He dwells among us: Building according to code

Home improvement jobs are a good lesson in how to approach our vote for a ‘country improvement’ project Like many people, I have a favorite TV network I enjoy watching. Mine is the “DIY Network” featuring a number of “do it yourself” home improvement and landscaping programs. Coincidently, these popular …

Diocesan high schools ranked in U.S. top 50

Notre Dame, Knoxville Catholic on national honor roll; ACT scores surge Notre Dame and Knoxville Catholic have been named two of the top 50 Catholic high schools in the country, according to the 2012-13 Catholic High School Honor Roll competition announced by The Cardinal Newman Society. The Honor Roll has …

Virtus training sessions scheduled Oct.-Jan.

St. Mary Church, Johnson City, Wed., Oct. 22; 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 22 Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 7 p.m., Tues. Oct. 23; 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 15 Holy Cross Church, Pigeon Forge, 9 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 3 St. Jude Church, Chattanooga, Monday, Nov. 5 St. Dominic Church, Kingsport, 1 …

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Bishop names Father Riehl associate pastor

Bishop Richard F. Stika has appointed Father Christopher Riehl as associate pastor of St. John Neumann Church in Farragut, effective Sept. 17. Bishop Stika also appointed Father Riehl as a diocesan minister responsible for celebrating the Extraordinary Mass (Summorum Pontificum) in the Five Rivers Deanery and at other locations (as …

Ministries Day Oct. 20 at St. John Neumann

The Diocese of Knoxville’s Office of Christian Formation is sponsoring a Ministries Day on Oct. 20 at St. John Neumann School in Farragut. This year’s theme is “The New Evangelization: Forming Disciples of Jesus Christ.” The event is open to all who share the Catholic Faith … priests, deacons, parents, …

Bishop Stika gives invocation at Romney-Ryan campaign event

Bishop Richard F. Stika delivered the invocation at a fundraiser featuring vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan on Sept. 27 at the Knoxville Marriott. In his prayer, Bishop Stika asked God to bless all who share in His power and authority with wisdom and to help us better understand that the …

Blessed John XXIII priests near center of Neyland Stadium prayer debate

Father Donahue leads ministerial council’s invocation program as Father Andre delivers game message By Bill Brewer As Father Charles Donahue settled into his two-year stint this summer as chair of the ministers council on the University of Tennessee campus, he thought the independent, multi-denominational group would be assisting the university …

Missions find homes in Grainger, Knox

RUTLEDGE—A converted storefront in a commercial strip center here that is now the spiritual home for the Catholic community in Grainger County already is feeling the effects of growth a year after forming. Blessed John Paul II Catholic Mission was overflowing with members on Sept. 16 as Bishop Richard F. …

Cardinal Rigali leading Holy Land tour

Cardinal Justin Rigali will lead a 10-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land in February that will include tours of some of the most historically significant sites in the world. The former archbishop of St. Louis and Philadelphia, who is in residence in Knoxville as he continues to work at the …

Diocesan calendar

The 2012 Celebrate Life Fundraising Banquet sponsored by the Knox County chapter of Tennessee Right to Life will be held Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Knoxville Convention Center. The keynote speaker will be Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey. Seating will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner starting at 6:30. Tickets are …

Chattanooga Deanery calendar

A Rachel’s Vineyard healing and recovery retreat for women affected by abortion will take place the weekend of Oct. 12-14 at a private retreat center in Athens. A 10-week program is also available for those unable to attend a retreat. Contact Sandi Davidson for more information at 865-776-4510 or sandi@ccetn.org. …

Parish notes: Chattanooga Deanery

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Chattanooga The parish will mark the 75th anniversary of its founding with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Richard F. Stika on Oct. 6. The parish plans a yearlong celebration of the milestone, which will include parish renovation projects as well as other events. St. Catherine …