Marches for life draw large crowds

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

Pro-life efforts took center stage nationally and locally Jan. 22 and Jan. 26 as annual March for Life rallies took place in Washington, D.C., and Knoxville following the fourth annual Rosary For Life. Groups from the Diocese of Knoxville traveled to the nation’s capital for the Jan. 22 March for Life rally and a large Mass accompanying it and were …

Be Christ to the World Crying Out For Help

David Oatney New Evangelization, Pope Francis

If you didn’t happen to see the Grammy Awards program earlier this week, you might have heard of the performance by the popular singer Katy Perry which appeared to no small number of people, including writers from major entertainment publications, to be an example of the glorification of Satan and perhaps actual witchcraft itself. Even if the performance was not …

Diocesan educators, students preparing for Catholic Schools Week

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Schools

Catholic Schools Week in the Diocese of Knoxville will kick off Sunday, Jan. 26, at many parish schools with Mass and open houses. Superintendent Sister Mary Mary Marta Abbott, RSM, has been collecting information on all the events occurring in the diocese’s 10 schools. This will be her third year to visit all the schools during Catholic Schools Week. Last …

A Monsignor Moment

David Oatney Pope Francis, Priesthood

Pope Francis recently made some big waves in the proverbial finger lake of the Catholic blogosphere and social media community when it was announced earlier this month that the Vatican will now limit the awarding of the title “Monsignor” outside of the Roman Curia to those diocesan priests who may be nominated by their bishops who are over the age …

Bishop Stika leads 2014 diocesan Men’s Conference

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By Dan McWilliams Bishop Richard F. Stika spent a morning and afternoon with some 165 participants at A Diocesan Men’s Conference: A Dialogue With Our Shepherd on Jan. 11 at All Saints Church. The conference was presented by the All Saints Peter and Paul Society and by Sacred Heart Parish’s St. Joseph Society. The bishop addressed a variety of topics …

Pope Francis names 19 new cardinals

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis named 19 new cardinals, including the archbishops of Westminster and Quebec and six men from his home region of Latin America, and announced a consistory for their formal induction into the College of Cardinals Feb. 22. The pope announced the nominations to the faithful in St. Peter’s Square shortly after noon …

The Baptism of the Lord and Ordinary Time

David Oatney Catechism, Diocese of Knoxville

Today is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, and the Church remembers in a solemn way the day on which Christ humbled himself as an example to us to be baptized in the River Jordan by his forerunner, follower, and cousin John the Baptist. Unlike ourselves, who all had need of baptism as the ordinary means by which …

Rosary For Life attracts parishioners from across diocese

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

What looked to be a soggy Rosary For Life instead became a powerful witness for God and the sanctity of life Jan. 11 as a persistent downpour dried up when Cardinal Justin Rigali began prayer in front of Planned Parenthood’s East Knoxville clinic. Some 250 people from across the Diocese of Knoxville braved the early morning rain to gather in …

Book detailing the history of the Diocese of Knoxville now available

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

A book chronicling the history of the Diocese of Knoxville, published on occasion of the diocese’s 25th anniversary, is now available to East Tennessee Catholics. The illustrated History of the Diocese of Knoxville, a 160-page hardcover, tabletop book, was published by Éditions du Signe of Strasbourg, France. The book contains a history of each parish, chapters on the history of …

Courts give last-minute relief from HHS contraceptive mandate

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By Catholic News Service WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — In the midst of their New Year’s Eve celebration with low-income elderly residents, the Baltimore-based Little Sisters of the Poor learned that the Supreme Court issued an injunction temporarily protecting them from the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate. The order by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, issued within hours of the mandate taking …

Bishop Stika is featured speaker at diocesan Men’s Winter Conference

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

Registration is under way for the Diocese of Knoxville Men’s Winter Conference 2014, entitled “A Dialogue with Our Shepherd.” All men of the diocese are invited to attend the special day with Bishop Richard F. Stika on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at All Saints Catholic Church Parish Hall, 620 N. Cedar Bluff Road in Knoxville. Bishop …