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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 2018 (PDF)

Anticipated Events at the Basilica for 2019 (PDF)

Basilica Ministry Report for 2018 (PDF)

myParish app

Stay connected to the Basilica throughout the week through our myParish app. Search for myParish on the App Store or Google Play to download our app.

latest news

Our Annual Stewardship Appeal continues this weekend. We sent a letter and materials to all registered parishioners. We ask that you consider taking the next step in giving. You can bring your form to Mass or plan to complete it at Mass during the appeal. You can donate online here. Thank you for your support of our Basilica parish.

PREPARE TO HELP CLEAN AND MOVE! Our floor crew is working hard even through this weekend to finish sanding the floors. So we ask that you not go up into the main church this weekend, as it is an unsafe environment and it might impede their progress. However, at some point this week we will need all hands on deck to clean all the dust out of the church promptly so that the crew can stain the floors. We might begin as early as Sunday night, Nov. 18. Please gather your buckets and rags, and check your myParish app and our website each day for announcements about when the cleaning days will be.

We also hope to find an opportunity (maybe as early as Thanksgiving weekend) to move the pews back into the church, and we will need many people to help.

There are many factors that will affect the timing of our need for volunteers. Please stay tuned!

Upcoming Liturgy Notices:    
  • On Thanksgiving Day, Thurs., Nov. 22, we will have a bilingual Mass at 10am. There will not be a Mass at noon. The parish office will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22 and 23. The Friday 7am and noon Masses will be offered as usual.
  • On Sunday, November 25, at 5pm we invite you to join us for our next fourth Sunday Missa Cantata, a chanted Latin Mass in the ancient form of the Roman rite, accompanied by the singing of our Jubilate Deo Youth Schola and cantors (while our Gloria Dei Schola will sing for the principal 11:30 Mass of Christ the King that day). This Mass will celebrate the Last Sunday of Pentecost, according to the ancient calendar. (The nursery will not be staffed for the Missa Cantata. Also, we will not be having a potluck after this Mass.)

  • 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.
Visit to make an advanced day #iGiveCatholic gift in support of the Cause for Sainthood for Fr. Patrick Ryan on #GivingTuesday, November 27.

Come join us in Haiti! The Haiti Committee is hosting an information session on our upcoming March trip to our Sister Parish.  The meeting will be held in the Schmidt Conference Room at the parish office on Tuesday, November 27, at 6 PM.  Come prepared with any questions or concerns you may have about traveling to Haiti.

NURSERY Needs Volunteers - 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.


  • A Rosary will be prayed in English after the 9:00 Mass. We will gather at the statue of the Blessed Mother.
  • Beginning October 28, each Sunday at 12:45pm, we will 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.
  • Christ Post, husband of Mayra and father of Niko and Ariana, was in a serious accident on October 19. Chris is improving, thanks be to God, but the recovery will be long. The family greatly appreciates the continued prayers of our parish community.
  • Barbara DeGaetano, wife of Deacon Gaspar, passed away on Thursday afternoon, October 11. Fr. Blatchford was at the bedside and prayed the last rites, including the Litany of the Dying. She died during the Litany of the Saints. May she rest in peace.

YOUTH GROUP MARCH FOR LIFE FUNDRAISER - Please support our youth in attending the March for Life in January by purchasing donuts after the 9 & 11:30 Masses on November 18.

ADVENT CANDLE FUNDRAISER - Our St. Ambrose Catholic Homeschool Co-op will be selling Advent candles after Masses the weekends of Nov. 3-4, 10-11, and 17-18. $6 for a box of four tapers. This fundraiser is an opportunity for you to support this ministry of Catholic homeschool education that we are blessed to host at the Basilica.

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.  

Help Needed for our Hispanic Families

We are working on bringing a representative from the Tennessee Immigration and Refugee Rights Coalition for a meeting at the Basilica to discuss ways we can help our fellow Hispanic parishioners who do not have the legal status that we enjoy, and live in fear of deportation. After the recent government raid in Grainger County, St. Patrick’s in Morristown partnered with this Coalition to provide refuge, child care, and other emergency assistance to many families who were displaced. We hope to be able to come together at the Basilica to respond effectively if something like this were to happen here. If you would like to be a part of a rapid response team help our immigrant community, please give us your name and contact information so that we can keep you involved in the discussion. A signup sheet is at the Hispanic ministry table by the kitchen, or you can contact the parish office. And please pray for our immigrant community.

As Bishop Stika has said, our response to this crisis “isn’t about politics or personal agendas. It’s about being the face, hands, feet, and heart of Jesus— at all times and to all people.”


The Basilica began a sanctuary renovation on July 23, and we expect it to be completed by December. While the church is being renovated, we will continue to offer Masses and confessions at our regular times.

Masses are being celebrated in Varallo Parish Hall. The main entry to the vestibule is closed, but four entrances are available. See entry map.

Confessions are offered in the Rectory. (Use the front gate entry facing East 8th Street).

Adoration on First Fridays is in the rectory from 12:30-5:30pm. It will continue from 9pm-7am Saturday in Varallo Parish Hall.

See Fr. Carter's pastoral letter on the logistics of using Varallo Parish Hall as a temporary sanctuary location.

We are hard at work trying to finish the major portions of our renovation. There is still a major job of cleaning and transitioning back into our sanctuary space ahead of us. Please be on the lookout for calls for volunteers to be a part of this awesome moment in our parish history. Also note that we have invited Bishop Stika to dedicate our new main altar of sacrifice on December 23 at 10am. More to come on this in the weeks to come.

We need people in the parish to PRAY - for the people who are volunteering, for the material suppliers, for the laborers and craftsmen and all their families - specifically that no one is injured or hurt during the project, and these prayers, novenas - any and every kind of offering - can be set aside for the project's successful completion to greater glory of God, for the good of this parish and the good of His Holy Church.


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. The next meeting will be on Nov. 18. Meetings will be held in Varallo Parish Hall while the church is under renovation. To find out more, please call the parish office or contact Daniel Sharkey at 877-3239.

The Catholic Motherhood ministry has begun studying Scott Hahn’s book: The First Society: The Sacrament of Matrimony and the Restoration of the Social Order, which can be ordered on The next meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 13th from 10-11:30am in Varallo Parish Hall. All mothers are welcome and a nursery will be available. 

Also, Catholic Motherhood ministry is offering a new 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 November 27th from 7-9:30pm, in the St. Dominic Religious Education building. Please bring a snack and/or drink to share if you are able. Contact Rachel Wesson with any questions or to be added to the Catholic Motherhood Group email list.

A monthly Evening of Recollection is offered at the Basilica. The evenings, normally led by a Basilica priest, include Adoration, confessions, a meditation on the writings of St. Josemaria Escrivá, and spiritual fellowship. Evenings are from 7-9pm and and are being held in the Rectory Chapel during the renovation. Due to Fr. Carter's travels, there will be no Evenings of Recollection in October. The next evenings will be November 7 for men and November 14 for women. Contact Dan and Nancy Fisher or the parish office for more information.

Our Book Club began discussing a new book, St. Thomas Aquinas: 'The Dumb Ox', by G. K. Chesterton, on Wednesday, September 19. The book is available on as well as other booksellers. We continue to meet in Varallo Parish Hall at 7:40am on Wednesdays. All are welcome! For more information, please call the parish office.

Natural Family Planning Classes! - We now have a Couple-to-Couple League NFP teaching couple at the Basilica! See our Marriage page under Sacraments to find out about upcoming NFP class opportunities.

Note:  Our Spanish language class that had been meeting on Wednesdays from 5pm to 6:30pm in the Religious Education building has been canceled.
If you suffer from Celiac disease or another severe gluten allergy, a chalice of the Precious Blood is going to be prepared at each weekend Mass. Indicate this need to the priest celebrant at Communion time, and he will administer the Sacrament to you. For weekday Masses, please make the request to the deacon or sacristan before Mass so that the chalice may be prepared.
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

Join in welcoming RCIA candidates and catechumens.  

  • Donations of sweet or savory breakfast items are needed. Please contact Danielle Jones to contribute, Your help in providing hospitality during Sunday morning classes is appreciated.
  • Our parish prays for those in RCIA by sending the RCIA Rosary to a different home each week. Sign-up sheet is located at the entrance to Varallo Parish Hall on the table across from the elevator.
  • We are in need of more people to serve as sponsors.
  • Donations of prayer cards and religious articles would be welcomed. Please drop them off at the parish office.

VIRTUS Training - 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 Tuesday, December 4, 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).

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