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

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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

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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 …

Homily for the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

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The 34th and Final Sunday of Ordinary Time, and of the Year of Grace 2016 Homily 2 Sam 5-1-3 Colossians 1:20-20 Luke 23:25-43   An internet meme that was circulating several weeks back contained a picture of Jesus Christ the King and it said “no matter who is elected President, Jesus Christ is still the King.” Never have we needed …

USCCB approves canonization cause for Father Ryan

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The U.S. bishops gathered at their annual fall General Assembly in Baltimore, have approved by a voice vote the canonical consultation of four causes for beatification and canonization, including the cause for Servant of God Father Patrick Ryan, a diocesan priest who served in Chattanooga in the late 1800’s.   Bishop Richard F. Stika of the Diocese of Knoxville made …

Bishop Stika to present Cause for Sainthood at USCCB Meeting

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Bishop Richard F. Stika will make a formal presentation at this week’s meeting of U.S. bishops in Baltimore on the cause for sainthood for Father Patrick Ryan, a diocesan priest who died serving yellow fever victims in Chattanooga in the late 1800’s.  The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is holding its Fall General Assembly, Nov. 14-16 in Baltimore, Md. The …

Bishop Stika statement on the 2016 Election

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Over the past few months, I have spoken of my distrust and displeasure with the traits, actions, and policies of both the candidates who ran for President of the United States. After a long and bitter campaign, my attention now turns toward the future of our nation. Despite our differences, I pray that we remember we are one nation under …

Bishop Stika celebrates Veterans Mass

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Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated a Green Mass to honor current members and veterans of the United States Armed Forces on Nov. 6 at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Bishop Stika recalled his brother’s service to the country during the Vietnam conflict and the challenges soldiers faced when they returned home from an unpopular war. The Bishop also touched on his service …

St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic honors volunteers

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St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic honored its many volunteers for their ministry of service on Monday, Nov. 7, with a volunteer appreciation Mass and luncheon at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Lenoir City. Father Bill Gahagan, pastor of St. Jude Parish in Helenwood, celebrated the Mass. “We come together to recognize the blessed gifts that God has given us to …