You are invited to EWTN’s FREE Family Celebration event on Saturday, August 26th at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) in Birmingham, AL. Listen to inspirational speakers in both English and Spanish, meet EWTN TV and Radio hosts, and spend time with leading Catholic authors. Confession and Adoration are available throughout the day, as well as the celebration of the Holy Mass. Doors open at 8:00 am. Visit ewtn.com/familycelebration and click on the registration button to reserve your spot for this wonderful family event.
We host parish dinners, receptions after funerals, Confirmation, concerts, and more. We need help planning, cook, serving, and cleaning. But we also just need donations of food and drink for each event. It is not expected for everyone to help every time. Contact Florence Porter firstname.lastname@example.org to join!
Robert Lee Martin, father of Basilica parishioner Robert C. Martin, passed away June 30, 2023 following a long illness. Services for Robert at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul will be Sat., July 8, 2023, with VISITATION at 10:30am and FUNERAL MASS at 11:30am. VISITATION also on Fri., July 7 4pm - 7pm at the Cleveland Chapel of Companion Funeral Home. Please pray for Robert's soul. May Robert Lee Martin, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. (Click to read his OBITUARY.)
Our Lorelei’s Library in the hallway is available for every parishioner to check out one book at a time for three weeks. We have just begun a summer inventory of the library and found already that 40 of the books for small children are missing, and many of them haven’t been properly checked out by leaving the card. Since these books will be expensive to replace, we are asking everyone to check around your house and in your car, in case you have any books with a Lorelei’s Library card pocket in the back cover. Please return these books to the basket at the library as soon as you can. And if you notice children’s books lying around the church, please help us by putting them into the basket. UPDATE 7/22/23: Thanks to all who have returned missing books. The inventory is complete, and we invite you to continue enjoying Lorelei's Library!
Bishop Stika announced his retirement on June 27, 2023. Most Reverend Shelton L. Fabre, Archbishop of Louisville, has been appointed by the Holy Father as the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Knoxville until a new bishop is assigned. Read Bishop Stika's statement and Archbishop Fabre's letter to the faithful here.
Michael Buendia, a young adult parishioner of the Basilica as well as St. Jude, has passed at the age of 43 after being hospitalized for several days with possible cancer. A large mass was found in his lower abdomen. Michael is survived by his wife Karmel Buendia, daughter of Basilica parishioner Bill Jochym, and their two small children. Please pray for Michael's soul and for his family.
Shirley Ann McCaleb Lautigar passed away on May 7, 2023. Shirley and her husband Ron had been active parishioners at the Basilica until retiring to Alexian Village in 2019. Shirley was the former head of our Altar Ministry, and a dedicated volunteer of our Facilities projects with her husband Ron, our Facilities Coordinator. Shirley died peacefully in her sleep, of complications from several illnesses. Click for details and to read her obituary.
+ Carole Steiner Tubbs passed from this world on 3/23/2023, after a post-stroke decline. Carole and the Steiner family had been long-time parishioners of Sts. Peter and Paul and she was a graduate of Notre Dame High School. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul Saturday, June 10, at 2:00 pm, with visitation at 1:30 pm before Mass. Click to read her obituary. May Carole Steiner Tubbs, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Please welcome Fr. John Anglin OFM who will be with us to celebrate Masses on April 29 & 30, 2023, and tell us about the work of Unbound, a lay Catholic sponsorship ministry that helps children and elderly in 18 developing countries. To learn more, call (800) 875-6564 or visit Unbound online at www.unbound.org.
We are starting a “Quad” initiative this Lent. Catholics tend to be lacking when it comes to building fellowship. This Lent, we encourage you to do something radical. Form a group of 4 men or 4 women to meet each week of Lent to study a saint, the Bible, or some other Catholic program—you get to choose. After Mass there will be flyers in the back with a short guide of how to get started. See the flyer and reach out to someone you feel the Holy Spirit is guiding you towards.
Click to see our schedule for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter 2023 including Friday Adoration, Stations of the Cross, Fish Fry, and all the special liturgies during these high holy seasons. Also note the rules for fasting and abstinence.
Laura Duford suffers from complete heart block and several other heart conditions. UPDATE: She had a successful surgery for her 5th pacemaker Feb. 13, 2023, and she is need of prayers for her anticipated 6-week recovery. A meal train will be added soon. Laura and Dave Duford and their four young children are active at the Basilica and appreciate the prayers of the parish family. Click here to read more about Laura's health conditions and suggested prayers.
In connection to the Abiding Together podcast, the Catholic Motherhood group will be discussing Be Transformed: The Healing Power of the Sacraments, by Bob Schuchts. The group will meet via Zoom on Tuesday nights from 8-9pm. Contact Nikki Pacitti at (423) 718-2843 for further details and for a discount code for the book.
On Sept. 29, 2022, Cate Mueller went to the hospital for what she thought was a stroke, and she was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer that has also spread to parts of her brain. She has undergone radiation and chemotherapy, and is receiving immunotherapy through 2023. Cate has tolerated the treatments with grace and even humor, and the treatments are working! Cate is married to Dan Mueller, our Basilica Usher Coordinator and Knights of Columbus Liaison, and she is active at the Basilica as a Lector and a member of the Finance Council. Please pray for Cate and her family. Click to read more.
ALL WOMEN are invited to the Knoxville Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Convention at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Lenoir City, April 20-22. Come 1, 2 or all 3 days. The conference brings together women from across the Diocese to share in spirituality and holy sisterhood. On Thursday, there will be a Memorial Mass with Bishop Stika, honoring women in the Diocese who have died during the last year followed by a banquet with Keynote Speaker Melissa Foley. On Saturday, Fr. John Arthur Orr will speak on the Eucharist as the food for our journey. Early Registration is $125. Click for more information and visit the KDCCW.Org website.
Having trouble hearing the homily? We now have hearing assistance available through listening devices or through your smartphone, with the “Listen Everywhere” app. Look for the “Assisted Hearing” display in the vestibule. We are looking for volunteers to help us get these devices and the app to people at Mass. Click for details.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI passed away the morning of December 31, 2022, at the age of 95. Click to read Pope Benedict's own spiritual testament, his obituary, and several articles regarding his illness, death, and funeral. Please pray for the repose of the soul of +Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
We are recruiting volunteers for two very important liturgical ministries in our parish: our Usher/Greeter ministry – to provide welcome and help to all who come through our doors, and our Sacristan ministry - to prepare the altar for Holy Mass. Training will be provided. Contact the parish office to discuss these opportunities.
We have a few spots left for women of all ages for a retreat Feb. 3-5 at the Bethany House in Dickson, TN! The title is Beyond the Noise and it will be led by Fr. Christopher Floersh. Afternoon walks, rosary, lectio divina, divine chapter, quiet time, holy hour, fellowship, and daily Mass. The Dominican Sisters pamper us with home-cooked meals and top-notch accommodations. Friday evening at 5 through Noon on Sunday (Central Time).