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Bishop Stika celebrates the 33rd anniversary of
his priestly ordination
Bishop Richard F. Stika marked the 33rd anniversary of his priestly ordination by celebrating Mass for the students of Sacred Heart Cathedral School in Knoxville on Friday. The morning Mass, at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, was concelebrated by Cardinal Justin Rigali, Father David Boettner, a vicar general for the Diocese of Knoxville and rector of the cathedral, and Father Arek Falana, pastor of Incarnation Catholic Parish in Crestwood, IL.  Near the end of Mass, Father Boettner led students and others attending in singing "Happy Anniversary" to the bishop. Bishop Stika was ordained a priest on Dec. 14, 1985, by Archbishop John L. May at the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis. Bishop Stika will mark the 10th anniversary of his episcopal ordination as the bishop of the Diocese of Knoxville in March. Click images above for a larger view.
Cathedral Concert Series Advent performance 

The Cathedral Concert Series will host Advent Lessons & Carols on Monday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Knoxville. Please click image for additional information. 
Bishop Stika to dedicate renovated sanctuary of Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul
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, Catholic Charities of East Tennessee is sharing the story of a client who has been helped through Catholic Charities. Learn more about the people in your community who receive support and hope through Catholic Charities' programs. Click to read. 
December East Tennessee Catholic now available
The December edition of The East Tennessee Catholic hit doorsteps recently. This month's issue features the closing of the former St. Mary's Hospital, St. Bridget Parish's 50th anniversary, coverage of the annual Youth Mass, and much more!
You can read a pdf copy of The East Tennessee Catholic here
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.
Custom Sacred Heart Cathedral rosary available 
A custom rosary inspired by the new Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is now available to order at the Paraclete Catholic Books and Gifts store at 417 Erin Drive, Suite 110, Knoxville, TN, 37919. The rosary centerpiece features the cathedral dome and mural of Jesus. The crucifix is a replica of the one over the cathedral altar. A sample can be viewed in the store. 
Special Mass for Servant of God Isaac Hecker
Servant of God Isaac Hecker, founder of the Paulist Fathers, was born to an immigrant family in New York City on Dec. 18, 1819. On Dec. 18, the Paulists will begin a year-long celebration to commemorate Father Hecker’s life and mission and celebrate his contributions to the Catholic Church and Catholic life in America. Immaculate Conception Church in Knoxville will mark the beginning of Father Hecker's bicentennial with a special Mass on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. 
Support for those coping with divorce
The Office of Marriage Preparation and Enrichment is sponsoring divorce support seminar opportunities and support groups in the diocese. Click the links for additional information on events offered on Jan. 12, Jan. 13, and March 9.
Humanae Vitae film to be shown at two parishes
Sexual Revolution: 50 Years Since Humanae Vitae, a documentary that examines the parallel developments of the birth control pill and modern Natural Family Planning (NFP), will be shown at St. John Neumann Church in Farragut on Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. and at St. Dominic Church in Kingsport on Feb. 17 at 3:30 p.m. These presentations are sponsored by the Diocese of Knoxville's Office of Marriage Preparation and Enrichment. For more information, contact Marian Christiana at mchristiana@dioknox.org or 423-892-2310.
Bread of Life retreat
for young adults
The diocesan Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, in collaboration with Father David Mary Engo, FFM, invites young adults to the Bread of Life Retreat Jan. 4-6 at Christ Prince of Peace Retreat Center in Benton. There will be music, time with friends, engaging talks, and lots of time for prayer. This retreat is designed for those who want to grow deeper in their faith and in their devotion to Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist.
Cost is $65. Pay on the day of the retreat with cash or credit card. Click here to register.
Stay connected with the diocese on new app
Stay connected with news from the Diocese of Knoxville and your parish by downloading the myParish app. Now available for iOS and Android devices, the myParish app lets you follow diocesan news and utilize faith-building resources and features, such as daily reflections, readings, and connections to DioKnox TV and The East Tennessee Catholic newspaper. Download myParish app and favorite the Diocese of Knoxville AND your parish! 
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