2018 Confirmations at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Emily Booker Christian Formation, News 3 Comments

On April 6, Bishop Richard F. Stika began a month-long series of Mass celebrations to offer the sacrament of confirmation to approximately 1,700 youngsters in the Diocese of Knoxville. Four Masses were celebrated the weekend of April 6-8. To mark the dedication of the new cathedral and the 30th anniversary of the Diocese of Knoxville’s founding, confirmation Masses for all parishes …

Bishop Stika announces change of Confirmation age (grade level), effective 2019

Jim Wogan Catechism, Christian Formation, Diocese of Knoxville, News 34 Comments

Dear Friends, Nearly two years ago, I created a commission to examine, for pastoral reasons, the age of confirmation in the Diocese of Knoxville.  After extensive consultation and deliberation, the commission, chaired by Fr. Brent Shelton and Fr. Ronald Franco, CSP, made their recommendations to me last year.  After much prayer, discernment and further consultation, I have decided to move …

We Rise With Christ In Baptism

David Oatney Catechism, New Evangelization Leave a Comment

HE IS RISEN! THE LORD IS TRULY RISEN! As the Church celebrates the reality of the empty tomb, it should also be remembered that we have a great many neophytes-new Catholics, who have been baptized and/or received into full communion with Holy Mother Church this weekend. Because the celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection is about the rising to new life, the Church …

New Catholics Need Our Friendship and Example

David Oatney Diocese of Knoxville, New Evangelization, Prayer 2 Comments

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 …

O Wisdom!

Deacon Scott Maentz Prayer, Year of Faith Leave a Comment

O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from one end to the other mightily, and sweetly ordering all things: Come and teach us the way of prudence. Today we enter the octave before Christmas and our final preparations of Advent. Traditionally this is a time when we begin the singing of the “O Antiphons”. Many …