Vote for Lourdes Garza, Catholic Extension Lumen Christi Award nominee

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Lourdes Garza, director of the Office of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Knoxville, has been nominated for Catholic Extension’s 2014 Lumen Christi Award.  You can help support Lourdes Garza by voting on the Catholic Extension Facebook page. Share this link with others in the Diocese of Knoxville and encourage them to also vote for Lourdes Garza. Here’s how to vote: “Like” the …

Worthy Sir Knights in diocese honored

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Worthy Sir Knights from across the Diocese of Knoxville received the honors of the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus on March 29 in an exemplification honoring Monsignor Robert J. Hofstetter. Under the direction of Bill Wicke, Tennessee district master for the Knights, 14 Worthy Sir Knights were honored by state, regional and national Knights of Columbus officers. Included …

KCHS Robotichauns meet the challenge, end just shy of nationals

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By Stephanie Richer The Robotichauns may not have made it to the nationals, but none can say they did not fight the good fight. Knoxville Catholic High School’s robotics team, the Roboticahuns, competed again in the Smoky Mountain regional against other high schools from the local area and throughout the Southeast. The regional was held March 28 and 29 at …

St. Luke Guild sponsors natural family planning conference

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Sister Marie Paul Lockerd, RSM, DO, and Dr. J. Michael Carlson, DO, will lead a St. Luke Guild of East Tennessee conference on natural family planning Saturday, April 5, at St. Albert the Great Church’s parish hall. The Science and Practice of Natural Family Planning conference, which is sponsored by the St. Luke Guild, is free and open to the …

Pope Francis Again Shows Us the Way

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Both Catholic and secular media are absolutely rife with the reports that Pope Francis “broke with tradition” last week and went to confession himself in a way that the attendees at the penance service could clearly see that he was going to confession. Everyone seems to be utterly agog at the idea that the Holy Father would go to confession …

Bishop Stika celebrates fifth anniversary

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On the fifth anniversary of his ordination and installation as the Diocese of Knoxville’s third shepherd, Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral on March 19, which also is the feast day for St. Joseph. Joined by parishioners, Chancery staff, Religious Sisters of Mercy and Dominican sisters, as well as priests and deacons, Bishop Stika delivered a …

Bishop Stika leads students in rosary for life

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Students from St. Joseph School in Knoxville and St. John Neumann School in Farragut joined Bishop Richard F. Stika March 13 in praying for the sanctity of life and an end to abortion in front of Planned Parenthood’s East Knoxville clinic at 710 N. Cherry St. Bishop Stika led the students in praying the rosary as part of the 40 …

Slaves for Christ

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As we continue our series on vocations in the Church at Life At 25, today we’ve come to a vocation that has touched my life in a personal way because I have been called to formation into that vocation, and that reality has played a roll in why I write entries on this diocesan blog. Among those in the Church who …

Father Ragan Schriver honored at Emerald O’ccasion

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Catholic Charities of East Tennessee’s 29th annual fundraising dinner was indeed an Emerald O’ccasion as some 500 supporters of the social-service agency joined in celebrating former executive director Father Ragan Schriver. The 2014 event, held March 13 at the Knoxville Marriott hotel, was planned as a tribute to Father Schriver, who completed his service leading Catholic Charities Nov. 30. Catholic …

Some 240 faithful take part in diocesan Rites of Election

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By Dan McWilliams More than 200 soon-to-be Catholics participated in this year’s Rite of Election of Catechumens and Call to Continuing Conversion of Candidates, an important step on their journey to joining the Church. “There were roughly 240 combined—catechumens and candidates,” said Sister Mary Timothea Elliott, RSM, director of the diocesan Office of Christian Formation. “It’s maybe 10 less than …

The Hands That Bring Us Jesus

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As we continue our examination here at Life At 25 of vocations in the Church today, it is right that our attention should now turn to the Sacred Priesthood, because priests are absolutely vital to the mission of the Church, so much so that without priests there is no Eucharist, there is no Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, there is really no …

A Reflection for Ash Wednesday and Lent

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Today is Ash Wednesday. Most observant Catholics know that today is a day of fast and abstinence in the Universal Church, that means that we are to abstain from flesh meat today, and according to the present norms of the Church, our fast is to mean that we are allowed up to three small meals today, with two of them …

Mass, dinner honor service of Monsignor Schmidt

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Prayers were made, a homily was said, songs were sung, a standing ovation was given and heartfelt thanks were returned as a Mass in celebration of Monsignor George Schmidt, who is retiring as pastor of the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Chattanooga, was held March 1. Some 400 people were in attendance at the basilica to celebrate the …