St. Luke Guild schedules end of life care seminar, cancer discussion

Health care professionals in the Diocese of Knoxville looking for guidance in providing appropriate end of life care for patients can benefit from a seminar being given this month by the St. Luke Guild of East Tennessee. The seminar, called “Death and Dying: Principles of End of Life Care for …

Parishioners re-enact Passion of Christ at churches

The Passion of Christ came to life on Holy Thursday and Good Friday as actors re-enacted Jesus’ last hours leading to his crucifixion in dramatic portrayals at Holy Ghost and All Saints churches. As it occurs in many Spanish-speaking countries, re-enactment of the Passion, or Living Stations of the Cross, …

Father Kapuan to receive posthumous Medal of Honor

WICHITA, Kan. (CAN/EWTN News)—Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun will be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor on April 11, prompting excitement from those who know of the U.S. Army chaplain’s heroic service in prison camps during the Korean War, where he died. “Like everybody else, I think it’s great …

Archbishop Kurtz taking part in 50th anniversary of MLK letter

WASHINGTON—Leaders of Christian denominations from around the United States will gather in Birmingham, Ala., April 14-15 to sign a response to Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” on the 50th anniversary of the letter. The April 14-15 event is sponsored by Christian Churches Together (CCT). Bernice King, a …

Pope Francis presents Diocese of Knoxville with blessing

One of new pontiff’s first acts is to sign papal document for Cardinal Rigali as gift to Bishop Stika and the diocesan faithful As Pope Francis establishes the 265th pontificate since St. Peter following his March 13 ascension from the College of Cardinals, where he served as Archbishop Jorge Mario …

He dwells among us: What we take for granted

St. Joseph helps us to keep Christ close to our hearts so we too can be better protectors of God’s gifts Once again we can sing the “Gloria” of the Mass and repeat those words so central to our faith—“Christ is Risen.” But I must say, it seemed as if …

Chrism Mass, Easter Vigil highlight Holy Week services

Priests across diocese join as Bishop Stika consecrates sacred Chrism and faithful observe holiest time of year Chrism Mass overflow crowd estimated at 850 watched diocesan priests renew their vows of service and witnessed Bishop Richard F. Stika bless the holy oils that are used in the Church throughout the …

Diocese welcomes hundreds of new members at Easter

Rite of Election ceremonies for catechumens, candidates held A total of 300 future Catholics took part in the annual Rite of Election ceremonies held around the diocese on the first weekend of Lent. Bishop Richard F. Stika presided at each of the four deanery rites. Accompanying him was Sister Mary …

NFL’s Harrison Smith leads fundraiser for Sacred Heart Cathedral School

More than 200 people welcomed home a famous alumnus of Sacred Heart Cathedral School on Feb. 25 during “An Evening With Harrison Smith,” featuring the Minnesota Vikings safety fresh off an outstanding rookie season in the NFL. The sold-out event benefited the SHCS Annual Fund, which provides for expenses not …

Diocesan parishioners respond to selection of Pope Francis

Hispanic community already feeling impact with the election of first Holy Father from the Americas The impact of Pope Francis’ election is being felt around the world, and in the Diocese of Knoxville parishioners are reacting with excitement to the new pontiff and his interaction with the faithful. Deacon Bill …

Diocesan calendar

Father Patrick Resen of St. Catherine Labouré Parish in Copperhill will be the spiritual director of a pilgrimage to Ireland from Sept. 25 through Oct. 4. The tour will include stops in Dublin, Knock, Ballintubber, Croagh Patrick, Cong Abbey, Galway, Limerick, and the Ring of Kerry. Father Resen will celebrate …

Chattanooga Deanery calendar

The first session of a seven-week parenting workshop based on the best-selling book How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at Holy Spirit Church in Soddy-Daisy. The cost is $15 per person and includes a workbook …