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Homily for the Second Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11 2 Peter 3:8-14 Mark 1:1-8 Today’s readings show us the twofold message of the season of Advent in very clear detail. Many of us are aware of the first message, because we are already preparing for the family and secular celebrations that commemorate, sometimes however unknowingly, the first part of the meaning of Advent.  We know that ...
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Mass obligations for Christmas weekend 2017

With regard to Masses of obligation this Christmas season, the Office of the Chancellor reminds us that Sunday, Dec. 24, the 4th Sunday of Advent; and Monday, Dec. 25, Christmas, are two major solemnities that merit two distinct obligations to attend Mass. There may be a number of ways to fulfill these two obligations. The following schedule is meant as ...
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KCHS wins 5A title; Notre Dame is next

Jack Sompayrac threw two touchdown passes and scored two rushing touchdowns, and Stiles Moore returned a fumble for a touchdown, leading Knoxville Catholic to the Class 5A state title with a 45-28 win over Beech in the Bluecross Bowl on Thursday night in Cookeville.  The Irish jumped out to a 17-0 lead after Sompayrac hit Dashon Bussell on a 16-yard ...
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#iGiveCatholic campaign surpasses $61,000 for parishes, schools, and ministries

Giving Tuesday lived up to its name in the Diocese of Knoxville as 25 parishes, schools, and ministries received more than $61,000 in support for a variety of projects through the #iGiveCatholic campaign. Giving Tuesday was organized a few years ago in response to the Black Friday and Cyber Monday efforts to motivate consumers at the start of the Christmas ...
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Bishop Stika congratulates new Nashville bishop

Bishop Richard F. Stika is offering his congratulations to the new Bishop-elect of the Diocese of Nashville, Father J. Mark Spalding. “I welcome Bishop-elect J. Mark Spalding to the state of Tennessee. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis has made an excellent choice to lead the Diocese of Nashville and I look forward to working with him ...
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Notre Dame and Saint Dominic Win Statewide School Environmental Challenge

St. Dominic School in Kingsport and Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga were recently recognized for their school environmental programs as two of the 10 winners of the 2017 Good Sports Always Recycle™ (GSAR) school challenge. Saint Dominic was awarded $1,000 for its program, and Notre Dame received $1,500 as the Sustainability Steward award winner. “I am very proud that ...
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Homily for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Malachi 1:14B-2:2, 8-10 1 Thessalonians 2:7B-9, 13 Matthew 23:1-12   In the Gospel today Jesus begins a series of warnings against the practices of the Pharisees of his day. These were the religious leaders of Jesus’s time, and what is most interesting about how he handles them is that he does not tell his followers to disobey them. On the ...
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Bishop Stika statement on Texas church shooting

Bishop Richard F. Stika issued the following statement after Sunday’s church shooting in Texas: “Once again, our nation has been jolted by news of a mass killing. When will it end? Today’s appalling act of violence at a church in Texas reminds us that evil exists, and as a nation, and as good people, we must stand up to it. ...
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St Michael the Archangel youth help hurricane victims

Twelve members of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Mission youth group—Elena Orozco, Chris Andrade, Zayra Andrade, Tanya and Samantha Chavez, Andrea Lopez, Aaron Manzanares, Daniel Meza, Fernanda Murillo, Luz Perez, Bernice Luquin, Fernanda Ruiz-Yin—gave up their fall break to travel to Naples, Fla., to help with Hurricane Irma recovery efforts. Overseeing the group, and working with them were Kathy O’Brien, ...
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Bishop Stika announces disaster relief distributions

Bishop Richard F. Stika has announced distributions for recent collections to assist hurricane and earthquake victims in the United States, the Caribbean, and Mexico. Through the generosity of its 51 parishes and mission churches, the Diocese of Knoxville raised more than $400,000 through a series of special collections that were initiated in late August and continued through late September. “This ...
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