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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)

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

*** Wed. Dec 11 - Due to possible icy road conditions, Book Club is canceled this week. We will still have Mass at 7am as usual, followed by Morning Prayer. ***

There is still time to be included in our 2020 Parish Directory celebrating Sts. Peter and Paul’s upcoming 130th Anniversary! If you have not yet been photographed, additional photo sessions will be held in Varallo Parish Hall between January 16th and February 1st. Schedule your personal or family photo session with Lifetouch here or call the parish office.

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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  • Sung Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (not a holy day of obligation this year) - Mon., Dec. 9, at Noon (also Serra Club’s Advent Mass)
  • St. Nicholas Dinner - Sunday, December 15, at 6:00 pm in Varallo Parish Hall. Games, crafts, musical entertainment, and a visit from St. Nicholas. Sign up in the vestibule or call the parish office. Donations accepted at the door.
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Procession and Spanish Mass - Wed., December 11 at 7pm (Rosary at 6:30pm)—Spanish
  • Roueché Chorale Candlelight Lessons & Carols - Thurs./Fri., Dec. 12 & 13 at 7pm (Free/Donations accepted - doors open at 5:30)
  • Our next Missa Cantata in the ancient form will be Sun., December 22, at 5:00 pm, to celebrate the Last Sunday after Pentecost. English and Spanish translations will be provided.
Also join us December 22 for our Fourth Sunday Basilica potluck at 6:30 pm! We ask that each family bring TWO or THREE dishes to ensure plenty of food for our large families and visitors. SIGN UP HERE to coordinate which dishes you will bring.

Many people feel uncomfortable and lost when they come to the Latin Mass. We need to reach out to welcome people and share with them our Joy of Tradition! Please contact Maria Rist to VOLUNTEER AS A GREETER. Thank you!

Solemnity of Christmas Mass Schedule (See flyer)

Vigil Mass of Christmas

Tues., Dec. 24, at 5:30 pm (prelude at 5:00 pm)

Gloria Dei Schola

Jubilate Deo Youth Schola


Midnight Mass

Wed., Dec. 25, at 12 am (prelude Tues. 11:30pm)

Basilica Choir


Christmas Day Mass

Wed., Dec. 25, at 12 Noon (Multilingual,with Choir)


Christmas Pageant

Saturday, Dec. 28, at 6:30pm, followed by dinner

Parish Office Holiday Schedule: 
Closed for Christmas Tues.-Fri. Dec.  24-27
Open Mon., Dec. 30
Closed for New Year’s Tues.-Thurs.., Dec. 31 - Jan. 2
Re-opens Fri. Jan. 3

Our Second Annual CHRISTMAS PAGEANT will be Sat., Dec. 28 at 6:30pm, sponsored by our Religious Education program. All are invited to attend the pageant and dinner in Varallo Parish Hall! Contact Jo Schendel or Danielle Stradley for more information.

CAST LIST for 2019 Christmas Pageant (released 9/30/19)

Auditions and rehearsal schedule.  


Find out all the good things we are doing as well as the challenges and opportunities to join and serve! 

— including Fr. Carter’s 2019 State of the Parish address —

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, January 3rd, 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.
  • Our next parish celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism, normally on the 2nd Saturday, is on Saturday, December 14th, at 10:30 am. All are welcome to come and witness!  

The Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul invites you to join us for our

2019-20 Sacred Music Concert Series (download flyer with dates here).

Save the dates on your calendar! The next event is:

Thurs/Fri Dec. 12 & 13 at 7:00 pm - Roueché Chorale & Orchestra Candelight Lessons and Carols.
The Roueché Chorale & Orchestra will present the 20th annual Chattanooga Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols at the Basilica on Thurs. & Fri. evening, December 12 & 13, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:30pm. The program is FREE to the public. For more information please contact the Chorale Office (423) 855-2981 or Friend us on FACEBOOK.

VIRTUS Training February 5

All adults who participate in our youth programs are required to be VIRTUS certified. Deacon Gaspar will be offering a VIRTUS class at the Basilica on Wednesday, February 5, from 5:30 - 8:30pm. You can register for any of the upcoming VIRTUS sessions at (click here and select the Knoxville Diocese).

REGISTER HERE FOR OUR 2019-20 PROGRAMS that began on Sunday, September 8 -
Religious Education Classes for Age 3 - Grade 12 10:15-11:15am Sundays in the St. Dominic RE Building. Class attendance is required for the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation.
Middle School and High School Youth Group 6:30-8:30pm Sundays in the St. Dominic RE Building.

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) 10:15-11:15am Sundays in Varallo Parish Hall - If you are interested in exploring the Catholic faith, or know someone who is, please contact Dan Pacitti at or 865-335-3076

Catholic Scouting at the Basilica

American Heritage Girls and Trail Life USA boys are meeting Mondays from 7pm to 8:30. You are welcome to join us for one meeting before officially joining. Parents should plan to stay with child unless they have officially joined. Contact Terrance Jones ( or Connie Holub ( today!


Our Catholic Motherhood Morning Meeting is normally on the second Tues. of each month. Because of fall break, the next meeting will be Tues., Dec. 10, from 10-11:30am in Varallo Parish Hall. We are now reading Made This Way:  How to Prepare Kids to Face Today's Tough Moral Issues, by Leila Miller and Trent Horn (available on

Catholic Motherhood invites all mothers for our Wednesday Mom's Night Out, normally the last Wednesday of the month, but it will be on Wed. Dec. 18th this month due to Christmas. We will meet at the Choo Choo Frothy Monkey cafe. Contact with any questions or to be added to the Catholic Motherhood email list.

Our Book Club meets from 7:40-8:45am Wednesdays in Varallo Parish Hall and is always open to newcomers. On October 2, we began studying a new book, The Apostasy That Wasn’t: The Extraordinary Story of the Unbreakable Early Church, by Basilica parishioner and recent convert, Rod Bennett. The book is available on Contact JuliAnna Hills at 931-581-7527 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 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 normally meet on the third Sunday of each month from 5-6:30pm in the church. The next meeting will be on December 15. To find out more, please contact Jason Richard at 423-432-7196.

The Deacon’s Table, hosted by Dcn. Tom and Brenda McConnell, meets every Sunday from 10:15-11:15am in Varallo Parish Hall. Come join us!

SPANISH Language Class - Ready to start learning Spanish? This fall we will be resuming Spanish classes on Wednesdays at 6pm in the St. Dominic Building. For more information, contact our teacher, Armando Sedeño, through the parish office, or

  • “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. Contact Jonah Coronis, Basilica parishioner, at 423-424-8618 or to find out more about the group.
  • Young Couples Ministry (married, engaged, or dating):   Contact Christina & Andrew Bankson at to get involved!


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.


  • Married Couples: Married Couples: God is going to shower us with the gift of super-gratuitous abundant love with the birth of His Son. Shower your spouse with the same abundant love by putting a Worldwide Marriage Encounter experience on your calendar. The next dates are February 28-March 1 and April 17-19. You can get more information or apply online at or by calling 678-242-WWME

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.

NEW DATES:  Travel to the Holy Land, Greece and Turkey with Deacon Gaspar De Gaetano from April 14-29, 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

The Ombrellino Gift Shop is open every Wed-Fri. from 11am to 1pm, before and after the Sat. 5:30 pm Vigil, and Sun. from 10am to 1:30 pm. See our new selections of rosaries, scapulars, holy cards, holy water fonts, bracelets, books, and more. Plus, chapel veils, glasses, cups, photos, jackets and T-shirts that commemorate and help the Basilica. Contact: with questions or to become part of this ministry.

Catholic Late Night is a YouTube show by Overt TV, with the goal to counter the bombardment of internet distraction, pornography, and sin at every turn in our culture. They focus on helping young people understand their purpose in life and the meaning of their sexuality, through the lens of the Catholic faith. The show is produced by Patrick Hanus, a graduate of the Franciscan University of Steubenville and Basilica parishioner. The show airs on YouTube Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10pm. Check out Catholic Late Night here!


  • Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of the Archdiocese of Louisville, who was Bishop of our diocese for nine years and President of the USCCB, has been diagnosed with a serious cancer and has undergone treatment at Duke University. He is suffering ill health but is optimistic. He has asked for our prayers.
    Bishop Stika statement on Archbishop Kurtz
  • 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.

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.

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.
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.

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.  


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.

Advertise your business in our bulletin weekly, and support the publication of our bulletin!

Help for our Hispanic Immigrant Families

Our Hispanic community is looking to buy a property off campus to use for their prayer meetings and other community activities, which will help alleviate our parish space needs. If you can offer any assistance with a real estate purchase, please contact the parish office.

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.”

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.

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