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A Christmas card from Bishop Richard F. Stika
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Parishes contribute more than $66,000
for natural disaster relief
Parishioners in the Diocese of Knoxville generously contributed $66,457.83 in a special collection for victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael and the recent California wildfires. Funds will assist the ongoing efforts of Catholic Charities USA to provide humanitarian aid for the immediate help of those in need in the affected areas, as well as for the long-term efforts to restore communities after such widespread destruction. 
2018 Diocesan Year in Review video
Diocesan communications specialist Emily Booker looks back at some of the events that helped define the Diocese of Knoxville in 2018 in a brief video she recently produced. Special thanks to The East Tennessee Catholic for their coverage.
Father David Boettner to appear in Christmas reading on WBIR-TV
Father David Boettner, a vicar general for the Diocese of Knoxville and the rector of the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, will appear on WBIR-TV in a reading of the Nativity from the Gospel according to Luke. The segment will air tonight (Friday, Dec. 21) at 4 p.m. and again on Christmas Eve (Monday, Dec. 24) at 4 p.m. Look for the video on the WBIR-TV website after the segments air on television.
WATE-TV features segment on 
St. Mary's Legacy Clinic
Sister Mariana Koonce, RSM, medical director of the St. Mary's Legacy Clinic, recently appeared on WATE-TV in Knoxville to discuss the 5th anniversary of this diocesan medical mission that serves rural communities in East Tennessee.  Click here to watch.
Catholic Charities donates toys for distribution by Knoxville Police Department
Catholic Charities of East Tennessee recently donated toys that will be handed out to hundreds of children in need by Knoxville Police Department officers as they work their shifts. Catholic Charities of East of East Tennessee is grateful to show their support to the men and women who put their lives on the line for the safety of citizens every single day. Pictured in this photo (from the left) are Lisa Ingle, CCETN facilities manager, Lisa Healy, CCETN interim executive director, Paul Ritter, CCETN director of programs, and Rena Ishak, CCETN administrative assistant and social media coordinator.
La Pastorela: A Mexican Christmas Story
presented on Saturday
The diocesan Office of Hispanic Ministry is promoting "La Pastorela: A Mexican Christmas Story", to be presented tomorrow (Dec. 22) from 2-5 p.m. at St. Joseph School in Knoxville. There will be narration in English but the play will be presented in Spanish. Click the image above for more information. 
Diocesan retreat for high school students 
The diocesan Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry is offering a "Hear the Call" retreat for high school students (grades 9-12) at the Christ Prince of Peace Retreat Center in Benton from Jan. 25-27. Please click here for more information.
Bishop Stika to dedicate renovated sanctuary of Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul this Sunday
Bishop Richard F. Stika will consecrate the new altar in the newly renovated sanctuary at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Chattanooga on Sunday, Dec. 23, at 10 a.m. in a special Mass of Dedication of an Altar. The renovation of the sanctuary is the result of the Home Campaign conducted throughout the Diocese of Knoxville; proceeds benefited not only diocesan initiatives but also individual parishes. If you are interested in a tour of the basilica, contact the parish office at 423-266-1618. 
Catholic Charities' Sunday Stories
Every Sunday in December, Catholic Charities of East Tennessee has been sharing the story of a client who has been helped through Catholic Charities efforts. Learn more about the people in your community who receive support and hope through Catholic Charities' programs.  Click to read. 
World Youth Day Stateside: Panama in the Capital
The Diocese of Knoxville is joining the Archdiocese of Washington for an incredible World Youth Day Stateside experience Jan. 26-27.  Pilgrims will experience Panamanian culture, celebrate their Catholic faith with thousands of other young people, listen to catechetical talks, visit the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, enjoy a concert at night, and much more! Cost is $85. This event is for young adults between the ages of 18 and 35. For more information or to register contact Erica Pereira in the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry at 215-390-0963 or epereira@dioknox.org.  
Worldwide Marriage Encounter
The birth of our Lord and Savior was a chance to renew mankind around the world. Renew your world by considering a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend experience, learning tools and techniques for better communication and relationships. Learn more and see the schedule of upcoming weekends here
Father Jacques Philippe to lead conferences and pre-Lenten retreat
Father Jacques Philippe, an internationally renowned best-selling author, will lead a series of conferences and a pre-Lenten retreat in Knoxville from Feb. 28 to March 4. The conferences and retreat are being hosted by the Diocese of Knoxville's Office of Consecrated Life. Click for prices, more information, and to register: Conference on Feb. 28, Pre-Lenten Retreat March 1-3, Conference on March 4. With over one million copies sold in 24 languages, Father Philippe’s books have become classics of modern Catholic spirituality. Click image for additional details.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
DioNotes will not publish next week. The communications department at the Diocese of Knoxville wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 
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