Announcements and Church News

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The Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul invites you to join us for our

2019-20 Sacred Music Concert Series (download flyer with dates here).

Save the dates on your calendar! The next event is:

February 22, 2020 8:00 pm Chattanooga Bach Choir & Orchestra - All-Beethoven concert featuring Beethoven Mass in C (See flyer.)


Our next Missa Cantata in the ancient form will be Sun., Feb. 23, at 5:00 pm, to celebrate Quinquagesima Sunday. English and Spanish translations will be provided.

Also join us Feb. 23rd for our Fourth Sunday Basilica potluck at 6:30 pm! We ask that each family bring TWO or THREE dishes to ensure plenty of food for our large families and visitors. SIGN UP HERE to coordinate which dishes you will bring.

Many people feel uncomfortable and lost when they come to the Latin Mass. We need to reach out to welcome people and share with them our Joy of Tradition! Please contact Maria Rist to VOLUNTEER AS A GREETER. Thank you!

FORMED, a rich program of online Catholic resources offered by the Augustine Institute, is now available to Basilica parishioners!

Access the Basilica's FORMED subscription here at

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Since February is typically the peak of the flu season, Bishop Stika has issued a directive suspending the distribution of the Precious Blood and the exchange of handshakes during the sign of peace in response to the outbreak of influenza in the state. (At our weekend Masses, a chalice of the Precious Blood will be prepared for those who suffer from Celiac disease or another severe gluten allergy.)


Find out all the good things we are doing as well as the challenges and opportunities to join and serve!

  • Liturgical Ministry Appeal January 2020

If you are not yet involved in one of our liturgical ministries - Altar Guild, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Lectors, Sacred Music, Sacristans, and Ushers/Greeters/Announcers - please consider the call to serve.  Fill out our Liturgical Ministry Form or pick one up in the vestibule and turn it in to the parish office.

— including Fr. Carter’s 2019 State of the Parish address —

St. Vincent de Paul Food Drive May 2-3
St. Vincent de Paul Society serves the poor and vulnerable in our Chattanooga community relying on funds, food, and prayer. Their food pantry is located at OLPH and always needs to be re-stocked. Most needed items: beans, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, spaghetti sauce, crackers, baby food, and canned vegetables, tuna and chicken. Bring non-perishable food donations to the basket in our Basilica church vestibule.

Parents' Night Out

Sat., Feb. 15th from 6-10pm

Hosted by St. Ambrose Homeschool Co-op and our Youth Group teens

Please register with Sandy Pricer by Feb. 8. Download Registration Form here or pick one up in the vestibule.

Upcoming Liturgy and Devotion Notices:

  • Our next parish celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism, normally on the 2nd Saturday, is on Saturday, March 14th, at 10:30 am. All are welcome to come and witness!  
  • The Basilica invites you to commit to accompany Our Lord during the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. You may sign up for one or more half-hour periods in the vestibule. Our next First Friday Adoration will be Friday, March 6th, from 12:30pm—5:30pm Benediction. Adoration will resume through the night from 9pm Friday—7am Sat., hosted by our Hispanic community. All are encouraged to attend.

VIRTUS Training April 1

All adults who participate in our youth programs are required to be VIRTUS certified. Deacon Gaspar will be offering a VIRTUS class at the Basilica on Wednesday, April 1, from 5:30 - 8:30pm. You can register for any of the upcoming VIRTUS sessions at (click here and select the Knoxville Diocese).

REGISTER HERE FOR OUR 2019-20 PROGRAMS that began on Sunday, September 8 -
Religious Education Classes for Age 3 - Grade 12 10:15-11:15am Sundays in the St. Dominic RE Building. Class attendance is required for the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation.
Middle School and High School Youth Group 6:30-8:30pm Sundays in the St. Dominic RE Building.

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) 10:15-11:15am Sundays in Varallo Parish Hall - If you are interested in exploring the Catholic faith, or know someone who is, please contact Dan Pacitti at or 865-335-3076

Catholic Scouting at the Basilica

American Heritage Girls and Trail Life USA boys are meeting Mondays from 7pm to 8:30. You are welcome to join us for one meeting before officially joining. Parents should plan to stay with child unless they have officially joined. Contact Terrance Jones ( or Connie Holub ( today!


Our Catholic Motherhood Morning Meeting is normally on the second Tues. of each month. At our next meeting, Feb. 18th from 10-11:30am, we will pray the Rosary together and discuss ideas for our next book.    

Catholic Motherhood invites all mothers for our Wednesday Mom's Night Out, normally the last Wednesday of the month, will be 7pm Wed. Feb. 19th at Blue Orleans (corner of Market and Main). Contact with any questions or to be added to the Catholic Motherhood email list.

Our Book Club meets from 7:40-8:45am Wednesdays in Varallo Parish Hall and is always open to newcomers. On October 2, we began studying a new book, The Apostasy That Wasn’t: The Extraordinary Story of the Unbreakable Early Church, by Basilica parishioner and recent convert, Rod Bennett. The book is available on Contact JuliAnna Hills at 931-581-7527 or for more info. ** Location change - for Feb. 12 only, the Book Club will meet at Mad Priest Coffee. **

Lay Oblates of St. Benedict - 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. Our chapter of Lay Oblates of St. Benedict focuses on applying the Rule of St. Benedict to our lives, learning to pray the Scriptures through lectio divina and offering the Liturgy of the Hours in praise of God. We normally meet on the third Sunday of each month from 5-6:30pm in the church. The next meeting will be on Feb. 16. To find out more, please contact Jason Richard at 423-432-7196.

The Deacon’s Table, hosted by Dcn. Tom and Brenda McConnell, meets every Sunday from 10:15-11:15am in Varallo Parish Hall Come join us!

The next phase of The Deacon’s Table, beginning Feb. 2nd, will launch an 8-part DVD series by Jeff Cavins on “The Activated Disciple”.  In preparation, you are strongly encouraged to purchase Jeff’s book entitled “The Activated Disciple…Taking Your Faith to the Next Level”, published by Ascension Press.  You can also purchase his book, “The Activated Disciple Challenge” to follow along the DVD series. All are warmly invited to attend. Contact Dcn. Tom for further information.

SPANISH Language Class - Ready to start learning Spanish? This fall we will be resuming Spanish classes on Wednesdays at 6pm in the St. Dominic Building. For more information, contact our teacher, Armando Sedeño, through the parish office, or

  • “Catholic Chatt” meets Sunday evenings and also Monday ladies' & men's night and Tuesday taco nights. We do not belong to one parish but rather are a combination of all congregations in the Chattanooga area. Join our Facebook Group to keep posted on our activities. Contact Jonah Coronis, Basilica parishioner, at 423-424-8618 or to find out more about the group.
  • Young Couples Ministry (married, engaged, or dating):   Contact Christina & Andrew Bankson at to get involved!


40 Cans for 40 Days:  KOC Council #610 is sponsoring their 4th Annual Lenten Food Drive to benefit the Chattanooga Area Food Bank.  Please bring non-perishable food items and place them in the basket located in the church vestibule beginning on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26 through Good Friday, April 10.

Community Kitchen Service Opportunity - Our Basilica team is scheduled every 3rd Sunday and every 4th Thursday, 11am-12:30pm. We need a group of 4 parishioners each time to prepare and serve lunch at the 727 E. 11th St. Community Kitchen. Enough helpers will allow for a rotating schedule. Contact the Basilica parish office to sign up.


  • Married Couples: God is going to shower us with the gift of super-gratuitous abundant love with the birth of His Son. Shower your spouse with the same abundant love by putting a Worldwide Marriage Encounter experience on your calendar. The next dates are February 28-March 1 and April 17-19. You can get more information or apply online at or by calling 678-242-WWME

We are in need of donations for altar flowers. Please consider being a supporter of the Basilica's apostolate of beauty.  Maybe you want to honor a family member, a birthday, or an anniversary! Contact the parish office for details.

NEW DATES:  Travel to the Holy Land, Greece and Turkey with Deacon Gaspar De Gaetano from April 14-29, 2020.                       

Visit Jerusalem, Galilee, Capernaum, Bethlehem, Thessalonki, Kalambaka, Phillippi, Kavala, Meteora, Delphi, Corinth, Athens, Piraeus, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Patmos, and Santorini. Cost is $4,999 (Airfare included from anywhere in the US) with a $500 deposit required to secure a spot. Tour Brochures are in the parish office. Contact: Jennifer Wadsworth of Pro Catholic Tours at (612)-730-2890/

Tour information and reservations

FORTY HOURS DEVOTION June 27—29 at the Basilica
Anticipating the patronal feast of Sts. Peter and Paul

with guest preacher, FR. JEFFREY KIRBY, author and moral theologian

Thurs., June 27—6pm procession, litanies, and hymns, with enthronement of the Blessed Sacrament

Exposed Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament—
6pm Thurs. through 5pm Sat.
, with guided prayers each hour. All parish groups and individuals are asked to commit to a holy hour. SIGN UP FOR YOUR HOLY HOUR HERE or in the vestibule.

Fri., June 28—7am Mass, sung noon Mass with preaching by Fr. Jeff Kirby for the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart, 1-3pm Confessions, 6pm Vespers (Evening Prayer) and talk by Fr. Jeff Kirby:  “Peter and Paul in the Heart of the Church”; 7pm classic film about Peter and Paul (with pizza and popcorn!) hosted by Rod Bennett, author and apologist

Sat., June 29— 8am Lauds (Morning Prayer) and talk by Fr. Jeff Kirby:  "The Great Commission to the Heart of the World"; 9am Rosary. (Morning refreshments in Varallo Parish Hall courtesy of our Women’s Ministries.)  5pm Benediction, and 5:30pm Mass for the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, with Confirmation, celebrated by Bishop Stika

See flyer here!

The Ombrellino Gift Shop is open every Wed-Fri. from 11am to 1pm, before and after the Sat. 5:30 pm Vigil, and Sun. from 10am to 1:30 pm. See our new selections of rosaries, scapulars, holy cards, holy water fonts, bracelets, books, and more. Plus, chapel veils, glasses, cups, photos, jackets and T-shirts that commemorate and help the Basilica. Contact: with questions or to become part of this ministry.

Catholic Late Night is a YouTube show by Overt TV, with the goal to counter the bombardment of internet distraction, pornography, and sin at every turn in our culture. They focus on helping young people understand their purpose in life and the meaning of their sexuality, through the lens of the Catholic faith. The show is produced by Patrick Hanus, a graduate of the Franciscan University of Steubenville and Basilica parishioner. The show airs on YouTube Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10pm. Check out Catholic Late Night here!


  • Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of the Archdiocese of Louisville, who was Bishop of our diocese for nine years and President of the USCCB, has been diagnosed with a serious cancer and has undergone treatment at Duke University. He is suffering ill health but is optimistic. He has asked for our prayers.
    Bishop Stika statement on Archbishop Kurtz

Fr. Carter Opened the U. S. House of Representatives in Prayer! 

Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, who is a parishioner of the Basilica, invited Fr. Carter to lead the prayer over the House of Representatives to open Congress on Wed., Jun 12th, at 12 noon. The prayer and Fr. Carter's introduction of Fr. Carter was broadcast live on C-SPAN. WATCH HERE.

Our extensive relics collection, largely donated by the late John Holland III, has been catalogued by Therese Ohotnicky, as part of her Stars and Stripes project for the American Heritage Girls. Our Altar Guild is now featuring our relics on rotation in the side altars. Visit our new Relics Collection page for more information, including a directory of relics with information about the lives of the saints.
"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,

We now have the myParish cell phone app to help you stay connected with the Basilica throughout the week, and give you quick access to daily readings, prayers, homilies, parish staff, bulletins, calendar, and much more. Visit on your phone or go to your phone's app store to download it. You can also send a text message to the number 88202 with the word app to receive a link to download the app.

We have added Groups to help various ministries communicate. To join a Group, you will need to install myParish app and then create a User Account (My Account option in the main menu). Then you can select the Groups and request to join any of the groups that apply to your ministry or interests.  


In order to ensure a safe environment for our children, and in accord with state and diocesan policy, our nursery policy is that we have two adults in the nursery at all times. One of them is our paid staff member, but we are in need of volunteers to be the second person. The second person must be VIRTUS-trained and commit to being present. A sign-up sheet is in the nursery. In order for the nursery to open the following Sunday, someone will need to be signed up to volunteer for the 9am & 11:30 Masses by the end of Masses each Sunday. Each family who uses the nursery is asked to volunteer for at least one Mass per calendar quarter. There is also a donation box in the nursery to defray the $45 cost of keeping it staffed each Sunday. If we do not have your commitment, we will no longer be able to offer nursery services.

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Help for our Hispanic Immigrant Families

As specific needs arise, the parish will ask for help from those who are signed up on our “Help Our Immigrants” signup form, located in the vestibule at the Hispanic ministry table.

Thanks to all those who are “on standby” to help! Please pray for our immigrant community.

Update December 22, 2020:  Following the loss of access to All Saints Academy, we are grateful to have found and purchased a building on 23rd Street to house our growing Hispanic ministry activities. Thanks to all who helped the parish discern a solution for our space needs.

As Bishop Stika has said, our response to this crisis “isn’t about politics or personal agendas. It’s about being the face, hands, feet, and heart of Jesus— at all times and to all people.”

Corpus Christi Procession - June 23 at 1pm

View photos from the Corpus Christi procession and Spanish First Communion Mass, taken by Robin Rudd

View photos from the 11:30 First Communion Mass and Corpus Christi procession, taken by Robin Rudd

Sunday, June 23 is the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. We will celebrate First Holy Communion at our 11:30 Mass and our 1:30 Spanish Mass. We will have Adoration after the 11:30 Mass, followed by our 6th annual Corpus Christi procession from the Basilica through the surrounding streets at 1pm. All are invited to join in this traditional expression of our faith in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Here is a video highlighting scenes from our past procession.

Find out more about our Corpus Christi procession and why we do this.

WEDDING WISDOM from Fr. Carter, Pastor

Pastor's Notes May 12, 2019:  Wedding Season and Wisdom

Pastor's Notes May 19, 2019:  The Underground Railroad out of the Culture of Death *

* The Basilica parish community is forming an "Underground Railroad" of homes to help engaged people avoid or leave the situation of cohabitation prior to marriage. If you are interested in offering a room in your home to an engaged person for a short period, in support of chastity and sacramental marriage, please contact the parish office.

There is still time to be included in our 2020 Parish Directory celebrating Sts. Peter and Paul’s upcoming 130th Anniversary! If you have not yet been photographed, additional photo sessions will be held in Varallo Parish Hall between January 16th and January 25th. Schedule your personal or family photo session with Lifetouch here or call the parish office.