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The shroud, or not the shroud? That is the question

KCHS chemistry teacher Dr. Kelly Kearse leads presentation on the Shroud of Turin    By Dan McWilliams Dr. Kelly Kearse of Knoxville Catholic High School offered “Reflections in Faith and Science,” a talk April 6 at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on the Shroud of Turin …

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Diocese of Knoxville English classes transform lives

Local, international learners benefit from lay ministry that is growing in numbers     By Gabrielle Nolan It is a common human experience to travel to a foreign country and not understand the language. Tourists fumble through basic vocabulary as they try to communicate their thoughts to the locals. But when …

Faith in the risen Lord

Holiest week of the year arrives as Bishop Stika celebrates Chrism, Easter Masses  By Dan McWilliams Calling it a “great joy” at one Mass, Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated the liturgies and services of Holy Week: Palm Sunday, the Chrism Mass, the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, …

Easter: the new creation has come

Nearly 200 faithful prepare to enter the Church in East Tennessee at Easter Vigil       By Gabrielle Nolan The Catholic Church in East Tennessee is about to grow with the approaching feast of Easter, as nearly 50 catechumens and 130 candidates continue their preparation to receive the sacraments of initiation. …

Celestina Pint of Sacred Heart earns Girl Scout Gold Award

Celestina Pint, a Knoxville Catholic High School junior, a parishioner of the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, and Girl Scout Ambassador in Troop 20269, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award that Girl Scouts can earn. In an effort that began nearly a …

Wedding celebration welcomes back Sacred Heart newlyweds

Dozens of couples married at new cathedral since 2018 reunite to mark National Marriage Week USA By Gabrielle Nolan Nearly 50 married couples gathered at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Knoxville for an evening to celebrate their unique marriages. The event, which took place the …

Partners in health

Dr. Dean Mire, Sacred Heart Parish teamed with Dr. Farmer to build Haiti health-care ministry       By Bill Brewer Dr. Dean Mire, a Knoxville family practice physician who has helped lead the Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish’s medical ministry in Haiti, remembers his first encounter with Dr. Paul Farmer. Dr. Mire …

Funeral Mass held for Mary Shirley Johnson Nicholson

A funeral Mass was held for Mary Shirley Johnson Nicholson, age 100,  on Dec. 11 at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, with Father David Boettner serving as celebrant. Mrs. Nicholson, who died on Nov. 28 at Shannondale Health Care Center, was born on July 31, 1921, …

‘You belong here’

Cathedral parish takes part in national initiative to engage young adults in faith By Emily Booker What was life like when you were 22? For some, it was graduating college, getting married, and settling down in a career. For others, it was cheap housing with several friends and partying between …

Cardinal Rigali dedicates veterans memorial

His Eminence blesses the monument outside the cathedral following the annual Green Mass By Dan McWilliams Cardinal Justin Rigali dedicated a monument to veterans outside the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on Nov. 7 following the annual Veterans Mass celebrated by Bishop Richard F. Stika. The Veterans …

Roof work begins atop Sacred Heart Cathedral

Work has begun to replace the roof on the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Cathedral rector Father David Boettner explained that the cathedral roof was designed and built with intentionally selected materials and construction methods that would last for many years; however, the roofing subcontractor did not …