KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - West Knoxville's All Saints Catholic Church held it's third annual all parish mass Sunday.
Nearly 800 of the church's 8,000 parishioners gathered together for an outdoor, bilingual mass.
"We have about 5 different services so they never get to see each other or have a sense of who they are. They're just a small congregation. So we have one mass, we cancel all the masses on Sunday, so that we gather and worship together and just celebrate All Saints," said Father Michael Woods.
The church held it's first mass in 1994 in a warehouse. It moved into its current sanctuary in 1999.
It's the largest church in the Knoxville diocese.
"To come together collectively like this says something about the strength, love and community of this parish, and you can't... you just can't describe how that feels," said Jerry Kulikowski, a 12 year member of All Saints.
Sunday's service followed a week of 24 hour prayer. The pastor asked members to donate an hour to prayer during that week. More than 700 came to the church to participate.
The service was followed with a picnic lunch shared among friends. Burgers and hotdogs were provided for those without food.