March 4 events highlight opening of new cathedral

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Catholics have a unique opportunity to attend Sunday Mass and a special event featuring five distinguished leaders of the Church on March 4 at the new Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Knoxville. Those outside of Knoxville and outside of the diocese are welcome. “We have received inquiries from outside the diocese about viewing and attending Mass …

Bishop Richard F. Stika, Cardinal Justin Rigali remember Billy Graham

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Bishop Richard F. Stika issued the following statement on receiving the news of the Rev. Billy Graham’s death on Wednesday in North Carolina at the age of 99: “I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Graham in 1999 during his visit to St. Louis as he was preparing for one of his famous crusades to be held there. I found him …

Assassination attempt, legacy of John Paul II among topics at Conversation with the Cardinals on March 4

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On May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II entered St. Peter’s Square standing inside an uncovered white jeep being driven through a crowd of people gathered to witness his weekly public appearance. Riding inside the same jeep, and sitting directly behind the Holy Father, was Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, then a priest-secretary to the pope. Within minutes of entering the square, …

Vatican ambassador to the U.S. to participate in Cathedral dedication and Conversation with the Cardinals

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Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the Vatican’s official diplomatic ambassador to the United States, will be among the prelates to participate in the Mass and Rite of Dedication of the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on March 3, and will also join other prestigious Catholic leaders at the Conversation with the Cardinals hosted by Bishop Richard F. Stika at …

Cardinal Dziwisz among prelates to attend Mass of Dedication; Conversation with the Cardinals

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Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, former secretary to Pope St. John Paul II and Archbishop of Krakow, Poland, will play a prominent role in Masses and special events surrounding the dedication of the new Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Knoxville, Tenn., the weekend of March 2-4. Cardinal Dziwisz will be traveling from Poland to participate in the celebration …

Mass obligations for Christmas weekend 2017

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With regard to Masses of obligation this Christmas season, the Office of the Chancellor reminds us that Sunday, Dec. 24, the 4th Sunday of Advent; and Monday, Dec. 25, Christmas, are two major solemnities that merit two distinct obligations to attend Mass. There may be a number of ways to fulfill these two obligations. The following schedule is meant as …

KCHS wins 5A title; Notre Dame is next

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Jack Sompayrac threw two touchdown passes and scored two rushing touchdowns, and Stiles Moore returned a fumble for a touchdown, leading Knoxville Catholic to the Class 5A state title with a 45-28 win over Beech in the Bluecross Bowl on Thursday night in Cookeville.  The Irish jumped out to a 17-0 lead after Sompayrac hit Dashon Bussell on a 16-yard …

#iGiveCatholic campaign surpasses $61,000 for parishes, schools, and ministries

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Giving Tuesday lived up to its name in the Diocese of Knoxville as 25 parishes, schools, and ministries received more than $61,000 in support for a variety of projects through the #iGiveCatholic campaign. Giving Tuesday was organized a few years ago in response to the Black Friday and Cyber Monday efforts to motivate consumers at the start of the Christmas …

Bishop Stika congratulates new Nashville bishop

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Bishop Richard F. Stika is offering his congratulations to the new Bishop-elect of the Diocese of Nashville, Father J. Mark Spalding. “I welcome Bishop-elect J. Mark Spalding to the state of Tennessee. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis has made an excellent choice to lead the Diocese of Nashville and I look forward to working with him …

Notre Dame and Saint Dominic Win Statewide School Environmental Challenge

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St. Dominic School in Kingsport and Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga were recently recognized for their school environmental programs as two of the 10 winners of the 2017 Good Sports Always Recycle™ (GSAR) school challenge. Saint Dominic was awarded $1,000 for its program, and Notre Dame received $1,500 as the Sustainability Steward award winner. “I am very proud that …

Bishop Stika statement on Texas church shooting

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Bishop Richard F. Stika issued the following statement after Sunday’s church shooting in Texas: “Once again, our nation has been jolted by news of a mass killing. When will it end? Today’s appalling act of violence at a church in Texas reminds us that evil exists, and as a nation, and as good people, we must stand up to it. …