Bishop Stika congratulates new Nashville bishop

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Bishop Richard F. Stika is offering his congratulations to the new Bishop-elect of the Diocese of Nashville, Father J. Mark Spalding. “I welcome Bishop-elect J. Mark Spalding to the state of Tennessee. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis has made an excellent choice to lead the Diocese of Nashville and I look forward to working with him …

Bishop Stika announces disaster relief distributions

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Bishop Richard F. Stika has announced distributions for recent collections to assist hurricane and earthquake victims in the United States, the Caribbean, and Mexico. Through the generosity of its 51 parishes and mission churches, the Diocese of Knoxville raised more than $400,000 through a series of special collections that were initiated in late August and continued through late September. “This …

Homily for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Isaiah 55:6-9 Philippians 1:20C-24, 27A Matthew 14:22-33   Many of our separated brothers and sisters will repeat the falsehood that the Church teaches that we are “saved by works,” while some people (including not a few poorly catechized Catholics that I’ve encountered over the years) seem to believe that our works do not matter at all. We are reminded in …

Christopher Floersh to be ordained on June 3

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On June 3, 2017, Bishop Richard F. Stika will ordain Christoper Floersh to the Holy Priesthood during a Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Last month, Deacon Floersh was gracious to answer a few questions about his upcoming ordination in an email exchange with Diocese of Knoxville Communications Director Jim Wogan.   JW: Bishop Stika has ordained a good number of …

Father Randy Stice appointed to position with USCCB

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Father Randy Stice, director of the Office of Worship and Liturgy for the Diocese of Knoxville since 2009, has been appointed associate director of the Secretariat of Divine Worship for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, effective July 1, 2017. The Secretariat of Divine Worship carries out work for the USCCB in areas relating to the preparation and approval of …

St. Mary’s Clinic goes to Gatlinburg

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Several weeks after deadly wildfires swept through East Tennessee in late 2016, it became obvious to Sister Mariana Koonce, RSM, MD, that it was time to bring the Diocese of Knoxville’s mobile medical mission to residents living in Gatlinburg and surrounding communities. Photo Gallery: (photos by Emily Booker) On April 27, after several months of investigation and planning, Sister Mariana, …

Bishop Stika: Weekend of Grace and Gratitude for parishes, mission churches

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Bishop Richard F. Stika has declared Dec. 17-18 as a Weekend of Grace and Gratitude for all parishes and mission churches in the Diocese of Knoxville for their “historic response” to the recent Home campaign which raised nearly $45 million for parish and diocesan initiatives. “I knew this would be a tremendous challenge.  I also knew that together we’d be …

Parishes preparing to launch V Encuentro

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National program’s focus is to strengthen cultural communities, identify and develop more lay leaders    At Pope Francis’ urging, the Catholic Church is embarking on a four-year program to create a culture of encounter that calls on all Catholics to share their heritage with each other, remove barriers to growing closer as brothers and sisters, and build bridges to achieve …

Diocese raises more than $200,000 for fire victims

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The Diocese of Knoxville has raised more than $200,000 to assist victims of deadly and destructive wildfires that recently swept through several communities in East Tennessee, including Gatlinburg and other areas in Sevier County. In figures released today, parishes and mission churches in the diocese raised $151,000 through special collections on the weekend of Dec. 3-4.  That figure is expected …

Homily for the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

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The 34th and Final Sunday of Ordinary Time, and of the Year of Grace 2016 Homily 2 Sam 5-1-3 Colossians 1:20-20 Luke 23:25-43   An internet meme that was circulating several weeks back contained a picture of Jesus Christ the King and it said “no matter who is elected President, Jesus Christ is still the King.” Never have we needed …

The Dedication Stone Pilgrimage allows parishioners across the Diocese of Knoxville to view a marble stone blessed by Pope Francis at the Vatican on Oct. 14, 2015.  The stone, quarried from property in East Tennessee, is roughly the size of a ceiling tile and weighs 19.5 pounds. It will be placed in the narthex of the new Sacred Heart Cathedral …

The Shepherd Who Does Not Mince Words

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Our own Bishop took quite a bit of flack in some quarters this past week when he made a post to Facebook that criticized one of the nominees for Vice President of the United States this year. That candidate, Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, has come out saying that he is a “traditional Catholic” but that he is “pro-choice.” He …

Bishop celebrates funeral Mass for Lourdes Garza

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Lourdes Garza, a nationally respected Hispanic ministries director for the Diocese of Knoxville, was remembered as a faithful and loyal servant of Jesus during her funeral Mass celebrated on July 15 at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Knoxville. Ms. Garza recently died after a lengthy and courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Bishop Richard F. Stika, of the Diocese of Knoxville, celebrated …

Called & Gifted Workshop

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Discern your spiritual gifts! God has called and gifted you for a mission. When you were baptized, you were given the presence of the Holy Spirit and “charisms,” gifts of the Holy Spirit that enable you to be a channel of God’s love, truth, beauty, mercy, healing, and provision for others.  The Called & Gifted Workshop from the Catherine of …