Cardinal Rigali celebrates Marriage Mass

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, Marriage Enrichment, News

As Pope Francis prepares for his first visit to the United States to preside at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia and the Catholic Church focuses attention on the sacredness of the family, Cardinal Justin Rigali celebrated the Diocese of Knoxville’s first marriage Mass of 2015 on Aug. 29 at Notre Dame Church in Greeneville, where a number of …

Bishop celebrates All-School Mass at KCHS

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, News, Schools

Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated his annual beginning-of-the-year All-School Mass on Aug. 26 for Knoxville Catholic High School students. The KCHS student body and teachers filled All Saints Church for the Mass. Concelebrating were Father Tony Budnick and school chaplain Father Christopher Manning. Also present were Sister Mary Marta Abbott, RSM, superintendent of Catholic Schools, and Dickie Sompayrac, KCHS president. …

Cardinal Rigali, Mike Wills invested into Order of the Fleur de Lis

Jim Wogan Catholic Church, News, Uncategorized

Cardinal Justin Rigali and Mike Wills, a parishioner at All Saints Catholic Church in Knoxville, were among 14 men invested into the Order of the Fleur de Lis during a ceremony at St. Stephen Church in Chattanooga on Aug. 22. The Order of the Fleur de Lis is a non-profit organization of Catholic men incorporated under the laws of Louisiana …

Bishop Stika, diocesan faithful take part in pro-life prayer service

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, News

Diocese of Knoxville faithful, led by Bishop Richard F. Stika, were among more than 400 pro-life supporters who took part Saturday, Aug. 22, in a prayer service for the sanctity of life and an end to abortion. The pro-life demonstration, held in front of Planned Parenthood’s Knoxville clinic at 710 N. Cherry Street, was one of hundreds of similar events …

Bishop sees science and history intersect at ORNL

Jim Wogan News, Uncategorized

Bishop Richard Stika fulfilled a long held desire by touring Oak Ridge National Laboratory— one of the world’s most historic and productive scientific research centers– on Aug. 21.  The visit has been on his wish-list for a number of years. “Absolutely thrilled,” Bishop Stika said at the conclusion of the six hour, marathon visit set-up by state senator Randy McNally of Oak …

Preserving the sanctity of life through baby bottles

Bill Brewer Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, Diocese of Knoxville, Health, News

Sanctity of life activities at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Madisonville will mean more money for sanctity of life activities at Catholic Charities of East Tennessee. St. Joseph the Worker parishioners recently have raised $973 for Catholic Charities’ Pregnancy Help Centers through the baby bottle fundraising drive it holds twice a year. Father P.J. McGinnity initiated the baby bottle …

Old Holy Ghost Church to get new life through the Home Campaign

Jim Wogan Diocese of Knoxville, News

Holy Ghost Church is one of East Tennessee’s most identifiable Catholic landmarks and is a vital place for worship and fellowship. For nearly 90 years, the massive limestone structure and its adjoining tower have dominated the view over north Knoxville’s Central Avenue district. The parish has played a key role in the growth of Catholicism in East Tennessee and even …

Irish Fest appeals to the Irish in all of us

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, News

If the weather, crowd size, and smiles are a barometer, then the 2015 edition of Irish Fest on the Hill at Immaculate Conception Church in Knoxville was a rousing success. More than a thousand people gathered in the 400 block of West Vine Avenue on Saturday, Aug. 8, for fellowship, food, live music, and fun. Sunny skies and warm temperatures …