A Black Friday Reflection

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

Last year on this day, I did what seems to have become an annual “tradition” for me, rendering my generally not-so-hot opinion of what is otherwise known as “Black Friday,” but which I think is a kind of “national holiday to materialism.” Indeed, a couple of years ago I wrote on my personal blog that “Black Friday” has simply become …

Divine Mercy becomes Diocese of Knoxville’s 49th parish

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News

The Church of Divine Mercy became the Diocese of Knoxville’s 49h parish on Nov. 23 when Bishop Richard F. Stika elevated the church’s status during a special Mass. Bishop Stika and Deacon Sean Smith, the diocese’s chancellor, signed the decrees at the altar during Mass establishing the Divine Mercy Parish. The parish serves Vietnamese members of the East Tennessee Catholic …

Contagious Catholicism theme at Diocesan Youth Conference

Jim Wogan Diocese of Knoxville, News, Uncategorized, Youth Ministry

The power of the Holy Spirit can be felt many different ways—some not so subtle. “Don’t underestimate God’s power,” Sister Albertine Paulus, RSM, told youngsters attending the Diocesean Youth Conference at Holy Trinity Catholic Church the weekend of Nov 21-23. Sister Albertine was part of a 10-person panel speaking about religious life and was asked about hearing the call to serve God. “He …

Bishop Stika statement on immigration reform

Jim Wogan Diocese of Knoxville, Hispanic, News, Uncategorized

I welcome this long overdue move to begin the process of addressing immigration reform in our country. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, of which I belong, has worked hard to promote a solution that both respects the laws of our country and protects the dignity of the individuals and families involved. I pray that this decision sparks honest and genuine …

Cardinal Rigali’s Preaching Podcast

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

Many wonderful things are happening here in the Diocese of Knoxville, and have been happening ever since our current shepherd, Bishop Richard Stika, arrived in the Diocese of Knoxville in March of 2009. Our number of seminarians and priests being ordained continues to grow. New diaconate candidates are in formation. While other dioceses are closing or consolidating parishes, we are …

Are We Profitable Servants?

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

It is that time of year when we begin to see readings in daily Masses that are clearly eschatological and, some would say, apocalyptic in the Scriptures read at Mass every day. We see this in today’s readings, for example, when John has a vision of the Heavenly Liturgy, and Jesus tells what the headers in the Revised Standard Version …

Knoxville Catholic HS president “disappointed” football rivalry discontinued

Dan McWilliams Diocese of Knoxville, News, Schools

The Knoxville Catholic High School football rivalry with Webb School of Knoxville is coming to an end after the Spartans decided to call a halt to the series last week. KCHS President Dickie Sompayrac said the school community is both surprised and disappointed by Webb’s decision, which was reported by local media Nov. 15. The two schools have played each …

Pope confirms visit to Philadelphia in September

Jim Wogan News

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis said he would attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September, making it the first confirmed stop on what is expected to be a more extensive papal visit to North America. The pope made the announcement Nov. 17 in a speech opening an interreligious conference on traditional marriage. “I would like to …

Facility for St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic dedicated

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, Health, News

The St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic now has a permanent residence – a 40-by-60-foot warehouse that can house the mobile clinic when it isn’t on the road delivering free medical care to those in need across East Tennessee. The facility was dedicated Nov. 13, with Cardinal Justin Rigali blessing the building located on the Church of Divine Mercy campus at 10919 …

Want To Keep Churches Open? Hand On Faith to Children

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

On All Souls Day New York Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan announced a list of parishes in his diocese which will “merge” with other parishes. At some of the parishes which will now have two or more churches in their parish, there will be sacraments celebrated at both churches. At a great many of these parish churches, the sacraments won’t be …

St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic volunteers honored

Jim Wogan News

Sister Marianna Koonce isn’t afraid to power a 40-foot mobile medical clinic around the back roads of East Tennessee, but the driving force behind the effort to bring medical care to rural areas in the Diocese of Knoxville might be the 80 volunteers who help her. On Nov. 7, those volunteers were honored with a special lunch and music at …

Tennessee voters approve Amendement 1

Jim Wogan News, Uncategorized

Amendment 1, which gives Tennessee state legislators the ability to better regulate abortion clinics, was approved by voters on Election Day, Nov. 4. Amendment 1 is a pro-life amendment that neutralizes the extreme interpretation taken by the Tennessee State Supreme Court in 2000 in which they declared that our State Constitution guarantees the right to an abortion. Passage of this Amendment restores …

KCHS girls soccer team repeats as state champs

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News, Schools

After a marathon victory in a shootout in the semifinals, the Knoxville Catholic High School Lady Irish captured their second straight Class A-AA state soccer championship with a 4-0 victory over rival Notre Dame on Nov. 1 at the Richard Siegel Soccer Complex in Murfreesboro. Ashley Hickman scored a hat trick for KCHS to lead the Lady Irish, and goalkeeper …