St. Joseph students, bishop take part in rosary at abortion clinic

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, News, Schools

Forty St. Joseph School students united with Bishop Richard F. Stika for a rosary Feb. 25 at the Planned Parenthood clinic in East Knoxville during the diocese’s 40 Days for Life observance. The bishop was joined by diocesan chancellor Deacon Sean Smith; Paul Simoneau, director of the Office of Justice and Peace; Sister Mary Marta, superintendent of Catholic Schools; and …

Bishop Stika asking parishes to participate in 24 Hours for the Lord

Jim Wogan Lent, News, Pope Francis, Uncategorized

Bishop Richard F. Stika is asking parishes across the Diocese of Knoxville to participate in Pope Francis’ special 24 hour Lenten initiative on March 4 and March 5.  Two of the key components of 24 Hours for the Lord is Eucharistic Adoration and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. “Pope Francis is reminding us that Lent is a time of prayer,  penance, and almsgiving.  This …

Hundreds take part in Rosary for Life

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

Pro-life faithful from around the Diocese of Knoxville gathered Feb. 20 outside of Planned Parenthood’s East Knoxville clinic for the Rosary for Life prayer service led by Bishop Richard F. Stika. Some 250 parishioners attended the Rosary for Life, which was held on the sidewalk in front of the abortion clinic at 710 N. Cherry Street at the corner of …

Newcomers to the Church take part in annual Rite of Election

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika greeted more than 100 newcomers to the Catholic Church on Feb. 13 in the Rite of Election ceremony for the Chattanooga and Five Rivers deaneries held at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. A total of 268 catechumens and candidates from all four deaneries will be coming into the Church at this year’s Easter Vigil, said …

Bishop Stika celebrates Ash Wednesday Mass

Emily Booker News

Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated the noon Ash Wednesday Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Father David Boettner and Father Arthur Torres Barona were concelebrants. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. While many people choose to give up something during Lent, such as coffee or chocolate, Bishop Stika urged people to give instead …

Diocesan priests receive Missionaries of Mercy mandate from Pope Francis

Jim Wogan Diocese of Knoxville, News, Pope Francis

While Catholics across the world have been called on by Pope Francis to celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy— two priests from the Diocese of Knoxville received a special mandate from the Holy Father in Rome to spread merciful works further. Monsignor Al Humbrecht, pastor at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Soddy Daisy; and Father Joe Reed, associate pastor at …

Bishop Stika announces change of Confirmation age (grade level), effective 2019

Jim Wogan Catechism, Christian Formation, Diocese of Knoxville, News

Dear Friends, Nearly two years ago, I created a commission to examine, for pastoral reasons, the age of confirmation in the Diocese of Knoxville.  After extensive consultation and deliberation, the commission, chaired by Fr. Brent Shelton and Fr. Ronald Franco, CSP, made their recommendations to me last year.  After much prayer, discernment and further consultation, I have decided to move …

Doc Rock event can benefit St. Mary’s Mobile Medical Clinic

Jim Wogan Health, News

The 2016 Doc Rock for Health event will be held on Saturday, February 20th and the band “Spinal Tappin’ Docs” has graciously agreed to play benefiting the St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic. Please plan to attend if you are able to, and be sure to vote for “STD-Spinal Tappin’ Doctors”! Date: Saturday, February 20th   Location: NV Night Club (125 E. Jackson …

Five from KCHS commit on National Signing Day

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News, Schools

Knoxville Catholic High School celebrated National Signing Day on Feb. 3 as five student athletes committed to play for colleges. The signing ceremony was held in the school gym, with friends and family of each player making for a good crowd of witnesses. KCHS athletics director Jason Surlas addressed the gathering before the signings. “Today would not be possible without …