Promoting the dignity of human life

Heart 2 Fragile Heart is a new lay ministry underway at St. Dominic By Michael Miller When are the vital signs of life present in the embryonic stage of life? A new volunteer organization, Heart 2 Fragile Heart, has recently formed at St. Dominic Parish in Kingsport to promote the …

Donation lets cathedral complete organ install

Alan and Sally Sefton’s gift allows the instrument to ‘produce the entire canon of organ repertoire’ By Dan McWilliams The end of his violin lessons as a youth did not stop Alan Sefton’s love of music, and the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus community is glad of …

St. Michael the Archangel hosts Eucharistic Revival

USCCB official Yohan Garcia is featured speaker during December retreat By Casey Keeley The Glenmary Home Missioners are a religious Catholic community of priests and brothers who establish Catholic mission parishes across Appalachia and the rural South. St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Erwin hosted the missioners during its annual …

St. Ann Parish in Lancing serves its neighbors

The small Morgan County community ‘jumps at the chance’ to offer a Holiday Food Box distribution  By Bill Brewer A lot can happen in a year. And a lot did. Just ask the members of St. Ann Church in Lancing. During the 2022 Christmas holiday, parishioners in the Morgan County …

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A church open to all

St. John Paul II community strong in faith despite limited resources By Omar Cabrera Glenmary Challenge When Esperanza and her husband, Miguel, decided to prepare for confirmation, they ran into an obstacle. The parish they attend offers classes for this sacrament only on weekdays at 7 p.m. It’s an impossible …

A parish united for Ukrainians

OLPH parishioner leads church effort to make a new home for refugee family By Bill Brewer As unrest grips the Middle East and dominates the world’s attention, fighting continues to rage in Ukraine as that country’s military still battles Russia, a war that next month will enter its third year. …

3 Kings Feast is ‘heart and soul’ of Cleveland parish

Hundreds of people served meals, receive gifts at St. Thérèse of Lisieux By Jim Wogan Parishioner Pat Killen can offer testimony to the ongoing impact of the 3 Kings Feast at St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish. So can parishioners Shawn Duggan and Maddie Dill. All three, in their own unique …

St. Mary-Oak Ridge Knights council celebrates 75th anniversary

By Bill Brewer When the Father McRedmond Council of the Knights of Columbus was founded 75 years ago, a number of historic events framed the beginning of this faith-based Oak Ridge service organization. It was 1948, and the nation of Israel was created. Subsequently five Arab nations attacked the country. …

’Tis the season of Advent

Services abound as parishes prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ By Dan McWilliams Holy Ghost Parish in North Knoxville marked two feast days in late October with a eucharistic procession and a healing Mass to help its community mark the coming of Christ that will be celebrated diocesan-wide …

Widows and widowers ministry starts at Our Lady of Fatima

A new ministry for widows and widowers has emerged at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Alcoa. In recent months, the ministry has grown from a handful of members to 22 and has a diverse group of men and women that provides a wealth of experience. The initial meeting was …

A celebration of history at St. Mary-Athens

A potluck dinner marks the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the parish’s first church     By Dan McWilliams St. Mary Parish in Athens used a significant anniversary to celebrate its history at a potluck dinner Oct. 15 in the family life center. “The recent party was to commemorate the 50th …

Partners in Haiti health care

Sacred Heart ministry supporting impoverished country hears from award-winning leader By Gabrielle Nolan The Haiti Outreach Program of the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus held its annual banquet, Hands Across the Sea: Supporting Haiti, on Sept. 22 at Cathedral Hall. More than 80 attendees enjoyed a meal, …