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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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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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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, 6pm Vespers (Evening Prayer) and talk by Fr. Jeff Kirby:  “Peter and Paul in the Heart of the Church”; 7pm classic film about Peter and Paul (with pizza and popcorn!)

Sat., June 29— 8am Lauds (Morning Prayer) and talk by Fr. Jeff Kirby:  "The Great Commission to the Heart of the World"; 9am Rosary. (Morning refreshments in Varallo Parish Hall courtesy of our Women’s Ministries.)  5pm Benediction, and 5:30pm Mass for the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, with Confirmation, celebrated by Bishop Stika

More details to come!

Corpus Christi Procession - June 23 at 1pm

View photos from the Corpus Christi procession and Spanish First Communion Mass, taken by Robin Rudd

View photos from the 11:30 First Communion Mass and Corpus Christi procession, taken by Robin Rudd

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 6th 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.

Upcoming Liturgy and Devotion Notices:   

  • Monday, June 24th is the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, and Friday, June 28th is the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Our noon Mass on these days will be sung Masses.
  • Saturday, June 29th is the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, our parish patronal feast day, and the 129th anniversary of the founding of our church building. We will celebrate the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul at all our Masses the weekend of June 29 & 30.

  • 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, July 5th, 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.
  • Due to our Corpus Christi celebration on June 23, our next Missa Cantata in the ancient form will be Sun., July 28, at 5:00 pm, to celebrate the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost. English and Spanish translations will be provided.
  • This week, Fr. Carter  is leading a group of young men in the diocese who are considering the priesthood, on a  “Melchizetrek” hike. Please pray for them! While he is away, a deacon will lead a Communion Service at the following times:
    7am Mon 7/1, Wed 7/3, and Fri 7/5;      12pm Thurs 7/4
  • 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.

African American Catholic Spirituality and Chattanooga’s St. Francis Church
presented by Christopher S. Gurley Jr., M.T.S., Roman Catholic Scholar of Vanderbilt Divinity School
Friday, July 19, 2019 at 6:00 pm
An examination of Catholicism in the life of American Society—Historical, Theological, and Pastoral. In understanding the complex realities of God’s children, we better understand as God’s people/the Church and our responsibilities in the world. Mr. Gurley has tracked historical developments of Catholicism—particularly concerning African American and immigrant communities. He will discuss Catholicism’s complex role in the life of Black America and Chattanooga’s participation within it:  the old St. Francis Church.

Fr. Carter Opened the U. S. House of Representatives in Prayer! 

Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, who is a parishioner of the Basilica, invited Fr. Carter to lead the prayer over the House of Representatives to open Congress on Wed., Jun 12th, at 12 noon. The prayer and Fr. Carter's introduction of Fr. Carter was broadcast live on C-SPAN. WATCH HERE.


Taco Tuesdays are back! Join us each Tuesday from 6:00-8:30pm at Poblanos restaurant, beginning June 18 through July 30. All middle- and high-schoolers are invited!

Welcome to our new Youth Ministry leader, Kalista Bartee! Watch for more activities to come...

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).

WEDDING WISDOM from Fr. Carter, Pastor

Pastor's Notes May 12, 2019:  Wedding Season and Wisdom

Pastor's Notes May 19, 2019:  The Underground Railroad out of the Culture of Death *

* The Basilica parish community is forming an "Underground Railroad" of homes to help engaged people avoid or leave the situation of cohabitation prior to marriage. If you are interested in offering a room in your home to an engaged person for a short period, in support of chastity and sacramental marriage, please contact the parish office.

  • “Catholic Chatt” meets Sunday evenings and also Monday ladies' & men's night and Tuesday taco nights. 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 July 5th is Trusting in God. Hope to see you there! Join our Facebook Group! 860-502-2458


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.

Sanctuary Floor Refinishing Begins July 15

The Basilica will be undergoing some finishing touches to the sanctuary floors for several weeks this summer. While the sanctuary floors are being refinished, Masses will be celebrated in Varallo Parish Hall, and confessions will be held in the rectory following the usual schedule. The project will begin July 15 and is expected to last 3 to 6 weeks. The anticipated return to the renovated sanctuary is sometime in August. Please stay tuned for updates.


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 Basilica will be undergoing some finishing touches to the sanctuary floors for several weeks this summer. While the sanctuary floors are being refinished, Masses will be celebrated in Varallo Parish Hall, and confessions will be held in the rectory following the usual schedule. The project will begin July 15 and is expected to last 3 to 6 weeks. The anticipated return to the renovated sanctuary is sometime before September. Please stay tuned for updates.

The Catholic Motherhood ministry invites all mothers for our Mom’s Night Out this summer:  7pm Wed., June 26, at Taco Mamacitas and 7pm Wed., July 31, at City Café.

Our Catholic Motherhood Morning Meeting will continue on the second Tuesday of each month—The next meeting will be Tuesday, June 11, from 10-11:30am in Varallo Parish Hall. Fr. Blatchford will be offering a question/answer session. Please send your questions in advance to Rachel Wesson. The following meeting will be Tuesday, July 9, from 10-11:30am in Varallo Parish Hall. All are welcome and a nursery will be available. Contact with any questions or to be added to the Catholic Motherhood email list.

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 began 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. The next meeting will be on July 21. To find out more, please contact Daniel Sharkey through the parish office.

The Deacon’s Table - The Deacon’s Table during the summer, beginning with our next session, June 2nd, will meet in the St. Dominic RE Building 1st and 3rd Sundays from 10:15-11:15am, and will offer children of our members a separate “Kid’s Table” meeting in a separate room in that building. The summer period of this changed venue includes June 2nd & 16th, July 7th & 21st, August 4th & 18th, and September 1st. We have a special “mystery” speaker scheduled July 21st who will finish our initial coverage of “Prayer” that we started last session. Come join us!

Evening of Formation with the Saints - The next Men's Evening of Formation is Wednesday, Aug. 14th from 7-8:15pm. The next Women's Evening of Formation is Wednesday, September 11th from 7-9pm. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, confession, formation and fellowship await you. Come and bring a friend! Contact Dan and Nancy Fisher through the parish office for more information.

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


  • 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 an upcoming weekend on June 21-23. For more information, visit or call 678-242-WWME.
  • Yard Sale to benefit Medical Missions - Sponsored by World of Hope Tennessee – Isaiah 58. Sat, June 22nd (Rain date June 29) from 7am-2pm, 2206 Hamill Rd, Hixson, TN. We are accepting donated items-clean, gently used, in working condition. Please call Margay (423-424-9670), Sandy (423-544-4445), Rosemary (423-240-9845) or Denise (423-954-2688). Whether you shop or donate, you can make a difference!

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.  

We are in need of donations for altar flowers. Please consider being a supporter of the Basilica's apostolate of beauty.  Maybe you want to honor a family member, a birthday, or an anniversary! Contact the parish office for details.

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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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/

Tour information and reservations

Help for our Hispanic Immigrant Families

The Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition will offer training in Spanish to our Hispanic community at the Basilica on Sat., June 15, from 10am to 2:30pm. This workshop will prepare our community to form a Rapid Response team to support each other in a crisis situation. As specific needs arise, the parish will ask for help from those who are signed up on our “Help Our Immigrants” signup form, located in the vestibule at the Hispanic ministry table. Thanks to all those who are “on standby” to help! 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.”

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 additional, custom made pipes!

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.

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