Bishop issues new directives for sacraments in response to COVID-19

Jim Wogan News

In response to the continued monitoring of the coronavirus pandemic, Bishop Richard F. Stika has authorized updates to the way parishes can now administer the sacraments of the Catholic Church. The new directives cover the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, reconciliation, RCIA, weddings, and funerals. The decree is to take effect May 30-31 when public Masses resume in the Diocese of …

Diocese aims for Pentecost weekend to resume public Masses

Jim Wogan News

Bishop Richard F. Stika has expressed his desire to resume public Masses at all of the parishes and mission churches in the Diocese of Knoxville the weekend of Pentecost Sunday, May 30-31.  “I understand how much our parishioners want to return to their churches, see their priests, and once again have a personal connection with the sacraments.  However, there are …

Bishop Stika issues pastoral letter in preparation for Holy Week

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In advance of Holy Week, Bishop Richard F. Stika has issued a special pastoral letter to parishioners of the Diocese of Knoxville encouraging participation in video streaming of live Mass webcasts and the Act of Spiritual Communion.  Additionally, Bishop Stika is asking parishioners to pray the Station of the Cross on Friday, April 3 and Good Friday, April 10.  Read …

Diocese of Knoxville Chancery closed effective March 24

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Bishop Richard F. Stika said that the Diocese of Knoxville Chancery offices will be closed to the public, effective March 24, after continuing concerns over the potential spread of the coronavirus. Bishop Stika announced his decision Monday night. While the Chancery is closed to the public, it is not suspending operations. Some diocesan employees may continue to work on-site should …

Catholic Charities takes steps in connection with COVID-19 pandemic

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As a result of the ongoing concern with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Lisa Healy, executive director of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, has announced the following steps to ensure the health and safety of the many clients who reside at or use their facilities: All buildings will be closed to outside visitors, including volunteers and interns. At the HUD properties …