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Waxable Donation

One of the more unusual auction items at the All Saints Adult Social was a leg waxing for one of the priests. Fr. Miguel Velez had the idea to suffer through the uncomfortable process as a way of raising money for … Continue reading

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Canon in Front of Them

This weekend Catholics are celebrating the lives of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. The two men will be canonized on Sunday. Knoxville residents Cardinal Justin Rigali and Bishop Richard Stika will attend the ceremony. Two local parishes … Continue reading

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Banished the Darkness

The Exsultet is a beautiful prayer that is sung near the beginning of the Easter Vigil. It’s also a very difficult piece to sing. My wife and I were impressed when Frank Jr. told us that he had been asked … Continue reading

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The Children Are Our Future

Harrison Smith was a star player at Knoxville Catholic High School and at the University of Notre Dame. My wife were in the stands at KCHS the night the coaches from Notre Dame and Tennessee were scouting Harrison. Harrison now … Continue reading

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Ask Any Mermaid

On Fridays during Lent, Catholics become pesco-lacto-ovo-vegetarians. We can eat fish, cheese or eggs but not poultry, beef, pork, lamb or several other meats. I will often have a can of tuna and salad greens for lunch. My wife prefers … Continue reading

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Dos Carlos

When the headliners from Side Splitters Comedy Club come to WNOX, I have the pleasure of interviewing them. I set it up to be different from typical afternoon show interviews. We record the conversation in the morning, after they’ve made … Continue reading

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Ashtags

Fr. David Boettner and Fr. Joe Reed have gotten a lot of media attention lately. On Monday, they were on the news after Fr. David saved a man’s life by performing CPR. Today, they were on the news talking about … Continue reading

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Advertising of a Confessions Man

When the receptionist at the radio station asked the two priests what they needed, they joked that they were there to give me last rites. In reality, Fr. David and Fr. Joe were there to voice a radio commercial. I … Continue reading

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Tale of Wogan

WATE sports director Jim Wogan will take a new job as director of communications for the Diocese of Knoxville on July 1. The Diocese emailed me the official press release today. I was unsure what the news meant for Bill … Continue reading

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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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