Bishop Richard F. Stika has expressed his desire to resume public Masses on Pentecost weekend, May 30-31. Click here to read more on reopening.
The bishop took an unprecedented and necessary step when he suspended all public Masses in the diocese, effective March 20.
Additional resources, including information on livestreaming of Masses, is below.
News and Resources
Video Resources and Special Prayers
Bishop Stika's opening statements at
Mass for the Solemnity of St. Joseph
Bishop Stika's homily for
the Solemnity of St. Joseph
Bishop Stika consecrates the Diocese of Knoxville to St. Joseph
Consecration by Bishop Stika of the Diocese of Knoxville to St. Joseph
March 19, 2020
Saint Joseph, we are kneeling before you in this hour of trial. At this time, when humanity must turn to God and affirm together these words: "Jesus, I trust in You", we invoke your help. You are such a strong example of the faith and piety of the New Covenant. Into your hands God the Father entrusted the protection of His Son, Jesus Christ. Through the decisions you made, you gave us a model of how to fulfill God’s will. Enlighten and strengthen those who govern our country so that their decisions will help to save the lives of many and prevent the spread of infection.
Saint Joseph, through the power of your prayer we find solutions to most difficult problems. Now, lifting up our prayers, we humbly ask your protection and intercession with God. Take away the threat of the coronavirus spreading among us. Assist all our brothers and sisters, especially those who are sick and suffering and dying. Be our guide in situations that seem hopeless and without solution. Be for us, as your title proclaims, the Guardian of the Church. Be also in these difficult days the loving Protector of all humanity.
We beg you to be moved by our present needs. Come and help us. Sustain us in our fears, worries, pains and tribulations.
Saint Joseph, together with Mary, Mother of Mercy, pray for the Church and the whole world. Remember especially the Church in Knoxville and her people who lovingly invoke the blessing of the Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.