‘He is risen’

Saving us through the bath of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit By Bill Brewer Easter Masses were again teeming with people two years after pews were last full for the holiest of liturgical celebrations. And the Catholic Church in East Tennessee welcomed nearly 200 new members who joined …

Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish kicks off sponsorship campaign for Haiti students

By Hiske Jones School looked diff erent for many children this year. Amid a pandemic that forced school closures around the world and parents and educators adapting to make sure students continued to learn, one thing remained clear: a quality education is essential to a child’s wellbeing and success in …

Bishop Stika, Sacred Heart Cathedral featured in ‘The Chair’

Catholic media ministry, profiling U.S. cathedrals, bishops in TV series, also interviews rector Father Boettner By Emily Booker If walls could talk, what would a cathedral say? The Diocese of Knoxville recently welcomed DeSales Media Group, a Catholic media production ministry out of the Diocese of Brooklyn to find out …

Funeral Mass held for bottling CEO Bernard J. Hartman

A funeral Mass was held for Bernard Joseph Hartman on Aug. 25 at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Mass was celebrated by Father Martin Gladysz, associate pastor of the cathedral. Mr. Hartman, 85, who died Aug. 2, was a graduate of Knoxville Catholic High School …

U.S., Canada bishops reconsecrate nations to Blessed Mother

Bishop Stika joins in praying to Virgin Mary for healing and salvation during the coronavirus pandemic By Dan McWilliams Bishop Richard F. Stika on May 1 joined fellow bishops from around the United States and Canada who reconsecrated their nations to the Blessed Virgin Mary as the world fights the …

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 …

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New youth ministries focus on instilling virtue

Fraternus for boys and Fidelis for girls meet weekly at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus By Dan McWilliams Two new ministries in the Diocese of Knoxville have been started for boys and girls in grades six through 12, and each is designed to form the young …

Sacred Heart Parish’s Haiti ministry marks 20th year of service

Haitian Cardinal Chibly Langlois visits cathedral campus, appeals to supporters to continue their mission By Bill Brewer When you can’t get to Haiti, Haiti will get to you. And so it was at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Oct. 17-18 when Cardinal Chibly Langlois, bishop of …

Feeding Happy Holler

Catholic Charities of East Tennessee’s community garden yields vegetables for North Knoxville residents By Emily Booker If you build it, they will eat. That’s the hope for Lisa Healy, executive director of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, as she looks out at the newly planted community garden at the CCETN …

Adults journey from East Tennessee and beyond to confirmation

More than 50 of varying ages throughout the Diocese of Knoxville are sealed with the Holy Spirit                    By Bill Brewer When 53 women and men joined Bishop Richard F. Stika at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on Pentecost Sunday for the annual confirmation Mass, Francisca Adeniran …

Hal Emitt Sr., architect of Sacred Heart Church, dies

A funeral Mass was celebrated July 11 for retired Knoxville architect Harold “Hal” Emitt Sr., who died July 7. He was 94. Father John Dowling was the celebrant of the funeral Mass at Holy Ghost Church, where Mr. Emitt was a longtime member. Mr. Emitt, who worked for the Baumann …