daily mass schedule

Saturday 5:30 pm (Sunday's Liturgy)
*Sunday 9:00 am, 11:30 am English, 1:30 pm Español
Monday 7:00 am (Ancient Form), Noon
Tuesday 12:00 noon
Wednesday 7:00 am, Noon
Thursday 12:00 noon
Friday 7:00 am, Noon

*Missa Cantata in the Ancient Form of the Roman Rite - Every 4th Sunday at 5:00 pm


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

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

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Anticipated Events at the Basilica for 2017 (PDF)

Anticipated Events at the Basilica for 2018 (PDF)

Basilica Ministry Report for 2017 (PDF)

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The Basilica will undergo a sanctuary renovation beginning 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 will be celebrated in Varallo Parish Hall. The main entry to the vestibule will be closed, but four entrances will be available. See entry map.

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

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

During the week of July 23rd - 27th, we will be packing/moving books, religious articles, furniture, and other supplies out of the church and vestibule and into storage. We need many hands to help us organize and protect our treasures!  Please contact the parish office to volunteer.

Upcoming Special Liturgies:
  • On Sunday, July 22, 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. (The nursery will not be staffed for the Missa Cantata. Also, we will not be having a potluck after this Mass.)
  • Communion Services:  While Fr. Carter is on pilgrimage in Ireland, a deacon will offer a Communion service on Thursday, July 19 at Noon. We are fortunate to have a priest to offer Mass at our other regular Mass times this week.
  • On Friday, August 3, we will have the Noon Mass in Varallo Parish Hall, followed by First Friday Adoration in the rectory chapel, concluding with Benediction at 5:30. Adoration will continue from 9pm – 7am in Varallo Parish Hall, hosted by our Hispanic community.

A monthly Evening of Recollection is offered at the Basilica. The evenings, 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 will be held in the Rectory Chapel during the renovation. The next dates are August 1 for Men and August 8 for Women. (Due to Fr. Carter's travel to Ireland, there will be no Evenings of Recollection in July.) For details, contact Dan and Nancy Fisher or the parish office.

On Tuesday, August 7, Catholic Motherhood ministry meets from 10-11:30am in Varallo Parish Hall. There will be a nursery and childcare available for all ages!

Fr. Carter is taking a pilgrim group on a summer tour of Ireland and Scotland July 6 - 19. It will include a stop in the hometown of the Servant of God, Patrick Ryan.

Our Wednesday Book Study, which is normally at 7:40am in Varallo Parish Hall, is taking July off. It will resume on August 8. On April 25 we began studying The Great Divorce, by C. S. Lewis. For more information, please call the parish office.

A Spanish class is on summer break. The class normally meets on Wednesdays from 5pm to 6:30pm in the Religious Education building. There is no fee for the class but those interested must register by calling the parish office.

Our That Man is You group meets on Saturdays at 7am in Varallo Parish Hall.

Our next Blessed Is She gathering will be in September, hosted by Debbie Cliche. More information to follow.

RCIA will begin again in September. If you are interested in exploring the Catholic faith, or know someone who is, please contact the parish office; the name and contact information will be forwarded to the RCIA team.

RCIA requires the involvement of the parish at several levels. Right now, the team is in need of volunteers who would be willing to be a sponsor (befriend someone in the process and provide additional companionship on the journey) as well as folks who would be interested in presenting an aspect of the faith in class (Mary, Confession, The Saints, Devotions, anything—). Before you say “I don’t know enough,” know that the RCIA team is there to support you and both sponsoring and resenting are excellent ways to deepen your own faith. Please consider volunteering in either capacity (or both); we also need folks willing to provide refreshments for class.  Contact the parish office. Many hands make light—and rewarding—work!
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. There is a group of people in our parish who are interested in developing a chapter of lay oblates of St. Benedict. The group  focuses on applying the Rule of St. Benedict to their lives, learning to pray the Scriptures through lectio divina and offering the Liturgy of the Hours in praise of God. If you are interested in learning more about this spirituality we would love to hear from you. Please call the parish office or contact Daniel Sharkey at 877-3239. At some point we will announce a time for an organizational meeting of those who have expressed interest.
AN OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR ORGAN - We have reached our goal!

Thank you to all who have helped us raise $35,000 to install two ranks we need to complete the organ: the trompettes and clarinet, a total of 122 custom made pipes! Our organ will already be down for maintenance after the sanctuary renovation, and adding the pipes at this time will save us money and additional downtime in the future. Your response to this special call for help has been tremendous and is greatly appreciated!  

Fr. Carter Calls for Volunteers!
We have an immediate need in three areas for volunteers:
  • First, our Ombrellino Gift Shop is in need of volunteers to open the bookstore. Without volunteers opening the bookstore, it remains closed and we miss our opportunity to reach people.
  • Secondly, our St. Mary Magdalene Bereavement Ministry:  When parishioners die, we have a great tradition of offering a meal for the family after the funeral, which brings great consolation to those who mourn. However, we are currently in need of volunteers and leadership of this very important ministry.
  • Finally, our Gloria Dei Schola is always looking for new singers, but in particular, due to varying life circumstances, several of our singers are having to take leave and as a result we have an immediate, urgent need for TENORS and BASSES who can read music, so that the beautiful sacred music that we have come to enjoy may continue.
I highly encourage you to get involved in our parish and in particular one of these very needed ministries. Please contact the parish office and we will help you get started.
- Fr. David Carter
NEW "We Give Electronically" Cards for the Offertory
Many people these days manage their money online and have expressed a desire to tithe online, and so we have a link on our website for people who choose to give this way. People have also expressed interest in participating in the weekly collection, and so we have produced a card in the pew with an image of the Three Wise Men bringing their gifts to the Christ child. On the back it states, “We Give Electronically.” This card is placed in the pew so we may put it into the collection basket to remind us that our online offerings are a gift to God and an essential part of our commitment to His Church,
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.
Consider joining Fr. Carter and Deacon Gaspar on a summer tour of Ireland and Scotland July 6 - 19. Click here to learn more

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 Thursday, August 30, from 1-4pm in the parish office. Registration is required. You can register for this or any of the upcoming VIRTUS sessions from the Diocese of Knoxville website (dioknox.org). Follow the links under “Safe Environment.”

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