Full, Active and Conscious Participation

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

One of the phrases heard often when speaking of the post conciliar liturgy is the call to “full, active and conscious participation”. The council fathers put it in these words, Mother Church earnestly desires that all the faithful should be led to that fully conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations which is demanded by the very nature of the …

Cardinal Rigali Speaks About Vatican II

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. Bill Brewer, Media Director for the Diocese of Knoxville, recently had the opportunity to have a conversation with Cardinal Justin Rigali about his experiences as a young priest at Vatican II. Cardinal Rigali vividly recalls 2,500 bishops from around the world filing into St. Peter’s Basilica in …

The Fantastic Four

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

Coming to Sacred Heart Cathedral this fall…. The FANTASTIC FOUR Adult Faith Formation program! To inaugurate the Year of Faith, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, and the Diocesan Silver Jubilee, Sacred Heart will offer four Wednesday evenings of FOOD, FAITH, FELLOWSHIP, and FUN.  Dinner will be served in the Eagle Café at 6:00pm, followed by a program …

Pope Benedict’s Homily at the Opening of the New Evangelization Synod

Deacon Scott Maentz New Evangelization, Saints, Vatican II, Year of Faith

Dear Brother Bishops, Dear brothers and sisters, With this solemn concelebration we open the thirteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith. This theme reflects a programmatic direction for the life of the Church, its members, families, its communities and institutions. And this outline is reinforced by …

Plenary Indulgence for the Year of Faith

Deacon Scott Maentz Year of Faith

This past week Pope Benedict XVI announced a plenary indulgence of the Year of Faith. The concept of an indulgence is one that is widely misunderstood in the Church today. Put most simply, an indulgence is something the Church grants to a penitent individual that removes the temporal punishment for their sins. Every sin has consequences for the sinner that …

St. Therese

Deacon Scott Maentz Diocese of Knoxville, Parishes

St. Therese in Clinton was one of the original Harriman missions. From as far back as 1911, priests from Harriman served the faithful Catholics in Anderson County. There is little recorded of the history of Catholicism in the area until around 1960. The correspondence between Fr. Joel Wiggs and Bishop William Adrian attests to the fact that during the 1960’s …