St. Vincent de Paul

Deacon Scott Maentz Year of Faith

“The most powerful weapon to conquer the devil is humility. For, as he does not know at all how to employ it, neither does he know how to defend himself from it.”  –St. Vincent de Paul One of the primary ways we will celebrate the Year of Faith and the 25th anniversary of our diocese is a campaign, led by …

Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Deacon Scott Maentz News

711 Northshore Drive SW Knoxville, TN 37919 865-588-0249 shcathedral.org   Mass Times Mission Statement The mission of the Sacred Heart Cathedral is to enable each person to grow in faith and love of Jesus Christ and His Gospel message through the sacramental life of the parish. This empowers us to witness His message through our love and service within and beyond our …

The Harriman Missions

Deacon Scott Maentz Diocese of Knoxville

In 1905, Fr. E. F. Callahan wrote to Bishop Thomas Byrne, explaining why Harriman would be a good permanent center for the East Tennessee Catholic Missions. Missions of St. Francis de Sales: (Seven Counties-see no. 1) Comprising Counties of Washington, Johnson, Sullivan, Hawkins, Greene, Unicoi, Carter. Mission House at Johnson City….Families 17 (Catholic 8, mixed marriage 9). This field has only …

Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul

Deacon Scott Maentz Parishes

Yesterday I posted a short video on the history of Immaculate Conception Parish in Knoxville. As a native Chattanoogan, I would be remiss to not also post this video on the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul. Like Immaculate Conception in Knoxville, Sts. Peter and Paul can be considered the mother church for Chattanooga. This is the video that was …

Vatican II & the Sacred Liturgy

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

  The first document of the Second Vatican Council was the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy,  Sacrosanctum Concilium. All Church documents get their names from the first two words of the text, or sometime the first three words if there is a older document that begins with the same words. The official language of the Church is still Latin, so even …

From A Missionary’s Diary

Deacon Scott Maentz Diocese of Knoxville

One of the first Roman Catholic priests to minister in East Tennessee was Fr. Emmanuel Francis Callahan. Fr. Callahan was ordained June 29, 1897 and spent many years serving the missions of East Tennessee. These words from his diary describe what life was like for some of the first Catholics of the area. He and his horse Rebel lived quite …

Introducing the Catechism

Deacon Scott Maentz Catechism, Vatican II, Year of Faith

On October 11, 1992, with the apostolic constitution entitled Fidei Depositum, Pope John Paul II promulgated a new universal Catechism of the Catholic Church. In his message to the faithful he explained that the new catechism has its origins in the Second Vatican Council. The principal task entrusted to the Council by Pope John XXIII was to guard and present …