The Church of Divine Mercy is established under the jurisdiction of the Bishop of the Diocese of Knoxville, Most Reverent Richard F. Stika. The primary purpose of the Church of Divine Mercy is to gather all of the Vietnamese Catholics in the Diocese of Knoxville in order to celebrate the sacraments and to participate in faith formation in the native Vietnamese language and its associated cultural atmosphere. All liturgical celebrations and faith formation programs will be in conformance with universal and particular law.
The ultimate goal of the Church of Divine Mercy is to obtain financial and community stability in order to become a parish erected by the Bishop of Knoxville. The Church of Divine Mercy strives to become witness to Christian Life for the Vietnamese community and the community at large by advancing the social and moral structure within the community.
The priest for the Church of Divine Mercy shall be appointed by the Bishop of the Diocese of Knoxville and is the moderator of the Church of Divine Mercy. Reverend Richard F. Stika is responsible for overseeing the Church of Divine Mercy while consulting with the Advisory Team. The Bishop of the Diocese of Knoxville, alongside the Advisory Team will plan projects, draft policies, and plan programs for the Church of Divine Mercy. The Bishop of the Diocese of Knoxville will also oversee the operations of all departments and activities that are related to the Church of Divine Mercy.
As the pastoral leader, the priest will be responsible for all financial matters and activities of the Church of Divine Mercy and report to the Bishop of the Diocese of Knoxville and his delegates in accordance with established laws.
Made up of at least five members, the Advisory Team of the Church of Divine Mercy is similar to a Parish Council and will be appointed by the moderator after the members of the Church of Divine Mercy have received input. The Advisory Team shall gather once a month for six months. Once the charter has been implemented, the moderator and the Church of Divine Mercy Advisory Team will determine how often meetings will be held.
The Mass and other sacraments will be offered in Vietnamese, However, for the benefit of various components, especially the youth, there may be some parts that will be offered in English.
Religious and Vietnamese language learning programs will be developed as quickly as possible. Vietnamese will be the primary language used in the Church of Divine Mercy with classes possibly being supplemented in English if deemed necessary.
Inter-faith dialogue, prayer, and support will be encouraged alongside other faith denominations.
Activities such as the Vietnamese culture and the evangelization of the Catholic Faith will be of special interest in order to strengthen and develop the activities of the Church of Divine Mercy.