Catholic churches prepare to reopen to thousands across East Tennessee

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Fifty-one Catholic churches across East Tennessee will host their first weekend masses this Saturday and Sunday since closing due to Covid-19.

The Diocese of Knoxville will open up its doors for half capacity services this weekend.

They know not all 73,000 Catholics will come back just yet, but churches are preparing to host as many parishioners as possible.

“There are some people who are, ahh this is no big deal. There’re others who are very anxious,” said Bishop Richard Stika.
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