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Why does Lent begin on a Wednesday, and what do the ashes signify?

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Today begins the 40-day penitential season of Lent Among the beautiful, meaningful and solemn ceremonies of the Catholic Church is the gathering of the faithful on Ash Wednesday. ~ via Our Sunday Visitor/ This special day begins our Lenten journey. It is the start of 40 days of prayer, penance and almsgiving as we prepare ourselves to celebrate the resurrection …

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Hungry? Come Eat Fish!

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Knights of Columbus 5207 presents the 2017 Sacred Heart Lenten Fish Fry DATES: March 3, March 10, March 17, March 24, March 31, April 7 MENU: Batter Fried Pollock / Scampi Style Baked Tilapia / Homemade Macaroni & Cheese / Homemade Applesauce / French Fries / Cole Slaw / Yeast Rolls PRICE: $6.00 per person / $20 per family (family …

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Bishop expresses ‘shock and sadness’ following Tennessee shootings

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Bishop Richard Stika of Knoxville encourages people of all faiths to pray together The Bishop of Knoxville has expressed his sadness and shock following Thursday’s shootings in Tennessee in which four marines were murdered at a military recruiting centre and a Navy-Marine training centre a few miles away. Bishop Richard Stika of Knoxville, whose diocese includes Chattanooga, encouraged all Catholics …


Fast Growth for Cathedral & DioKnox

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For the smallest Catholic diocese in the U.S., the Knoxville diocese knows how to draw a crowd of movers and shakers. – by Roger Harris | The Ledger/Memphis Daily News At the April 19 groundbreaking for the new $25 million cathedral, the lineup of both secular and non-secular dignitaries attending a weekend of events was impressive. The list included a …

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A Bridge to the Future

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On June 17, 2015, the foundation was installed of the new bridge connecting the community to the forthcoming new Sacred Heart Cathedral. The three-lane bridge will be the “face” of the new cathedral’s campus, according to David Boettner, vicar general for the Diocese of Knoxville and rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral. “If you think about it, Christ is the bridge ...
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A Walk through the new Cathedral

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DESIGN RENDERINGS “To all of you who are the people of God, the living stones, thank you. We move forward placing our trust and our hands and our lives in Jesus Christ as we give praise to the Father and are inspired by the Holy Spirit.”   ~ Bishop Richard F. Stika, Groundbreaking Ceremony Homily, April 19, 2015   McCrery Architects …


Festival of Families

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Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 6, 2015! Join families from across the Diocese for the Festival of Families! The keynote speaker is Fr. Leo Patlinghug, founder and director of Grace Before Meals, host of Savoring Our Faith on EWTN. His unique background as martial artist and break dancer helps him to connect with people of all ages and backgrounds. With …

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Football, Faith & Family this Sunday at Sacred Heart!

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St. Gerard Guild of Sacred Heart presents an afternoon of hard-hitting facts about football, faith, and family!   All are invited to a football tailgate lunch, Sunday, May 3rd at Noon in the Sacred Heart Gymnasium featuring University of Tennessee Defensive Coordinator, John Jancek and other special guests! RSVP TODAY | $25 Individual/$100 Family. All proceeds benefit Sacred Heart Cathedral.


A Bishop and His Backhoe

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Bishop Richard Stika and Deacon Sean Smith took a tour of the Cathedral grounds today as crews were setting the stage for the Cathedral Groundbreaking ceremony. And then…Bishop spotted a brand new backhoe he couldn’t resist! Merit Construction Project Manager Fred Atkins and Sacred Heart Facilities Manager Tom Greer helped along the way! Come to the Cathedral Groundbreaking Sunday, April …

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What Everybody Ought to Know About Groundbreaking Weekend

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This is a big, Catholic deal. Really! 12 Bishops and 3 Cardinals from across the nation are coming to Knoxville for the historic Groundbreaking of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Diocese of Knoxville will mark the start of a new era on Sunday, April 19, 2015 when Bishop Richard F. Stika, Catholic leaders from around the …

Drum Roll…Cathedral Campaign Update

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Congratulations to the Cathedral parish for leading the way…the Cathedral Campaign has hit the $9,265,000 mark out of our $10MM goal! You can help build on the success with your donation or pledge that lays a new foundation of the Catholic faith in East Tennessee! Major gifts secured from outside the Cathedral parish total $6,790,527 to date! And, through the …

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Living Our Faith Weekend

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The Diocese of Knoxville begins a new era in East Tennessee by presenting the "Living Our Faith" weekend, a series of events on April 18-19 culminating with the official groundbreaking of the new Sacred Heart Cathedral. “This may be one of the most historic weekends in the history of our diocese,” said Bishop Richard F. Stika. “It is a testament ...
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Lent is Here; Get Ready for Awesome

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#ShareJesus – the biggest social media experience in the Catholic Church is happening now. This Lent get a 2-3 minute video in your email inbox each day. Be a part of the biggest social media experience in the Church! Watch the daily video below. “Jesus teaches us that the Good News, which he brings, is not reserved to one part …


Reflections on First Sunday in Lent

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This week was to begin the WORD with Friends Bible study at Sacred Heart Cathedral, but we had to cancel due to the weather.  So I am posting some thoughts and observations that I intended to share with the group here on the blog. Collect Grant, almighty God, through the yearly observances of holy Lent, that we may grow in …


Fasting and Feasting on Fridays in Lent

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Have you ever wondered? Why do Catholics fast on Good Friday? Moreover, why is it traditional to fast on the Fridays of Lent? In the Gospel for Mass today [Matthew 9:14-15] we hear: The disciples of John approached Jesus and said, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast much, but your disciples do not fast?” Jesus answered them, “Can the …

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Ash Wednesday – The Shocking Good News

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As we celebrate Ash Wednesday, we enter into a season of prayer, fasting, and alms-giving in which we refocus our mind and spirit, remembering Jesus’ 40 days in the desert and his sacrifice on the cross for us. Ash Wednesday isn’t just about marking our foreheads. Fr. Mike Schmitz talks about the significance of Ash Wednesday. Watch Ascension Presents. If …

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Sacred Heart Knights March for Life

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The Tennessee March For Life was held Sunday January 25th 2015 at the Worlds Fair Park downtown Knoxville. Over 150 people turned out to celebrate life and march for its moral and legal protections. The march was led by Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Color Guard and Color Corps Commander Russ Carvin of Sacred Heart Cathedral. Sir Knights Tom Greer …