Dear Cathedral Parish Family,
This past week, on dioknox.org, Bishop Richard F. Stika expressed his desire to resume public Masses at all of the parishes and mission churches in the Diocese of Knoxville the weekend of Pentecost Sunday, May 30-31. Bishop Stika stated, “I understand how much our parishioners want to return to their churches, see their priests, and once again have a personal connection with the sacraments. However, there are steps we need to take to ensure that we can do this safely,” Bishop Stika said.
The Bishop went on to say, “I realize that some businesses and churches may open their doors sooner, but we have 51 parishes and mission churches in our diocese, which covers all of East Tennessee. I feel it is necessary to carefully review the state, county, and municipal guidelines that have been issued, some as recently as this week. It is my hope that by the Solemnity of Pentecost, which we celebrate as the day the Holy Spirit came to the Apostles, and the day our Church began, we can, in some fashion, return to public Masses in our diocese.”
To help with our mission to return to public masses during this challenging time, we have created several “signup genius” pages. By signing up, this will help us gauge individual Mass interest, so we can be best prepared to serve our community safely when the time comes to welcome our parishioners back to worship.
If you plan on attending, please select your regularly attended Mass. By doing so, this will give us the ability to put the proper resources in place to make sure all of our over 2100 families are as safe as possible when we do begin public masses again.
We miss you, and we can’t wait to worship with you again.
*Just a Reminder: The signup genius is only being used to gauge Mass interest. It is not an actual reservation.