Pope prays for peace at Bangui Mass

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By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service BANGUI, Central African Republic (CNS) — Pope Francis ended his visit to the violence-torn Central African Republic with cries for peace and pleas for a mercy that seeks and grants forgiveness. In a country where political and ethnic rivalries also have split the population along religious lines, Pope Francis began Nov. 30 with a visit …

Father Larry Richards offers advice on being a man

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Father Larry Richards is all about love. Tough love. His unique approach to spreading the Gospel is more akin to contact sports than “a tiptoe through the tulips,” with a homiletic style intentionally devoid of touchy, feely catechesis. But make no mistake, his directive to Catholic males that each one step up and “be a man” hinges on forgiveness, compassion …

Bishop asks for prayers for attack victims in Paris, Lebanon and elsewhere

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Bishop Richard F. Stika left Knoxville on Nov.14 for a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. He issued this statement before departing: “I ask that all of the faithful of the Diocese of Knoxville pray for the victims, and the families of the victims, of the terrible and horrific attacks in Paris and in Lebanon in recent days. …

Five athletes at KCHS sign with universities

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Knoxville Catholic High School celebrated its first signing day of 2015-16 on Nov. 11 as five student athletes committed to universities at a ceremony in the school library. Two softball players signed, Gianna Carideo with the University of Washington and Jessica Hamilton with Transylvania University. A pair of baseball players signed with Lincoln Memorial University, Turner Whitfield and Hunter Judd. …

Mass honors men and women in Armed Forces

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Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated Mass honoring veterans and those currently serving in the Armed Forces on Nov. 8 at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Bishop Stika told the congregation that we often overlook the people who dedicate their lives to serving their community, especially those in the military. “Veterans Day reminds us of men and women in their uniform, whether drafted …

St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic honors its volunteers at luncheon

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The St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic held its second annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Nov. 2 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Lenoir City. Several dozen volunteers attended a Mass and the luncheon. Numerous volunteers were recognized at the latter event, including Mass celebrant Father Bill Gahagan and Glenmary Brother Craig Digmann. Gene Carter and Star Lakavage were named co-volunteers …

All Saints rosary held at Calvary Cemetery in Knoxville

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More than 80 people attended the annual All Saints Day rosary Nov. 1 at Calvary Cemetery in Knoxville. “It’s about 85 people, which is the biggest in the last few years anyway,” said Father Ron Franco, CSP, pastor of Immaculate Conception in downtown Knoxville, which maintains the Catholic cemetery. Father Franco, vicar general Monsignor Xavier Mankel, Father John Dowling, pastor …

Knights of Columbus recognized for their continued work at CPOP

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Knights of Columbus representing six different councils joined Bishop Richard F. Stika for Mass at Christ Prince of Peace Retreat Center in Benton on Oct. 31. The Mass was in appreciation for the mowing teams who care for the retreat center grounds. More than 65 Knights and their spouses attended. Following the Mass, there was a luncheon. Thanks was given to the mowing …

St. Mary at center of Oak Ridge town hall meetings on community relations

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Black lives matter. Youth lives matter. Police lives matter. All lives matter. As those mantras reached crescendo levels around the country in recent months, the city of Oak Ridge – through the cooperation of three pastors including St. Mary Parish’s Father Brent Shelton – has been the site of a series of town hall meetings to show that “Community Matters.” …