East Tennessee parishes commemorate Veterans Day

By Bill Brewer Parishes across the Diocese of Knoxville participated in Veterans Day observances the week of Nov. 11, with congregations recognizing those now and once serving in the military as well as remembering veterans who have died. Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated Mass at St. Therese Church in Clinton …

Hispanic youth create a wall of faith, hope, and love

Sr. Imelda Quechol’s vacation Bible school taught students to embrace their ‘desert’ journey By Bill Brewer Hispanic members of Sister Imelda Quechol’s vacation Bible school class have embraced a wall and what it can represent, although this wall is very different than the one that comes to mind for many …

Father Schuster installed as St. Alphonsus pastor

Bishop Stika presides and also blesses a bell that will go in the Crossville parish’s new church  By Dan McWilliams Parishioners of St. Alphonsus in Crossville received a double kindness when they attended Mass on Oct. 9 as Bishop Richard F. Stika formally installed Father Mark Schuster as their pastor …

Blessing Box installed at Our Lady of Fatima

The Council of Catholic Women at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Alcoa recently installed a Blessing Box on the church grounds. Father Adam Royal, spiritual adviser and parochial vicar at Our Lady of Fatima, blessed the box before the September general meeting. Funding for the Blessing Box was made …

Knights volunteer for Special Olympics bowling event

On Sept. 9, Knights of Columbus Council 8860 provided a team of six parishioners and Knights from St. Henry Parish in Rogersville to work as volunteer coaches for the Special Olympics at Warpath Bowling Center in Kingsport. Christy Thacker, Area 32 Coordinator for the Special Olympics, said that this event …

Supporting Catholic-run small business in the Tri-Cities

Faithful parishioners have started successful operations on little more than a wing and a prayer By Casey Keeley Small businesses have been the backbone of the U.S. economy since the country’s early years. In recent years, however, owners have been struggling to stay in business. Most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic …

Our Lady of Perpetual Help celebrates milestone

Chattanooga parish and school hold events to mark 85th anniversary By Jim Wogan The list is long and illustrious, but Father Arthur Torres did a good job reciting from memory the names of some of the pastors who have served at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish during its 85 …

Diocesan priests named pastors

By Jim Wogan Bishop Richard F. Stika has announced that three priests serving as parish parochial administrators are now elevated to pastors of their respective parishes. Bishop Stika has appointed Father Arthur Torres as pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Chattanooga. He was previously assigned to the …

Notre Dame parishioners assist with Tusculum Move-In Day

Parishioners of Notre Dame in Greeneville volunteered their time in assisting with Move-In Day at Tusculum University on Aug. 18. Freshmen and transfer students at Tennessee’s most historic university moved into their respective residence halls as part of Tusculum’s Weekend of Welcome, also known as Pioneer WOW. Many activities were …

Notre Dame Parish Knights hold fundraiser for Ukraine refugees

The Knights of Columbus of Notre Dame Parish in Greeneville held a pulled-pork fundraiser Aug. 12 for the refugees of Ukraine. The event began Friday morning when several of the Knights came together and got their slow cookers going. Several pork roasts were prepared along with a special homemade barbecue …

St. Thomas CCW makes ‘Bags of Love’ for children

Council helps Child Advocacy Center with kids who have been removed from their homes or abused By Donna Curry The Kids First Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of Loudon County has just celebrated its 20th anniversary of giving hope—serving children who have been removed from their homes as a result of …

Notre Dame in Greeneville conducts Vatican Express Kidz Camp

Vatican Express Catholic Kidz Camp was the vacation Bible school for 2022 at Notre Dame Parish in Greeneville. VBS was held on Wednesday nights from June 22 through July 13 from 6 to 8:15 p.m. Nineteen adult staff members assisted, along with 10 youth leaders and about 30 students from …