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 …

Bishop Stika leads confirmation Masses for DOK youth, adults

Cathedral services host nearly 2,000 confirmands, 20,000 people From staff reports Bishop Richard F. Stika began a month-long series of Mass celebrations on April 6 to offer the sacrament of confirmation to nearly 2,000 youth throughout the Diocese of Knoxville. Bishop Stika and Cardinal Justin Rigali have been celebrating up …

Sacred Heart Apostolate relocates to Diocese of Knoxville

Cathedral parishioner Lisa Morris to lead international enthronement organization   By Bill Brewer The  Diocese of Knoxville is now home to the Sacred Heart Apostolate, a global movement for promoting the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus as a way to renew communities by centering families on the love of …

New Catholics are formally sent forth in Neophytes Mass

The 225 newcomers to the faith in the diocese this year are the first group to take part in the ceremony at the new cathedral  By Dan McWilliams The class of new Catholics coming into the Church in East Tennessee this Easter was the first to be formally sent forth …

Knights of Columbus present top awards at state convention

By Andy Telli The Tennessee Knights of Columbus honored individual Knights, families, and councils for their contributions in the last year to the Church, their parishes and communities during the annual state convention held April 27-29 in Nashville. Three of the top awards presented were: Tennessee Knight of the Year, …

St. Augustine funeral Mass held for Mrs. Grey Littleton Wagner

Grey Littleton Wagner, a resident of Signal Mountain and a charter member of St. Augustine Parish, died April 29. She was 100. Mrs. Wagner was the daughter of the late Marguerite Warner Littleton and the late Augustine Brabson Littleton, formerly of the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul. She also …

Knights Cup Lacrosse Tournament draws 32 teams

By Dan McWilliams The third annual Knights Cup Lacrosse Tournament on April 21 was a success as 32 teams from as far away as Memphis and West Virginia came together for 24 games across four fields, all in one day. Knoxville Catholic High School’s Blaine Stadium and John Tarleton Field …

Funeral Mass held for former St. Elizabeth pastor Fr. Steve Smith

By Dan McWilliams Dominican Father Steve Smith, who served as pastor of St. Elizabeth Parish in Elizabethton from 1989 to 2000, died April 4 in New Orleans. He was 86. Steve Kieran Smith was born in New York City on May 7, 1931. He entered the Dominican novitiate for the …