Religious Sisters of Mercy celebrate anniversary of vows

Jim Wogan News

by Jim Wogan Six Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Mich. and two Sisters of Mercy of the Americas marked the anniversary of their profession of vows during a Mass at Our Lady of the Mountains Chapel on Wednesday. Bishop Richard F. Stika was the celebrant for Mass.  Deacon Sean Smith proclaimed the Gospel. There are seven Religious Sisters of Mercy …

Frassati Fellowship takes on Habitat for Humanity project

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Young Adult Ministry

By Stephanie Richer School was back in session for several Frassati Fellowship members Aug. 23 as the young adults in the Diocese of Knoxville received a crash course in home building and sweat equity during a Habitat for Humanity project. The Frassati members didn’t let the steamy dog days of summer deter them from hammering, caulking, wielding a nail gun …

Knoxville Catholic retains Irish Bowl trophy with win over Notre Dame

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Schools

By Bill Brewer and Jim Wogan Notre Dame High School battled rival Knoxville Catholic and the clock Friday night as the Chattanooga Fighting Irish’s hopes for a last-second tie or victory fell short in the teams’ first football game of the 2014 season. Knoxville Catholic scored 15 points in the first quarter and held off a tough Notre Dame squad to …

Q & A: If I Haven’t Yet Swallowed the Host, Can I Receive the Chalice?

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Catechism

Our occasional Catholic Q & A series gets underway with a question from one Life At 25 reader about what might be the proper way to receive Holy Communion under both kinds (both the Body and the Precious Blood of Christ). How is one supposed to get the Host consumed before reaching the chalice? Must the Host be completely clear …

Knoxville Catholic wins 2014 Irish Bowl

Jim Wogan News

By Jim Wogan Knoxville Catholic scored 15 points in the first quarter and held off a tough Notre Dame squad to win its second straight Irish Bowl 15-12 on Friday Night in Chattanooga. Bishop Richard F. Stika and Sister Mary Marta Abbott, RSM, superintendent of Catholic Schools presented the trophy to KCHS after the game. Cardinal Justin Rigali was also in attendance. …

Pope mourns death of niece, great nephews

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

VATICAN CITY (Catholic News Service) — Pope Francis, in mourning for the deaths of his nephew’s wife and two small children, thanked people at his weekly general audience Aug. 20 for their prayers. After each of the priests who translate the pope’s words offered him condolences for the tragedy that struck his family, Pope Francis explained to the people: “The …

Dioknox Catholic Q&A

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Diocese of Knoxville

It is the middle of August and for many of our parishes in the Diocese of Knoxville that means that the formation process for those who are participating in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults has begun, and it has begun in my own parish. As I wrote last year, people participating in the RCIA are coming to the …

Marian chapel dedicated at All Saints Church

Stephanie Richer Catholic Church, News, Parishes

By Stephanie Richer The gift of a mother is finally realized in the gift of the Mother. Before her death, Elizabeth Siminerio approached Father Michael Woods with a considerable donation for All Saints Church in Knoxville. “For some five years before she died,” he recalled Aug. 14, “Elizabeth would come up to me to ask, ‘Well, have you done anything …

Bishop featured in News Sentinel OpEd

Jim Wogan Uncategorized

By Jim Wogan Voicing concern for “this wicked and systematic attack on our faith”, Bishop Richard F. Stika has called for prayer and action after Christians and other religious groups have been targeted with violence in the Middle East and Iraq in particular. “We should remember those who have been chased to remote regions in the mountains and desert and …

Assumed Into Heaven

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Catechism

August 15th is the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This feast celebrates a dogma of the faith, something that a person must assent to in order to rightly call themselves a Catholic. Catholics believe that the Blessed Virgin Mary was assumed into Heaven, that is to say that she was taken up into Heaven body and soul by …

Diocesan In-Service Day begins school year

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Schools

By Dan McWilliams and Sedonna Prater Nearly 300 teachers and administrators from East Tennessee Catholic schools took part in the annual Diocesan In-Service on Aug. 8 at Knoxville Catholic High School. Bishop Richard F. Stika began the program with a keynote address in the KCHS gym. The day fell on the feast of St. Dominic, which was appropriate, the bishop …

Thoughts of a Lector

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Diocese of Knoxville

The men of our diocesan diaconate formation class were formally installed as Lectors by Bishop Stika on Saturday evening at the Vigil Mass at All Saints in West Knoxville on Saturday evening. As was done when we were made Candidates (and will be done again when we are made Acolytes and will later, God willing, be ordained) we all answered …