Pastoral Juvenil Groups for Youth/Menores de Edad

Todos los grupos de la Pastoral Juvenil Hispana se basan en estos 3 principios pastorales: Servicio, Socialización y Espiritualidad.  Todos los jóvenes entre 13-17 años están invitados a participar en estos grupos de las siguientes parroquias: San Patricio en Morristown, TN.  Las reuniones de los Valientes Discípulos de Jesús son los jueves de 6:30 PM hasta 8:30 PM en el Parish Center.  …

Bishop Stika celebrates adult confirmation Mass

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Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated a Mass of Confirmation for adults for the second consecutive year, administering the sacrament to 46 people from around the Diocese of Knoxville. The confirmandi and their family and friends gathered at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on May 1 for the Mass, which was concelebrated by Father David Boettner, rector of …

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

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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 …

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 …

The New Evangelization — Do ask. Do tell

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The Catholic Church’s position on the New Evangelization is clear – Do ask. Do tell. Do invite as many people as possible to inquire about Jesus Christ and the Church and do tell as many people as possible about the Word of God. Thomas Smith is doing just that. Mr. Smith was the featured speaker June 13 at the Diocese …

Bishop welcomes 233 new Catholics

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Bishop Richard F. Stika formally recognized 233 new members to the Catholic Faith and the Diocese of Knoxville on May 31 as he celebrated the Sending of the Neophytes Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Knoxville. The Mass is for candidates and catechumens who officially entered the Church during Easter Vigil Masses in March. While their path to full participation in the Church has been marked— …

Q & A: Donating Your Body To Science

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Our latest Catholic Q&A question comes from a long-time reader today via her children, who have asked a serious question about Church teaching as it relates to the treatment of the bodies of persons who have left this earthly life. The question, however, came from a uniquely East Tennessee perspective: Is it okay for a Catholic to donate their body …

Q & A: Blessing Objects and Things

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Our occasional Catholic Q&A series continues with a question about how one might go about getting something blessed from a reader who is a little “gun-shy” about asking to have religious objects blessed. How should I ask a priest to bless my sacramental? A corollary question that our writer seemed to hint at but did not ask outright would be: …

The Gospel According to Osteen

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The wife of a certain prominent evangelical televangelist made some recent comments about the reason we worship that sheds some unfortunate light on what we might call the popular theology of many within our society with her public interpretation of why we worship and what it is that “makes God happy.” Of course Victoria Osteen’s statement that “God takes pleasure …

Q & A: If I Haven’t Yet Swallowed the Host, Can I Receive the Chalice?

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Our occasional Catholic Q & A series gets underway with a question from one Life At 25 reader about what might be the proper way to receive Holy Communion under both kinds (both the Body and the Precious Blood of Christ). How is one supposed to get the Host consumed before reaching the chalice? Must the Host be completely clear …

Assumed Into Heaven

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August 15th is the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This feast celebrates a dogma of the faith, something that a person must assent to in order to rightly call themselves a Catholic. Catholics believe that the Blessed Virgin Mary was assumed into Heaven, that is to say that she was taken up into Heaven body and soul by …

Go and Live the Paschal Mystery

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At the end of the Easter season,  the Church celebrates a series of feasts beginning with Pentecost, and moving into Ordinary Time with Trinity Sunday and then the feast of Corpus Christi (the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ) the following week. After that, today is the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which commemorates Christ’s love for …