Funeral Mass celebrated for All Saints member Kathie Blaine

Kathie Gunter Blaine, 79, a member of All Saints Parish, passed away April 16 after a lengthy illness. For five years, Mrs. Blaine faced many health challenges with dignity and grace. Her family rejoices in the fact that she has now received her heavenly body and has been reunited with …

Paulist Fathers hold funeral Mass for Fr. Wilfred Brimley

The Paulist Fathers are mourning the death of brother Paulist priest Father Wilfred Anthony Brimley Jr., who passed away May 5 at the age of 92. Father Brimley, who died from natural causes at Marion Manor Residence in South Boston, formerly served at Immaculate Conception Parish in Knoxville. The Paulist …

Who’s Zooming who?

Tennessee Knights of Columbus hold a virtual state convention, reduce meeting time from three days to three hours By Andy Telli Because of the social distancing restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the state convention of the Tennessee Knights of Columbus was boiled down from its typical three days to …

National service to report sexual misconduct involving U.S. bishops launched

Catholic News Service, Tennessee Register reports A reporting system accepting sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. bishops and eparchs is in place. Called the Catholic Bishops Abuse Reporting Service, or CBAR, the system became operational March 16. The mechanism incorporates a website and a toll-free telephone number through which individuals can …

Diocese of Knoxville schools to reopen on August 3

Students, faculty returning to classrooms as administrators work out details for safe resumption of classes By Emily Booker Summer is just beginning, but schools in the Diocese of Knoxville already are planning for the return of students to the classroom in the fall. After a spring of at-home learning, students …

Churches reopen after 2-month virus hiatus

Parishioners across East Tennessee return to first public Masses since March; COVID rules still being observed By Bill Brewer The feast of Pentecost saw a return to normal … well, a “new normal” for the Diocese of Knoxville as Masses were open to the public for the first time in …

Chrism Mass leaves a lasting impression during ‘coronatide’

Bishop Stika presides at annual Eastertide service, with only priests, deacons, women religious celebrating By Bill Brewer It was a Chrism Mass unlike any other celebrated in the Diocese of Knoxville. Bishop Richard F. Stika presided at the annual Mass, which had to be rescheduled from its original day and …

An offering pleasing and acceptable to God

St. Gregory the Great: ‘The Mass will be a sacrifice for us to God when we have made an offering to ourselves’ By Bishop Richard F. Stika “No one shall appear before [the Lord] empty-handed.”— Exodus 23:15 How wonderful it is after two long months to again open the doors …

Bishop Stika looking to resume public Masses

Bishop Richard F. Stika has expressed his desire to resume public Masses at all parishes and mission churches in the Diocese of Knoxville the weekend of Pentecost Sunday, May 30-31. “I understand how much our parishioners want to return to their churches, see their priests, and once again have a …