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 …

Sacred heart

Exposition of relic of St. Jean Vianney, patron saint of priests, draws faithful from across Diocese of Knoxville       By Bill Brewer St. Jean Vianney is just what the faithful ordered. Well, it was actually the Knights of Columbus and Bishop Richard F. Stika who arranged for the incorrupt heart of …

‘It’s about church’

Chrism Mass brings together East Tennessee faithful By Dan McWilliams The 2019 Chrism Mass, No. 11 for Bishop Richard F. Stika, was a celebration of priestly fidelity, of the blessing of the oils used throughout the Church year, and of new and ongoing vocations to the priesthood and religious life. …

Incorrupt heart of St. John Vianney to be in Diocese of Knoxville

The incorrupt heart of St. John (Jean) Vianney, a major relic of the patron saint of parish priests, is coming to the Diocese of Knoxville on May 23 as part of its pilgrimage to the United States. The Knights of Columbus, who are entrusted with the relic on its national …

Bishop Stika welcomes catechumens, candidates home

More than 225 people will enter the Catholic Church in East Tennessee at Easter Vigil Masses By Bill Brewer History may have been made twice March 9-10 at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. For the first time, the Rite of Election of Catechumens and Call to …