Pope Benedict has world all a Twitter

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI launched his very own Twitter account Dec. 12, sending a short inaugural message to his more than 1 million followers. “Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart,” it said. His tweet — 139 …

Father David Boettner welcomed home

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At an all-school Mass, Deacon Sean Smith led a packed cathedral in a round of applause for Father Boettner, who was on a Continuing Education experience overseas from July 18 until Nov. 19. “It is truly awesome to be back home,” Father Boettner said. After Mass, Father Boettner viewed a “graffiti wall” made in his honor in the school lobby. …

Diocesan schools plan Christmas season events

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By Kara Lockmiller Throughout the Bible we are encouraged to sing praises to God and give to those in need. The children of the diocese plan to do just that this Christmas season in the many school programs and service projects being held across East Tennessee. Knoxville Catholic High School Knoxville Catholic High School, 9245 Fox Lonas Road, Knoxville, will …

Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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711 Northshore Drive SW Knoxville, TN 37919 865-588-0249 shcathedral.org   Mass Times Mission Statement The mission of the Sacred Heart Cathedral is to enable each person to grow in faith and love of Jesus Christ and His Gospel message through the sacramental life of the parish. This empowers us to witness His message through our love and service within and beyond our …

Diocesan camps are leadership training ground

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When school lets out in May and many students look for the nearest pool, mall, video game or smartphone to inhabit until August, a number of diocesan pre-teens and teens make plans to interact with peers from around the diocese to develop team-building and leadership skills. Sound like summer school? Think again. God Camp and the Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) …

Second collection Aug. 25-26 for tuition support

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Students across the Diocese of Knoxville will benefit from parishioners’ giving this weekend when the second collection at all Masses on Aug. 25 and 26 is directed to tuition assistance, where requests are outpacing funding. Bishop Richard F. Stika appears in a video with an appeal to all parishioners to support tuition assistance with this weekend’s second collection: bishopstika2ndcollection from patrick murphy-racey …

Christopher Manning ordained to the diaconate

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By Dan McWilliams Christopher Manning moved one step closer to the priesthood as Bishop Richard F. Stika ordained him to the transitional diaconate Aug. 4 at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Deacon Manning is completing a summer Clinical Pastoral Education assignment as a chaplain at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center in Mountain Home before returning to Mundelein Seminary in Illinois, …

Knoxville abortion clinic closes

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The Knoxville-area pro-life community is rejoicing at the news that an abortion clinic has closed after nearly four full decades in business. The Volunteer Women’s Medical Clinic began packing Aug. 14 and shuttered its doors and put its building up for sale one day later, on the solemnity of the Assumption. The clinic, which opened in 1974, had been the …

Not Your Average Joe Men’s Conference

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Description: Bishop Stika will preside at the closing Mass of the Not Your Average Joe Men’s Conference at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, at All Saints Catholic Church in Knoxville. Place: All Saints Catholic ChurchAddress: 620 N. Cedar Bluff Road Knoxville, TN 37923 MapURL: http://stjosephsociety.org/conference/

Diocese Acquires Retreat Center in Benton

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The Diocese of Knoxville has acquired the Priory of St. John the Apostle retreat center in Benton and 52 acres of property to go with it. The previous owners, who wish to remain anonymous, donated the center to the diocese. Bishop Richard F. Stika signed the papers Aug. 1 to make the transfer official. He announced the same day that the …