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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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On the Fritz

In The Nutcracker, Fritz drops and breaks the title character. In the Oak Ridge Civic Ballet Association production of The Nutcracker, my character (The Governor) cheers for Fritz when he and the boys scare Clara and the girls. When I … 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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Manila Envelope

Because the Philippines is a heavily Catholic country, organizations affiliated with the Catholic Church are in a position to quickly get aid to the victims of the recent typhoon and earthquake. Catholic Relief Services has already delivered thousands of needed … 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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Oh, Bone Pan

Holiday baking has begun at my house. Before you think it’s way too early, let me clarify. My holiday baking is for Halloween. I mentioned last week that I had received a bone-shaped cookie mold as a gift. I decided … 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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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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Spiritually Richer

During Stephanie Richer’s encounter with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, she asked if he gave a blessing to the New York Football Giants after their most recent loss. He responded that he thought he’d have to give them an anointing. The funny story and … Continue reading

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Rollin’ with Dolan

One of the great joys that came with emceeing the Diocese of Knoxville’s Eucharistic Congress was the brief conversations I had with the main speakers. For example, I told Dr. Scott Hahn that I have a Facebook friend who loved Rome … Continue reading

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True Presence, False Alarm

Bishop Richard Stika’s episcopal motto is “Jesus, I Trust in You.” That thought certainly crossed my mind at the Diocese of Knoxville’s Eucharistic Congress when the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament was interrupted by an unexpected noise. The fire alarm … Continue reading

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