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We need volunteers to help us abide by the health measures needed in order to be able to offer public Masses according to the Bishop’s decree, beginning May 31st. In particular, we are going to need extra ushers and a volunteer cleaning crew after each weekend Mass. If you are willing to help, please contact the parish office with your name, email, and phone number, to be added to the list, and we will contact you with more information. Here is a video of our Basilica COVID Safety Training that was held on May 22.

Información en español para nuestra comunidad sobre los instrucciones para prepararnos para abrir la basílica el 31 de mayo

WATCH LIVE MASSES, prayers, and other events at the Basilica HERE on our Facebook page. (You do not need a Facebook account.)


Readings of the Day   Prayers of the Liturgy of the Hours (iBreviary)

Check out our priests' recent homilies on our HOMILIES page.

An Act of Spiritual Communion may be prayed at times when it is not possible to receive the Sacrament physically.


Out of concern for health, Bishop Stika has suspended public Masses throughout the Diocese of Knoxville through May 24th. (Read Bishop Stika's announcement here.) The dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation continues.

Basilica Plan for Resuming Public Masses - issued May 21st

NEW PUBLIC MASS SCHEDULE and Health Measures beginning May 25th  

Nuevo Horario de Misas Públicas y Medidas de Salud 31 de mayo 2020

CURRENT SCHEDULE / Horario (bilingüe) through May 24th

All Masses are closed to the public until May 25th but will be live-streamed.

SUNDAYS (through May 24th; schedule beginning May 31st is coming soon...):


  • 7:00 am Mon/Wed/Fri - Mass in closed church (public Mass in church beginning 5/25)
  • 12:00 pm Mon-Fri - Mass in the closed rectory chapel (public Mass in church beginning 5/25)
  • 7:45 am - 5:30 pm Mon-Sat - Church will be open for prayer
  • 11 am - 12 pm Mon-Fri - Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
  • 11 am - 12 pm Mon-Fri - Confessions

When visiting the church, please wear a mask or any face covering, keep 6 feet distance from others, and ensure that 10 people are present. If you have had symptoms of illness recently, please postpone your visit. 


The parish office will be closed for Memorial Day on May 25th. We will re-open to the public beginning May 26th, from 9am - 4pm Mon-Fri, and will be observing the following health guidelines with all visitors:
All visitors must ring the bell and be screened for questions relating to COVID-19 prior to entering.  Have you:

  • Been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?
  • Traveled outside the country within the last month?                   
  • Have a cough, shortness of breath or sore throat?                                  
  • Had a fever (100.4 or higher) in the last 48 hours?                  
  • Had a new loss of taste or smell?                                                
  • Had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 48 hours?

If you have been exposed, have any symptoms, or are not felling well, you will not be able to enter the office.
Sign-in, temperature check, and masks will also be required for visitors to enter the office.
Call 423-266-1618 or email We are here and able to assist most needs this way.


5/23/20 - Message from Fr. Carter:  New public Mass schedule and health measures for attending the Basilica / Mensaje de Padre David:  Nuevo horario de misas públicas y medidas de salud

5/22/20 - Información en español para nuestra comunidad sobre los instrucciones para prepararnos para abrir la basílica el 31 de mayo

5/21/20 - Basilica Plan for Resuming Public Masses

5/14/20 - Message from Fr. Carter: Quandary / Dilema

5/7/20 - Message from Fr. Carter:  Planning for public Masses / Mensaje de Padre David:  Planificación de misas públicas

5/6/20 - Bishop Stika issues directives for resumption of public Masses - extends dispensation (read his letter and the decree here.)

5/6/20 - El Obispo Stika emite directrices para la reanudación de las Misas públicas – extiende dispensa

5/1/20 - Message from Fr. Carter:  Beginning to re-open

4/28/20 - Diocese of Knoxville aims for Pentecost weekend May 30-31 to offer public Masses

4/24/20 - Message from Fr. Carter:  Competing ideals and concerns / Ideales e inquietudes en competencia

4/3/20 - Message from Fr. Carter:  Update:  The Basilica will remain open for prayer during shelter-in-place  en Español

4/2/20 - Message from Fr. Carter:  Holy Week, shelter-in-place, and engaging in your faith  en Español

4/2/20 - Pastoral letter from Bishop Stika about Coronavirus and Holy Week 

4/2/20 - Carta pastoral del obispo Stika sobre Coronavirus y Semana Santa

3/20/20 - Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary on the granting of special Indulgences to the faithful in the current pandemic (READ) (VIDEO explanation by Fr. Carter)

3/20/20 - Note from the Apostolic Penitentiary on the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the current pandemic, 20.03.2020 (READ)  (VIDEO explanation by Fr. Carter)

3/20/20 - Decreto de la Penitenciaría Apostólica relativo a la concesión de indulgencias especiales a los fieles en la actual situación de pandemia (LEER)   (VIDEO explicación del Padre David)

3/20/20 - Nota de la Penitenciaría Apostólica sobre el Sacramento de la Reconciliación en la actual situación de pandemia (LEER)   (VIDEO explicación del Padre David) 

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

Watch trailer  Ver en español

View recommended programs for 2020: May April March February January 2020 recommendations: December November October September August July June 2019

FORMED has resources tailored to this time of social distancing, including Living out the Mission at home and special collections of programs for Mass at Home, Faith at Home, School at Home and Pray at Home.


  • Chattanooga Community Kitchen provides food service for the homeless and the poor. They are seeking volunteers to serve meals daily during the crisis (one-hour shifts at 7am, 11:30am, and 3:30pm). They also request donations of money and supplies.

We would like to donate 100 more face masks to the Chattanooga Community Kitchen to help prevent the spread of virus among the clients and workers. If you can help with this need, please bring the masks to the parish office during the week.

  • Our Basilica parish partners with the St. Vincent de Paul Society based at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. To assist them with their work in supporting and visiting the poor, call 423-999-6332.
  • Our Basilica parish supports the Ladies of Charity, who give direct financial assistance to the poor. Their greatest need is monetary donations, but they are also collecting inventory. Please mail checks to: Ladies of Charity of Chattanooga, 2821 Rossville Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37407. (Please call before dropping items off to ensure someone is there.)
  • St. Alexius Outreach Ministries is involved with visiting and shopping for homebound seniors. If you would like to volunteer, contact Susan Chill at (423) 718-2959.
  • The Chattanooga Area Food Bank is in desperate need of volunteers.
  • Calling our fellow parishioners to check in on their well-being, pray with them, and help us stay connected while we can't see each other at church! To volunteer to make phone calls, please contact the parish office.
  • Catholic Charities of East Tennessee is offering "Telehealth" online counseling for mental health needs during the coronavirus pandemic - See list of counselors


Since we could not have our choirs gather during Holy Week this year, here are video/audio recordings of sacred choral polyphony they have sung in the past during Holy Week and Easter. Enjoy!

Hosanna Filio David, Tomas Luis de Victoria
Ubi Caritas by Maurice Durufle, arr. David Ensley

Ave Verum Corpus, William Byrd

O Vos Omnes, Tomas Luis de Victoria

O Crux, Ave Gregorian chant and polyphony by G. P. da Palestrina

Surrexit Christus, G.-B. Pergolesi

Maria Magdalene, Andrea Gabrieli

My Mercy, Benedictines of St. Mary


  • Since we could not gather together at the Easter Vigil, our RCIA candidates will be received into the Church on the Vigil of Pentecost, May 30, at 12pm (Spanish) and 6pm (English).
  • The names and photos of our English RCIA candidates are on a board in the vestibule. Please take a look at the RCIA board and pray for our candidates.
  • Please consider writing letters to our candidates, to be included in the Welcome Basket they will receive, and turn them in to the parish office.
  • Contact Dan Pacitti at or 865-335-3076 for more information.

LENTEN COMMUNITY SWAP - Postponed to July 6 (see flyer)

Kitchen, Clothing, Children’s, Household/Decor, Linens and Miscellaneous
Are you pursuing worldly detachment this Lenten season? Working to store up treasures in heaven rather than on earth? Join in a community swap meet! Save your gently used, sorted household items in good repair to bring to Varallo Parish Hall. Items will be FREE to those in the parish and community who have a need. Any items not selected will be donated to Ladies of Charity.  Volunteers and questions: Text 804-387-6231


While in-person classes and meetings are currently suspended, you can still get involved in the following programs by registering, communicating with the program director, and participating in virtual meetings that are being set up:

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. Classes are currently suspended.
Middle School and High School Youth Group 6:30-8:30pm Sundays in the St. Dominic RE Building. Currently hosting virtual meetings.

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. Meetings are currently suspended.

Catholic Scouting at the Basilica

American Heritage Girls and Trail Life USA boys are meeting Mondays from 7pm to 8:30. Meetings at the parish are currently suspended. Contact Terrance Jones ( or Connie Holub (!

PARISH MINISTRY UPCOMING EVENTS - Below are regular scheduled activities. Please note that all parish activities on campus are currently suspended during the coronavirus outbreak. However, some of the groups are continuing to meet virtually. 

Catholic Motherhood ministry normally meets on the second Tues. of each month and the last Wednesday evening of the month. Meetings are currently suspended, but online communication and meetings are still being scheduled. Contact with any questions or to be added to the Catholic Motherhood email list.

Book Club meets from 7:40-8:45am Wednesdays in Varallo Parish Hall and is always open to newcomers. Meetings are currently suspended, but we will soon begin Dante’s Inferno (The Divine Comedy): translation by Anthony Esolen, available on Contact JuliAnna Hills at 931-581-7527 or for more info. 

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. Meetings are currently suspended.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. Meetings are currently suspended. On Feb. 2nd we launched 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. Contact Dcn. Tom for further information.

SPANISH Language Class - Meetings are currently suspended. For more information, contact our teacher, Armando Sedeño, through the parish office, or

Young Adults - “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.

Married and Engaged Ministry - If you are married or engaged, join the "Basilica Married and Engaged Ministry" group on Facebook and our weekly Tuesday Zoom meeting. Men at 6pm and Women at 7pm on the same Zoom feed. There will be stimulating discussions on parenting, Catholic life, and life in general. Eventually we will have date nights, pot lucks and profound friendships that will last a lifetime. There is no age limit. All engaged and married couples are welcome. We look forward to seeing you! Contact Amelia & Doug Weissman at for more information.  Join the Zoom meeting here:

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 October 5-20, 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

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!

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 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.  

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Corpus Christi Procession - June 14 at 1pm

Sunday, June 14 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.

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

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

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.

POSTPONED (date TBA) - The Mass: Across the Ages - Mozart Coronation Mass, Misa Criolla in Spanish, and more - with Chattanooga Girls Choir, McCallie Boys Choir, Voci Virili, Voice of Reason - donations accepted to benefit our historic Basilica "Under One Roof".


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 —

VIRTUS Training -

All adults who participate in our youth programs are required to be VIRTUS certified. Classes are currently suspended due to the Bishop's directives to suspend all meetings in the diocese. When classes resume, the date will be posted here. You can also check for upcoming VIRTUS sessions at (click here and select the Knoxville Diocese).