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Homily for Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper

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 ...

Holy Week 2019

Bishop Richard F. Stika will commemorate the most sacred week of our liturgical calendar with the following celebrations and services at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus: Tuesday, April 16: Chrism Mass. Click here for video of the Chrism Mass. Maundy Thursday, April 18: Holy Thursday Mass of the Last Supper and Washing of the Feet, 7 ...

Statement from Bishop Richard F. Stika regarding fire at Cathedral of Notre Dame

Bishop Richard F. Stika of the Diocese of Knoxville expressed shock and disappointment today at the destructive fire that broke out in the historic Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. Bishop Stika said he will reach out to the Archdiocese of Paris with prayers and offers of support from the Diocese of Knoxville as France works to rebuild the centuries-old ...

Abby Johnson shares pro-life message at St. Mary Church in Athens

Abby Johnson spoke at the Full Circle Luncheon at St. Mary Church in Athens on April 11, on creating a culture that values all human life, including children in the womb. Ms. Johnson is a pro-life author and speaker. The movie “Unplanned,” in theaters now, is based on her story as a former Planned Parenthood worker turned pro-life advocate. Ms. ...

Dr. Sedonna Prater appointed superintendent of Catholic schools

Bishop Richard F. Stika of the Diocese of Knoxville has named Dr. Sedonna Prater as the new superintendent of Catholic schools effective April 10, 2019. “Dr. Prater is going to be an excellent leader for our Catholic schools,” Bishop Stika said. “She cares deeply about educating students the right way, and it only takes a few minutes with her to ...

Bishop Stika administers sacrament of confirmation across diocese

Bishop Richard F. Stika has been administering the sacrament of confirmation to hundreds of youth at nearly every Diocese of Knoxville parish this spring. Last year, confirmations were held at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in celebration of the new cathedral and the diocese’s 30th anniversary. This year, Bishop Stika is visiting and celebrating Mass at ...

Incorrupt heart of Saint John Vianney to visit Diocese of Knoxville in May

The incorrupt heart of Saint John (Jean) Vianney, a major relic of the patron saint of parish priests, will visit the Diocese of Knoxville on May 23 as part of its pilgrimage to the United States. The Knights of Columbus, entrusted with the relic on its national tour of the U.S., will be working with Bishop Richard F. Stika to ...

Lenten Season 2019

Lent is the season of 40 days of prayer, fasting, and alms spiritually which prepares us for the glorious celebration of Easter. We are challenged to pause and reflect during this period. How can we grow closer to Christ and better serve Him? List of Lenten Penance Services in the Diocese of Knoxville Guidelines for fasting and abstinence  Understanding the ...

Lenten fasting and abstinence guidelines

Ash Wednesday Masses and penance services are held at all parishes throughout the Diocese of Knoxville. Please remember that Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting and abstinence for most Catholics.  Please continue reading for additional information. Fasting and Abstinence Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during ...

Pope appoints new Memphis bishop

Bishop Richard F. Stika issued a statement this morning on the appointment of Bishop David P. Talley as the new bishop of the Diocese of Memphis. “Cardinal Justin Rigali and I offer our prayers and best wishes to Bishop Talley on his appointment by Pope Francis today as the Bishop of Memphis.  I have known Bishop Talley for quite some time ...