Bishop issues directive as precaution against COVID-19

Emily Booker Diocese of Knoxville, Health, News

After closely monitoring recent developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), Bishop Richard F. Stika has issued a directive to all pastors, priests, and deacons that they institute the following precautions at Mass celebrations in the Diocese of Knoxville. The directive includes suspending the distribution of the consecrated wine, knowing that one receives the fullness of Communion of Jesus Christ in …

Tennessee bishops issue letter to Gov. Lee on scheduled execution

Emily Booker News

Bishops Richard F. Stika of Knoxville, J. Mark Spalding of Nashville, and David P. Talley of Memphis have issued a letter to Tennessee governor Bill Lee urging him to stop the execution of Nick Sutton, who is scheduled to die in the electric chair on Feb. 20: Dear Governor Lee, We, the bishops of the three Catholic dioceses of Tennessee, …

From abuse to ‘nones,’ U.S. bishops share concerns with pope

Emily Booker Catholic Church, News

By Cindy Wooden and Junno Arocho Esteves/Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The timing of the U.S. bishops’ “ad limina” visits to the Vatican was a matter of Pope Francis’ schedule and the regular rhythm of his meetings with the world’s bishops. But for Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, it also was “providential.” Because of a papal scheduling …

Holy Week 2019

Emily Booker News

Bishop Richard F. Stika will commemorate the most sacred week of our liturgical calendar with the following celebrations and services at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus: Tuesday, April 16: Chrism Mass. Click here for video of the Chrism Mass. Maundy Thursday, April 18: Holy Thursday Mass of the Last Supper and Washing of the Feet, 7 …

Bishop Stika administers sacrament of confirmation across diocese

Emily Booker Diocese of Knoxville, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika has been administering the sacrament of confirmation to hundreds of youth at nearly every Diocese of Knoxville parish this spring. Last year, confirmations were held at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in celebration of the new cathedral and the diocese’s 30th anniversary. This year, Bishop Stika is visiting and celebrating Mass at …

Bishops issue joint statement on Tennessee ‘Heartbeat Bill’

Emily Booker News

The following joint statement was issued by Bishop Richard F. Stika of the Diocese of Knoxville, Bishop J. Mark Spalding of the Diocese of Nashville, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Memphis on Feb. 26, 2019: We believe that the sanctity of human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception to …

Bishop Richard F. Stika resting after heart procedure

Emily Booker News

The Diocese of Knoxville has received very encouraging news from Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville. Bishop Richard F. Stika underwent a heart catheterization procedure shortly after 10:30 a.m., and his doctor is pleased with how everything went. One vessel was significantly blocked (99 percent), and therefore the doctor performed an angioplasty and inserted one stent.  Bishop Stika appears to be doing …

Bishop Richard F. Stika to undergo heart procedure

Emily Booker News

Bishop asks for prayers, expects quick recovery Bishop Richard F. Stika says a cardiac procedure he faces in December won’t keep him down long. In fact, the shepherd of the Catholic Church in East Tennessee fully expects to be celebrating Masses again before Christmas. A stress test conducted during a recent scheduled checkup revealed the need for further medical attention. …

Bishop Stika, Father Boettner dedicate Blessed Virgin Mary altar

Emily Booker News

Bishop Richard F. Stika and Father David Boettner, rector of the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and a vicar general for the diocese, dedicated the Blessed Virgin Mary altar in the new cathedral on April 9, the Solemnity of the Annunciation. Also, the new painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe was hung on the south wall of …

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 …

Bishop Stika issues statement on DACA program

Emily Booker News

Bishop Stika has issued the following statement regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: “Scripture challenges us to see each other through the eyes of God and to never turn our back on the vulnerable and those in need. So it is with great concern that I and my brother bishops react to the news of President Trump’s …