Lenten Season 2019

Jim Wogan Lent, News

Lent is the season of 40 days of prayer, fasting, and alms spiritually which prepares us for the glorious celebration of Easter. We are challenged to pause and reflect during this period. How can we grow closer to Christ and better serve Him? List of Lenten Penance Services in the Diocese of Knoxville Guidelines for fasting and abstinence  Understanding the …

Bishop Stika asking parishes to participate in 24 Hours for the Lord

Jim Wogan Lent, News, Pope Francis, Uncategorized

Bishop Richard F. Stika is asking parishes across the Diocese of Knoxville to participate in Pope Francis’ special 24 hour Lenten initiative on March 4 and March 5.  Two of the key components of 24 Hours for the Lord is Eucharistic Adoration and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. “Pope Francis is reminding us that Lent is a time of prayer,  penance, and almsgiving.  This …

Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl 2016

As we move forward in prayer, penance, and charity during this season of Lent, I am praying that you consider making Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl a part of your 2016 almsgiving.  Since it started 41 years ago, CRS Rice Bowl has become a Catholic Lenten tradition. These familiar cardboard fundraising boxes help Catholic Relief Services support programs preventing hunger and poverty around …

Rosary for Life postponed until Feb. 20

Inclement weather is prompting postponement of the Diocese of Knoxville’s Rosary for Life and Divine Mercy Chaplet that was scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 23. The new date for this year’s Rosary for Life, which will coincide with the diocese’s 40 Days for Life vigil, is Saturday, Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. across from Planned Parenthood at 710 N. Cherry St. …

40 Days for Life and its impact

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, Lent, News

As the Diocese of Knoxville’s 40 Days for Life vigil begins enters the homestretch, vigil coordinators Paul Simoneau and Lisa Morris are thanking the individuals and groups that have participated in praying rosaries and holding pro-life signs in front of the Planned Parenthood facility at 710 N. Cherry Street in Knoxville. Scores of individuals and more than 20 groups with …

Diocese holds Rite of Election ceremony

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, Lent, News

This year the Diocese of Knoxville’s plans were to have two Rite of Election ceremonies at Sacred Heart Cathedral on the first weekend of Lent, with two deaneries participating Feb. 21 and the other two Feb. 22. In previous years four Rites of Election were held, one in each deanery, with two ceremonies on Saturday and two on Sunday. But …

Bishop Stika’s Lenten Message

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Observing Lent in 2014

Bill Brewer Lent, Media

With the arrival of Lent and the beginning of the Easter season on March 5, the Diocese of Knoxville will begin observing this holiest time of the year and the special events that mark it, such as Ash Wednesday, the days of fasting, the Rites of Election for RCIA candidates, and the sacraments of penance leading up to the Holy …

The Chrism Mass

Bill Brewer Lent, Media, News

The following photos and video are from Tuesday evening’s Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus with The Most Reverend Richard F. Stika, Third Bishop of Knoxville. Joining Bishop Stika were His Eminence Justin Cardinal Rigali, the priests, deacons, religious, seminarians, and many of the faithful from around the diocese. Video by Deacon Patrick Murphy-Racey Slideshow of photos by Scott …

Future Catholics participate in Rite of Election ceremonies

Dan McWilliams Lent, News

A total of 300 future Catholics took part in the annual Rite of Election ceremonies held around the diocese on the first weekend of Lent. Bishop Richard F. Stika presided at each of the four deanery rites. Accompanying him was Sister Mary Timothea Elliott, director of Christian Formation for the diocese. “I just want to welcome you to the Church,” …

Lenten Guidelines and Resources

The season of Lent is here. Below you’ll find Lenten guidelines and resources from the USCCB and others in regards to getting the most out of this season. The following is taken from the USCCB website: Our observance of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, which falls on February 13 this year, and is a a day of fast and abstinence for Catholics.  …