Obispo emite Decreto sobre las Liturgias de la Semana Santa

Emily Booker Diocese of Knoxville, News

El 23 de marzo 2020 el Obispo Stika emitió un decreto para apoyar al clero y a los feligreses durante la celebración del domingo de Ramos y la Semana Santa. El decreto ordena que no habrá celebraciones ni reuniones públicas durante la Semana Santa (tanto dentro como fuera de las iglesias, en el carro, etc). Las Misas las celebrará el …

Bishop issues decree on Holy Week liturgies

Emily Booker Diocese of Knoxville, News

On March 23, 2020, Bishop Richard F. Stika issued a decree to assist the clergy and the faithful in the spiritual celebration of Palm Sunday and Holy Week. You can read the full decree here.  The decree mandates that there shall be no public gatherings (inside or outside churches, in cars, etc.) during Holy Week. Masses shall be celebrated without …

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All public Masses suspended in the Diocese of Knoxville

Emily Booker Diocese of Knoxville, News

Effective March 20, the public celebration of Masses in the Diocese of Knoxville will cease until concerns over the spread of the coronavirus subside. Priests and deacons of the diocese were notified by Bishop Stika of his decision late March 16.  Bishop Stika has requested that all small adoration chapels in the diocese be closed but that all churches remain …

Bishop issues directive as precaution against COVID-19

Emily Booker Diocese of Knoxville, Health, News

After closely monitoring recent developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), Bishop Richard F. Stika has issued a directive to all pastors, priests, and deacons that they institute the following precautions at Mass celebrations in the Diocese of Knoxville. The directive includes suspending the distribution of the consecrated wine, knowing that one receives the fullness of Communion of Jesus Christ in …

Vietnamese Catholic community established in Chattanooga

Jim Wogan Diocese of Knoxville, News

Further reflecting the continued growth and diversity of the Catholic Church in East Tennessee, Bishop Richard F. Stika has formally established a Public Association of the Faithful for the Vietnamese Catholic community in the Chattanooga area. The establishment of a Public Association of the Faithful is the first step in the canonical process that one day could lead to the …

Abby Johnson shares pro-life message at St. Mary Church in Athens

Emily Booker Diocese of Knoxville, News

Abby Johnson spoke at the Full Circle Luncheon at St. Mary Church in Athens on April 11, on creating a culture that values all human life, including children in the womb. Ms. Johnson is a pro-life author and speaker. The movie “Unplanned,” in theaters now, is based on her story as a former Planned Parenthood worker turned pro-life advocate. Ms. …

Bishop Stika administers sacrament of confirmation across diocese

Emily Booker Diocese of Knoxville, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika has been administering the sacrament of confirmation to hundreds of youth at nearly every Diocese of Knoxville parish this spring. Last year, confirmations were held at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in celebration of the new cathedral and the diocese’s 30th anniversary. This year, Bishop Stika is visiting and celebrating Mass at …

Diocesan collection for victims of California wildfires and recent hurricanes

Victims of the recent wildfires in California and others impacted by Hurricanes Florence and Michael need our help. The Diocese of Knoxville is requesting donations for disaster relief across our country. Funds will assist the ongoing efforts of Catholic Charities USA to provide humanitarian aid for the immediate help of those in need in the affected areas as well as the …

Father Doug Owens named new vicar general for the Diocese of Knoxville

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, News, Offices

Bishop Richard F. Stika has appointed Father Doug Owens, pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Lenoir City, as the Diocese of Knoxville’s newest vicar general and moderator of the curia. Father Owens succeeds the late Monsignor Xavier Mankel as one of two vicars general serving the diocese, joining Father David Boettner, rector of the Cathedral of the Most …

Cathedral cornerstone unveiling on Saturday

Emily Booker Diocese of Knoxville, News

The engraved cornerstone for the new Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus will be unveiled during a special celebration this Saturday, March 25, at 11 a.m. at the cathedral construction site. The public is invited to attend. Tours of the cathedral will be conducted following the celebration until 2 p.m. The cornerstone, which weighs more than 3,000 pounds, …

Catholic Charities celebrates Emerald O’ccasion

Emily Booker Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, News

The 32nd annual Catholic Charities dinner in Knoxville, An Emerald O’ccasion, brought together members of the community to celebrate and support the work that Catholic Charities of East Tennessee does across the region. Former Tennessee head football coach Phillip Fulmer was the keynote speaker. Photos: Stephanie Richer Photography Photo Gallery 

Funeral Mass held for Monsignor George Schmidt

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville

Monsignor George E. Schmidt Jr., who died Dec. 29 after a lengthy illness, was laid to rest Jan. 4 at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Chattanooga following a funeral Mass at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul celebrated by Bishop Richard F. Stika and concelebrated by more than 30 fellow priests. Monsignor Schmidt, who was 72, was pastor emeritus of the …