Homily for Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

Exodus 12:1-8 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 John 13:1-15 Many people will say that Pentecost is “the Birthday of the Church,” and there is, indeed, a good argument for that moniker as it relates to that particular feast. However, I would argue that the real “birth of the Church” is something that we can be said to be celebrating and commemorating on …

Support Your New Parish Priests

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It may very well be a sight for sore eyes to see a post here at Life At 25, especially since we haven’t posted anything since the feast of the Annunciation of the Lord. If you have been a regular reader on this blog over the preceding months and years and you read that post, you know that I am now …

The Needle’s Eye

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

As the old year of 2014 ended and 2015 was about to begin, the Holy See issued its annual report, which showed that the number of Catholics world-wide continues to grow, and that growth is evident across all continents. However, within the numbers there appears another notable trend, and that is that a vast majority of the growth in the …

Want To Keep Churches Open? Hand On Faith to Children

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

On All Souls Day New York Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan announced a list of parishes in his diocese which will “merge” with other parishes. At some of the parishes which will now have two or more churches in their parish, there will be sacraments celebrated at both churches. At a great many of these parish churches, the sacraments won’t be …

Beginning Experience

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Diocese of Knoxville

Each year in the United States, more than 800,000 people suddenly lose a spouse who departs this earthly life, for many of them their best friend. Other people, more than 50% of all marriages in our country, see their marriages end in divorce. These are different kinds of pain, but both bring about grief and an intense feeling of loss. …

A Change of Scenery

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Diocese of Knoxville

As you can see if you are a regular visitor to Life At 25, there has been something of a change of scenery around here, thanks to the technological wizardry of my friends and confrere in diaconate formation Scott Maentz, who takes care of most of our diocesan information technology needs. If you are familiar with our main diocesan site, you know …

Q & A: Blessing Objects and Things

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Catechism

Our occasional Catholic Q&A series continues with a question about how one might go about getting something blessed from a reader who is a little “gun-shy” about asking to have religious objects blessed. How should I ask a priest to bless my sacramental? A corollary question that our writer seemed to hint at but did not ask outright would be: …

A Brief Reflection On Jeff Emitt’s Entry Into Eternal Life

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Diocese of Knoxville

In the wee hours of this morning I happened to see a Facebook post from Bishop Stika that he had been at the hospital visiting Jeff Emitt, a seminarian of the Diocese of Knoxville, and that Jeff was in his final hours, and that he would likely “return to the Father” within a very short time. The Bishop later posted …

Speak Lord, Your Servant Is Listening

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Diocese of Knoxville, Vocations

The Diocese of Knoxville was blessed this past Saturday to ordain three new deacons, Deacon Jesus Guerrero-Rodriguez, Deacon Raymond Powell, and Deacon Scott Russell. These three deacons will, with the help of God, go on to later be ordained priests, adding to the already swelled ranks of the presbyterate in the Diocese of Knoxville. We are blessed that these men …

How To Avoid A Priest Shortage

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Catholic Blogs, Diocese of Knoxville, Priesthood, Vocations

I recently had a conversation with a former schoolteacher of mine, a good and devout Catholic, wherein we exchanged prayer intentions, for through the blessing of the internet I can interact with former teachers and school friends that I have not otherwise seen in many years. In the course of this conversation, we began to discuss priests and I shared …

Adoration and Ordination

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Diocese of Knoxville, Priesthood, Vocations

Yesterday, I had the great honor to be on Market Square for a public adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with many of our active young people from around the Diocese of Knoxville. This adoration took the form of a Eucharistic “flash mob,” whose members came as ordinary people milling about the square, with only the news of what was going …

Diocese of Knoxville to ordain four priests

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Hispanic, Vocations

The number of men joining the priesthood in the Diocese of Knoxville continues to climb as four seminarians are to be ordained by Bishop Richard F. Stika on May 31. Colin Blatchford, Anthony Budnick, Julian Cardona and Adam Kane will take their vows during an 11 a.m. ordination Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Once their …

Christopher Manning ordained into priesthood

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Vocations

Christopher Manning became the 41st priest ordained in the Diocese of Knoxville June 1 during an ordination Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Bishop Richard F. Stika presided and concelebrants included cathedral rector Father David Boettner, vicar general Monsignor Xavier Mankel, Father Marty Zielinski of Mundelein Seminary. Also concelebrating were Father Bob Hofstetter and Father Pat …