2018 Confirmations at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Emily Booker Christian Formation, News

On April 6, Bishop Richard F. Stika began a month-long series of Mass celebrations to offer the sacrament of confirmation to approximately 1,700 youngsters in the Diocese of Knoxville. Four Masses were celebrated the weekend of April 6-8. To mark the dedication of the new cathedral and the 30th anniversary of the Diocese of Knoxville’s founding, confirmation Masses for all parishes …

Pastoral Juvenil Groups for Young Adults/Mayores de Edad

Pastoral Juvenil Groups for Young Adults/Mayores 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 18-35 años están invitados a participar en estos grupos de las siguientes parroquias: Sagrado Corazón en Knoxville, TN.  Las reuniones son los viernes de 7:00 PM hasta 8:30 PM. …

Rite of Election ceremonies held for Diocese of Knoxville

Bill Brewer Christian Formation

Rite of Election ceremonies were held March 4 and March 5 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus as Bishop Richard F. Stika welcomed many of the 222 people who will enter the Church in the Diocese of Knoxville at Easter Vigil. The diocese will receive 166 candidates and 56 catechumens at Easter Vigil services at parishes in …

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

What is Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS)? CGS is an approach to faith formation rooted in Scripture and Liturgy, and based upon the educational principles of Maria Montessori and Sofia Cavalletti. CGS is aimed at children ages 3 to 12. Level 1 is ages 3-6; Level 2 is ages 6-9; Level 3 is ages 9-12. What is an atrium? …

Bishop authorizes start of new inquiry for future deacons

Jim Wogan Christian Formation, Diocese of Knoxville, News

After ordaining a class of deacons for the Diocese of Knoxville in June, Bishop Richard F. Stika has authorized the start of a new inquiry period for another diaconate class– which is expected to begin study in September 2017. Between now and then, the diocese is inviting interested men to begin a non-academic period of prayer, discernment and paperwork. “The purpose …

Called & Gifted Workshop

Emily Booker Christian Formation, Diocese of Knoxville, News

Discern your spiritual gifts! God has called and gifted you for a mission. When you were baptized, you were given the presence of the Holy Spirit and “charisms,” gifts of the Holy Spirit that enable you to be a channel of God’s love, truth, beauty, mercy, healing, and provision for others.  The Called & Gifted Workshop from the Catherine of …

Bishop Stika celebrates adult confirmation Mass

Bill Brewer Catechism, Christian Formation, Diocese of Knoxville, News

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

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 …

Adult Confirmation

Bishop Stika will celebrate a Diocesan-Wide Confirmation Mass on Sunday May 20, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Any adult (18 and over) who has had the sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, and Reconciliation, but has not been confirmed, can receive the sacrament on this date.  Interested candidates should call their parish office for more …

Bishop Stika celebrates first Mass of Confirmation for adults

Bill Brewer Christian Formation, Diocese of Knoxville, News

A new tradition began in the diocese Sept. 13 at Sacred Heart Cathedral as Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated the first Mass of Confirmation for adults. Fifty-four adults from 16 diocesan parishes were confirmed. The confirmation was for baptized adult Catholics, not for RCIA catechumens or candidates. “It’s for the adult Catholics who for whatever reason were never confirmed, and …

Four new priests ordained in Diocese of Knoxville

Jim Wogan Catholic Church, Christian Formation, News, Priesthood

With words of encouragement and a few more on what to expect, Bishop Richard F. Stika ordained four new priests into the Diocese of Knoxville on June 27. Jesus Guerrero-Rodriguez, Michael Hendershott, Scott Russell and Ray Powell all received their Holy Orders during the Rite of Ordination and a Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral. “We have four new priests. Last …

The New Evangelization — Do ask. Do tell

Bill Brewer Catechism, Catholic Church, Christian Formation, News

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 …

Sending of the Neophytes introduces newest members to diocese

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Christian Formation, Diocese of Knoxville, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated the solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity on May 31 by recognizing the 233 catechumens and candidates who were baptized and confirmed at Easter Vigil during the Sending of the Neophytes at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Bishop Stika celebrated Mass and presided at the Sending of the Neophytes ceremony, where those who joined the Catholic Church …

Bishop welcomes 233 new Catholics

Jim Wogan Catechism, Christian Formation, New Evangelization

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— …