Announcements and Church News

For archived PDF copies of our bulletins Click Here

"An Evening of Song" at the Basilica:  Our own Gloria Dei Schola singer, Noah Muncy, who is a Music Education major at The University of Tennessee Chattanooga, will hold a benefit concert at the Basilica on Sunday, February 17, at 7:30 pm. The concert will include solo selections from Noah, as well as performances by his Barbershop Quartet, "Old-Fashioned," our Gloria Dei Schola, and pianist Therese Ohotnicky. Please join us as Noah shares his talents with us, and consider making a donation to help fund his tour to Ireland with the UTC Chamber Singers this year.

Sat., Feb. 23 from 6:30-8:30 pm in Varallo Parish Hall
Girls, ask your fathers or that special male role model in your life for an evening of dancing, fun, and lasting memories! DJ, dancing, refreshments, photo booth
$20 per couple. $5 each additional daughter. $35 max per family.
Turn in registration and money by Feb. 17th to Danielle Stradley on Sunday or the parish office.

Help Fr. Carter bring gifts to the youth in Haiti! In March, Fr. Carter will be leading our annual parish pilgrimage to Haiti. On the weekend of Feb. 23-24, The Youth Group will be collecting school supplies and other items for Father to bring to the youth in Haiti. See flyer with suggested items to donate.

Pro-Life Oratory Contest for All High School Students:

Greater Chattanooga Right To Life Chapter is sponsoring an oratory contest on Saturday, March 9 at the downtown library. Students may choose to speak about abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, stem cell research. The local winner is sponsored to compete in the statewide contest on April 27. Download the flyer and application here, or pick it up in the vestibule or parish office. The deadline to apply is Saturday, March 2.  Contact or (423) 432-7488 or visit for more information. BE A VOICE FOR LIFE!

PARENTS' NIGHT OUT Saturday, March 9th from 6-10pm - Hosted by the Basilica's St. Ambrose Homeschool Co-op and Youth Group. $5/child. Sign up by March 1st. Download a flyer here or pick one up in the vestibule, and turn it in to Sandy Pricer.

Liturgical Ministry Appeal
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.  Download our Liturgical Ministry Form or pick one up in the vestibule and turn it in to the parish office.

Upcoming Liturgy and Devotion Notices:   

  • Our next Missa Cantata in the ancient form is Sun., Feb. 24, at 5:00 pm.
  • The Basilica invites you to commit to accompany Our Lord during the First Friday 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 1, 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.
  • February 22, the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, is a significant feast day for all basilicas worldwide, in connection with the Holy Father. A sung Mass will be offered at noon on Friday, Feb. 22, to celebrate this feast.
  • The church will now be open weekdays from 6am until the office closes at 4pm (with occasional exceptions for holidays), and you are invited to visit the Blessed Sacrament reserved in the Tabernacle. We would like to extend the open time, but we will need volunteer custodians to commit to remaining in the church in order to afford this opportunity. If you are interested in this, call the parish office. 
  • In accord with Bishop Stika, on Fridays at 7am and noon, the Basilica will offer the Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for the reparation of sins against the Church. Mass will conclude with the recitation of an Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus by the assembly. This will be the Mass offered every Friday, except when it is superseded by a feast day.

  • Please note our parish office will be closed Monday, Feb. 18, in observance of President’s Day.


Deacon’s Table - Dcn. Tom McConnell recently launched “The Deacon’s Table.” It will unfold in the next sessions, as he describes his “Road to Rome”… from Protestantism to Catholicism... The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month from 10:15-11:15am in the parish office Mahoney Conference Room. The next meeting is Feb. 17th.

The Catholic Motherhood ministry is studying Scott Hahn’s book: The First Society: The Sacrament of Matrimony and the Restoration of the Social Order, which can be ordered on The next meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 12th, from 10-11:30am in Varallo Parish Hall. All mothers are welcome, and a nursery will be available.

The Catholic Motherhood ministry is now offering a study for moms of all ages, entitled, “Momnipotent," facilitated by Sandy Pricer, on the last Tuesday of each month.The next study will be on February 26th from 7-9:30pm. Please bring a snack or drink to share. Contact Rachel Wesson with any questions or to be added to the Catholic Motherhood Group email list.

The Lord is calling us to conversion! Evenings of Formation (formerly “Evenings of Recollection”) offer us the opportunity for the grace of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Adoration and the inspirational writings of the Saints, all wrapped in a time of peace and quiet away from distractions and noise.  We also have a short discussion after the meeting to allow time for sharing and fellowship. The next opportunity for men is Wed., Mar. 13th from 7pm - 9pm. The theme for this evening will be the great Doctor of the church, St. Teresa of Avila. Men will meet on Wed., Apr. 10th. For more information, call Dan and Nancy Fisher:  423-803-0257 land line.

SPANISH Language Class - Ready to start learning Spanish? We have just begun Spanish classes on Wednesdays at 6pm in the St. Dominic Building. It’s not too late to join! For more information, contact our new teacher, Armando Sedeño:  423-208-1011 or

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 new 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 are now meeting on the third Sunday of each month from 5-6:30pm in Varallo Parish Hall. The next meeting will be on Feb. 17. To find out more, please call the parish office or contact Daniel Sharkey at 877-3239.

Our Book Club meets from 7:40-8:25am Wednesdays in Varallo Parish Hall and is always open to newcomers. On January 9, we began a new book, Reclaiming Catholic Social Teaching, by Antholy Esolen.

Natural Family Planning Classes! - We now have a Couple-to-Couple League NFP teaching couple at the Basilica! The next class series is on three Thursday evenings:  March 21, April 25, and May 16, from 6:30-9:00pm. See our Weddings page for details.

The Basilica has recently founded a Trail Life Troop for boys and an American Heritage Girls Troop for girls. These activities provide a great means to develop faith, virtue, skills and leadership for Catholic children ages 5-18. Fr. Carter participates, including attending hikes and campouts. Meetings are Mondays at 7 p.m. New families are welcome to visit and experience what we are all about. Contact Peter or Sherry Ohotnicky at for more details. More information may also be found at and


  • Call to Love/Llamado al Amor - Bilingual Marriage Conference:  Sat., March 23 at the Cathedral in Knoxville. Learn about the dignity, beauty and power of marriage and family life in the mission of the Church and how to make your marriage work. English presentations begin at 12pm ($25). Spanish presentations begin at 8:30am ($30, includes lunch). Concludes with bilingual Mass at 5:30pm. Download flyer. Order tickets by March 15.

  • Created for Connection - "Hold Me Tight" - 2-day workshop for Christian married and pre-marital couples:  Sat., March 30 10am-5pm and Sun., March 31, 1pm-4pm at St. Stephen's Church, facilitated by Lee University's Marriage and Family Therapy graduate interns. Are you looking to enrich a healthy relationship, revitalize a tired one, or rescue one gone awry? We all desire a lifetime of love, support, and companionship, but sometimes we need a little help. With this workshop, you will take home tools that you can keep using in your relationship. $40/couple (includes Sat. lunch). Social Skills SS Grin workshop will be simultaneously offered for elementary aged children ($25/child). Download flyer for more information. Register by March 21 with Marian Christiana at or (423) 892-2310.


Many thanks to ALL our volunteers! We have re-opened the renovated church for Masses beginning December 15-16!

Photos of Renovations through the Generations at Sts. Peter and Paul

Photos of our Altar Dedication Mass on December 23, 2018 (thanks to parishioner Christina Bankson)


  • A Rosary will be prayed in English after the 9:00 Mass. We will gather at the statue of the Blessed Mother.
  • Each Sunday at 12:45pm, we pray a Bilingual Rosary with our parishioners from our English and Spanish Masses. This is an opportunity for our bilingual community to join in solidarity through the prayers that we share in common. All are invited. Bilingual handouts will be provided.

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.  

"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,


Please take the time to fill out this quick survey put together in consultation with the Parish Pastoral Council so that we can better plan for the future here at Sts. Peter and Paul.

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.

Incense for Upcoming Weekends and Holy Days

We normally use incense at our principal Sunday Masses at 11:30am (English) and 1:30pm (Spanish). On holy days we expand our use of incense. Over the next few weeks we have several feasts and solemnities to celebrate!

June 29-July 1: Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul:  incense at Friday noon, Sunday 9:00, 11:30, & 1pm

July 7-8 and beyond:  Ordinary Time:  incense at 11:30 and 1:30 only

See our article, The Use of Incense in the Mass, for more information.

Highlights of the Liturgical Year

Potluck reception to follow in Varallo Parish Hall
Nursery will be available

Admission is FREE. Donations to support sacred music concerts at the Basilica will be accepted.

Click here for flyer

Corpus Christi Procession - June 3 at 1pm

Sunday, June 3 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 5th 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 last year's procession.

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

AN OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR ORGAN - We have reached our goal!

Thank you to all who have helped us raise $35,000 to install two ranks we need to complete the organ: the trompettes and clarinet, a total of 122 custom made pipes! Our organ will already be down for maintenance after the sanctuary renovation, and adding the pipes at this time will save us money and additional downtime in the future. Your response to this special call for help has been tremendous and is greatly appreciated!  

REGISTER HERE FOR OUR 2018-19 PROGRAMS that began on Sunday, September 9 -
Religious Education Classes for Age 3 - Grade 12 10:15-11:15am Sundays in the St. Dominic Building
Middle School and High School Youth Group 6:30-8:30pm Sundays at All Saints Academy
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) 10:15-11:15am Sundays at All Saints Academy


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.

Advertise your business in our bulletin weekly, and support the publication of our bulletin!

VIRTUS Training April 23

Parents and other adults who would like to participate in our youth programs are required to be certified under the VIRTUS program. Deacon Gaspar will be offering a VIRTUS class at the Basilica on Tuesday, April 23, from 5:30 – 8:30pm. You can register for this or any of the upcoming VIRTUS sessions at (click here and select the Knoxville Diocese).

Help Needed for our Hispanic Immigrant Families - Information Meeting Dec. 16 between the Masses

A representative from the Tennessee Immigration and Refugee Rights Coalition will be at the Basilica on Sunday, Dec. 16 between the morning Masses to discuss ways we can help our fellow Hispanic parishioners who do not have the legal status that we enjoy, and live in fear of deportation. After the recent government raid in Grainger County, St. Patrick’s in Morristown partnered with this Coalition to provide refuge, child care, and other emergency assistance to many families who were displaced. We hope to be able to come together at the Basilica to respond effectively if something like this were to happen here. If you would like to be a part of a rapid response team help our immigrant community, please give us your name and contact information so that we can keep you involved in the discussion. A signup sheet is at the Hispanic ministry table by the kitchen, or you can contact the parish office. And please pray for our immigrant community.

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.”

FISH FRY Each Friday of Lent
The Knights of Columbus Council 610 is planning to offer a fish fry in Varallo Parish Hall every Friday during Lent in Varallo Parish Hall, at 6:30pm after Stations of the Cross.
Menu:  Beer Battered Cod, French Fries, Hush Puppies, French Fries, Cole Slaw, Soup & Salad (Vegan/Gluten Free)
Price:  $7/adult, $5/child, $25/family cap

The tabulated results of our recent "Town-hall Meeting" have been posted and can be viewed by clicking this link: Town Hall Meeting Results