March 4 events highlight opening of new cathedral

Emily Booker News

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 at our new cathedral and we know many Catholics in the region are just a short drive from being here.  We want to invite them to Mass on March 4 and also extend our welcome for the Conversation with the Cardinals that evening, ” Bishop Richard F. Stika said. 

The Conversation with the Cardinals is a free event and will feature Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, the former personal secretary to Pope St. John Paul II; Cardinal Justin Rigali, former Archbishop of St. Louis and Philadelphia, who served six different popes while working in Rome; Cardinal William Levada, the former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith; and Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the Vatican’s Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.

Conversation with the Cardinals at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on Sunday, March 4, will begin at 7 p.m. No ticket is required.

Mass times at the new cathedral on Sunday, March 4, are at 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. (Spanish), and 3 p.m. (Polish). The 1 p.m. Mass will be celebrated in Spanish by Archbishop Pierre. The 3 p.m. Mass will be celebrated in Polish by Cardinal Dziwisz.

The cathedral’s Mass of Dedication on Saturday, March 3, is a ticketed event and all tickets have been allotted.