Effective March 20, the public celebration of Mass in the Diocese of Knoxville will cease. Priests however will continue to celebrate daily Mass. I have also requested that all small Adoration Chapels be closed but all churches remain open with daily adoration. People thus will have the chance to spread out.
I do this with great regret but with prudence and care for all. Many parishes will broadcast Mass and I plan to broadcast daily adoration from my private chapel.
This is the great Lent of the Church.
I have also mandated that all parish and diocesan meetings be postponed until after this Crisis has passed.
I also plan on taping a short video tomorrow to be placed on our website along with other recommendations.
Stay tuned to the diocesan website for more information
~The Most Reverend Bishop Stika