Announcements and Church News

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Corpus Christi Procession - On Sunday, June 18 we will have Adoration after the 11:30 Mass, followed by our traditional Corpus Christi procession around the block at 1pm. All are invited to join in this traditional expression of our faith in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

Incense for Upcoming Solemnities of the Lord
Below is our schedule of incense for our weekend Masses through June 18:

June 3-4 Pentecost:  all Masses
June 10-11 Most Holy Trinity:  all Masses except 5:30
June 17-18 Corpus Christi:  all Masses except 5:30

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

On Friday, June 2, we will have First Friday Adoration following the Noon Mass, and concluding with Benediction at 5:30. (Please note the new time for Benediction.)

Congratulations to our high school graduates from the Teens Go M. A. D. group! In honor of our 5 graduates, we are celebrating all our seniors at the 11:30 Mass on June 4 and by serving donuts and juice after Mass in front of the church. All are welcome. Please keep the following Teens Go M. A. D. graduates, Will Grafton, Dmitri Kerns, Noah Hartman, Thomas Porter, and Cody Lawyer, as well as all our graduating seniors, in your prayers.

On June 11 we will be sending off Fr. Scott Russell to his new assignment at St. Mary’s in Athens. Join us on June 11 in between the morning Masses for a coffee and donut reception in Varallo Parish Hall.

On Sunday, June 25, at 5:00 pm, we will have our fourth-Sunday Missa Cantata, a chanted Mass in the ancient form of the Roman rite, to celebrate the External Solemnity of the Sacred Heart. Mass is offered in the Church's universal language, Latin, and translations are provided.

At 6:30 pm on Sunday, June 25, parishioners and visitors are invited to join us for our fourth-Sunday Basilica potluck in Varallo Parish Hall. Bring one or two favorite dishes to share.

PARISH SURVEY!

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.

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The tabulated results of our recent "Town-hall Meeting" have been posted and can be viewed by clicking this link: Town Hall Meeting Results
Lenten devotions at the Basilica include Wednesday and Friday Vespers at 5:45pm, Stations of the Cross at 6pm, Friday afternoon Adoration and 6:30 dinner and faith formation. Here is a snapshot of our Holy Week schedule:
  • Wednesday 4/12 - 5:45pm Vespers, 6pm Stations, and 6:30 pm Seder Meal (RSVP by April 6)
  • Holy Thursday 4/13 - 6pm Holy Thursday Mass (Bilingual), Adoration until Midnight
  • Good Friday 4/14 - 1-3pm Confessions, 3pm Stations (Bilingual), 6pm The Passion of the Lord Liturgy (Bilingual)
  • Holy Saturday 4/15 - 8:30 pm Easter Vigil Mass (Bilingual)
  • Easter Sunday 4/16 - 9am & 11:30am English Masses, 1:30pm Spanish Mass
Download our full schedule below:
Lent and Holy Week 2017 - Schedule of Liturgies and Devotions at the Basilica

Our parish office will be closed on Monday, May 29, for Memorial Day. The 7am and Noon Masses will be offered as usual on Monday.

The next 1st Sunday BACON conference will be June 4th after the 9 am Mass in Varallo Parish Hall and will explore the spirituality of Opus Dei. Come to hear how the spirituality of St. Josemaria Escriva can enrich daily life.

Vespers (Evening Prayer) will be led by a deacon on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:15-5:30pm beginning Monday, June 5. Attendees should plan to use their own source such as the Four Volume Liturgy of the Hours, the Book of Christian Prayer, or the iBreviary app on your cell phone.

The Pivotal Players Series - 7-8:30pm Wednesdays, April 26 - July 12 - Join us in the St. Dominic Building to view and discuss Bishop Robert Barron's excellent explorations of six of the most influential figures in Catholicism. We will begin with St. Francis of Assisi. Download a schedule of dates each figure will be covered.

A monthly Evening of Recollection is offered at the Basilica. The evenings, led by a Basilica priest, include Adoration,confessions, a meditation on the writings of St. Josemaria Escriva, and spiritual fellowship. Evenings are from 7-9pm and begin in the church. The next dates are June 14 for Men and June 21 for Women. For details, contact Dan and Nancy Fisher or the parish office.

Fr. Carter is hosting a 12-week book study on The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher. The group meets for coffee and discussion at The Camp House* on Friday mornings from 7:45-8:30 am from May 12 through July 28.

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.

Voci Virili Men’s Consort presented A Capella Traditions at the Basilica on Feb. 12, 2017.
LISTEN HERE to the Feb. 12 VOCI VIRILI concert

LISTEN to the conclusion of the concert