The heart of a lion

At 6 months old, Aaron Morales is teaching a community about the value of life and the power of prayer Aaron Roman Morales should not be here. By all accounts, birth defects would rob Aaron of the life his parents desperately wanted for him. At least that’s what the doctors …

He dwells among us: Love and mercy

The ‘Gospel of Life’ challenges us to show mercy even to those who denied it to others Thirty-six years ago, two of my uncles were senselessly and brutally gunned down during a robbery of their small urban grocery store. The gunman, a 16-year-old youth, was arrested six months later but …

Support grows for Amendment 1 proposal as Nov. 4 election nears

Bishop Stika joined by Bishop Choby, Bishop Steib in urging Catholics to vote for state constitutional measure As the Nov. 4 election draws near and with early voting beginning Oct. 15, the dioceses of Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis are reinforcing their support for Amendment 1 to the state constitution. Tennessee …

Hundreds on hand for 2014 Diocesan Homecoming

Diocese of Knoxville marks end of silver jubilee year with daylong celebration, outdoor Mass The Diocese of Knoxville concluded its silver jubilee year on Sept. 13 with a daylong homecoming celebration that attracted some 750 to 1,000 people who enjoyed fun, games, food, music, and an outdoor Mass celebrated by …

Cathedral kickoff event introduces historic plan to parishioners

Hundreds turn out for celebration marking the beginning of two-year construction project By Jim Wogan The first shovel of dirt hasn’t been turned yet, but parishioners at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus finally have a good idea of what their new home will look like when construction …

Sacred Heart, KCHS feature Medalists of Honor in programs

Service and sacrifice are themes as distinguished veterans lead assemblies, visit classrooms Students from Catholic elementary schools and Knoxville Catholic High School heard stories of courage, honor, and sacrifice as Medal of Honor recipients, in town for a national convention, spent time with them Sept. 12. All of the speakers …

Diocesan calendar

Bishop Richard F. Stika will celebrate two more bilingual Masses in celebration of marriage this fall: on Saturday, Oct. 11, at Holy Trinity Church in Jefferson City, and on Saturday, Nov. 22, at St. Stephen Church in Chattanooga. Both celebrations will begin at 11 a.m. and will be followed by …

Parish notes: Chattanooga Deanery

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Chattanooga Knights of Columbus Council 6099 is sponsoring an aluminum-can drive to support diocesan seminarians. The cans may be dropped off in the parking lot next to Madonna Hall. Call the parish office for more details at 423-622-7232. St. Jude, Chattanooga The Council of Catholic …

Chattanooga Deanery calendar

The 17th annual St. Mary Church (Athens) Fall Festival will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12. There will be a wide variety of ethnic foods, silent and live auctions, children’s games, and live entertainment. There will be plenty of free parking. For more information, call 423-745-4277 …

St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish plans columbarium

St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish in Cleveland is exploring the potential for developing a columbarium for its parishioners. A columbarium is a respectful repository for a person’s cremated remains. Several parishes in the Diocese of Knoxville have created columbaria, which are typically free-standing units in an outdoor setting designed and …

Cumberland Mountain Deanery calendar

The Frassati Fellowship for young adults ages 18-35 meets at the main entrance of All Saints Church in Knoxville at 7 p.m. Thursdays. For more information or a schedule of activities, call Elijah Martin at 828-606-2961. St. John Neumann Parish in Farragut is hosting an eight-week grief-support class for adults …

Parish notes: Cumberland Mountain Deanery

All Saints, Knoxville The Hispanic ministry at All Saints will celebrate its fifth anniversary after the 7 p.m. Mass on Saturday, Oct. 4, at the parish pavilion. Music, dancing, and food from different Hispanic countries is planned for the evening. For more information, call the parish office at 865-531-0770. Blessed …