Pope Francis celebrates Christmas Eve Mass

Jim Wogan Catholic Church, News, Pope Francis

By Ann Schneible Catholic News Agency Vatican City, Dec 24, 2014 / 02:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The birth of Jesus – a light that shattered the world’s darkness on Christmas night – witnesses to God’s love for mankind amid a history marked by “violence, wars, hatred and oppression,” Pope Francis said. “Through the course of history, the light that shatters …

Keep the Mass in Christmas

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

Today is the Vigil of the Nativity of the Lord, popularly known as Christmas Eve. Tonight when those of us who do so celebrate Vespers, or Evening Prayer, the Church says that the solemnity of Christmas officially begins. Advent comes to an end as we enter into our celebration of the Nativity of the Lord. Some parishes will celebrate Masses …

Nativity re-enactment ushers in Christmas

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, Hispanic, News

By Lourdes Garza “Grupo Emanuel” again presented a rendition of the Nativity story in the Mexican tradition of a “pastorela” on Sunday, Dec. 21. The acting group was made up of parishioners from Holy Ghost Church, Sacred Heart Cathedral and All Saints Church and members of the Comité Popular de Knoxville. The actors and crew included a multigenerational group ranging …

It’s “O” Time

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

Those of us who daily celebrate the Liturgy of the Hours could probably tell that it is getting close to Christmas even if we couldn’t get a look at the calendar, because beginning last Wednesday and continuing through Tuesday evening, December 23rd, before reciting the Magnificat (i.e. “my soul magnifies the Lord”) from Luke 1:46-55, we recite a series of …

St. Mary’s Legacy Foundation distributes nearly $700,000 in 2015

Jim Wogan Diocese of Knoxville, News

The St. Mary’s Legacy Foundation of East Tennessee made nearly $700,000 in 2015 distributions to local charities and nonprofit organizations on Dec. 18. The funds were awarded to programs serving Catholics and non-Catholics across the Diocese of Knoxville and East Tennessee. Funding for the distributions initially was made possible through proceeds from the sale of the former St. Mary’s Hospital, but has increased since that time …

Long Ago Prophets Knew…

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

On this third Sunday of Advent, we reflect in the first reading from the book of the Prophet Isaiah (61:1-2, 10-11) in the readings for Mass today. This is a passage seen by both scholars and theologians to be distinctly messianic in nature. In other words, the Jewish people of Jesus’ time would have seen this passage as referring to …

Diocese celebrates feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Jim Wogan Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News

Parishes around the Diocese of Knoxville celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with Masses and other events on Dec 12. In Knoxville, Sacred Heart Cathedral held Mass in Spanish with a procession and celebration which followed in the gym. His Eminence, Cardinal Justin Rigali celebrated Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle in Lenoir City with a celebration after in the Parish Family …

Bishop Stika celebrates feast of the Immaculate Conception

Jim Wogan Diocese of Knoxville, News, Uncategorized

Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary with a Mass at Our Lady of the Mountains Chapel on Monday, Dec. 8. In his homily, the Bishop encouraged those attending, including the Chancery staff, to remember Mary’s role as a woman who, through the power of the Holy Spirit, was granted an extraordinary role in …

Reflection for Vespers

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

This past Friday evening (December 5th) was my turn to lead Evening Prayer for our diaconate formation class. For some time now, we’ve been including a reflection by the candidate leading Morning or Evening Prayer. In sharing one of my reflections before on Life At 25, I said that it was rather like “practice preaching” to prepare us for the …

Catholic Charities of East Tennessee receives Regions Bank gift

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, News

Regions Bank made a significant donation to Catholic Charities of East Tennessee’s Columbus Home on Dec. 3. Rob Stivers, senior vice president of Regions Bank, presented a $10,000 check from the Regions Foundation to Sister Mary Christine Cremin, executive director of Catholic Charities. The donation will be used for academic support for the boys at Columbus Home, Sister Mary Christine …

Year of Consecrated Life celebrated by Pope Francis, Bishop Stika

Jim Wogan Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News, Pope Francis

Bishop Richard F. Stika and Cardinal Justin Rigali marked the opening of the Year of Consecrated Life with a solemn vespers service at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Sunday, Nov. 30. During the Year of Consecrated Life, all Catholics are called to thank God for the gifts members of religious orders have given the church and the world, to join them …