A Blessed Year for a Blessed Diocese

David Oatney Catholic Blogs, Diocese of Knoxville, Priesthood, Year of Faith

Today is the last day of 2013, the seventh day in the Octave of Christmas, and the Vigil of the feast of Mary, the Mother of God. Today is as good a time as any to take stock of the previous year. For the Diocese of Knoxville, 2013 has been a historic year in which our 25th anniversary has been …

A Nativity Reflection

David Oatney Catechism, Saints

Advent comes to an end this afternoon, and the celebration of the Nativity of the Lord begins with the First Vespers of Christmas tonight. Parishes in some places will even have the first Masses of Christmas as early as the liturgical laws of the Church will allow, some at 4:00 or 5:00 p.m. this afternoon, because in many places the …

He Comes To Bring Good Tidings

David Oatney Prayer

With the sun going down on the shortest day of the year, it is now the Vigil of the Fourth Sunday of Advent. The celebration of Our Lord’s Nativity is three days away. Many of us are engaged in those last-minute Christmas preparations. In our home, we are finishing up the candy and cookies, and there are still some gifts …

Father Arthur Torres ordained in Colombia

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika ordained Deacon Arthur Torres Barona a priest on Dec. 14 at St. Anne Church in the ordinand’s native Cali, Colombia. Father Torres Barona becomes the 42nd priest ordained for the Diocese of Knoxville and the seventh ordained by Bishop Stika. He is also the second priest ordained by Bishop Stika in Colombia, following Father Andres Cano’s …

The Time Is Near

David Oatney Catechism

This past Sunday began the third week of Advent, and it is traditionally known as Gaudete Sunday, or the Sunday of rejoicing. Many priests and deacons wore rose-colored vestments or stoles Sunday. It also means that we will begin to see the daily readings shift from a kind of apocalyptic eschatological focus on the second coming to a centering on the first …

Rosary for Life set for Jan. 11 in front of Planned Parenthood clinic

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika invites East Tennessee Catholics to join Cardinal Justin Rigali for the fourth annual diocesan Rosary for Life at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, in front of the Planned Parenthood clinic located immediately off of Interstate 40, exit 390, at 710 N. Cherry St. in Knoxville. It is Bishop Stika’s hope that as many parishes and groups …

Person of the Year, Gospel of the Lord

David Oatney Pope Francis

Just in case you may have been on some other Catholic planet the last 24 hours or so and you weren’t yet aware of the news, Pope Francis was named Time Magazine’s 2013 Person of the Year on Wednesday. Time  officially said that part of the reason that they chose the Holy Father was because they believe that he has managed, in …

Pope Francis is third pope to win Time’s Person of the Year honor

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is not seeking fame or accolades, but being named Time magazine’s Person of the Year will make him happy if it helps attract people to the hope of the Gospel, a Vatican spokesman said. “It’s a positive sign that one of the most prestigious recognitions in the international press” goes to …

Sacred Heart Cathedral School students perform ‘A Christmas Carol’

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Parishes, Schools

If it’s the Christmas season, then it must be time for A Christmas Carol. And so it was Dec. 7 as Sacred Heart Cathedral School’s Theatre Arts Program staged the Charles Dickens classic at the Bearden High School auditorium. Sacred Heart Cathedral School’s Heart to Heart Players presented the holiday tale of redemption, an adaptation by Frederick Gaines that featured …

Bishops, priests gather in Knoxville for Louisville Province meeting

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

Bishops and priests from Tennessee and Kentucky convened in Knoxville Dec. 3-4 for a province meeting of the Archdiocese of Louisville. The province meeting was hosted by Bishop Richard F. Stika, who was joined by Bishops David R. Choby of the Diocese of Nashville, J. Terry Steib of the Diocese of Memphis, William F. Medley of the Diocese of Owensboro, …

Nelson Mandela remembered as statesman, leader of peaceful change

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (CNS) — Nelson Mandela, who led the struggle to replace South Africa’s apartheid regime with a multiracial democracy, died Dec. 5 at his home in Johannesburg. Mandela, 95, became the country’s first black president in 1994. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic …

Basilica, Sevier churches, Catholic Charities see assignment changes

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By Dan McWilliams Bishop Richard F. Stika has announced several assignment changes for the Diocese of Knoxville. Due to health concerns with Monsignor George Schmidt, pastor of the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Chattanooga since 1986, Bishop Stika has appointed Father David Carter parochial administrator of the basilica effective Nov. 26. Monsignor Schmidt—who had been the longest-serving pastor …

Making Time For the Gospels

David Oatney Diocese of Knoxville, New Evangelization

As we pointed out in the previous post here at Life At 25, the Church’s New Year of Grace 2014 got underway last weekend with the First Sunday of Advent. A new liturgical year is a great time to make resolutions of the spiritual kind, such as “I will learn much more about my faith,” “I’ll dedicate more time of my …