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 …

‘Our Good Friday’

Bishop Stika reassures diocese, takes historic safety action due to coronavirus outbreak; Mass suspended By Bill Brewer Shuttered stores and schools. Locked restaurants and bars. Dissipated traffic. Silent theaters. Barren grocery shelves. Empty churches. The novel coronavirus, a mysterious, communicable illness that first appeared on the other side of the …

Once upon a time: Preparing for a ‘good’ Lent

Churches old and new are inspiration for a closer relationship with God By Monsignor Xavier Mankel Immaculate Conception Church has covered Summit Hill in Knoxville since the 1880s. Typical of many churches of that era, architects saw little need for a large vestibule. People came to church to pray and …

Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowl marks 40th year

Catholic Relief Services marks 40th year of Lenten fundraiser Catholic Relief Services in 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of CRS Rice Bowl, the largest and oldest Lenten program used by millions of Catholics across the United States. Known for its iconic and symbolic cardboard “rice bowl,” the program has evolved …