Cardinal Rigali attends installment of new cardinals

Emily Booker Catholic Church, News

Cardinal Justin Rigali, who now resides in the Diocese of Knoxville, fulfilled one of his many faithful duties to the Catholic Church this week by attending a consistory of the College of Cardinals at the Vatican at which Pope Francis officially created 14 new cardinals for the Church. “This is the highest honor that we can receive, the greatest promotion …

Funeral Mass planned for Mother Barbara Anne Marie Gooding

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News, Vocations

Mother Barbara Anne Gooding, RSM, a foundress of the Religious Sisters of Mercy order of Alma, Mich., who was in residence in the Diocese of Knoxville, passed away Friday, April 1, following a brief illness. Called in religious life Sister Barbara Anne Marie, RSM, she was born on Feb. 12, 1940, in Cincinnati and entered eternal life at the Religious …

Palm Sunday: Where did all those palms come from?

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

Catholic News Agency/EWTN Washington D.C. – With Palm Sunday upon us, Catholics across the globe will soon be handed leaves as they walk into church. Some might fold them into elaborate little crosses. Kids will poke each other with them. But it’s safe to say most won’t know where they came from. The feast commemorates Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem …

Blessed Teresa to be canonized on Sept. 4

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Pope Francis, Saints, Year of Mercy

By Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will declare Blessed Teresa of Kolkata a saint at the Vatican Sept. 4. The date was announced March 15 during an “ordinary public consistory,” a meeting of the pope, cardinals and promoters of sainthood causes that formally ends the sainthood process. At the same consistory, the pope set June 5 as …

Ladies of Charity cut ribbon on cooler

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News, Year of Mercy

If they come, you will build it. Susan Unbehaun and her team of employees and volunteers at the Ladies of Charity in Knoxville have put their own twist on the movie “Field of Dreams” and its memorable line, “If you build it, they will come.” Mrs. Unbehaun, Ladies of Charity executive director,  and her staff, joined by friends and the …

Children from NPH ministry visit Diocese of Knoxville

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News

More than a dozen children from a Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos home for orphans visited the Diocese of Knoxville March 4-7 as part of a U.S. tour to make people aware of the Catholic ministry in Central and South America. The children, ranging in age from 12 to 19, met with Bishop Richard F. Stika and Cardinal Justin Rigali at the …

Missionaries of Charity sisters among those killed in Yemen attack

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News, Prayer

By Catholic News Agency and Catholic News Service Pope Francis is condemning the “diabolical violence” of Friday’s deadly attack on a nursing home in Yemen, acknowledging in a special way the four Missionaries of Charity sisters who were killed during the siege. “His Holiness Pope Francis was shocked and profoundly saddened to learn of the killing of four Missionaries of …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Bishop Stika lifts veil on Jubilee of Mercy

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News, Saints, Year of Mercy

Bishop Richard F. Stika lifted the veil on the Jubilee of Mercy in the Diocese of Knoxville on Dec. 6 as he celebrated Mass at the Church of Divine Mercy in Knoxville, where he introduced the special year established by Pope Francis. The Jubilee of Mercy officially begins on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8, and continues through …

KCHS rolls to state football championship, 48-8

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, News, Schools

Knoxville Catholic scored 48 unanswered points to capture its second state football championship with a 48-8 win over Pearl-Cohn on Dec. 5 in the BlueCross Bowl Class 4A finals at Tucker Stadium on the campus of Tennessee Tech in Cookeville. The Fighting Irish, also champions in 2008, never looked back after the Firebirds scored on a 91-yard run in the …