Funeral Mass held for Father Jay Flaherty

Bill Brewer News

A funeral Mass for Father Jay M. Flaherty was held Oct. 10 at Holy Cross Church in Pigeon Forge. Father Flaherty was the founding pastor of Holy Cross. He died Oct. 5 in Nashville following an extended illness. He was 66. Father Flaherty’s family received friends and a rosary was said Oct. 9 at Atchley Funeral Home in Sevierville. The …

Reflection On the Passing of a Priest

David Oatney Diocese of Knoxville, Priesthood

On Thursday I had the opportunity (thanks to my Spiritual Director who was concelebrating and was more than willing to give me a lift) to attend the Funeral Mass for Father Jay Flaherty, a priest of the Diocese of Knoxville who was known as a very powerful preacher indeed. When Nicole and I were married, Father Flaherty celebrated our Nuptial …