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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calendar of events

Anticipated Events at the Basilica for 2017 (PDF)

Anticipated Events at the Basilica for 2018 (PDF)

Basilica Ministry Report for 2017 (PDF)

latest news

LENTEN DEVOTIONS at the Basilica include
  • Solemnity of St. Joseph - Mon., March 19 - Sung Mass at Noon
  • Adoration Fridays from 12:30pm-5:30pm and 7:30pm-7am
  • Vespers (Evening Prayer) 5:45pm Wed & Fri
  • Stations of the Cross 6pm Wed & Fri (Children's Stations on 3/14)
  • Lenten Dinner 6:30pm Fridays - hosted by Knights of Columbus Council 610 - bring canned food and donations for the rice bowl!

HOLY WEEK schedule:
  • Wednesday 3/28 - 5:45pm Vespers, 6pm Stations, and 6:30 pm Seder Meal (RSVP by March 22)
  • Holy Thursday 3/29 - 6:30pm Holy Thursday Mass (Bilingual), Adoration until Midnight
  • Good Friday 3/30 - 1-3pm Confessions, 3pm Stations (Bilingual), 6:30pm The Passion of the Lord Liturgy (Bilingual)
  • Holy Saturday 3/30 - 8:30 pm Easter Vigil Mass (Bilingual)
  • Easter Sunday 4/1 - 9am & 11:30am English Masses, 1:30pm Spanish Mass

Full schedule for Lent and Holy Week 2018


Our parish Seder Meal will be held at 6:30 pm Wed, Mar. 28. Please sign up in the vestibule or parish office by Thurs., Mar. 22 to participate in the reenacting of this Jewish tradition which forms the basis of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. There is no charge for the dinner, but donations will be welcomed. Please bring wine or grape juice for your table, and a dessert to share.
On Sat., March 24 our Women’s Ministries will be having their quarterly meeting from 9-10am in Varallo Parish Hall. ALL women are invited to come to discuss our new direction towards building community and spiritual well-being.

On Sat, March 24 from 10am-2pm we will be having our annual Parish Cleanup to prepare for Holy Week. All parishioners are asked to consider participating in this important stewardship of our church. Please bring brooms, mops, rags, and scrapers to remove chewing gum. Fr. Carter will provide pizza for lunch. For more information, contact Shannon Hinson through the parish office.

We will not have a Missa Cantata on the fourth Sunday of March, which is Palm Sunday. On Sunday, April 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. Our monthly Basilica Potluck will follow. We are looking for more helpers to support our monthly potluck, going forward. Please contact Shannon Hinson.

A Natural Family Planning class series will begin at the Basilica on Wednesdays:  March 21, April 18, and May 16 at 7pm. Couples should attend all three classes together. To register, go to www.ccli.org. For more information, contact Pete and Sherry Ohotnicky through the parish office.

On Tuesday, Apr. 10, the Catholic Motherhood ministry will meet from 10-11:30am in Varallo Parish Hall to study the book, "The Power of Silence" by Cardinal Sarah. A nursery will be available for the morning meeting. All mothers of all ages are welcome. Due to Holy Week, there will be no evening meeting on Tuesday, Mar. 27.

Fr. Christopher Riehl, who has been in residence with us these past few months, is being assigned as Chaplain of Alexian Village on Signal Mountain, effective April 1st. We thank him for his ministry and service to our parish and wish him well in this new assignment. Because we will be losing his daily presence, the 7am Mass on Tuesday and Thursday will not be offered after Holy Week.

Julie Smith, who has helped us start the Ombrellino gift shop, will be leaving for an extended period of time. Her departure will leave us in need of volunteer help to assist those who are already serving this ministry, by filling shifts during our weekend Masses. Please contact Julie Smith or the Parish Office if you are interested in serving this important outreach ministry.

We have started a new Book Study on Wednesdays at 7:40am in Varallo Parish Hall. We are studying Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson. We are using the edition with ISBN # 1587314711. Call the parish office for more information.

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 begin in the church. The next dates are Apr. 11 for Men and Apr. 18 for Women. For details, contact Dan and Nancy Fisher or the parish office.

Consider joining Fr. Carter and Dcn. Gaspar 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. Flyers are in the vestibule.

2018 Vacation Bible School – Discovery Mission – will be held June 18-22 from 8am – Noon. If you are interested in helping, contact Danielle Stradley through the parish office.

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

The Knights of Columbus are collecting canned food this Lent. Please bring donations to the marked box in the vestibule.

A Spanish class has started on Wednesdays from 5pm to 6:30pm beginning January 10 in the Religious Education building. There is no fee for the class but those interested must register by calling the parish office.

Deacon Gaspar will be offering a VIRTUS class at the Basilica on Thurs, Apr. 26 from 1-4pm in the St. Dominic Building. You can register for this or any of the upcoming "Protecting God's Children" classes through the Diocese of Knoxville website (dioknox.org). Follow the links under “Safe Environment.”
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.
Martin Luther King Blvd. Closure - The City of Chattanooga is renovating Miller Park and MLK Blvd. They will be closing the section of MLK Blvd. between Miller Park and Miller Plaza from Nov. 13 to mid-March, 2018. For more information, see the detour map and project schedule posted by CDOT.
Help spread Easter joy by joining our Youth Group and UTC’s Baskets of Smiles to provide Easter baskets for children in local shelters. Instead of candy and secular-themed Easter merchandise, we will be collecting books, toys, and religious items for children of all ages. Click here for the list of requested items.  Please bring your donations by March 18, and place them in boxes in the vestibule.
Consider joining Fr. Carter and Deacon Gaspar on a summer tour of Ireland and Scotland July 6 - 19. Click here to learn more

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