Bishop Stika, Father Boettner dedicate Blessed Virgin Mary altar

Emily Booker News

Bishop Richard F. Stika and Father David Boettner, rector of the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and a vicar general for the diocese, dedicated the Blessed Virgin Mary altar in the new cathedral on April 9, the Solemnity of the Annunciation. Also, the new painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe was hung on the south wall of …

Diocese distributes nearly $369,000 to assist wildfire victims

Jim Wogan News

Bishop Richard F. Stika today announced that the Diocese of Knoxville has distributed $368,906.79 to victims of the deadly and destructive wildfires that swept through the Gatlinburg area of East Tennessee in November. “Because of the love and generosity of people across East Tennessee and beyond, the Diocese of Knoxville is able to assist families who have been struggling to …

Cathedral construction reaches halfway point

Bill Brewer Cathedral, News

“Jesus, I trust in you.” Those words were never more appropriate than when Bishop Richard F. Stika strapped on a safety harness, climbed into a mechanical boom lift, and was hoisted 14 stories above ground to inscribe “Iesu Confido in Te” on a steel beam forming the dome of the new Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In placing …

Bishop Stika celebrates adult confirmation Mass

Bill Brewer Catechism, Christian Formation, Diocese of Knoxville, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated a Mass of Confirmation for adults for the second consecutive year, administering the sacrament to 46 people from around the Diocese of Knoxville. The confirmandi and their family and friends gathered at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on May 1 for the Mass, which was concelebrated by Father David Boettner, rector of …

Blue Mass celebrated for area law enforcement, fire fighters, rescue units

Jim Wogan News, Uncategorized

Father David A. Boettner, rector at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, celebrated a Blue Mass in recognition of Knoxville area law enforcement, fire fighters and first response emergency crews on April 24, 2016.   During the Mass, Fr. Boettner thanked the public servants for their bravery, service and sacrifice.  Father Boettner represented Bishop Richard F. Stika as …

Building demo significant step in Cathedral Construction

Jim Wogan Cathedral, Diocese of Knoxville, News

The demolition of the former Sanders building on Bearden Park Circle is a significant step in the construction of the new Sacred Heart Cathedral. Project managers were poised to fire-up their demolition equipment once the building was vacant and the all-clear signal was given.  That day came on Oct. 6. “This is a critical link. Now that we’ve moved forward with demo’ing the building, …

Bishop Stika celebrates first Mass of Confirmation for adults

Bill Brewer Christian Formation, Diocese of Knoxville, News

A new tradition began in the diocese Sept. 13 at Sacred Heart Cathedral as Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated the first Mass of Confirmation for adults. Fifty-four adults from 16 diocesan parishes were confirmed. The confirmation was for baptized adult Catholics, not for RCIA catechumens or candidates. “It’s for the adult Catholics who for whatever reason were never confirmed, and …

Diocese of Knoxville marks 27th anniversary

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, News

“What do we do now?” In marking the Diocese of Knoxville’s 27th anniversary on Sept. 8, Bishop Richard F. Stika recalled when he welcomed Cardinal Justin Rigali to the Archdiocese of St. Louis in 1994. After being formally introduced as the seventh archbishop of St. Louis, then-Archbishop Rigali turned to then-Father Stika and asked those very words. Fondly remembering the …

Sacred Heart School unveils renovations

Dan McWilliams Cathedral, Diocese of Knoxville, News, Schools

When Sacred Heart Cathedral School students begin classes Sept. 8, they’ll find that plenty of renovations have taken place over the summer at their 59-year-old building. The school improvements, conducted while construction on a new cathedral was taking place next door, made it an exciting time for Daniel Breen as he starts his first year as SHCS principal. “There are …

Bridging the gap

Bill Brewer Cathedral, Diocese of Knoxville, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika and Father David Boettner, rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral, donned hard hats May 29 to perform a symbolic gesture on the construction site of the new cathedral. The bishop and Father Boettner signed their names in the just-poured concrete of the footers for the new north bridge on the Sacred Heart campus. The concrete span connecting …

Ground broken for new Sacred Heart Cathedral

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

By Dan McWilliams The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus family saw one of its brightest days April 19 as ground was broken on a new cathedral to replace the 59-year-old structure that has been the home parish for the Diocese of Knoxville since 1988. The day fell on Cardinal Justin Rigali’s 80th birthday, and the prince of the …

CCETN administrative offices back under one roof

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, News

The administrative offices of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee are now under one roof again – and there is now more room at Catholic Charities’ Samaritan Place shelter for homeless seniors. Bishop Richard F. Stika on Feb. 5 blessed the new CCETN offices at 119 Dameron Ave. in North Knoxville and offered prayers for the continued positive impact the agency …

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 …

Catholic Day on the Hill issues include school vouchers, immigration

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By Dan McWilliams NASHVILLE — School vouchers were a popular subject in meetings Bishop Richard F. Stika and Memphis Bishop J. Terry Steib, SVD, had with Gov. Bill Haslam and legislators at the 17th annual Catholic Day on the Hill in Nashville. Catholic Day on the Hill offers a chance for the faithful to meet with their legislators and advocate …