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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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Bishop Stika issues statement on disaster relief response

Bishop Richard F. Stika has released the following statement on the diocesan response to helping those affected by recent natural disasters: “Our parishioners have once again responded with generosity and compassion in a time of great need. We realize the rebuilding and recovery efforts in all of the areas hit by the hurricanes and the earthquake will take time and ...
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2018 Confirmations at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

To mark the dedication of the new Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on March 3 and the 30th anniversary of the Diocese of Knoxville’s founding, Bishop Richard F. Stika will celebrate the sacrament of confirmation for all diocesan parishes in the cathedral next spring. Below is the 2018 confirmation schedule. For more information, click here. GROUP 1:  ...
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Bishop Stika issues statement on Las Vegas shooting

Please join me in praying for the victims and the families of Sunday night’s horrendous shooting incident in Las Vegas. Like many of you, I have been watching the coverage of this inexplicable tragedy and I share some of the same feelings many of you are experiencing. Scripture tells us that we can overcome evil with good.  I ask for ...
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Homily for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 55:6-9 Philippians 1:20C-24, 27A Matthew 14:22-33   Many of our separated brothers and sisters will repeat the falsehood that the Church teaches that we are “saved by works,” while some people (including not a few poorly catechized Catholics that I’ve encountered over the years) seem to believe that our works do not matter at all. We are reminded in ...
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Bishop Stika issues statement on DACA program

Bishop Stika has issued the following statement regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: “Scripture challenges us to see each other through the eyes of God and to never turn our back on the vulnerable and those in need. So it is with great concern that I and my brother bishops react to the news of President Trump’s ...
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Diocese extends relief effort collections to include Hurricane Irma victims

In response Hurricane Irma, which has claimed lives and resulted in overwhelming destruction in the Caribbean and Florida, Bishop Richard F. Stika has extended his request that parishes in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville contribute to a fund to assist victims of that storm, and the one that hit Texas in late August. “With Hurricane Irma following on the ...
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Gov. Haslam appoints SHC’s Mary Mac Wilson to THDA Board of Directors

Governor Bill Haslam has appointed Mary Mac R. Wilson, director of parish operations for Sacred Heart Cathedral in Knoxville, to the Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) Board of Directors. Ms. Wilson has a long history in lending with the Eastman Credit Union (Kingsport), Bank of Tennessee (Kingsport), and First American National Bank (Knoxville). She is currently involved in fundraising and ...
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Homily for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

1 Kings 19:9A, 11-13A Romans 9:1-5 Matthew 14:22-33   The prophet Elijah begins our readings today by going to Mount Horeb, also called Mount Sinai, and one of the things that we don’t see in that passage (merely because of where the text today begins) is the reality that Elijah is fleeing to the “mountain of God” in fear of ...
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Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz to attend cathedral Dedication Mass in March

Bishop Richard F. Stika has announced that Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, a longtime Vatican official and the loyal secretary and dear friend to Pope St. John Paul II from 1966 until his death in 2005, has accepted an invitation to attend the Dedication Mass for the Diocese of Knoxville’s Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on March 3, 2018. ...
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