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CNS/DARREN STAPLES, REUTERS English fans ‘heart’ the pope A pilgrim wears decorated Wellington boots as Pope Benedict XVI leads Mass and the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman at Cofton Park in Birmingham, England, Sept. 19. A number of fans decorated their Wellies with pro-pope messages. page 10 THE EAST TENNESSEE Volume 20 • Number 2 • September 26, 2010 The N E W S PA P E R of the D I O C E S E of K N O X V I L L E w w w. d i o k n o x . o r g Pledges continued on page 2 The 22nd annual event sees a number of new honors presented to both young people and adults. By Dan McWilliams he 22nd annual diocesan Youth Mass saw the presentation of new awards to young people and adults, as well as the commissioning of the 2010-11 Diocesan Youth Ministry Advisory Council. Sacred Heart Cathedral hosted the Mass on Sept. 11. An “evening extravaganza” that included a picnic, games, and dancing followed at the cathedral school. Vicar general and Sacred Heart Cathedral rector Father David Boettner celebrated the liturgy. Father Boettner substituted for Bishop Richard F. Stika, who was in Rome during the week of the Youth Mass. “As you might have guessed, I’m not Bishop Stika, and I’m not going to try to be Bishop Stika,” said Father Boettner. “Our bishop is in Rome right now with T DAN MCWILLIAMS nce a year parishes across the diocese ask members to make a threefold pledge, offering to share their time, talent, and treasure during the coming year. On Oct. 2 and 3 Catholics throughout East Tennessee will commit themselves to supporting the Church and its ministries in 2011. Many parishes will host ministry fairs, during which parishioners will be asked to volunteer as catechists, readers, musicians, ushers, and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion. “Stewardship Weekend is an opportunity to recommit ourselves to the work of evangelization,” said Father David Boettner, rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral. “We build up the body of Christ when we share our gifts with others.” Recalling the Lord’s example, Catholics are encouraged to fully commit themselves to spreading the Gospel. “Every time I help someone in need and share what I have, I get back so much more,” said Hope Feist, a senior at Knoxville Catholic High School who often ministers to the homeless. “Not that we should be motivated by what we’ll get in return,” she said, “but St. Francis was right when he said ‘in giving we receive.’” In addition to sharing time and talent, people throughout the diocese will be asked to make a pledge of financial support to their parishes. Unlike previous years, when pledges were made to parishbased and diocesanwide programs at the same time, the gifts pledged on Stewardship Sunday will be used solely for parish operations. At Thanksgiving the diocese will make a separate appeal for support of ministries throughout East Tennessee. “Our diocese is only as strong as its parishes,” said Bishop Richard F. Stika. “We have to do everything we can to ensure that they thrive and contin- O Dozens receive awards at Youth Mass Father David Boettner presented a cross to each member of the Diocesan Youth Ministry Advisory Council during the Youth Mass on Sept. 11, including (from left) Smoky Mountain Deanery representatives Austin O’Conner and Jessica Domaleski of St. Albert the Great in Knoxville, Megan McCormick of Our Lady of Fatima in Alcoa, and Allison Connelly of Immaculate Conception in Knoxville. The 2010-11 DYMAC members were installed at the 22nd annual Mass. NEWLY INSTALLED DYMAC the Holy Father, and he wanted to be here, but I told him I really wanted to be with the youth who are the leaders of our diocese.” Father Pat Garrity and Father Ragan Schriver concelebrat- ed, with Deacons Jim Fage and Bob Lange assisting. Father Boettner spoke in his opening remarks and homily of idols, idling, and forgiveness. “Idling, at least in Youth continued on page 6 Bishop attends first Mass with Unicoi farm workers More than 200 laborers and their families come to the liturgy celebrated in Spanish by Father Boettner at Scott Strawberry & Tomato Farms. BY DAN M C WILLIAM S ishop Richard F. Stika last month made his first visit to a vibrant Catholic community that many of the faithful in East Tennessee may not be aware of. More than 200 Hispanic farm workers at Scott Strawberry & Tomato Farms in Unicoi and their families attended a Mass with the bishop Aug. 29. Vicar general Father David Boettner B celebrated the liturgy in Spanish as the bishop attended in choir. “I was humbled by the warm reception we received on an early Sunday morning in Unicoi,” said Father Boettner. “It was such a festive morning, and all those in the farm camp had on their best clothes to welcome the bishop and take part in the Mass in their own community. “The son of the original farmer who COURTESY OF LOURDES GARZA ‘Stewardship Weekend’ pledges to parishes to be made Oct. 2-3 The bishop dons a sombrero and holds Richel Torres for a photo with (from left) Brenda Bustos, Father David Boettner, Father Anietie Akata, and Kelamy Hernández. UNICOI WORSHIPERS WELCOME BISHOP STIKA built the Unicoi chapel was there with his wife to greet us, and in honor of the bishop’s visit he gave his employees the day off. Normally they work seven days a week.” Father Anietie Akata, pastor of St. Mary in Johnson City, concelebrated the Mass. Deacon Mike Jacobs of St. Mary assisted. Two Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus “Ad Gentes” who serve Hispanic Catholics in the Five Rivers Deanery, Sister Carmen Lina Ramos and Sister Isabel Gonzalez, attended the Mass, along with their superior general from Mexico, Mother Beatriz Taneco Vieyra. Unicoi County, which includes the town of Unicoi, has no Catholic parish but is part of the territory of St. Mary. Children of the farm workers receive their religious education and sacraments of initiation at the Johnson City church. Father Alex Waraksa of St. Patrick in Morristown usually celebrates Sunday Masses in Unicoi. The farm’s Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe seats only 60 or so and thus was much too small to hold the gathering for Bishop Stika’s visit. “Because there were so many people for the Mass, they made a chapel out of the packing and loading dock for the produce,” said Father Boettner. “It was beautiful.” The Missionary Sisters supervised the transformation. “The sisters had to direct a lot of work to stack all the big boxes and cover them up, set up an altar area, Unicoi continued on page 3

Sept. 26, 2010, East Tennessee Catholic

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