Bishop Stika visits St. Mary’s School

Jim Wogan News, Uncategorized

Bishop Richard F. Stika continued his on-going effort to visit with diocesan school children when he spent the morning at St. Mary’s School in Oak Ridge on Oct. 24. Students enjoyed hearing from Bishop Stika during an all-school assembly in which His Excellency spoke about the journey that brought him to East Tennessee as the leader of the Diocese of …

Pope Francis Says Lukewarm Faith is Dangerous to the Church

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

Pope Francis earlier this week discussed a topic in one of his homilies that may have made a whole lot of people squirm had the secular media picked up on it. The Holy Father warned on Monday that some of the greatest harm to the Church today is being caused by Christians whose faith is what sacred Scripture termed as …

Harvest ends with Mass at Capilla de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe

Jim Wogan News

Tomato crates were stacked for walls and the floor was concrete, but brilliant sunshine and a warm autumn breeze filled a makeshift outdoor chapel at Scott Farms in Erwin on Oct. 26 as more than 250 agricultural contract workers, their families and friends gathered for a special Mass to celebrate the end of the growing season. After working six months …

All Souls Day rosary will be prayed Nov. 2 at Calvary Cemetery

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News, Parishes

It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins. (2 Maccabees 12:46). By Father Ron Franco, CSP Here in the northern hemisphere, as the sun rises a little later each morning and sets a little earlier each afternoon, there is a sense of time passing by as yet another …

A New Life (At 25)

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Catholic Blogs, Catholic Church, Contact Us

We’re hours into our new format at Life At 25 and we are fully integrated into the Diocese of Knoxville website, but we’ve already gotten some questions about the new format, and regular readers will see that something is new here. Why are you publishing on the main diocesan site, I’ve seen some old Life At 25 posts there?  Regular readers are …

Fighting Irish hold off Webb in Battle of the Bluff

Bill Brewer News, Schools, Youth Ministry

The Fighting Irish of Knoxville Catholic High School emerged from the annual Battle of the Bluff with a 24-6 football victory over Webb School Oct. 23. The Fighting Irish’s 2014 record remains unblemished at 9-0, and it is the first win over Webb since 2008, the year KCHS won the state championship. The schools, which have been competing for decades, …

Church leaders meet in support of Amendment 1

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News

More than 20 Knoxville-area pastors and church leaders voiced their support for the passage of Amendment 1 during a press conference Oct. 23 at West Park Baptist Church in Knoxville. Leading the press conference were senior pastor Sam Polson of West Park Baptist; pastor Brian Truog of Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church in Loudon; pastor Cecil Clark of True Vine …

Chet McDoniel wows Chattanoogans for Life with story of faith

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, New Evangelization, News

“I believe that each and every life is not perfect. Every person has something they wish was different. But every life is worth it. Every life is worth fighting for. Every life is worth living.”   —    Chet McDoniel   By Paul Schulz On Jan. 5, 1980, Chet McDoniel emerged from his mother Judy’s womb breech, with shortened legs and …

Diocese parishioners gather for Ministries Day

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Christian Formation, Diocese of Knoxville, Marriage, Marriage and Culture, Marriage Enrichment, New Evangelization, News, Offices, Young Adult Ministry, Youth Ministry

More than 200 parishioners from around the Diocese of Knoxville took part Oct. 18 in Ministries Day, a daylong event where diocesan ministry leaders gather with fellow Catholics from the various churches to share ideas on how to more effectively spread the faith. Thirty presentations in English and Spanish were held for parishioners, with each presentation concentrating on some aspect …

Bishop affirms support for Amendment One

Bishop Richard Stika News, Uncategorized

By Bishop Richard F. Stika Published by the Knoxville News Sentinel October 19, 2014   For a number of months now, I have urged all men and women of our community to support life by voting yes on Amendment One on Election Day.  The importance of your yes vote can’t be understated. Amendment One is a pro-life amendment that would …

Yes On 1

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Diocese of Knoxville

Early voting has gotten underway in Tennessee (it began this past Wednesday), and it continues until October 30th. Election Day itself is Tuesday, November 4th. Those dates on the calendar are not something you would normally find us discussing here at Life At 25, as this is a blog about Church affairs, and it is a blog for the Diocese of …

Bishop Stika to celebrate Mass in thanksgiving for veterans

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

Attention all military veterans. Bishop Richard F. Stika is inviting all veterans to join him for Mass on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral. The Mass will be offered in thanksgiving for all veterans and for those currently serving in the military. Veterans are welcome to wear their uniform. Veterans now are among the service professionals …

Cathedral hosting Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, Hispanic, News

The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is hosting a Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe from Oct. 9 to 19. Coming from Mexico on a pilgrimage throughout the United States, the image was received by diocesan members Thursday Oct. 9, at a solemn Mass celebrated by Cardinal Justin Rigali and concelebrated by cathedral rector and vicar general …

Beginning Experience

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Diocese of Knoxville

Each year in the United States, more than 800,000 people suddenly lose a spouse who departs this earthly life, for many of them their best friend. Other people, more than 50% of all marriages in our country, see their marriages end in divorce. These are different kinds of pain, but both bring about grief and an intense feeling of loss. …