Category Archives: Catholic

The Smith Apprentice

Catholic Charities of East Tennessee scored a touchdown by getting Harrison Smith of the Minnesota Vikings as this year’s honorary chairman of the Kids Helping Kids Fun Walk to benefit Columbus Home. I was the honorary chairman from 2010 to 2013. The … Continue reading

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Chosen Few

Fr. Michael Woods had some good news. He texted me a picture of the certificate All Saints Catholic Parish received from the Knoxville News Sentinel’s Readers Choice awards. The parish is a runner-up in the Favorite Place of Worship category … Continue reading

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Magna Carter

Fr. David Carter was actually transferred to Saints Peter and Paul Basilica over a month ago. The parishioners of All Saints Catholic Parish had a chance to say goodbye last night. Fr. David celebrated the 5:00 p.m. Mass at All Saints. There … Continue reading

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Laugh on Glory’s Side

Bob Schriver’s family knew he was in his final hours this past week. My good friend, Fr. Ragan Schriver, told me that his dad had pneumonia. Bob hung on for a few more days and then passed away on Thursday … Continue reading

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The Ladies Who Lunch

During the past year-and-a-half, Nancy and Sheila, two sisters who are retired librarians from Yonkers, have become my loyal pen pals. They knew me as a child and would suggest books for me to read. In October, Nancy became president of … Continue reading

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The Seventh Commandment

One of the things Mark Machado posted on Facebook yesterday was the comment, “Oh, just saw my dog on TV. He is huge!” I saw that before I saw the reason Mark and his dog were on the news. His … Continue reading

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Bench Warranted

Pope Francis gave a blessing to an unusual statue by Timothy P. Schmalz last week. It shows Jesus as a homeless man. I read about the statue in a New York Daily News article and realized that I had heard of the … Continue reading

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J.E.K. for President

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz was elected president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on Tuesday. For the past three years, he served as USCCB vice-president. He now succeeds outgoing president Cardinal Timothy Dolan, whose term ends Thursday. From 1999 … Continue reading

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Hallows Points

There was a cake in the narthex at All Saints Church in honor of All Saints Day! There was also a table where parishioners could place a small statue of a favorite saint. In the sanctuary, icons of the Virgin … Continue reading

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Night for Columbus

This year’s Host with the Most Competition was a close contest. I was fortunate enough to win and to retain my title on Sunday night. I had persuaded my friend Krisha Newport to enter the contest and she almost beat me by … Continue reading

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School of Rock

The students at Knoxville Catholic High School star in a lip-dub video of Katy Perry’s song “Roar.” My wife and I recognized some of the kids from their appearance in a play we watched three years ago at Sacred Heart … Continue reading

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Down to the Wire

One of the first posts on Bishop Richard Stika’s new Facebook page had my face on it. He shared a link from the Catholic Charities page about my attempt to raise money for them. The Host with the Most Competition … Continue reading

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Library of Congress

EWTN may broadcast some of the speeches and ceremonies from the Diocese of Knoxville’s Eucharistic Congress, which took place on September 13 and 14 in Sevierville. In the interim, we can watch highlights on Joe Aboumassa’s YouTube channel. The clip embedded below … Continue reading

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Spiritual Home Page

The new website for All Saints Catholic Church launched yesterday. The top of the page has some beautiful photos of the parish, information about the sacraments and links to the various parish ministries. Scroll down to see a video greeting from Fr. Michael … Continue reading

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