Vatican II & Social Communication

Deacon Scott Maentz Uncategorized

The second document from the Second Vatican Council is one of the shorter ones produced by the council fathers, but for those of us who work in in the realm of new media, and even older forms of the mass media, it is critically important. In rereading this document it is clear to me that the council fathers were truly …

Cardinal Rigali presides at St. Mary marriage-celebration Mass

Dan McWilliams Marriage, News

Cardinal Justin Rigali celebrated the first of three diocesan Masses and Celebrations of the Sacrament of Marriage on Jan. 26 at St. Mary Church in Oak Ridge. Some 60 couples renewed their wedding vows before the cardinal in the annual event. The marriage Masses are bilingual, and Cardinal Rigali addressed some of his remarks in Spanish. In a reception at …

Here Stands Baseball’s Perfect Knight

Deacon Scott Maentz Media, News

The Diocese of Knoxville is proud of our pastor Bishop Stika who delivered the homily at the Mass of Christian Burial for Baseball Hall of Famer, Stan Musial. Stan’s son-in-law, Martin Schwarze, shared that Joe Torre had mentioned that Stan Musial was not only a Hall of Fame Baseball Player, but that he was also a member of the Hall …

Here Stands Baseball’s Perfect Knight

Deacon Scott Maentz Baseball

Earlier today Bishop Stika delivered the homily at the Mass of Christian Burial for Baseball Hall of Famer, Stan Musial. Stan’s son-in-law, Martin Schwarze, shared that Joe Torre had mentioned that Stan Musial was not only a Hall of Fame Baseball Player, but that he was also a member of the Hall of Fame when it came to life. Bishop …

Vatican II & Sacred Art

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II

One of the things that was always emphasized in our seminary training with regards to the liturgy, which includes the use of sacred art, is that it should have a character of noble simplicity. The council fathers described the use of sacred art with these words, The fine arts are rightly classed among the noblest activities of man’s genius; this …

Robotics students learn with ‘million-dollar equipment’

Stephanie Richer News, Schools

When Dr. Lonnie Love of Oak Ridge National Laboratory asked “why would anybody in their right mind let high school kids work with million dollar pieces of equipment,” the answer could be found with a group of Knoxville Catholic High School students. Dr. Love posed the question at the Jan. 5 kickoff for this year’s FIRST Robotics Competition. Knoxville Catholic’s …

Sr. Mary Gretchen completing UT medical residency

Bill Brewer Media, News

by Heidi Wigdahl, WBIR Channel 10 A nun’s devotion to God has led her to Knoxville. Sister Mary Gretchen Hoffman is with the Religious Sisters of Mercy (R.S.M.). “Really the intensity of His love was such that I knew I had to respond and it couldn’t just be a little. He wanted everything so I said, let’s try it,” Sister …

Sacred Heart principal named to new schools post

Bill Brewer News, Schools

Sedonna Prater, who has served as principal of Sacred Heart Cathedral School in Knoxville since 2004, has been named director of curriculum and instruction for the Diocese of Knoxville’s 10 schools. The appointment was announced Jan. 7 by Bishop Richard F. Stika and diocesan schools Superintendent Sister Mary Marta Abbott, RSM. Sister Mary Marta said the new position reflects the …

Ex-NFL player to lead Knoxville Catholic football team

Al Forsythe News, Schools

Knoxville Catholic High School has hired Steve Matthews, a former NFL player, as its new head football coach. Mr. Matthews was introduced to the team Dec. 21. “We are very excited to have Steve Matthews as our new coach,” said Knoxville Catholic principal Dickie Sompayrac. “Our search committee has been impressed with his passion for the game and his demonstrated …

The Dark of Ages Past

Deacon Scott Maentz Film

I was watching the film Les Miserables the other day, which is a fascinating film and an amazingly Catholic film, and while one could write several long papers about the movie and themes within it, this one line in particular struck me. The men of the revolution are all in the upper room, rallying around the colors of the world. …