But we have suspended all events in this Lenten Season due to the pandemic of which we are all acutely aware.


This includes our Soup Supper followed by Stations of the Cross

Every Friday.

Please continue to pray for all those affected by the pandemic as well as continuing to renew your faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.



Spiritual Life Inspiration for Palm Sunday   April 5, 2020

“Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?"

"Faith begins when we realize we are in need of salvation. We are not self-sufficient; by ourselves we flounder: we need the Lord, like ancient navigators needed the stars. Let us invite Jesus into the boats of our lives. Let us hand over our fears to Him so that He can conquer them.” — Pope Francis at Urbi et Orbi blessing

Palm Sunday and Holy Week

Bishop Richard F. Stika has issued a decree to assist the clergy and the faithful in the spiritual celebration of Palm Sunday and Holy Week.

There will be no public gatherings during Holy Week. The Chrism Mass will be postponed. The Rite of Christian Initiation and/or Reception into Full Communion, which normally takes place on the Easter Vigil, will be postponed and rescheduled once restrictions are lifted.

Bishop Stika will privately celebrate liturgies throughout Holy Week available to watch via live stream:

  • Palm Sunday: Sunday, April 5 at 9 a.m.

  • Holy Thursday: Thursday, April 9 at 7 p.m.

  • Good Friday: Friday, April 10 at 3 p.m.

  • Easter Vigil: Saturday, April 11 at 7 p.m.

  • Easter Sunday: Sunday, April 12 at 9 a.m.


The events of Jesus’ Passion, death, and Resurrection are called the Paschal Mystery. No amount of study will exhaust or explain the depth of love that Jesus showed in offering this sacrifice for us. After we have examined and studied the stories we have received about these events, we are left with one final task—to meditate on these events and on the forgiveness that Jesus’ obedience won for us.

Grace and blessings,


Below you will find a link for the decree regarding the liturgies of Palm Sunday and Holy Week throughout the territory of the Diocese of Knoxville to assist the clergy and the faithful in the spiritual celebration of the Paschal Mysteries.

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