Lenten fasting and abstinence guidelines

Jim Wogan News

Ash Wednesday Masses and penance services are held at all parishes throughout the Diocese of Knoxville. Please remember that Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting and abstinence for most Catholics.  Please continue reading for additional information. Fasting and Abstinence Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during …

Bishops issue joint statement on Tennessee ‘Heartbeat Bill’

Emily Booker News

The following joint statement was issued by Bishop Richard F. Stika of the Diocese of Knoxville, Bishop J. Mark Spalding of the Diocese of Nashville, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Memphis on Feb. 26, 2019: We believe that the sanctity of human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception to …

Cardinal Rigali to celebrate Masses at cathedral Feb. 5 and 6

Emily Booker News

While our priests attend Study Days in Gatlinburg during the first week of February, many parishes will have communion services in lieu of daily Mass. If you are in the Knoxville area, Cardinal Justin Rigali will be celebrating morning Mass at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on Tuesday, Feb. 5, and Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 6:30 …

Polish Masses begin Feb. 3 at the cathedral

Jim Wogan News

Bishop Richard F. Stika has announced that Father Marcin “Martin” Gladysz will begin celebrating a monthly Mass in Polish at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. The first Mass will be celebrated Sunday, Feb. 3 at 3 p.m.  Masses in Polish are scheduled for the first Sunday of each month at 3 p.m. although some dates may …

Bishop Stika released from hospital

Emily Booker News

After spending one night in the hospital following a heart catheterization procedure, Bishop Richard F. Stika was released from Parkwest Medical Center this morning and returned to the Chancery for a brief visit. “I feel good, and I am grateful for the prayers I received and the great care that was provided to me while I underwent this procedure,” Bishop …

Bishops speak out against execution

Jim Wogan News

Bishop Richard F. Stika of the Diocese of Knoxville, Bishop J. Mark Spalding of the Diocese of Nashville, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of the Archdiocese of Louisville, who is currently serving as the apostolic administrator for the Diocese of Memphis, today issued this joint statement on the scheduled execution of David Earl Miller by the state of Tennessee: For …

Bishop Richard F. Stika resting after heart procedure

Emily Booker News

The Diocese of Knoxville has received very encouraging news from Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville. Bishop Richard F. Stika underwent a heart catheterization procedure shortly after 10:30 a.m., and his doctor is pleased with how everything went. One vessel was significantly blocked (99 percent), and therefore the doctor performed an angioplasty and inserted one stent.  Bishop Stika appears to be doing …

Bishop Richard F. Stika to undergo heart procedure

Emily Booker News

Bishop asks for prayers, expects quick recovery Bishop Richard F. Stika says a cardiac procedure he faces in December won’t keep him down long. In fact, the shepherd of the Catholic Church in East Tennessee fully expects to be celebrating Masses again before Christmas. A stress test conducted during a recent scheduled checkup revealed the need for further medical attention. …

Diocese of Knoxville statement on Nashville abuse report

Jim Wogan News

The Diocese of Nashville on Friday released a report naming 13 former priests who served in that diocese who have been accused of sexually abusing a minor.  We are grateful that the Diocese of Nashville has decided to release this report. We were given an opportunity to review it for the first time this week and we regret the actions …

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 …

Bishop comments on former St. Mary’s Hospital closing

Jim Wogan Health, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika reflected on the announcement that the former St. Mary’s Hospital will close its doors as a health-care facility in late December. The decision was announced on Oct. 26 by the hospital’s current owners. “I think about the generations of East Tennesseans who were born at St. Mary’s Hospital and the many others who were returned to …

Sunday Mass at the Cathedral Archives

Click links below to listen to 9 a.m. Sunday Mass from the beautiful Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Knoxville. The Cathedral was dedicated on March 3, 2018, with Bishop Richard F. Stika as the lead celebrant. You can also listen to the Masses on Sunday at noon on WKXV Radio (AM 900 and FM 100.7) in …

Statement from Bishop Richard F. Stika on Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

Jim Wogan News

A statement from Bishop Richard F. Stika following the shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh on Oct. 27: I want to express my deepest sense of sorrow for the shocking display of hatred and violence that took place in Pittsburgh on Saturday. The motivation to take precious and innocent life is difficult to understand. I pray for the many victims …