St. Mary parishioner writes a novel, The Amulet

Dean Klein, a writer and member of St. Mary Parish in Johnson City, has authored a book called The Amulet that he describes as a “high-concept (three-part) Christian thriller,” which may be made into a film. Inspired by the classic film, Raiders of the Lost Ark and the single most …

Smoky Mountain Deanery calendar

A Seekers of Silence Contemplative Saturday Morning will be held May 18 at Blessed John XXIII Catholic Center in Knoxville. Father Rich Andre, CSP, will speak on the topic “Writing Poetry: A Spiritual Discipline?” Coffee and tea will be served at 8:30 a.m.; the workshop will run from 9 a.m. …

Parish notes: Smoky Mountain Deanery

Blessed John XXIII, Knoxville Nine people were received into the Church at the Easter Vigil. A parish appreciation dinner is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, for volunteers who have served at the parish this past year. Contact the parish office to RSVP at 865-523-7931.   Holy Ghost, Knoxville …

St. Mary School wins more science-fair honors

St. Mary School in Oak Ridge has a long tradition of success at the Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair, and the winning string continued this spring as a St. Mary student earned grand-champion honors for the sixth year in a row. Daniel Mountain won the top prize—a trophy and …

Matthew Kniedler earns Eagle award

Matthew Kniedler of Boy Scout Troop 172 at St. Jude Church in Chattanooga received his Eagle Scout award Jan. 19. For his Eagle project, Matt coordinated a spaghetti dinner and undertook other activities to raise funds for school supplies and other items for St. Jude’s sister parish in Haiti. Matthew …

Kevin T. Francescon earns Eagle Scout

On Feb. 3 at St. John Neumann Church in Farragut, Kevin Thomas Francescon was presented a certificate and letter by George LeCrone Sr. from the Knoxville Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting for achieving the highest rank in Scouting, the Eagle Scout award. With the certificate were also letters from the …

TRL oratory contest winners named

The winners of the 2013 Oratory Contest sponsored by the Knoxville chapter of Tennessee Right to Life were Justin Brown, first place; Will Higgins, second place; and Michael Ptacek, third place. Rachel Pelicano won first place in the art contest. The winners qualified to compete at the state contest scheduled …

Sacred Heart School hosts fun run, camp

Sacred Heart Cathedral School in coming weeks is hosting its second annual Heart and Sole 5K/1-mile Fun Run and its first Camp Eagle summer camps. The Heart and Sole 5K/Fun Run is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19. The start/finish line is at the school, but participants will run …

Living the readings: Are we almost there yet?

Bible never disappoints as it deals with a multitude of endings Most every piece of literature ever written begins with an implied promise. By its very nature, it assures you it will come to an ending. There are some notable exceptions, but those are spoken of with disappointment or downright …

Marriage enrichment: Building peace begins in our families

Important message of Pope Francis should enter our hearts at home, then spread throughout the world On Easter Sunday, during Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi Easter blessing in St. Peter’s Square, he asked that his message of peace enter into people’s hearts and “go out to every house and every …

Understanding the sacraments: ‘A great mystery’

A mystagogical catechesis of the sacrament of marriage and the sacrament’s effect on our lives Marriage is intimately woven into the plan of salvation as revealed in the Old and New Testaments. “Sacred Scripture begins with the creation of man and woman in the image and likeness of God and …

Once upon a time: Giving thanks for the month of Mary

The number of parishes dedicated to our Blessed Mother illustrates Diocese of Knoxville’s devotion Another month of May for which to give thanks to God. May, the month of Mary, is in our Northern Hemisphere a spring-time month during which Mother Nature seems to join with her beautiful flora to …