Funeral Mass held for Monsignor George Schmidt

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville

Monsignor George E. Schmidt Jr., who died Dec. 29 after a lengthy illness, was laid to rest Jan. 4 at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Chattanooga following a funeral Mass at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul celebrated by Bishop Richard F. Stika and concelebrated by more than 30 fellow priests. Monsignor Schmidt, who was 72, was pastor emeritus of the …

Notre Dame High School celebrates 140 years

Emily Booker News, Schools

On October 6, Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga celebrated its 140th anniversary. Bishop Stika celebrated Mass at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul. Father Mike Nolan (Class of 1978) gave the homily. The celebration continued with a dinner and party for alumni and supporters of Notre Dame at Stratton Hall. In 1876, the Dominican Sisters of the St. Cecilia Community in Nashville …

The tradition of sacred music: holy, beautiful, and universal

Dan McWilliams News

A “treasure of inestimable value” is found in some East Tennessee Catholic parishes that carry on the sacred music tradition of the Church. Gregorian chant and polyphony, or multiple-part vocal music in which each part is an independent melody, can be heard during Mass at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Chattanooga and at Holy Ghost Church in …

Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul marks 125th anniversary

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, News

There was much to celebrate at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul on June 28. The basilica community gathered for Mass with Bishop Richard F. Stika to mark not only the 125th anniversary of its church building (1890-2015) but also the 10th anniversary of the ordination to the priesthood of its rector, Father David Carter. The Mass was on …

KDCCW convenes in Chattanooga

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, News

The Knoxville Diocesan Council of Catholic Women held its annual convention April 10-12 at the Doubletree Hotel in Chattanooga, and more than 200 members attended. Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated the opening Mass at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul on Thursday, and Monsignor Al Humbrecht of Holy Spirit Parish in Soddy-Daisy celebrated the Friday Mass and the closing …

Mass, dinner honor service of Monsignor Schmidt

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, News, Parishes

Prayers were made, a homily was said, songs were sung, a standing ovation was given and heartfelt thanks were returned as a Mass in celebration of Monsignor George Schmidt, who is retiring as pastor of the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Chattanooga, was held March 1. Some 400 people were in attendance at the basilica to celebrate the …

Basilica, Sevier churches, Catholic Charities see assignment changes

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By Dan McWilliams Bishop Richard F. Stika has announced several assignment changes for the Diocese of Knoxville. Due to health concerns with Monsignor George Schmidt, pastor of the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Chattanooga since 1986, Bishop Stika has appointed Father David Carter parochial administrator of the basilica effective Nov. 26. Monsignor Schmidt—who had been the longest-serving pastor …