Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul marks 125th anniversary

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, News Leave a Comment

There was much to celebrate at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul on June 28. The basilica community gathered for Mass with Bishop Richard F. Stika to mark not only the 125th anniversary of its church building (1890-2015) but also the 10th anniversary of the ordination to the priesthood of its rector, Father David Carter. The Mass was on …

Hispanic Girls’ Retreat

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Todas las jovencitas de 13 a 17 años están invitadas al noveno retiro para chicas de “La Vida en Rosa.” El retiro se realizará del sábado 18 de julio de 8 a.m. a domingo 19 de julio a las 3 p.m. en la parroquia St. Thomas the Apostle en Lenoir City.  El costo es de $30, e incluye comida y …

Four new priests ordained in Diocese of Knoxville

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With words of encouragement and a few more on what to expect, Bishop Richard F. Stika ordained four new priests into the Diocese of Knoxville on June 27. Jesus Guerrero-Rodriguez, Michael Hendershott, Scott Russell and Ray Powell all received their Holy Orders during the Rite of Ordination and a Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral. “We have four new priests. Last …

Bishop statement on Supreme Court same-sex ruling

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Bishop Richard F. Stika issued a statement following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on June 26 calling for all states to license and recognize same-sex unions. I am disappointed in today’s Supreme Court decision,” Bishop Stika said shortly after the court decision. “Regardless of the ruling, as Catholics and Christians, we will not apologize for our beliefs. The Bible and …

Bishop Stika statement on Pope Francis environmental encyclical

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Bishop Richard F. Stika spent Thursday afternoon reading over the 191 page encyclical issued by Pope Francis.  Here is Bishop Stika’s statement: “It is with excitement and joy that we have received Laudato Si, the much anticipated encyclical letter on the environment from Pope Francis. Some will try to place the Holy Father’s words into a political framework and limit …

Bishop Stika statement on South Carolina church shooting

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Statement from Bishop Richard F. Stika on the June 17 church shooting in South Carolina: “As members of the Catholic community, our hearts go out to the victims and families tragically impacted by last night’s unspeakable shooting incident at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Nine of our sisters and brothers, including the church’s pastor, lost their lives. …

The New Evangelization — Do ask. Do tell

Bill Brewer Catechism, Catholic Church, Christian Formation, News Leave a Comment

The Catholic Church’s position on the New Evangelization is clear – Do ask. Do tell. Do invite as many people as possible to inquire about Jesus Christ and the Church and do tell as many people as possible about the Word of God. Thomas Smith is doing just that. Mr. Smith was the featured speaker June 13 at the Diocese …

Support Your New Parish Priests

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It may very well be a sight for sore eyes to see a post here at Life At 25, especially since we haven’t posted anything since the feast of the Annunciation of the Lord. If you have been a regular reader on this blog over the preceding months and years and you read that post, you know that I am now …

Sending of the Neophytes introduces newest members to diocese

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Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated the solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity on May 31 by recognizing the 233 catechumens and candidates who were baptized and confirmed at Easter Vigil during the Sending of the Neophytes at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Bishop Stika celebrated Mass and presided at the Sending of the Neophytes ceremony, where those who joined the Catholic Church …

Bishop welcomes 233 new Catholics

Jim Wogan Catechism, Christian Formation, New Evangelization Leave a Comment

Bishop Richard F. Stika formally recognized 233 new members to the Catholic Faith and the Diocese of Knoxville on May 31 as he celebrated the Sending of the Neophytes Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Knoxville. The Mass is for candidates and catechumens who officially entered the Church during Easter Vigil Masses in March. While their path to full participation in the Church has been marked— …