People Respond to the Holy Spirit

David Oatney Diocese of Knoxville, New Evangelization

I haven’t had an opportunity to post on Life At 25 over the last week because I was joining a group of men in our parish in giving a Christ Renews His Parish retreat to another group of men, which took a lot of time and even more energy, and so I’ve had to take a few days to relax and …

A look at some interesting popes of the past

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

VATICAN CITY (Catholic News Service) – From St. Peter to Pope Francis, there have been 266 popes; 80 of them are recognized as saints with the April 27 canonizations of Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II. The earliest popes were martyred for their faith, which the Catholic Church takes as a clear sign of holiness. Once the persecution of …

Camp Marymount celebrating 75th anniversary

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By Theresa Laurence NASHVILLE (Catholic News Service) – For generations of young people, Camp Marymount in Fairview,Tenn., has been more than a place to spend a few weeks in the summer. It’s where bonds are forged over campfires, craft projects and late-night talks under the stars. “The thing about camp is it’s timeless, it hasn’t changed that much,” said Jose …

Popes John XXIII and John Paul II achieve sainthood

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By Francis X. Rocca VATICAN CITY (Catholic News Service) — Canonizing two recent popes in the presence of his immediate predecessor, Pope Francis praised the new Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II as men of courage and mercy, who responded to challenges of their time by modernizing the Catholic Church in fidelity to its ancient traditions. “They were priests, …

Diocese of Knoxville well represented at canonization Mass

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

Among the hundreds of thousands of Catholic faithful in St. Peter’s Square on Divine Mercy Sunday to witness history as Popes John XXIII and John Paul II received sainthood were a group of parishioners from the Diocese of Knoxville led by Bishop Richard F. Stika and Cardinal Justin Rigali. The 14 diocesan members, which included Father Charlie Donahue, CSP, pastor …

Catholics embrace the Church’s newest saints

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (Catholic News Service) — Volunteers wearing neon yellow vests interlocked their arms and led the crowds, several hundred at a time, slowly toward St. Peter’s Square. The “one-block-at-a-time” strategy was to help avoid a chaotic rush and crush of tens of thousands of people when the square opened at 5:30 a.m. An estimated 800,000 people …

Diocese of Knoxville ranks high in U.S. study on converts

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Christian Formation, News

The rest of the country is learning something Diocese of Knoxville priests and parishioners already know – adults are joining the Church in ever increasing numbers. A report issued by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University just before Easter said the diocese is tied with the dioceses of Memphis and Lexington, Ky., in the …

Diocese of Knoxville celebrates Easter

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Hispanic, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika and Cardinal Justin Rigali led Holy Week observances in the Diocese of Knoxville, highlighted by the Chrism Mass April 15 and Easter Mass celebrations at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus April 19-20. Bishop Stika was joined by Cardinal Justin Rigali and more than 50 priests of the diocese along with more than 25 …

We Rise With Christ In Baptism

David Oatney Catechism, New Evangelization

HE IS RISEN! THE LORD IS TRULY RISEN! As the Church celebrates the reality of the empty tomb, it should also be remembered that we have a great many neophytes-new Catholics, who have been baptized and/or received into full communion with Holy Mother Church this weekend. Because the celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection is about the rising to new life, the Church …

Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord

David Oatney Catechism

The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to John (18:1-19:42): When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples across the Kidron valley, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place; for Jesus often met there with his disciples. So Judas, procuring a band …

A Thank You To Priests On Holy Thursday

David Oatney Catechism, Priesthood, Vocations

Today is known in the Catholic world as Holy Thursday, sometimes in the English-speaking world it is called Maundy Thursday, and it commemorates that Thursday night long ago on the night Jesus Christ was betrayed, when he instituted the two sacraments without which his Church would not exist, the Holy Eucharist, and the sacrament of Holy Orders, specifically in the form …

Chastity speaker Jason Evert leads programs at Notre Dame High School

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, News, Schools

Popular Catholic author and chastity speaker Jason Evert led programs for Notre Dame High School parents and students April 10-11. Mr. Evert headlined an assembly for about 50 parents, titled “Raising Pure Families,” at the Chattanooga high school April 10 and then April 11 spoke to Notre Dame students and also about 35 Knoxville Catholic High School students who traveled …

KDCCW convenes in Chattanooga

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, News

The Knoxville Diocesan Council of Catholic Women held its annual convention April 10-12 at the Doubletree Hotel in Chattanooga, and more than 200 members attended. Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated the opening Mass at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul on Thursday, and Monsignor Al Humbrecht of Holy Spirit Parish in Soddy-Daisy celebrated the Friday Mass and the closing …

New Catholics Need Our Friendship and Example

David Oatney Diocese of Knoxville, New Evangelization, Prayer

Those of you who celebrated Morning Lauds this morning sang or chanted the 42nd Psalm as the first chant, a psalm which has opening words in verses one and two that may be familiar to many Catholics, and certainly set me in a Holy Week mindset. The Grail translation, which is generally what is used in the English-speaking world for …