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March 4 events highlight opening of new cathedral

Catholics have a unique opportunity to attend Sunday Mass and a special event featuring five distinguished leaders of the Church on March 4 at the new Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Knoxville. Those outside of Knoxville and outside of the diocese are welcome. “We have received inquiries from outside the diocese about viewing and attending Mass ...
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Bishop Richard F. Stika, Cardinal Justin Rigali remember Billy Graham

Bishop Richard F. Stika issued the following statement on receiving the news of the Rev. Billy Graham’s death on Wednesday in North Carolina at the age of 99: “I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Graham in 1999 during his visit to St. Louis as he was preparing for one of his famous crusades to be held there. I found him ...
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Homily for the First Sunday of Lent

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 ...
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Assassination attempt, legacy of John Paul II among topics at Conversation with the Cardinals on March 4

On May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II entered St. Peter’s Square standing inside an uncovered white jeep being driven through a crowd of people gathered to witness his weekly public appearance. Riding inside the same jeep, and sitting directly behind the Holy Father, was Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, then a priest-secretary to the pope. Within minutes of entering the square, ...
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Vatican ambassador to the U.S. to participate in Cathedral dedication and Conversation with the Cardinals

Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the Vatican’s official diplomatic ambassador to the United States, will be among the prelates to participate in the Mass and Rite of Dedication of the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on March 3, and will also join other prestigious Catholic leaders at the Conversation with the Cardinals hosted by Bishop Richard F. Stika at ...
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Homily for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

  Deuteronomy 18:15-20 1 Corinthians 7:32-35 Mark 1:21-28 If today’s readings could be said to have a theme, that would be the theme of authority. The first reading today comes in the book of Deuteronomy, and in that book Moses laid out before he died the authority of God over the Israelite people, the authority of the Sacred Priesthood and ...
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Catholic prelates to attend dedication Mass

Cardinal Dziwisz among prelates to attend Mass of Dedication; Conversation with the Cardinals

Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, former secretary to Pope St. John Paul II and Archbishop of Krakow, Poland, will play a prominent role in Masses and special events surrounding the dedication of the new Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Knoxville, Tenn., the weekend of March 2-4. Cardinal Dziwisz will be traveling from Poland to participate in the celebration ...
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Homily for the Vigil Mass of Christmas

Isaiah 62:1-5 Acts 13:16-17, 22-25 Matthew 1:18-25 Tonight’s readings for the Vigil Mass of Christmas give us a small glimpse into the dilemma in which St. Joseph almost certainly found himself. Doubtless we can reasonably assume that when Mary told Joseph that she was with child and that an angel came to her and informed her that she was going ...
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Opportunities for prayer, worship, and visits as diocese prepares for Cathedral dedication

Bishop Richard F. Stika has announced that the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus will open with a Vigil with the Relics on Friday, March 2 at 7 p.m. This service is open to anyone who wishes to participate in sacred prayer and witness the beauty of the new cathedral for the first time.   The Mass of ...
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