Bishop Stika leads local memorial Mass for Pope Benedict XVI

Cardinal Rigali, who knew Benedict for years, concelebrated cathedral service By Dan McWilliams Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated a memorial Mass for Pope Benedict XVI on Jan. 4, the day before the Holy Father was laid to rest at the Vatican after he passed away on Dec. 31. Cardinal Justin …

The keys to heaven

Pope, priests emphasize to faithful that showing love, mercy are vital to entering kingdom of God By Catholic News Service and The East Tennessee Catholic As Christians await their death and the final judgment of God, the Gospel tells them what they must do to be welcomed into heaven: love …

Funeral Mass for Juan Antonio Herrera Pérez,

Juan Antonio Herrera Pérez, 96, of Knoxville, passed away peacefully on Nov. 14 after 24 days of coping with a broken heart from the loss of his wife of 63 years, Gladys. Mr. Herrera was born on June 13, 1926, in Caracas, Venezuela, as the oldest of six children to …

Funeral Mass celebrated for Sr. Albertine Paulus, RSM

By Dan McWilliams The diocese said goodbye to the multifaceted, multitalented, indomitable Mercy Sister Mary Albertine Paulus on Oct. 31 as hundreds gathered at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus for her funeral Mass. Sister Albertine, founding director of the Office of Evangelization in the earliest days …

Cathedral Concert Series is a connection between Church and great masterpieces

By Diana Salesky The connection between the Catholic Church and great musical masterpieces is strong and centuries long. The list of composers whose works were inspired by their faith or promoted by their religious duties is lengthy and august. Johann Sebastian Bach, a converted Catholic, gave us the cornerstones of …

Changing the culture

Cathedral minister attends international conference focused on discipleship By Emily Booker What is the meaning of life? Who is God? Will believing in Jesus make me happy? If someone on the street were to ask you those questions, how would you answer? And do you think your answers would lead …

Bishop celebrates annual Blue and White Masses

Special liturgies at the cathedral honor first responders and members of the medical profession      By Dan McWilliams Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated Masses for first responders and for members of the health-care profession in recent weeks at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Blue Mass on …

In service and sacrifice

Veterans observances honor those who served, those still in harm’s way By Dan McWilliams A special guest appeared at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus for the annual Green Mass for members of the military and veterans on Nov. 13. Bishop Aleksander Jazlowiecki, auxiliary bishop of the …

‘It’s good to be home’

Dr. Jordan Pyda returns to Sacred Heart to share memories of Haiti, Dr. Paul Farmer By Hiske Jones Dr. Jordan Pyda was one of the guests of honor at a memorable and inspiring event held on Oct. 7 at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus to raise …

Gladys de las Mercedes Ball de Herrera

Gladys de las Mercedes Ball de Herrera, 87, of Knoxville joined the choir of saints on Oct. 21 suddenly and without warning. A funeral Mass for Mrs. Herrera was held on Oct. 28 at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Mrs. Herrera was born on March 16, …

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Commemorating Cursillo

Faith movement celebrates its 25th anniversary in the Diocese of Knoxville By Bill Brewer The Cursillo movement in the Diocese of Knoxville has reached a longevity milestone that many organizations never attain as it celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated a special Mass for East …

Sacred Heart Cathedral ministry leads life-saving flight years in the making

Haiti Outreach Program is able to fly solar panels, vaccine refrigerator to Caribbean country in political turmoil By Hiske Jones A long-awaited flight landed in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on June 13, with unusual cargo: solar panels and a refrigerator to store life-saving vaccines. According to Billy Stair, a longtime volunteer with …