Message from Bishop Stika

: Message from Bishop Stika

Brothers and Sisters,

It seems like I am the holdout in my decision to cancel all public Masses as the other dioceses of the Province have announced in the last days. But given the announcement of the President today as well as the logic of doing what we can to limit the spread of this virus, I have decided to mandate the cessation of all public Masses to be celebrated in the Diocese of Knoxville effective March 20, 2020. Thus the last public Masses for a bit will be celebrated on March 19, 2020, the Solemnity of St. Joseph.

I will revisit this on April 1, 2020. Tomorrow I will share more details but please know that I am trying to be a good shepherd and know that I can count on you.

Reminder also, all parish meetings, Lenten meals, as well as diocesan events are canceled until further notice. The same is true for penance services.

All Confirmations scheduled in the next weeks will be rescheduled. Given as I am the lone celebrant this year, I may ask the smaller groups to bridge together.