Homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent

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  Micah 5:1-4A Hebrews 10:5-10 Luke 1:39-45 In the readings from Sacred Scripture throughout the season of Advent we hear much about the twofold character of this holy season. We begin Advent reflecting on the fact that Christ not only came as a little baby, born in a stable cave and laid in a manger (a feeding trough for animals), …

Bishop Stika released from hospital

Emily Booker News

After spending one night in the hospital following a heart catheterization procedure, Bishop Richard F. Stika was released from Parkwest Medical Center this morning and returned to the Chancery for a brief visit. “I feel good, and I am grateful for the prayers I received and the great care that was provided to me while I underwent this procedure,” Bishop …

Bishops speak out against execution

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Bishop Richard F. Stika of the Diocese of Knoxville, Bishop J. Mark Spalding of the Diocese of Nashville, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of the Archdiocese of Louisville, who is currently serving as the apostolic administrator for the Diocese of Memphis, today issued this joint statement on the scheduled execution of David Earl Miller by the state of Tennessee: For …

Bishop Richard F. Stika resting after heart procedure

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The Diocese of Knoxville has received very encouraging news from Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville. Bishop Richard F. Stika underwent a heart catheterization procedure shortly after 10:30 a.m., and his doctor is pleased with how everything went. One vessel was significantly blocked (99 percent), and therefore the doctor performed an angioplasty and inserted one stent.  Bishop Stika appears to be doing …

Bishop Richard F. Stika to undergo heart procedure

Emily Booker News

Bishop asks for prayers, expects quick recovery Bishop Richard F. Stika says a cardiac procedure he faces in December won’t keep him down long. In fact, the shepherd of the Catholic Church in East Tennessee fully expects to be celebrating Masses again before Christmas. A stress test conducted during a recent scheduled checkup revealed the need for further medical attention. …

Homily for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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1 Kings 17:10-16 Hebrews 9:24-28 Mark 12:38-44 Holy Mother Church teaches us traditionally that there are seven precepts (or commands) of the Church, six of these are listed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church 2041-2043 (five chronologically, the other immediately following), and the other one, not listed in the present Catechism directly but alluded to in other parts of …

Diocese of Knoxville statement on Nashville abuse report

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The Diocese of Nashville on Friday released a report naming 13 former priests who served in that diocese who have been accused of sexually abusing a minor.  We are grateful that the Diocese of Nashville has decided to release this report. We were given an opportunity to review it for the first time this week and we regret the actions …

Bishop comments on former St. Mary’s Hospital closing

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Bishop Richard F. Stika reflected on the announcement that the former St. Mary’s Hospital will close its doors as a health-care facility in late December. The decision was announced on Oct. 26 by the hospital’s current owners. “I think about the generations of East Tennesseans who were born at St. Mary’s Hospital and the many others who were returned to …

Statement from Bishop Richard F. Stika on Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

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A statement from Bishop Richard F. Stika following the shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh on Oct. 27: I want to express my deepest sense of sorrow for the shocking display of hatred and violence that took place in Pittsburgh on Saturday. The motivation to take precious and innocent life is difficult to understand. I pray for the many victims …

Morning Masses offered at cathedral

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Morning Masses will be offered at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Knoxville while parish priests are on a diocesan retreat this week. Father Brent Shelton, pastor of St. Mary Church in Oak Ridge, will celebrate Mass on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 a.m. His Eminence, Cardinal Justin Rigali, will celebrate Masses at 6:30 a.m. and …

Bishops issue statement on scheduled Zagorski execution

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The following statement was issued by Bishop Richard F. Stika of the Diocese of Knoxville and Bishop J. Mark Spalding of the Diocese of Nashville at 5 p.m ET on Oct. 10, 2018: Note: According to a report in the Nashville Tennessean newspaper, a federal appeals court on Wednesday night has granted a request to delay Zagorski’s execution. We, the bishops …

Homily for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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  Genesis 2:18-24 Hebrews 2:9-11 Mark 10:2-16 Those people who take the time to read the daily readings may know that in the daily Gospels in recent weeks we have heard quite a few things from Jesus, either in the form of Parables or in the form of direct words, that we might call “hard sayings,” or those things which …

Homily for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Joshua 24:1-2A, 15-17, 18B Ephesians 5:21:32 John 6:60-69 Today the Church reminds us in the readings before us that our faith is counter-cultural, that following Jesus Christ requires us to have faith in what we cannot see or easily discern, and that we face a choice. We can follow the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, or the gods of …