Cardinal Justin Rigali celebrates Red Mass

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, News

Cardinal Justin Rigali presided at the diocese’s annual Red Mass, celebrating a special liturgy for members of the legal profession, on Oct. 4 at Immaculate Conception Church in downtown Knoxville. Five judges and a number of attorneys attended the liturgy. Cardinal Rigali wore red vestments, the color representing the Holy Spirit, for the Mass, which is a centuries-old tradition in …

Irish Fest appeals to the Irish in all of us

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, News

If the weather, crowd size, and smiles are a barometer, then the 2015 edition of Irish Fest on the Hill at Immaculate Conception Church in Knoxville was a rousing success. More than a thousand people gathered in the 400 block of West Vine Avenue on Saturday, Aug. 8, for fellowship, food, live music, and fun. Sunny skies and warm temperatures …

All Souls Day rosary will be prayed Nov. 2 at Calvary Cemetery

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News, Parishes

It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins. (2 Maccabees 12:46). By Father Ron Franco, CSP Here in the northern hemisphere, as the sun rises a little later each morning and sets a little earlier each afternoon, there is a sense of time passing by as yet another …

Bishop Stika celebrates annual Red Mass

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, News

By Dan McWilliams Attorneys, judges, and other members of the legal profession joined Bishop Richard F. Stika for the annual Red Mass on Oct. 8 at Immaculate Conception Church in downtown Knoxville. The Red Mass is a centuries-old tradition in the Church, Bishop Stika – dressed in red vestments for the liturgy – said. “The color red designates the Holy …

Diocese of Knoxville students recognized at Youth Mass

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, News, Youth Ministry

By Dan McWilliams It isn’t often that a bishop asks students for advice on what to tell the pope. But that is what happened Sept. 27 during the Diocese of Knoxville’s annual Youth Mass. Bishop Richard F. Stika told the students that he would be going to the Vatican and needed advice on what he should tell Pope Francis about …

Eucharistic flash mob gathers in Market Square

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

It was a unique and inspiring display of faith on Market Square in downtown Knoxville May 30 when some 50 people took part in a Eucharistic flash mob in reverent adoration of the Holy Eucharist. One by one, the Catholic faithful gradually gathered before Father Aaron Wessman and knelt as he held a monstrance with the Holy Eucharist. As Father …

Immaculate Conception Church restores murals, ceiling

Stephanie Richer Catholic Church, News

Immaculate Conception’s restored murals make a holy impression It is 1910, and Knoxville has come through the Civil War to prosper among the cities of the south, its industry and wholesale markets helped by the local East Tennessee, Virginia, & Georgia Railway — a railroad that also brought to Knoxville Irish immigrants and with them, their Catholic faith. The growth …