Bishop Stika statement on immigrant arrests; extends thanks to those who have supported families

Jim Wogan News

Leer en Español Bishop Richard F. Stika, who on Friday began a month-long series of Mass celebrations to offer the Sacrament of Confirmation to more than 1,700 youngsters in the Diocese of Knoxville, has issued the following statement regarding diocesan efforts to assist families following Thursday’s government raid in Grainger County: “The arrests of workers and undocumented immigrants in East …

Celebration of Mercy on July 23

Jim Wogan News, Parishes, Year of Mercy

The Cumberland Mountain Deanery invites you to a celebration of the Lord’s merciful love with a program of prayer, reflection and song. Confessions are available. Please consider inviting those who are inactive with the Church and those seeking the healing mercy of God’s love.   Event date: The Celebration of Mercy will take place on Saturday, July 23 from 10 …

A carnival for Christ

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, News, Parishes

Through its second annual Royalty Carnival, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Maynardville played host to several hundred guests Sept. 5. The carnival was a big success in raising money for Blessed Teresa’s new church building. The festival took place on the site of the future church, across from Union County High School on Highway 33. “This is for the …

At 6 months old, Aaron Morales is teaching a community about the value of life and the power of prayer

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Christian Formation, Health, Hispanic, Marriage and Culture, News

By Bill Brewer Aaron Roman Morales should not be here. By all accounts, birth defects would rob Aaron of the life his parents desperately wanted for him. At least that’s what the doctors concluded. But here he is, at 6 months old, growing and thriving and behaving like most children his age. That’s a far cry from Nov. 28, 2013, …

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta community is diocese’s newest parish

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By Bill Brewer The Diocese of Knoxville is now 48 parishes strong after Bishop Richard F. Stika elevated Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Mission in Maynardville during a special Mass on Sept. 5. Bishop Stika, giving a homily in Blessed Teresa’s temporary facility in a storefront along Highway 33, praised parishioners for working to build the Union County Catholic community …

Maynardville community working together for new church

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By Bill Brewer Father Steve Pawelk knows well the Scriptures about how children will lead the faithful. Michelle Morales isn’t exactly a child, but the young college student led Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Mission’s first major fundraising event on Aug. 30 that attracted scores of people and vendors and raised a few thousand dollars to build the new Blessed …