Hispanic Girls’ Retreat

Brittany Koepke Hispanic, Youth Ministry

Todas las jovencitas de 13 a 17 años están invitadas al noveno retiro para chicas de “La Vida en Rosa.” El retiro se realizará del sábado 18 de julio de 8 a.m. a domingo 19 de julio a las 3 p.m. en la parroquia St. Thomas the Apostle en Lenoir City.  El costo es de $30, e incluye comida y …

Hispanic Ministry Statistics 2014

Jim Wogan Hispanic, News

These attachments are provided for your use/information. These are charts of statistics for Hispanics in our diocese. One chart lists the parish Mass attendance and Sacrament participation for parishes for the calendar year of 2014. The other charts are 5-year comparisons of Mass attendance and Sacrament participation. MASS ATTENDANCE 2010-2014 2014 final statsA 0836_001    

Students complete Catholic Bible school, earn certificates

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

Bishop Richard F. Stika presented certificates May 2 to more than 75 Diocese of Knoxville parishioners who successfully completed a four-year Catholic Bible study program sponsored by the diocese’s Hispanic Ministry office. Some 90 Catholics took part in the intensive study program, which began in 2011. The students were required to attend a full day of study one Saturday each …

Nativity re-enactment ushers in Christmas

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, Hispanic, News

By Lourdes Garza “Grupo Emanuel” again presented a rendition of the Nativity story in the Mexican tradition of a “pastorela” on Sunday, Dec. 21. The acting group was made up of parishioners from Holy Ghost Church, Sacred Heart Cathedral and All Saints Church and members of the Comité Popular de Knoxville. The actors and crew included a multigenerational group ranging …

Bishop Stika statement on immigration reform

Jim Wogan Diocese of Knoxville, Hispanic, News

I welcome this long overdue move to begin the process of addressing immigration reform in our country. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, of which I belong, has worked hard to promote a solution that both respects the laws of our country and protects the dignity of the individuals and families involved. I pray that this decision sparks honest and genuine …

Cathedral hosting Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, Hispanic, News

The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is hosting a Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe from Oct. 9 to 19. Coming from Mexico on a pilgrimage throughout the United States, the image was received by diocesan members Thursday Oct. 9, at a solemn Mass celebrated by Cardinal Justin Rigali and concelebrated by cathedral rector and vicar general …

At 6 months old, Aaron Morales is teaching a community about the value of life and the power of prayer

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Christian Formation, Health, Hispanic, Marriage and Culture, News

By Bill Brewer Aaron Roman Morales should not be here. By all accounts, birth defects would rob Aaron of the life his parents desperately wanted for him. At least that’s what the doctors concluded. But here he is, at 6 months old, growing and thriving and behaving like most children his age. That’s a far cry from Nov. 28, 2013, …

Turning a crisis into care – one child at a time

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Hispanic, News

By Ashley Siferd This is the story of one family. A family terrified of the all-too- real threat of rampant and out-of-control gang violence that struck too close to home. This is not fiction. This story is about the sobering reality for children who live at risk every day of their lives. Their choices: face death at home, or face …

Diocese of Knoxville to ordain four priests

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Hispanic, Vocations

The number of men joining the priesthood in the Diocese of Knoxville continues to climb as four seminarians are to be ordained by Bishop Richard F. Stika on May 31. Colin Blatchford, Anthony Budnick, Julian Cardona and Adam Kane will take their vows during an 11 a.m. ordination Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Once their …

Diocese of Knoxville celebrates Easter

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Hispanic, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika and Cardinal Justin Rigali led Holy Week observances in the Diocese of Knoxville, highlighted by the Chrism Mass April 15 and Easter Mass celebrations at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus April 19-20. Bishop Stika was joined by Cardinal Justin Rigali and more than 50 priests of the diocese along with more than 25 …

Vote for Lourdes Garza, Catholic Extension Lumen Christi Award nominee

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Hispanic, News, Offices

Lourdes Garza, director of the Office of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Knoxville, has been nominated for Catholic Extension’s 2014 Lumen Christi Award.  You can help support Lourdes Garza by voting on the Catholic Extension Facebook page. Share this link with others in the Diocese of Knoxville and encourage them to also vote for Lourdes Garza. Here’s how to vote: “Like” the …

Celebration of Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Hispanic, News

A mix of religiosity and Mexican tradition By Lourdes Garza As Catholics, it is important to understand the origin and meaning of the celebrations that will be taking place in the following days. Halloween (October 31), All Saints Day (November 1), and All Souls Day and Day of the Dead (November 2). It is important for us to understand their …

40-day vigil brings awareness to immigration reform

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Hispanic, News

Parishioners across the Diocese of Knoxville are taking part in a 40-day vigil on immigration reform. The vigil, which is part of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Justice for Immigrants Campaign, began Aug. 15 and ends Sept. 23. The diocese is asking parishes, organizations and individuals to dedicate one hour to bring awareness to the need for a …

Parishioners re-enact Passion of Christ

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Hispanic, News

The Passion of Christ came to life on Holy Thursday and Good Friday as actors re-enacted Jesus’ last hours leading to his crucifixion in dramatic portrayals at Holy Ghost and All Saints churches. As it occurs in many Spanish-speaking countries, re-enactment of the Passion, or Living Stations of the Cross, is an annual tradition conducted by amateur actors and is …