Newcomers to the Church take part in annual Rite of Election

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika greeted more than 100 newcomers to the Catholic Church on Feb. 13 in the Rite of Election ceremony for the Chattanooga and Five Rivers deaneries held at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. A total of 268 catechumens and candidates from all four deaneries will be coming into the Church at this year’s Easter Vigil, said …

Holy Week Masses set around the diocese

Dan McWilliams Cathedral, Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News

The Diocese of Knoxville’s celebration of Holy Week began Sunday, March 29, with Palm Sunday Masses across East Tennessee. The special week continues Tuesday, March 31, with the annual Chrism Mass at 7:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Bishop Richard F. Stika and priests from throughout the diocese will celebrate the annual liturgy. Churches around …

Diocese holds Rite of Election ceremony

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, Lent, News

This year the Diocese of Knoxville’s plans were to have two Rite of Election ceremonies at Sacred Heart Cathedral on the first weekend of Lent, with two deaneries participating Feb. 21 and the other two Feb. 22. In previous years four Rites of Election were held, one in each deanery, with two ceremonies on Saturday and two on Sunday. But …

Cathedral hosting Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, Hispanic, News

The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is hosting a Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe from Oct. 9 to 19. Coming from Mexico on a pilgrimage throughout the United States, the image was received by diocesan members Thursday Oct. 9, at a solemn Mass celebrated by Cardinal Justin Rigali and concelebrated by cathedral rector and vicar general …

Diocese of Knoxville welcomes four new priests

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Vocations

The Diocese of Knoxville welcomed four new priests May 31 as Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated an ordination Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, where Fathers Colin Blatchford, Anthony Budnick, Julian Cardona and Adam Kane took their vows for the priesthood. The newly ordained priests processed into the cathedral with Bishop Stika and some 60 fellow …

Diocese of Knoxville welcomes four new priests

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Vocations

The Diocese of Knoxville welcomed four new priests May 31 as Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated an ordination Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, where Fathers Colin Blatchford, Anthony Budnick, Julian Cardona and Adam Kane took their vows for the priesthood. The newly ordained priests processed into the cathedral with Bishop Stika and some 60 fellow …

Diocese of Knoxville celebrates Easter

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Hispanic, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika and Cardinal Justin Rigali led Holy Week observances in the Diocese of Knoxville, highlighted by the Chrism Mass April 15 and Easter Mass celebrations at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus April 19-20. Bishop Stika was joined by Cardinal Justin Rigali and more than 50 priests of the diocese along with more than 25 …

Christopher Manning ordained into priesthood

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Vocations

Christopher Manning became the 41st priest ordained in the Diocese of Knoxville June 1 during an ordination Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Bishop Richard F. Stika presided and concelebrants included cathedral rector Father David Boettner, vicar general Monsignor Xavier Mankel, Father Marty Zielinski of Mundelein Seminary. Also concelebrating were Father Bob Hofstetter and Father Pat …

Neophytes are officially sent into the diocese

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Christian Formation, News

A journey of faith for 318 catechumens and candidates that was celebrated at the Easter Vigil through baptism and confirmation officially began Sunday with The Sending of the Neophytes Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated the Mass and presided at the service, where the newest members of the Catholic Church in …