Arthur Torres Barona is one step closer

Deacon Scott Maentz News

Arthur Torres Barona is an important step closer to the priesthood following his ordination into the transitional diaconate Dec. 1 at St. Mary Church in Johnson City. Bishop Richard F. Stika welcomed the seminarian into the diaconate during an ordination Mass attended by priests and deacons from across the Diocese of Knoxville. “I wish to thank Arthur for responding to …

Athens parish celebrates Our Lady of Guadalupe

Deacon Scott Maentz News

St. Mary Parish in Athens celebrated Our Lady of Guadalupe in both November and December. In November the parish received an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe as part of a Knights of Columbus initative that brought three such images to parishes around the country. The image was blessed by Pope Benedict XVI and touched to St. Juan Diego’s Tilma …

Pope Benedict has world all a Twitter

Deacon Scott Maentz News

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI launched his very own Twitter account Dec. 12, sending a short inaugural message to his more than 1 million followers. “Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart,” it said. His tweet — 139 …

Father David Boettner welcomed home

Deacon Scott Maentz News

At an all-school Mass, Deacon Sean Smith led a packed cathedral in a round of applause for Father Boettner, who was on a Continuing Education experience overseas from July 18 until Nov. 19. “It is truly awesome to be back home,” Father Boettner said. After Mass, Father Boettner viewed a “graffiti wall” made in his honor in the school lobby. …

Diocesan schools plan Christmas season events

Deacon Scott Maentz News

By Kara Lockmiller Throughout the Bible we are encouraged to sing praises to God and give to those in need. The children of the diocese plan to do just that this Christmas season in the many school programs and service projects being held across East Tennessee. Knoxville Catholic High School Knoxville Catholic High School, 9245 Fox Lonas Road, Knoxville, will …

Feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

Father Michael Cummins Saints

 Two days after Christmas, the Church celebrates the Feast of St. John, apostle and evangelist.  John is the apostle who stood by the Cross of Christ and received Mary into his home.  The gospel attributed to John was the last of the four canonical gospels to be written and contains the most explicitly developed and exalted understanding (Christology) of who …

Joy to the World

David Oatney Saints

To the saints, the finest gifts are the spiritual kind. After receiving Holy Communion in 1569, the Spanish Carmelite St. Teresa of Avila marveled at the arrival of Jesus. Though not labeled as such, her words could be a Christmas thanksgiving: “Be joyful, my soul, for there is someone who loves your God as He deserves. Be joyful, for there …

O Emmanuel!

Deacon Scott Maentz Prayer

O Emmanuel, our king and our lawgiver, the hope of the nations and their Saviour: Come and save us, O Lord our God.  As the hours until Christmas draw near our prayers seem even more urgent. Come and save us, O Lord our God! The hymn O Come O Come Emmanuel, which draws entirely upon these O Antiphons begins by saying, ransom captive Israel. I …

O Rising Sun!

Deacon Scott Maentz Prayer

O Rising Sun, splendour of light eternal and sun of righteousness: Come and enlighten those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death. Today’s antiphon is one of my favorites. During this time of Advent preparation, it reminds us that even before Christ’s birth, the joy of his resurrection was present to those whom Isaiah describes with these words, …

O Key of David!

Deacon Scott Maentz Prayer

O key of David and scepter of the House of Israel; you open and no one can shut; you shut and no one can open: Come and lead the prisoners from the prison house, those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.  When it comes to God, we should always expect the unexpected. Today’s antiphon brings us back …

O Wisdom!

Deacon Scott Maentz Prayer, Year of Faith

O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from one end to the other mightily, and sweetly ordering all things: Come and teach us the way of prudence. Today we enter the octave before Christmas and our final preparations of Advent. Traditionally this is a time when we begin the singing of the “O Antiphons”. Many …