We are starting a Saints Anna and Simeon Society, called “STASIS”, to spiritually support people in difficult or irregular marriage situations, including those divorced and separated, who desire to live in communion with the Catholic Church. Now on our Marriage page are Catholic resources to help you or someone you know. If you are interested in being a part of our STASIS network to give and/or receive spiritual support, contact the parish office.
Our Collection Counting ministry needs more volunteers to help count the offertory collection. The work usually takes between one and two hours. For more information and to volunteer for this ministry, contact Marina Delaney in the parish office at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Church has begun a Papal Synod. In response to the invitation of our Pope and our Bishop, please visit synodsurvey.org to complete an anonymous 20-minute survey about your experiences with your local church, faith/religion and other circumstances. Catholics and non-Catholics of East Tennessee, ages 14 and up, are invited. Survey will close at 11:59pm Jan. 30. Thank you for your input.
Our RCIA candidates and catechumens have been meeting weekly since September to learn the Catholic faith. Sunday, Jan. 9th, at the 9:00 English Mass and the 1:30 Spanish Mass, they will participate in the Rite of Welcome. WE NEED SPONSORS to accompany the candidates on their faith journey. Please pray for our candidates, and contact our RCIA Coordinator, Dan Pacitti (email@example.com), or call the parish office this week if you are interested in serving someone as a sponsor. Thank you!
After the past year with no receptions, we are preparing to resume our Reception Ministry gradually as the safety provisions allow. We need your help! The Reception ministry is an ideal opportunity for new and long-time parishioners to exercise hospitality, share your talents, get involved in our activities, and connect with fellow parishioners. Click to find out more...
The Basilica took up a second collection at our weekend Masses on Dec. 25 & 26 to assist the Diocese of Owensboro, KY following the catastrophic tornadoes there on Dec. 10-11. You may donate online at any time. Click for more information.
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.
The Chattanooga Area Food Bank needs help! Please bring food donations to the Basilica vestibule. Right now, the most needed food items are proteins, rice, beans, stuffing, soups, and anything easy to open and microwavable. They also need cash gifts. The same dollar this year buys 25% less food than last year. They also need volunteers to sort and pack food. Click here for more information, or call the Chattanooga area Food Bank at 423-622-1800.
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.
Jornada de Vacunación contra COVID-19 (Pfizer) - Domingo 29 de agosto en Nuestra Señora de Perpetuo Socorro (OLPH) de 1pm a 4pm, disponible para todos los mayores de 12 años. Gratis! Primera o segunda dosis. Vea un video aquí con respuestas a preguntas comunes sobre la vacuna.
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.
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 email@example.com
Paid Job Training Opportunity for people 55+ who are unemployed and really need to work. Train at home options available. Contact 423-629-2501 x3130 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Federally funded program offered by Goodwill Industries of the Greater Chattanooga Area
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.
The Basilica has recently been asked to help with two programs to help seniors and the disabled in our community. Meals on Wheels delivers hot meals and My Ride Tennessee provides rides for essential trips to seniors and disabled folks. They need adults to deliver the meals and/or give the rides. Flexible shifts are available. Please consider volunteering for these corporal works of mercy, in the spirit of St. Joseph the Worker. Find out more here...
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 Mar. 18, 2021, Fr. Carter interviewed Corinne Henderson, Basilica parishioner and board member of La Paz Chattanooga, a social service organization with faith-based roots that serves and strengthens our Latino community via corporal works of mercy. Click to watch the video and read the interview, which is featured in Fr. Carter's pastor's notes for April 18 & April 25, 2021.
The USCCB, Bishop Stika, and Fr. Carter have recently spoken about the morality of the COVID-19 vaccines, with special considerations about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. See Bishop Stika's statement and the Chattanooga News Channel 9 interview here.