New Pregnancy Help Center opens in Johnson City

Emily Booker Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, News

Catholic Charities of East Tennessee recently opened a new Pregnancy Help Center in Johnson City in order to better serve families in the Tri-Cities. The center celebrated its opening with an open house on Dec. 13. The Respect Life Committee from St. Mary Church in Johnson City presented the Pregnancy Help Center with a check from its baby bottle drive. …

Bishop Stika celebrates Blue Mass for police, firefighters, emergency medical responders

Bill Brewer Cathedral, Diocese of Knoxville, News

East Tennessee law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency medical responders took part in the Diocese of Knoxville’s Blue Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Oct. 2. Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated the Mass, with Father David Boettner, rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral concelebrating. Father Arthur Torres, associate pastor at Sacred Heart, served as emcee of the Mass. Deacon Dan Alexander …

Catholic Charities moves to new Chattanooga office

Emily Booker Catholic Charities of East Tennessee

After 19 years of service on McCallie Avenue, Catholic Charities of East Tennessee is excited to announce a move to its new Chattanooga office at 5720 Uptain Road, Building 6100, Suite 4200, Chattanooga, Tenn. 37411, effective Oct. 5. Catholic Charities will close its McCallie Avenue office on Sept. 27 and expects to be fully operational at its new location on …

Bishop to celebrate 28th anniversary Mass for Diocese of Knoxville

Jim Wogan Diocese of Knoxville, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika will celebrate a Mass marking the 28th anniversary of the Diocese of Knoxville on Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Knoxville. “The Catholic Church of East Tennessee has grown tremendously over the past 28 years. We’re still small, but we’re doing big things,” Bishop Stika said.  “This Mass will allow us to …

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 …

Food Lion donates $3,000 to stock Catholic Charities food pantry

Emily Booker Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, News

Catholic Charities of East Tennessee received a generous donation of $3,000 from the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation just in time to help feed local residents. The Crazy Quilt Friendship Center in Newcomb will use the gift to stock the shelves of their food pantry. Crazy Quilt has been a long standing program of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee. Through …

Bishop Statement on Shootings

Jim Wogan Diocese of Knoxville, News, Prayer

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families of recent shootings in St. Paul, Baton Rouge, and Dallas.  In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus teaches us that violence only leads to more violence. Please join me in praying that peace and empathy replace hate and vengeance; that citizens, law enforcement, and government leaders come together to quiet the …

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 ordains new deacons for Diocese of Knoxville

Emily Booker Diocese of Knoxville, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika ordained 23 men into the permanent diaconate in the Diocese of Knoxville on Sat., June 11 at Sacred Heart Cathedral.   This is only the second class of permanent deacons to be ordained in the diocese.  The first class of deacons were ordained in 2009.  Deacon Tim Elliott, a member of that class, is the director …

Three Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Mich., join Diocese of Knoxville

Jim Wogan Diocese of Knoxville, News, Vocations

Bishop Richard F. Stika and Sister Mary Marta Abbott, RSM, are happy to announce the upcoming arrival of three new Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Mich. to the Diocese of Knoxville: Sister Teresa Mary Kozlovski, R.S.M., is a native of Duluth, Minn.  She entered the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Mich., in 2005, after graduating from high school. …

Home Campaign hits $40 million as final wave continues

Jim Wogan Diocese of Knoxville, News, Parishes

The Home Campaign, a diocesan-wide effort currently underway to raise funds to grow and strengthen the Catholic Church in East Tennessee, recently surpassed the $40 million mark, making it the most successful capital campaign in the history of the Diocese of Knoxville. “This is a remarkable achievement for a relatively small diocese. I am grateful to the parishioners across the …

Sending of the Neophytes recognizes newest Catholics

Emily Booker Diocese of Knoxville, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated the Sending of the Neophytes on the Solemnity of Pentecost, Sun., May 15 at Sacred Heart Cathedral. The 268 catechumens and candidates who were baptized and confirmed at the Easter Vigil were recognized, many of whom were in attendance. In the Sending of the Neophytes ceremony, those who recently joined the Catholic Church in the …

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 …