SEPI graduates recognized as missionary disciples

Emily Booker Hispanic, News

On June 25 Cardinal Rigali celebrated Mass at St. Dominic Church in Kingsport and marked the occasion of graduation of SEPI (Southeastern Pastoral Institute) School of Ministries Level II in the Five Rivers Deanery. About 50 parish leaders received graduation certificates from the Diocese of Knoxville and from SEPI for having completed 150 hours of catechetical formation. In his homily, …

Newcomers to the Church take part in annual Rite of Election

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika greeted more than 100 newcomers to the Catholic Church on Feb. 13 in the Rite of Election ceremony for the Chattanooga and Five Rivers deaneries held at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. A total of 268 catechumens and candidates from all four deaneries will be coming into the Church at this year’s Easter Vigil, said …

Diocese of Knoxville Lenten penance services

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, Parishes

Churches in the Diocese of Knoxville have scheduled Lenten penance services through the end of March. Chattanooga Deanery All services begin at 7 p.m. unless noted otherwise: Thursday, March 5, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Chattanooga; Thursday, March 12, St. Jude, Chattanooga; Wednesday, March 18, Holy Spirit, Soddy Daisy; 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, …

Some 240 faithful take part in diocesan Rites of Election

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Christian Formation, News

By Dan McWilliams More than 200 soon-to-be Catholics participated in this year’s Rite of Election of Catechumens and Call to Continuing Conversion of Candidates, an important step on their journey to joining the Church. “There were roughly 240 combined—catechumens and candidates,” said Sister Mary Timothea Elliott, RSM, director of the diocesan Office of Christian Formation. “It’s maybe 10 less than …

Observing Lent in 2014

Bill Brewer Lent, Media

With the arrival of Lent and the beginning of the Easter season on March 5, the Diocese of Knoxville will begin observing this holiest time of the year and the special events that mark it, such as Ash Wednesday, the days of fasting, the Rites of Election for RCIA candidates, and the sacraments of penance leading up to the Holy …