SEEK is a 3 day conference that will have over 1200 college students seeking an encounter with Jesus while immersed in Catholic community, participating in Sacraments, receiving talks from dynamic Catholic speakers, and prayer. For many students who are on the fence about following Christ this conference is a life-changing event. Please prayerfully consider donating to sponsor a student's conference attendance. Click for more info on donating.
National Vocation Awareness Week will be celebrated in our country November 7-13, 2021. Please ask Our Lord for more dedicated, holy priests, deacons and consecrated men and women. May they be inspired by Jesus Christ, supported by our faith community, and respond generously to God’s gift of a vocation.
We are happy to announce that The Deacon’s Table, which was founded by Dcn. Tom McConnell and his wife Brenda, will start back Sunday, October 24th. Brenda McConnell will be leading the group, and she is looking forward to continuing this ministry that they started together. Classes will meet Sundays at 10:15am in Varallo Parish Hall, as they did before.
Our Downtown Youth Ministry for 6th-12th graders is transitioning to new leadership. Kalista Bartee, who is expecting her fifth child, is passing the torch to Jenny Haug. The Youth Group continues to meet Wednesdays from 6-8pm in Varallo Parish Hall. Click here to find out more.
In the spirit of the Visitation, would you consider bringing the joy of the Real Presence of Jesus to the homebound or hospital-bound? Training will be provided for current Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and those who are not yet enlisted as Extraordinary Ministers. Contact Dcn. Gaspar DeGaetano to join the Blessed Virgin Mary Visitation Guild in this mission of mercy. Click for details.
26th Annual Pilgrimage for Restoration - A Traditional Walking Pilgrimage - Friday to Sunday, September 24-26, 2021. The “Auriesville” Pilgrimage - Relocated to Eastern Pennsylvania to Our Lady of Guadalupe’s Shrine, Allentown, due to the continued lockdowns in New York State. Come to restore. The rest will come. Choir singers are also needed for the St. Cecilia Brigade on this pilgrimage. Sign-up and more information at pilgrimage-for-restoration.org. 610.435.2634 email@example.com.
Our Jubilate Deo Youth Schola resumes this fall for students in grades 2-12 with unchanged voices. Learn to read and sing the sacred music of the Church! Classes will be on Fridays from 4:30-5:30pm, beginning Sept. 10 for new students and Oct. 1 for returning students.
Our Basilica parish supports the Ladies of Charity, who give direct financial assistance to the poor. Besides collecting monetary donations and gently used items, their Greater Goods Gift Store needs volunteers to sort and tag their many donations, assist customers in the store, or cashier. Click for more info.
In-person VBS for preK through 6th graders will be held August 2, 3, and 4 from 8:45 to 11:45am. Registration is due to Florence Porter by July 25. Register online (click for registration form) or fill out the printed form in the vestibule. Both adult and teen volunteers are needed. Please contact Florence Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up to volunteer. All volunteers 18 and up must be certified with Safe Haven.
Do you enjoy hearing and singing the traditional sacred music of the Mass? If you can sight read your voice part, sing on pitch, and join our Thursday 6:30pm rehearsals, please consider joining us. Click to find out more.
We would like to be able to re-open the Ombrellino Gift Shop, but we need several volunteers to keep it open on the weekend. Until we re-open, items can be purchased by contacting the parish office 9am-4pm Monday through Friday. For more info, contact Marina Delaney in the parish office at email@example.com
Religious Education classes for all grades will resume Sundays from 10:15-11:15am beginning September 12. We need a lead teacher and an assistant for each classroom. A great way to learn about our faith is to teach it! You just need a deep desire to share the Catholic Faith, and we will support you with the tools to share it. For more information, contact Florence Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org
Trail Life is in need of adult volunteers by July 1st in order to be able to field a troop this year. You do not have to be a parent of a Trailman to serve. Please prayerfully consider supporting this ministry for our boys and young men. (Click for details.)
We have started a free Parish Professionals Directory listing for Catholic professionals and service providers in Chattanooga. Please support our fellow Catholic professionals by utilizing this directory. If you own a business or provide a service that parishioners could utilize, please let us know in the parish office. Click for more info and to view the Parish Professionals Directory.
On April 24, 2021, Fr. Carter interviewed Sandy Pricer, Basilica parishioner, and the Founder and Co-Director of the St. Ambrose Catholic Homeschool Co-op. Click to read or watch the interview and for links to more information about our homeschool co-op.
Select the title to view a list of our regular scheduled ministry activities, and then click the name of the particular ministry for more information. Please note that parish activities on campus are limited during the coronavirus outbreak. However, many of our groups have resumed on-campus and others are continuing to meet virtually, outdoors, off-campus, etc.
We just learned of this poll Chattanooga Times-Free Press has out. Of course the answer is a resounding NO! Chattanooga does not want or need the deadly agenda Planned Parenthood has to offer. Please vote NO, quickly before they remove the poll.
On Feb. 24, 2021, Fr. Carter interviewed Adam Foster, Basilica parishioner and active member of the Knights of Columbus Council 610, and discussed its history, mission, and opportunities to join and support this group of Catholic men. Click to watch the full 02-24-21 interview with Adam Foster and/or read the transcript.
CATHOLIC MEN: The Tennessee Knights of Columbus welcome you to join the largest Catholic fraternal benefits organization in the world for free through June 30, 2021. We are Catholic men building a bridge back to faith, dedicated to lives of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism. Practicing Catholic gentleman, age 18 or older, join today using the discount code MCGIVNEY2020 at www.kofc.org/join!