire to better assist priests. It was then shared with a priest who helped modify and nurture it. Now that idea has morphed into a Knights of Columbus initiative being introduced to all Knights councils across the state with the hope …

Ladies of Charity hold 2nd annual RAM clinic

Thrift store, warehouse transformed into a mobile medical center as inner-city clients receive free health care By Bill Brewer The Ladies of Charity headquarters in Knoxville was transformed for a second consecutive year into a temporary medical center to serve the uninsured and underinsured. And based on responses from patients …

KCHS grad Thompson places 10th in Boston Marathon

By Dan McWilliams Knoxville Catholic High School graduate Joanna Thompson placed 10th in the women’s division of the Boston Marathon on April 16, and she said she thinks her time could have been better had the weather been more cooperative. “It was about 38 degrees and raining sideways,” she said. …

He dwells among us: ‘My sacrifice and yours’

Every day should be a series of offertories where we offer ourselves to Christ By Bishop Richard F. Stika “No one shall appear before [the Lord] empty-handed” (Exodus 23:15). To those who say, “I don’t get anything out of attending Mass,” Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen would answer, “It’s because you …

Cathedral hosts first performance in Concert Series

Knoxville Handel Society joins Sacred Heart to stage ‘The Creation’ with full choir, orchestra   By Bill Brewer In what probably is a first for the Diocese of Knoxville, the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus served as center stage for a live secular choir and orchestra performance as …