Catholic Charities giving free rides for COVID vaccinations

Catholic Charities of East Tennessee is providing free rides to COVID-19 vaccination appointments for East Tennessee residents who have transportation barriers. Funded by an Amerigroup Insurance grant, this program will operate on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are depleted. Interested residents are encouraged to take advantage of this program …

East Tennessee churches offer COVID vaccines

Diocesan parishes set up temporary clinics to offer vaccinations to parishioners and the public                      By Casey Keeley As the state of Tennessee continues to weigh restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, many parishioners in the Diocese of Knoxville have been relieved at being able to attend Mass with fewer …

Dominican Sisters reflect on past year in classrooms, convent

It’s been one year since a novel coronavirus arrived, closing schools, introducing the concept of “social distancing,” and even suspending the public celebration of Mass. For the eight Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation in Nashville who teach in Diocese of Knoxville schools, it’s been a year of uncertainty, adjustment, …

In Mass en masse

Parishioners turn out in strong numbers to begin Lent If Ash Wednesday is any indication, parishioners in the Diocese of Knoxville are welcoming the Lenten season and their walk of faith to Easter. Parishes around the diocese reported strong, if not high, attendance at Masses on Feb. 17, the first …

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Diocesan parishes prepare for Lenten celebrations as Easter approaches

By The East Tennessee Catholic Bishop Richard F. Stika is looking forward to a more normal Lenten season and Easter celebration in 2021, unlike last year when a mysterious coronavirus shut down the world. With the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, Catholics across the Diocese of Knoxville …