Diocese presents police department with St. Michael the Archangel statue

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The Knoxville Police Department is now in possession of a statue of the patron protector of police officers — courtesy of Bishop Richard F. Stika and the Diocese of Knoxville. Bishop Stika on Feb. 27 presented the 3-foot-tall metal likeness of St. Michael the Archangel to Police Chief David Rausch, Deputy Chief Gary Holliday, who is Support Services Division commander, …

The Religious Life

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Religious life, or the consecrated life, as it is sometimes referred to, in the Catholic Church often attracts many and varied stereotypes within society. A great many of those stereotypes come from Hollywood and, it must be admitted here, that not all of those portrayals put people who live out the religious life in a bad light. After all, the …

Observing Lent in 2014

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With the arrival of Lent and the beginning of the Easter season on March 5, the Diocese of Knoxville will begin observing this holiest time of the year and the special events that mark it, such as Ash Wednesday, the days of fasting, the Rites of Election for RCIA candidates, and the sacraments of penance leading up to the Holy …

40 Days for Life to be part of diocese’s Lenten observance

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Parishioners and groups in the Diocese of Knoxville are encouraged to take part in the sixth annual 40 Days for Life campaign as part of their Lenten observance. The 40 Days for Life campaign begins on Ash Wednesday, March 5, in front of Planned Parenthood’s East Knoxville clinic at 710 N. Cherry St. and will continue through Palm Sunday on …

Red hats, vestments signal arrival of new cardinals

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — On a feast day commemorating the authority Jesus gave to St. Peter and his successors — the popes — Pope Francis created 19 new cardinals in the presence of retired Pope Benedict XVI. To the great surprise of most people present, the retired pope entered St. Peter’s Basilica about 15 minutes before the new cardinals and …

Love offering: St. John Neumann students donate hair to aid cancer patients

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“I want to donate my hair because I want to make a tribute to my grandma and my neighbor and all others who were diagnosed with cancer.” “I’m in fourth grade and I am donating my hair because I want to give it to people who don’t have any from cancer treatment.” “I’m in fourth grade and the reason I …

Celibacy and Chastity

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If you’ve been reading Life At 25 over the last few days, you know that we’ve begun a new series on the vocational life of the Church and what someone’s place might be in that vocational life, and you probably know that our previous two posts have been all about the sacrament of Matrimony. There is a reason for that, and …

Catholic Day on the Hill issues include school vouchers, immigration

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By Dan McWilliams NASHVILLE — School vouchers were a popular subject in meetings Bishop Richard F. Stika and Memphis Bishop J. Terry Steib, SVD, had with Gov. Bill Haslam and legislators at the 17th annual Catholic Day on the Hill in Nashville. Catholic Day on the Hill offers a chance for the faithful to meet with their legislators and advocate …

St. Stephen Church hosts program on God’s gift of sexuality

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Some Chattanooga Deanery families have taken advantage of a program aimed at preparing and empowering parents, the primary educators of their children, and church leaders to evangelize about the truth and meaning of God’s gift of sexuality. St. Stephen Catholic Church in Chattanooga hosted a unique chastity program Feb. 7-8 that was presented by Family Honor Inc. called Real Love …

Matrimony and Other Vocations

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In the previous post at Life At 25, I discussed the importance of approaching marriage with a sacramental and vocational mentality, because the sacrament of Matrimony is a vocation in much the same way that the diaconate, priesthood, and religious life are vocations, callings that ultimately come from the Holy Spirit, and I pointed out that the Diocese of Knoxville’s Office …

The Rock of True Love

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Today, February 14th, is Valentine’s Day, no longer celebrated as a feast of the Universal Church, but it still remains a day known as the patronal feast for lovers, even if the secular world doesn’t usually understand that what they are celebrating is really an old Catholic feast day. Today should be a reminder, however, of the Lord’s blessing on …

Thoughts On the Bishop’s Appeal

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Some of you might have heard your pastor make an announcement in your parish this weekend about the Bishop’s Appeal, the annual campaign of the Diocese of Knoxville to raise funds for diocesan-wide projects, missions, and charities. It is very easy to listen to the pitch for the Bishop’s Appeal and simply think “oh great, another plea for more money.” …

Bishop Stika leads Solemn Vespers for Consecrated Life

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Bishop Richard F. Stika presided Feb. 9 at a Solemn Vespers held at Sacred Heart Cathedral in prayerful commemoration of the World Day for Consecrated Life. The evening prayer included exposition and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Assisting the bishop were Father Joe Reed of Sacred Heart and cathedral Deacons Jim Lawson and Bill Jacobs. More than 35 women religious …

Catholic Schools Week celebrates communities of faith, knowledge, service

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Catholic Schools Week in the Diocese of Knoxville showcased the talents of students, faculty and parents who exhibited flairs in a variety of areas—from singing, dancing and playing instruments, to fashion design, cooking and even stand-up comedy. And there were volleyball, basketball and dodge ball feats thrown in for good measure. The diocese’s 10 schools celebrated Catholic Schools Week Jan. …