Homily For the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

First Reading: Amos 8:4-7 Second Reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-8 Gospel: Luke 16:1-13   Jesus tells us in the Gospel today tells us the servant who is trustworthy in small matters is trustworthy in great ones and the servant who cannot be trusted in small matters cannot be trusted in great ones. Most of us know from human experience that this …

Pray For the Elect During Lent

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

Lent is a time when the Church asks us to consider our lives and amend them, “giving up” those things which are an impediment to our relationship to Christ and “adding” or “doing” those things, in prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that will enrich our relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church. We are called during this time to journey with …

Q & A: If I Haven’t Yet Swallowed the Host, Can I Receive the Chalice?

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Catechism

Our occasional Catholic Q & A series gets underway with a question from one Life At 25 reader about what might be the proper way to receive Holy Communion under both kinds (both the Body and the Precious Blood of Christ). How is one supposed to get the Host consumed before reaching the chalice? Must the Host be completely clear …

Dioknox Catholic Q&A

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Diocese of Knoxville

It is the middle of August and for many of our parishes in the Diocese of Knoxville that means that the formation process for those who are participating in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults has begun, and it has begun in my own parish. As I wrote last year, people participating in the RCIA are coming to the …

New Catholics Need Our Friendship and Example

David Oatney Diocese of Knoxville, New Evangelization, Prayer

Those of you who celebrated Morning Lauds this morning sang or chanted the 42nd Psalm as the first chant, a psalm which has opening words in verses one and two that may be familiar to many Catholics, and certainly set me in a Holy Week mindset. The Grail translation, which is generally what is used in the English-speaking world for …

Thoughts On the Bishop’s Appeal

David Oatney Diocese of Knoxville, Vocations

Some of you might have heard your pastor make an announcement in your parish this weekend about the Bishop’s Appeal, the annual campaign of the Diocese of Knoxville to raise funds for diocesan-wide projects, missions, and charities. It is very easy to listen to the pitch for the Bishop’s Appeal and simply think “oh great, another plea for more money.” …

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

David Oatney Catechism, New Evangelization, Prayer

Yesterday in my parish (St. Patrick in Morristown) a new year of formation in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults began. Not only is it fair to say that this ministry is one that is close to my heart, I am personally close to it because I have been on the RCIA team at St. Patrick for the last …

The Fantastic Four

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

Coming to Sacred Heart Cathedral this fall…. The FANTASTIC FOUR Adult Faith Formation program! To inaugurate the Year of Faith, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, and the Diocesan Silver Jubilee, Sacred Heart will offer four Wednesday evenings of FOOD, FAITH, FELLOWSHIP, and FUN.  Dinner will be served in the Eagle Café at 6:00pm, followed by a program …

Archbishop Aymond Offers “10 Ways Vatican II Shapes the Church Today”

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

The Catholic Church marks the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council by Blessed Pope John XXIII on October 11. The Council ran from 1962-1965, producing 16 documents over the course of four sessions. Over 2,000 bishops from around the world participated. The Council introduced major reforms and stands among the most significant religious events of the …

The Sign of the Cross

Deacon Scott Maentz Catechism, Year of Faith

One of the goals of Life at 25 is to familiarize Catholics with online resources to help them learn more about our Catholic Tradition during the Year of Faith. Today we celebrate the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. I recently read this post by Emily over at Catholic Sistas, a blog I highly recommend. One day while perusing around …