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Sacred Vows

The trend line is shifting as the Church shines a light on marriage and family By Bill Brewer Photography by Stephanie Richer Marriage matters. How can we tell in this day and time, when a quarter to half of all marriages end in divorce, younger single people are waiting longer …

Pastoral Juvenil Hispana ministry aims to engage youth

Program leader believes dialogue, diversity can engage and unite young people in the Diocese of Knoxville By Emily Booker A common question in the Church today is “How do we reach young people?” With more young people leaving the Church or growing up without religion, connecting with the next generation …

Parishes preparing to launch V Encuentro

National program’s focus is to strengthen cultural communities, identify and develop more lay leaders             By Bill Brewer At Pope Francis’ urging, the Catholic Church is embarking on a four-year program to create a culture of encounter that calls on all Catholics to share their heritage with each other, remove …

Hispanic parents graduate from Opening Doors program

All Saints Church hosts 10-week parenting class By Dan McWilliams More than a dozen Hispanic parents graduated May 5 from the 10-week Abriendo Puertas (“Opening Doors”) parenting program held at All Saints Church in Knoxville. The “Abriendo Puertas” project is a collaboration of the Office of Hispanic Ministry of the Diocese …

Celebration of Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

A mix of religiosity and Mexican tradition By Lourdes Garza As Catholics, it is important to understand the origin and meaning of the celebrations that will be taking place in the following days. Halloween (October 31), All Saints Day (November 1), and All Souls Day and Day of the Dead …

Several attend conference for Hispanics on Respect Life

On Aug. 16-17, several diocesan parishioners attended a conference for Hispanics on Catholic Respect Life teachings. It is now their intent to integrate into existing pro-life programs and concerns in parishes and to be the link to the Spanish-speakers helping them to participate more actively. For additional information, call the …