All Saints

David Oatney Saints

Tomorrow is the feast of All Saints (also called Hallow Mass), which has always been one of my favorite feast days (remember, by the way, that it is a Holy Day of Awesome), a day which we remember all of the great saints of history, including and especially those who may be in Heaven but are not on the “official” …

Celebration of Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Hispanic, News

A mix of religiosity and Mexican tradition By Lourdes Garza As Catholics, it is important to understand the origin and meaning of the celebrations that will be taking place in the following days. Halloween (October 31), All Saints Day (November 1), and All Souls Day and Day of the Dead (November 2). It is important for us to understand their …

Diocese preparing for Church of Divine Mercy dedication

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Parishes

One of the Diocese of Knoxville’s newest missions will have its first church dedicated on Nov. 17 to serve the growing Vietnamese Catholic community and diocese parishioners, priests and deacons are invited. Bishop Richard F. Stika will celebrate the dedication Mass at the Church of Divine Mercy, located at 10919 Carmichael Road in West Knoxville. Father Hoan Dinh, Divine Mercy …

October Baby film inspires pro-life supporters across diocese

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

CHATTANOOGA — The breakthrough film October Baby is having a lasting impact on pro-life activities in the Diocese of Knoxville. The film, released in 2011, is the story of a young woman who learns she was almost aborted as a baby in the womb. She then journeys to understand the circumstances of her birth and to find her birthmother. The …

Conquest youth spread their message across diocese

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Christian Formation, News, Parishes, Schools, Young Adult Ministry, Youth Ministry

More than 20 middle school students at St. Mary in Oak Ridge have joined together on a common mission of faith, with a goal of spreading their work to other Diocese of Knoxville schools. Part of the goal of St. Mary’s Conquest group was realized recently when they gave a presentation to Bishop Richard F. Stika called “United in Prayer: …

The Importance of Retreat

David Oatney Diocese of Knoxville, Prayer, Priesthood, Vocations

The priests of the Diocese of Knoxville are on retreat as I write these lines at Lake Junaluska in North Carolina. The Church asks all of her clergy who are physically able to do so to make a retreat at least once a year, something that their diocese or religious order will often facilitate (here you see Bishop Stika celebrating …

Funeral Mass held for Father Jay Flaherty

Bill Brewer News, Uncategorized

A funeral Mass for Father Jay M. Flaherty was held Oct. 10 at Holy Cross Church in Pigeon Forge. Father Flaherty was the founding pastor of Holy Cross. He died Oct. 5 in Nashville following an extended illness. He was 66. Father Flaherty’s family received friends and a rosary was said Oct. 9 at Atchley Funeral Home in Sevierville. The …

Thoughts and Thanksgiving On Candidacy

David Oatney Diocese of Knoxville, Vocations

On Saturday I was extremely blessed and grateful as Nicole and myself joined 22 of my brother Aspirants for the diaconate for the Rite of Candidacy with Bishop Richard Stika, our formation directors Deacons Tim Elliott, Jim Lawson, and Joe Stackhouse, and many of the Deacons of our diocese and their families. It was certainly a blessed and celebratory occasion, …

Deacon aspirants participate in Rite of Admission to Candidacy

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, News

Twenty-three men in the diocese’s next deacon class took their first major public step Oct. 12 at All Saints Church in Knoxville as they participated in the Rite of Admission to Candidacy for Holy Orders. The men are two and a half years into their studies for the diaconate, and they have about two and a half years remaining. Bishop …

Reflection On the Passing of a Priest

David Oatney Diocese of Knoxville, Priesthood

On Thursday I had the opportunity (thanks to my Spiritual Director who was concelebrating and was more than willing to give me a lift) to attend the Funeral Mass for Father Jay Flaherty, a priest of the Diocese of Knoxville who was known as a very powerful preacher indeed. When Nicole and I were married, Father Flaherty celebrated our Nuptial …

Praying for Perspective

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By George Valadie It’s  a Catholic thing. Not the sort of dilemma just everyone faces. I don’t want to overdramatize. It’s not the most difficult decision a person in our faith will ever make nor the most life-altering. But it’s awkward none the less. In a nutshell, we recently needed to sell our house near Memphis because we were relocating …

A faith foundation

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

Habitat home is cornerstone of refugee family’s new life in diocese Faith is the cornerstone on which Drocella Mugorewera and her husband, Jean Danascene Nkurunziza, have rebuilt their family. The parishioners of Holy Ghost Church in Knoxville are political refugees from the Republic of Rwanda in Africa, which endured horrific genocide and civil war in the 1990s that led to …