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mass schedule

5:30 pm Sat. Vigil - Recited Novus Ordo Mass in English
9:00 am Sun. - Simple Sung Novus Ordo Mass in English with choir
11:30 am Sun. - Sung Novus Ordo Mass in English & Latin with schola, incense, ad orientem
1:30 pm Sun. - Sung Novus Ordo Misa en Español & Latin with choir, incense, ad orientem seasonally
5:00 pm 4th Sun. Missa Cantata, Usus Antiquior, sung in Latin with schola, incense, ad orientem
7:00 am Mon. - Recited Low Mass in the Usus Antiquior in Latin, ad orientem
7:00 am Wed. & Fri. - Recited Novus Ordo Mass in English
12:00 pm Mon. - Fri. - Recited Novus Ordo Mass in English

  • Novus Ordo -“New Order” of Mass following the Second Vatican Council (2000 Missal)
  • Usus Antiquior - The “more ancient use”; Traditional Latin Mass / Extraordinary Form (1962 Missal)
  • ad orientem - Priest & people together face liturgical east; symbol of the Church awaiting Christ’s return in glory


The sacrament of Confession is available starting 30 minutes before each weekend Mass and each daily noon Mass, except Thursdays, and also by appointment.


Offered during the 9:00 & 11:30 Sunday Masses. Volunteers and donations needed.

prayer & adoration (outside of lent)

•Morning Prayer - after the 7am Mass on Mon/Wed/Fri
•Adoration - First Fridays following the Noon Mass until 5:30 pm Benediction, and continuing from 9pm - 7am

calendar of events

Anticipated Events at the Basilica for 2019 (PDF)

Basilica Ministry Report for 2018 (PDF)

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latest news

FORMED, a rich program of online Catholic resources offered by the Augustine Institute, is now available to Basilica parishioners!

Access the Basilica's FORMED subscription here at

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View recommended programs for April May 2019

Congratulations, Graduates!

On May 25-26, a special blessing to all graduating high school seniors will be given at all our English Masses.

(The blessing was given at our Spanish Mass on May 19.)

FORTY HOURS DEVOTION June 27—29 at the Basilica
Anticipating the patronal feast of Sts. Peter and Paul

Thurs., June 27—6pm procession, litanies, and hymns, with enthronement of the Blessed Sacrament

Exposed Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament—
7pm Thurs. through 5pm Sat.
, with guided prayers each hour. All parish groups and individuals are asked to commit to a holy hour. SIGN UP FOR YOUR HOLY HOUR HERE or in the vestibule.

Fri., June 28—7am Mass, sung noon Mass with preaching by Fr. Jeff Kirby for the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart, afternoon Confessions, evening spiritual talk by Fr. Jeff Kirby

Sat., June 29— Morning Rosaries, 5pm Benediction, and 5:30pm Mass for the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, with Confirmation, celebrated by Bishop Stika

More details to come!

2019 Vacation Bible School:  "Hidden Treasures of Our Catholic Faith" for rising PreK 4 through rising 8th graders, will be held the week of June 17th – 21st, 2019 from 9am-2:30pm. (Pre-K-4 ends at 11:45 am with the option to stay longer.) $15 per child -- maximum $45 per family. Space is limited! Please turn in the Registration Form (available in the vestibule) to the parish office by June 10. Teen and adult volunteers needed! Contact Sandy Pricer. See flyer for details.
  • “Catholic Chatt” meets Sunday evenings. We do not belong to one parish but rather are a combination of all congregations in the Chattanooga area. Join our Facebook Group to keep posted on our activities.
  • NEW! Young Couples Ministry (married, engaged, or dating):   Contact Christina & Andrew Bankson at to get involved! 
  • NEW! Young Catholic Singles (ages 18-35):  Join us First Fridays at the Basilica for prayer and community. Adoration concludes with Benediction at 5:30pm. Prayer and social time to follow. The theme for June 7th is Being Catholic in the Modern World. Hope to see you there! 860-502-2458

Our next Missa Cantata in the ancient form will be Sun., May 26, at 5:00 pm, to celebrate the Fifth Sunday after Easter. English and Spanish translations will be provided. 

Our 4th Sunday Basilica Potluck is back! May 26th at 6:30pm, following the Missa Cantata. Hosted by our new Young Couples ministry. All are welcome. Please sign up here to indicate what dish you will bring.

Young Couples (married, engaged, or dating):  Contact Christina & Andrew Bankson at to get involved!

ANCIENT FORM ALTAR SERVER TRAINING - This summer, Fr. Carter will be offering training sessions to strengthen and grow our altar server program for the ancient form. All boys or young men who are interested in serving for the ancient form, please sign up through the parish office by the end of May. Current altar servers and new servers are invited.


On Wed., June 12th at 5pm, there will be an orientation and initial training session for all interested in Altar Serving for our Ordinary Form Masses. Additional training sessions will be on Wed. June 19th and June 26th. Anyone interested in finding out about serving at the altar is welcome and encouraged to attend. The sessions will include an orientation as to the basics of serving and training on all duties associated with serving at the altar. Prior to serving at the Altar, sufficient skills will be developed. Contact Dcn. Hicks Armor for more information. Please feel free to come, learn and see if this is a ministry you may be interested in. All are welcome and encouraged at attend.

The City of Chattanooga is asking for our help in identifying and removing impediments to fair housing. If you live within Hamilton County, please help the City by completing a short, two-minute survey, which is available in the vestibule. You can put your completed survey in the marked envelope in the vestibule, or turn them in to the parish office. Thank you.

Knights of Columbus Family Bowling League Spring Tournament

DATE: Sunday, May 26

TEAMS: Top 4 finishing teams (out of the 22 teams that participate this spring)

    • 2:30 pm - draw for lanes
    • 2:50 pm - warm up
    • 3:00 pm - start of tournament (all 4 teams bowl 1 game at the same time; scores [scratch + handicap] will determine places)
LOCATION: SpareTime/Hixson
COST: Free
AWARDS: Bragging rights!!
Spectators welcome!!

Upcoming Liturgy and Devotion Notices:   

  • The Basilica invites you to commit to accompany Our Lord during the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. You may sign up for one or more half-hour periods in the vestibule. Our next First Friday Adoration will be Friday, June 7th, from 12:30pm—5:30pm Benediction. Adoration will resume through the night from 9pm Friday—7am Sat., hosted by our Hispanic community. All are encouraged to attend.
  • The church is now open weekdays from 6am until the office closes at 4pm (with occasional exceptions for holidays), and you are invited to visit the Blessed Sacrament reserved in the Tabernacle. We would like to extend the open time, but we will need volunteer VIRTUS-certified custodians to commit to remaining in the church in order to afford this opportunity. If you are interested in this, call the parish office.
  • In accord with Bishop Stika, on Fridays at 7am and noon, the Basilica will offer the Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for the reparation of sins against the Church. Mass will conclude with the recitation of an Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus by the assembly. This will be the Mass offered every Friday, except when it is superseded by a feast day.


Community Kitchen Service Opportunity - Our Basilica team is scheduled every 4th Thursday, 10:30am-12:30pm. We need a group of 8-10 parishioners each month to prepare and serve lunch at the 727 E. 11th St. Community Kitchen. Enough helpers will allow for a rotating schedule. Contact the Basilica parish office to sign up.

Community Kitchen needs bottled water. During warm  weather, they like to provide water in the dining room and to give people bottles of frozen and cold water at dinner to stay hydrated after-hours. Drop your donations off directly at the Community Kitchen, at 727 East 11th St.

Our extensive relics collection, largely donated by the late John Holland III, has been catalogued by Therese Ohotnicky, as part of her Stars and Stripes project for the American Heritage Girls. Our Altar Guild is now featuring our relics on rotation in the side altars. Visit our new Relics Collection page for more information, including a directory of relics with information about the lives of the saints.


The Catholic Motherhood ministry is now offering a study for moms of all ages, entitled, “Momnipotent," facilitated by Sandy Pricer, on the last Tuesday of each month.The next study will be on May 28th from 7-9:30pm. Please bring a snack or drink to share. Contact Rachel Wesson with any questions or to be added to the Catholic Motherhood Group email list.

The Catholic Motherhood ministry will have our next morning meeting on Tuesday, June 11th, from 10-11:30am in Varallo Parish Hall. Fr. Blatchford will be leading a question/answer session. All mothers are welcome, and a nursery will be available.

Our Book Club meets from 7:40-8:25am Wednesdays in Varallo Parish Hall and is always open to newcomers. We will be not be meeting during Holy Week and the Octave of Easter. On May 1, we will begin studying a new book, Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather, which is available on Contact Becky Dempsey at 423-364-4091 or for more info. 

Lay Oblates of St. Benedict - St. Benedict is known as the Father of Western (European) Monasticism. But his spirituality of prayer and work is valid for even the layman who lives in the world. Our new chapter of Lay Oblates of St. Benedict focuses on applying the Rule of St. Benedict to our lives, learning to pray the Scriptures through lectio divina and offering the Liturgy of the Hours in praise of God. We are now meeting on the third Sunday of each month from 5-6:30pm in Varallo Parish Hall. There will not be a meeting in April. The next meeting will be on May 19. To find out more, please contact Daniel Sharkey through the parish office.

Deacon’s Table - Dcn. Tom’s group meets each 1st and 3rd Sunday from 10:15-11:15 am, in the Parish Office Mahoney Conference Room. Pull up a stool and join us at the table as we feed on the Spiritual Life of Catholics in three vital areas: a committed personal relationship with Jesus, a comfortable enthusiasm with the Bible, and a renewed active prayer life.

Evening of Formation with the Saints - All women of the parish are invited to come to an evening of formation on Wednesday, June 12th from 7-9pm.
The theme for this evening will be St. Maria Faustina. Come and learn more about this wonderful saint who was so close to the Merciful Heart of Jesus. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, confession, formation and fellowship await you. Come and bring a friend! Contact Nancy Fisher through the parish office for more information.
(The next Men's Evening of Formation will be 7-9pm on Wed., Aug 14th.)

SPANISH Language Class
- Ready to start learning Spanish? We have just begun Spanish classes on Wednesdays at 6pm in the St. Dominic Building. It’s not too late to join! For more information, contact our new teacher, Armando Sedeño, through the parish office, or

The Basilica has recently founded a Trail Life Troop for boys and an American Heritage Girls Troop for girls. These activities provide a great means to develop faith, virtue, skills and leadership for Catholic children ages 5-18. Fr. Carter participates, including attending hikes and campouts. Meetings are Mondays at 7 p.m. New families are welcome to visit and experience what we are all about. Contact Peter or Sherry Ohotnicky at for more details. More information may also be found at and

Corpus Christi Procession - June 23 at 1pm

Sunday, June 23 is the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. We will celebrate First Holy Communion at our 11:30 Mass and our 1:30 Spanish Mass. We will have Adoration after the 11:30 Mass, followed by our 7th annual Corpus Christi procession from the Basilica through the surrounding streets at 1pm. All are invited to join in this traditional expression of our faith in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Here is a video highlighting scenes from our past procession.

Find out more about our Corpus Christi procession and why we do this.


  • Relic Pilgrimage of St. Jean Vianney’s Incorrupt Heart at the Cathedral, Thurs, May 23 - Where would we be without the priesthood?  The diocese is blessed to host at the Cathedral on Thurs, May 23 the Pilgrimage Relic of the Incorrupt Heart of St. Jean Vianney,  the patron saint of parish priests.  Public veneration at the Cathedral begins at 9:00 am and will conclude with a Rosary at 7:00 pm.  Bishop Stika is encouraging all our parishes to make a pilgrimage visit to the Cathedral on this special occasion and to pray for your priests.  Bishop Stika will celebrate with the priests of the diocese a Mass at 12 noon and invites all to join him.  The Rosary at 7:00 pm will be for the intentions of all our priests and for vocations as well.  Come and venerate and pray for your priests before the “Heart of a Priest” who lived the priesthood as beautifully as St. Jean Vianney.  For questions, please contact Paul Simoneau at / 865-862-5753
    Join the Knights of Columbus Council of Our Lady of Lourdes in Pittsburgh on Thursday, May 23, at 7am, for a pro-life pilgrimage to Knoxville to pray outside an abortion clinic. Afterwards, pilgrims will attend the noon Mass at the Cathedral and venerate the relic of Saint John Vianney’s incorrupt heart. See the letter of invitation for details and to sign up.
  • Did you miss the Sacrament of Confirmation?  Bishop Stika will celebrate a Diocesan-Wide Confirmation Mass on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 4:00 pm at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Knoxville. Any adult (18 and over) who has had the sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, and Reconciliation, but has not been confirmed, can receive the sacrament on this date. If you are interested, please let the parish office know by May 20.
  • Catholic Charities of East Tennessee (CCETN) has a full time opening for a Program Leader at the Office of Immigrant Services in Chattanooga.  OIS provides low-cost, quality, legal immigration services to the East Tennessee immigrant and refugee community.  Must be fluent in English and Spanish. Please visit for full job description.
  • Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend - Are there times you wonder why relationships are so difficult? The WorldwideMarriage Encounter Weekend helps married couples to communicate in all areas oftheir relationship. Get your marriage on the right path by attending anupcoming weekend on June 21-23. For more information, visit GATN-wwme.orgor call 678-242-WWME.
  • The Paraclete Catholic Bookstore - Massive Summer Sale - June 1-15 - We are clearing out overstock in all departments! Sale Items are 40-90% off. Sale will be inside, so beat the heat and come on in! 417 Erin Dr (located on the campus of Sacred Heart Cathedral), Knoxville (865)-588-0388

Liturgical Ministry Appeal
If you are not yet involved in one of our liturgical ministries - Altar Guild, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Lectors, Sacred Music, Sacristans, and Ushers/Greeters/Announcers - please consider the call to serve.  Download our Liturgical Ministry Form or pick one up in the vestibule and turn it in to the parish office.


Many thanks to ALL our volunteers! We re-opened the renovated church for Masses beginning December 15-16!

Photos of Renovations through the Generations at Sts. Peter and Paul

Photos of our Altar Dedication Mass on December 23, 2018 (thanks to parishioner Christina Bankson)


  • A Rosary will be prayed in English after the 9:00 Mass. We will gather at the statue of the Blessed Mother.
  • Each Sunday at 12:45pm, we pray a Bilingual Rosary with our parishioners from our English and Spanish Masses. This is an opportunity for our bilingual community to join in solidarity through the prayers that we share in common. All are invited. Bilingual handouts will be provided.

We now have the myParish cell phone app to help you stay connected with the Basilica throughout the week, and give you quick access to daily readings, prayers, homilies, parish staff, bulletins, calendar, and much more. Visit on your phone or go to your phone's app store to download it. You can also send a text message to the number 88202 with the word app to receive a link to download the app.

We have added Groups to help various ministries communicate. To join a Group, you will need to install myParish app and then create a User Account (My Account option in the main menu). Then you can select the Groups and request to join any of the groups that apply to your ministry or interests.  

REGISTER HERE FOR OUR 2018-19 PROGRAMS that began on Sunday, September 9 -
Religious Education Classes for Age 3 - Grade 12 10:15-11:15am Sundays in the St. Dominic Building
Middle School and High School Youth Group 6:30-8:30pm Sundays at All Saints Academy
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) 10:15-11:15am Sundays at All Saints Academy


In order to ensure a safe environment for our children, and in accord with state and diocesan policy, our nursery policy is that we have two adults in the nursery at all times. One of them is our paid staff member, but we are in need of volunteers to be the second person. The second person must be VIRTUS-trained and commit to being present. A sign-up sheet is in the nursery. In order for the nursery to open the following Sunday, someone will need to be signed up to volunteer for the 9am & 11:30 Masses by the end of Masses each Sunday. Each family who uses the nursery is asked to volunteer for at least one Mass per calendar quarter. There is also a donation box in the nursery to defray the $45 cost of keeping it staffed each Sunday. If we do not have your commitment, we will no longer be able to offer nursery services.

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VIRTUS Training June 26

Parents and other adults who would like to participate in our youth programs are required to be certified under the VIRTUS program. Deacon Gaspar will be offering a VIRTUS class at the Basilica on Wednesday, June 26, from 5:30 – 8:30pm. You can register for this or any of the upcoming VIRTUS sessions at (click here and select the Knoxville Diocese).


Since Epiphany, our historic pipe organ has been undergoing a major cleaning and restoration, while the final two ranks of pipes were being built at a factory in Ohio. Our organ builder, Barger & Nix, installed the pipes just in time for Holy Week, and Andrea Tierney, our principal organist, showcased them beginning on Easter weekend, followed by Assistant Organist, Therese Ohotnicky, who featured the new ranks in her senior organ recital on May 5. Thank you to all who helped us raise $35,000 to install two ranks we needed to complete our organ: the trompettes and clarinets, a total of 122 custom made pipes!

Travel to the Holy Land, Greece and Turkey with Deacon Gaspar De Gaetano from Jan 4-18, 2020.                       
Visit Jerusalem, Galilee, Capernaum, Bethlehem, Thessalonki, Kalambaka, Phillippi, Kavala, Meteora, Delphi, Corinth, Athens, Piraeus, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Patmos, and Santorini. Cost is $4,999 (Airfare included from anywhere in the US) with a $500 deposit required to secure a spot. Tour Brochures are in the parish office. Contact: Jennifer Wadsworth of Pro Catholic Tours at (612)-730-2890/

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