Funeral Mass set for Monsignor George Schmidt

Jim Wogan News

Bishop Richard F. Stika remembers Monsignor George E. Schmidt, Jr. as a priest who faithfully served the Catholic Church in Chattanooga, and around the Diocese of Knoxville, even in recent years as he fought illness. Monsignor Schmidt, 72, died peacefully shortly after 11 p.m. on Dec. 29. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at …

Blanca Primm named director of Hispanic Ministry

Emily Booker Diocese of Knoxville, Hispanic, News

Blanca Primm has been named the new director of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Knoxville. She succeeds Lourdes Garza, who passed away in July after a long battle with cancer. With 10 years of experience working in the Hispanic Ministry Office, Mrs. Primm is familiar with the needs of the diocese’s Hispanic community and is eager to serve. Mrs. …

Bishop Stika: Weekend of Grace and Gratitude for parishes, mission churches

Jim Wogan News

Bishop Richard F. Stika has declared Dec. 17-18 as a Weekend of Grace and Gratitude for all parishes and mission churches in the Diocese of Knoxville for their “historic response” to the recent Home campaign which raised nearly $45 million for parish and diocesan initiatives. “I knew this would be a tremendous challenge.  I also knew that together we’d be …

New Pregnancy Help Center opens in Johnson City

Emily Booker Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, News

Catholic Charities of East Tennessee recently opened a new Pregnancy Help Center in Johnson City in order to better serve families in the Tri-Cities. The center celebrated its opening with an open house on Dec. 13. The Respect Life Committee from St. Mary Church in Johnson City presented the Pregnancy Help Center with a check from its baby bottle drive. …

Parishes preparing to launch V Encuentro

Bill Brewer News

National program’s focus is to strengthen cultural communities, identify and develop more lay leaders    At Pope Francis’ urging, the Catholic Church is embarking on a four-year program to create a culture of encounter that calls on all Catholics to share their heritage with each other, remove barriers to growing closer as brothers and sisters, and build bridges to achieve …

Diocese raises more than $200,000 for fire victims

Jim Wogan News

The Diocese of Knoxville has raised more than $200,000 to assist victims of deadly and destructive wildfires that recently swept through several communities in East Tennessee, including Gatlinburg and other areas in Sevier County. In figures released today, parishes and mission churches in the diocese raised $151,000 through special collections on the weekend of Dec. 3-4.  That figure is expected …

Homily for the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

Genesis 3:9-15, 20 Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12 Luke 1:26-38 Today, Holy Mother Church commemorates and celebrates the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. This feast celebrates the Church’s dogmatic teaching that the Blessed Mother was given the gift from God of being conceived without original sin. That is to say, that from the moment …

Watch: Bishop’s homily for hope, healing, and rebuilding

Jim Wogan News

Bishop Richard F. Stika asked the faithful attending Mass at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Pigeon Forge on Sunday to remember the victims of the wildfires that have claimed at least 14 lives, and destroyed many homes, leaving thousands of people, including some of those at the Mass, homeless.   St. Mary survived last week’s fires, but remains closed.  A …

Bishop to celebrate Mass in Pigeon Forge on Sunday; latest on fire impact and relief efforts

Jim Wogan News

Note: A photo previously attached to this page, in fact, was not a photo from the Gatlinburg-area fires.  We regret the error. On Sunday, Dec. 4, Bishop Richard F. Stika will celebrate 10:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Pigeon Forge. Holy Cross sits just a few miles from St. Mary Catholic Church in Gatlinburg, and the devastation …

Bishop Stika announces grant, collections to help fire victims; update on St. Mary Church

Jim Wogan News

St. Mary Catholic Church in Gatlinburg is still standing, but its pastor remains among the many evacuees that left the small Tennessee resort town on Monday night as deadly wildfires swept through the area.  Reached today, Father Antony Punnackal was still uncertain as to when he would be allowed to return home. “I’m anxiously awaiting the opportunity to get back …

Update from Bishop Stika on Gatlinburg fire impact, ways to help victims

Jim Wogan News

Nov. 30 Update: It appears that St. Mary Church in Gatlinburg suffered no fire damage. The extent of any smoke or wind damage cannot be determined until officials reopen the roads into Gatlinburg.  The Catholic community of East Tennessee continues to pray for those who have been affected by the terrible wildfires in Gatlinburg and other communities across the region.  …

Statement from Bishop Stika on Gatlinburg fires and St. Mary Catholic Church

Jim Wogan News

Please join me in praying for the people of Gatlinburg and surrounding areas, and for all of the emergency crews fighting the fires and leading the evacuation of residents and visitors. I also ask for prayers for the protection of our Catholic church, which lies in the heart of the Gatlinburg. I have been in contact with the pastor at …