Diocesan information regarding COVID-19

Public Masses resume in the Diocese of Knoxville

After a 10 week suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic, Bishop Richard F. Stika authorized the resumption public Masses in the Diocese of Knoxville on May 30-31, the celebration of Pentecost. Strict guidelines to ensure the safety of the faithful and clergy were imposed through the issuance of a decree which also extended the dispensation of the obligation to attend Mass for those unable to abide by the guidelines, or may otherwise feel uncomfortable attending. 

Additionally, Bishop Stika has issued subsequent decrees addressing the sacraments and the desire to resume meetings and parish gatherings. Listed below are links to important information, including documents released by the diocese since Masses were suspended on March 20.  Bishop Stika encourages those who cannot attend Mass in person to consider participating through the many Masses offered by parishes in the diocese online, although this is not mandated.

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Weekdays: 8:05 a.m., noon, 4 p.m.
Sundays: 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m.



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.