Homily for the First Sunday of Lent

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

Genesis 9:8-15 1 Peter 3:18-22 Mark 1:12-15   In the first two readings on this first Sunday of Lent we are reminded of the mercy of God and of his saving power through the waters of Holy Baptism. In the very first reading God speaks to Noah after the Great Flood and makes a covenant with him and all the …

Bishop Stika celebrates Ash Wednesday Mass

Emily Booker News

Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated the noon Ash Wednesday Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Father David Boettner and Father Arthur Torres Barona were concelebrants. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. While many people choose to give up something during Lent, such as coffee or chocolate, Bishop Stika urged people to give instead …

Rosary for Life postponed until Feb. 20

Inclement weather is prompting postponement of the Diocese of Knoxville’s Rosary for Life and Divine Mercy Chaplet that was scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 23. The new date for this year’s Rosary for Life, which will coincide with the diocese’s 40 Days for Life vigil, is Saturday, Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. across from Planned Parenthood at 710 N. Cherry St. …

Pray For the Elect During Lent

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

Lent is a time when the Church asks us to consider our lives and amend them, “giving up” those things which are an impediment to our relationship to Christ and “adding” or “doing” those things, in prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that will enrich our relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church. We are called during this time to journey with …

Ash Wednesday At the Field Hospital

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

Today in our parishes around the Diocese of Knoxville and the world, after the homily is given, all kinds of people will approach the altar. If years’ past are any indication, there will be people at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass today that we do not see any other day of the year. At my own parish, the Mass …

Pope Francis Again Shows Us the Way

David Oatney Pope Francis

Both Catholic and secular media are absolutely rife with the reports that Pope Francis “broke with tradition” last week and went to confession himself in a way that the attendees at the penance service could clearly see that he was going to confession. Everyone seems to be utterly agog at the idea that the Holy Father would go to confession …

A Reflection for Ash Wednesday and Lent

David Oatney Catechism, Prayer

Today is Ash Wednesday. Most observant Catholics know that today is a day of fast and abstinence in the Universal Church, that means that we are to abstain from flesh meat today, and according to the present norms of the Church, our fast is to mean that we are allowed up to three small meals today, with two of them …

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 …

The Baptism of the Lord and Ordinary Time

David Oatney Catechism, Diocese of Knoxville

Today is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, and the Church remembers in a solemn way the day on which Christ humbled himself as an example to us to be baptized in the River Jordan by his forerunner, follower, and cousin John the Baptist. Unlike ourselves, who all had need of baptism as the ordinary means by which …