Announcements and Church News

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GET INVOLVED AT THE BASILICA!

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

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

Our Annual Stewardship Appeal is in progress. Read Fr. Carter's letter to parishioners to learn the reality of our financial needs and how much your individual pledge can help. As of this past week, we have received only enough pledges to provide for one priest and zero staff to keep the Basilica up and running. We will be collecting forms this weekend at Mass. Pledge Today!

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 stspeterandpaulbasilica.formed.org

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View recommended programs for October September August July June May April  2019

Upcoming Liturgy and Devotion Notices:

  • 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, December 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.
  • Our next parish celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism, normally on the 2nd Saturday, is on Saturday, November 9th, at 10:30 am. All are welcome to come and witness!  
  • Our next Missa Cantata in the ancient form will be Sun., November 24, at 5:00 pm, to celebrate the Last Sunday after Pentecost. English and Spanish translations will be provided.
Also join us November 24 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!

  • Thanksgiving Day - Multilingual Mass at 10am, Thurs, Nov. 28. There will not be a 12pm Mass that day. The parish office will be closed on Thurs. & Fri., Nov. 27 & 28.

ADVENT EVENTS AT THE BASILICA

  • Sung Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (not a holy day of obligation this year) - Mon., Dec. 9, at Noon (also Serra Club’s Advent Mass)
  • St. Nicholas Dinner - Sunday, December 15, at 6:00 pm
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Procession and Spanish Mass - Tues., December 11 at 7pm (Rosary at 6:30pm)—Spanish
  • Roueché Chorale Candlelight Lessons & Carols - Thurs./Fri., Dec. 12 & 13 at 7pm (Free/Donations accepted)

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:

Thurs/Fri Dec. 12 & 13 at 7:00 pm - Roueché Chorale & Orchestra Candelight Lessons and Carols.

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 rcia@stspeterandpaulbasilica.com 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 (terrancejoneslaw@gmail.com) or Connie Holub (ahgchattanooga@gmail.com) today!

VIRTUS Training December 3

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 Tuesday, December 3, from 5:30 – 8:30pm. You can register for any of the upcoming VIRTUS sessions at virtusonline.org (click here and select the Knoxville Diocese).

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 jcoronis12@gmail.com to find out more about the group.
  • Young Couples Ministry (married, engaged, or dating):   Contact Christina & Andrew Bankson at hello@christinamphoto.com to get involved!

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING MINISTRY EVENTS

Our Catholic Motherhood Morning Meeting is normally on the second Tues. of each month. Because of fall break, the next meeting will be Tues., Dec. 10, from 10-11:30am in Varallo Parish Hall. We are now reading Made This Way:  How to Prepare Kids to Face Today's Tough Moral Issues, by Leila Miller and Trent Horn (available on amazon.com)

Catholic Motherhood invites all mothers for our Wednesday Mom's Night Out, normally the last Wednesday of the month, but it will be on Nov. 20th this month due to Thanksgiving. We will meet at the Mad Priest Cafe on Cherry Street. Contact wesson.rachel@gmail.com 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 amazon.com. Contact JuliAnna Hills at 931-581-7527 or hillsjulianna@gmail.com 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. The next meeting will be on December 15. 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 the parish office. Come join us!

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 armando.sedenom@yahoo.com.mx.

OPPORTUNITIES TO GIVE AND SERVE

Community Kitchen Service Opportunity - Our Basilica team is scheduled every 4th Thursday, 10:30am-12:30pm. We need a group of 8-10 parishioners each month 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.

AROUND THE DIOCESE AND BEYOND

  • Married Couples: “If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.” Open your heart to God and your spouse. Sign up to attend the upcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend on Feb. 28-March 1. For more info or to apply online at GATN-wwme.org or by calling 678-242-WWME.
  • Gentlemen: The annual Diocesan Men’s Retreat will be held at All Saints Parish on November 16th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  The theme is Radical Discipleship in the Holy Spirit, with guest speaker Pete Burak from Renewal Ministries. Click here for more information and to register.

PLEASE JOIN IN PRAYER

  • 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
  • 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.

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.
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.

"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 myparishapp.com 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.  

NURSERY VOLUNTEERS AND DONATIONS NEEDED

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

Our Hispanic community is looking to buy a property off campus to use for their prayer meetings and other community activities, which will help alleviate our parish space needs. The community has collected the funds but need co-signers for a loan. If you can offer any assistance with a real estate purchase, please contact the parish office.

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.

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.