Announcements and Church News
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Religious Education Classes for Age 3 - Grade 12 10:15-11:15am Sundays in the St. Dominic 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 at All Saints Academy
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) 10:15-11:15am Sundays at All Saints Academy
We are in need of volunteer helpers for Religious Education, Youth Group, and RCIA!
Jubilate Deo Youth Schola registration is now open for girls and boys with unchanged voices in grades 2 through 12. This choir is an opportunity for our youth to learn to read and sing music of the Church’s ancient tradition and to participate in parish life. This year our NEW students will start early - Friday, August 16, at 4:15pm - to prepare to join our returning students, who will start back on Friday, September 6. See the flyer and contact Maria Rist at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to sign up.
Catholic Scouting Open House Mon., Aug. 26
Are you looking for more opportunities for fresh air, fellowship, family time and fun? Join Trail Life Troop TN 0629 and American Heritage Girls Troop TN-0629 for an open house. The open house will feature activities for children and information for the adults. Whether you have children who want to join, want to offer your talents as experienced adult scouts, or would like to support Catholic Scouting in Chattanooga, meet us in Varallo Parish Hall at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul on Monday, August 26, 2019 at 7:00 PM. Have questions? Contact Terrance Jones at email@example.com
Diocesan Youth Celebration (see flyer): Sat., Aug. 17 from 10am-5:30pm- All middle and high schoolers are invited to attend at St. Mary’s in Oak Ridge (327 Vermont Ave, Oak Ridge, TN 37830). It will be a day of fun with food, games, an outdoor Mass, a talk, water activities, and lots of sports! The cost is $10. We hope the teens of your parishes and families can come out and enjoy the summertime with us. For questions call Omar Carmona at 865-313-7883 or Brittany Garcia at 865-776-9635.
FORMED, a rich program of online Catholic resources offered by the Augustine Institute, is now available to Basilica parishioners!
The Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul invites you to join us for the opening of our 2019-20 Sacred Music Concert Series.
September 29, 2019 5:00 pm - Organ Recital by Dr. Sarah Harr, FAGO: The Life & Legacy of Paul Manz: 1919-2019
RCIA will begin again in September. If you are interested in exploring the Catholic faith, or know someone who is, please contact Dan Pacitti at firstname.lastname@example.org or 865-335-3076.
RCIA requires the involvement of the parish at several levels. Right now, the team is in need of volunteers who would be willing to be a sponsor (befriend someone in the process and provide additional companionship on the journey) as well as folks who would be interested in presenting an aspect of the faith in class (Mary, Confession, The Saints, Devotions, anything—). Before you say “I don’t know enough,” know that the RCIA team in there to support you and both sponsoring and presenting are excellent ways to deepen your own faith. Please consider volunteering in either capacity (or both); we also need folks willing to provide refreshments for class. Contact Dan Pacitti to volunteer. Many hands make light—and rewarding—work!
Sanctuary Floor Refinishing Begins July 15
The Basilica will be undergoing some finishing touches to the sanctuary floors for several weeks this summer. While the sanctuary floors are being refinished, Masses will be celebrated in Varallo Parish Hall, and confessions will be held in the rectory following the usual schedule. The project will begin July 15 and is expected to last 3 to 6 weeks. The anticipated return to the renovated sanctuary is sometime in August. Please stay tuned for updates.
Support Our Catholic School Tuition Fund on August 17-18
The Catholic schools in our diocese provide spiritual and intellectual growth for 3,200 students in our two high schools and eight elementary/middle schools. The need for supplemental tuition support has doubled over the past 5 years. A record $4.2 million dollars in tuition support was given to families this past year. Help ensure all children the opportunity to enjoy a Catholic education by supporting our Catholic Schools Tuition Support Collection. You can contribute by placing your gift in the basket at Mass the weekend of August 17–18 or visiting www.dioknox.org/holler
PHOTOS OF RECENT EVENTS
Photos from our Easter Vigil Mass 2019, by Robin Rudd We had 58 people receiving sacraments of initiation!
Photos from Holy Thursday and Good Friday 2019, by Christina Bankson
VIRTUS Training August 13
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, August 13, from 5:30 – 8:30pm. You can register for this or any of the upcoming VIRTUS sessions at virtusonline.org (click here and select the Knoxville Diocese).
- “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.
- NEW! Young Couples Ministry (married, engaged, or dating): Contact Christina & Andrew Bankson at email@example.com to get involved!
- NEW! Young Catholic Singles (ages 18-35): Join us First Fridays at the Basilica for prayer and community. Adoration concludes with Benediction at 5:30pm. Prayer and social time to follow. The theme for August 2nd is Mercy: Love Meeting Brokenness. Note that on Aug. 2, Adoration and Benediction will be in the Rectory Chapel due to the church floor sanding. Hope to see you there! Join our Facebook Group! firstname.lastname@example.org 860-502-2458
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, August 2nd, 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.
- Tuesday, August 6th, is the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. We will have a sung Mass at noon.
- Our next parish celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism will be Sat., August 10th, at 10:30am in Varallo Parish Hall. All are welcome to attend!
- Thursday, August 15th, is the Solemnity of The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and a Holy Day of Obligation. We will offer a 7am recited Mass, a 12 noon sung Mass, and a 6:30 pm sung multilingual Mass.
- Our next Missa Cantata in the ancient form will be Sun., August 25, at 5:00 pm, to celebrate the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost. English and Spanish translations will be provided.
- The church is now 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 VIRTUS-certified 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.
CALENDAR OF UPCOMING MINISTRY EVENTS
Our Catholic Motherhood Morning Meeting is on the second Tues. of each month. The next meeting will be Tues., Aug. 13, from 10-11:30am in Varallo Parish Hall. We will pray a Rosary together for all the families of the parish. We will also discuss various options for our fall book study. All are welcome and a nursery will be available. All mothers are invited for our Wednesday Mom's Night Out the last Wednesday of the month, August 28, at 7pm at Rembrandt's Coffee House. Contact email@example.com with any questions or to be added to the Catholic Motherhood email list.
Our Book Club meets from 7:40-8:25am Wednesdays in Varallo Parish Hall and is always open to newcomers. In August we will finish studying our book, Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather, which is available on amazon.com. The club will be on break in September. On October 2, we will begin 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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 August 18. To find out more, please contact Daniel Sharkey through the parish office.
The Deacon’s Table - The Deacon’s Table during the summer, will meet in the St. Dominic RE Building 1st and 3rd Sundays from 10:15-11:15am, and will offer children of our members a separate “Kid’s Table” meeting in a separate room in that building. The remaining summer dates of this changed venue include August 18th, and September 1st. Come join us! See flyer.
Evening of Formation with the Saints - The next Men's Evening of Formation is Wednesday, Aug. 14th from 7-9pm and will feature Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati.
The next Women's Evening of Formation is Wednesday, Sept. 11th from 7-9pm and will feature St. Therese of Lisieux. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, confession, formation and fellowship await you. Come and bring a friend! Contact Dan or Nancy Fisher through the parish office for more 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 email@example.com.Catholic Scouting at the Basilica - The Basilica has recently founded a Trail Life USA 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 Terrancejoneslaw@gmail.com (Trail Life) or firstname.lastname@example.org (AHG) for more details. More information may also be found at www.americanheritagegirls.org and traillifeusa.com.
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 will be receiving treatment at Duke University through the end of October. He is suffering ill health but is optimistic. He has asked for our prayers, and we will be offering a Mass each week for him.
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.
AROUND THE DIOCESE
Knights of Columbus Council #610 - 77th Annual Labor Day Picnic - Mon., Sept. 2 9am-5pm, at Camp Columbus (Camp Columbus Rd. off Hixson Pike) -See flyer
Diocesan Youth Celebration(see flyer): Sat., Aug. 17 from 10am-5:30pm- All middle and high schoolers are invited to attend at St. Mary’s in Oak Ridge (327 Vermont Ave, Oak Ridge, TN 37830). It will be a day of fun with food, games, an outdoor Mass, a talk, water activities, and lots of sports! The cost is $10. We hope the teens of your parishes and families can come out and enjoy the summertime with us. For questions call Omar Carmona at 865-313-7883 or Brittany Garcia at 865-776-9635.
You Can Help Your Marriage: 25% of surveyed couples say they are ‘Happily Married’. For everyone else, there is Retrouvaille. Are you frustrated or angry with each other? Do you argue … or have you just stopped talking to each other? Does talking about it only make it worse? Retrouvaille helps couples rebuild their marriages. For confidential information or to register for the next program beginning with a weekend in Nashville on Aug. 30 - Sept. 1, 2019. Call 800-470-2230 or 615-523-0631 or email: email@example.com or visit our web site at www.HelpOurMarriage.org.
World of Hope Tennessee – Isaiah 58 welcomes Fr. Richard McAlear, OMI for “Healing and the Eucharist” at St. Stephen Church (7111 Lee Hwy.; Chatt., TN 37421) on Sept. 6-7, 2019. Internationally known, Fr. McAlear will speak on the Eucharist and his Ministry of Healing. He gives insight on the necessity of forgiveness. “Forgiveness is the heart and soul of spiritual growth.” Contacts: Sandy 423-544-4445 - firstname.lastname@example.org or Margay 423-424-9670. Cost: $20 w/boxed lunch - $15 w/o lunch
Married Couples: “Knock and the door will be opened to you.” Discover the amazing plan God has for you and your marriage by attending one of the next Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends in the Atlanta area on August 9-11 or September 27-29. You can get more information or apply online at GATN-wwme.org or by calling 678-242-WWME.
Married Couples: Worldwide Marriage Encounter invites you to a marriage enrichment! The Four Seasons of Marriage is an enrichment program to help us understand our marriage and to discover practical strategies for strengthening and improving our relationship. Saturday, August 17 from 12:30pm to 4:30pm at All Saints Catholic Church, 2443 Mount Vernon Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338. Childcare will be provided. Cost is $10/couple, and reservations can be made from our web site at wwmeatlanta.com.
3rd Annual Chattanooga Women’s Retreat will be held Oct. 4th-6th, 2019 - Living the Heart of Christ: at the beautiful Bethany Retreat House of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia of Nashville. Plan to join us to combine prayer and time with other Catholic women in the natural beauty God provides in this setting! Sponsored by the Notre Dame Spiritual Life Team. Cost: $180. Contact Denice Eckler at email@example.com to register.
Recover me, Recover faith, Recover family: A retreat for Catholic women with family members with addictions - Oct. 18-20, 2019 at Bethany Retreat House in Dickson, TN. Visit jeanheaton.com/events/ for details and to register.
The Legion of Mary, Diocese of Knoxville, Our Lady of Guadalupe Curia invites all adult men, women, priests and religious to join us for a day retreat, “The Mystical Rose,” on Sat., Oct. 19th, from 9am-3:30pm at St. Mary’s Church, 1291 E. Madison Ave., Athens, TN. Cost is $30 and includes book- “The Mystical Rose,” and lunch. Mass at 9:30am. Talks by: Rev. Dr. John Arthur Orr of St. Mary’s, Very Rev. J. David Carter, JCL, of the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, and Dcn. John Armeise of St. John Neumann. Register by Oct.9th. Forms are in the church entry and in the parish office.
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.
MASSES HONORING OUR SERVICE PROFESSIONALS
A time honored tradition of the Church is the annual celebration of Masses that are known by the color associated with the profession of those we remember and pray for in a special way. These Masses are being celebrated at the Cathedral in Knoxville on the following Sundays this Fall:Sept. 29 - Blue Mass for those serving in Law Enforcement and as First Responders
Oct. 6 - Red Mass for those serving in the Judiciary and Legal Profession
Oct. 20 - White Mass for those serving in the Health Profession
Nov. 10 - Green Mass for those who have served and are serving in the Armed Forces
While these Masses are being celebrated at the Cathedral, we will join in praying for the members of these service professions in a special way at our Masses on these days. The common good of our towns and cities, counties and state and our nation rely so heavily upon the sacrifices of our men and women who serve in these professions. Thank you for remembering those who serve our communities and for praying for them.
WEDDING WISDOM from Fr. Carter, Pastor
* 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.
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.
Community Kitchen needs bottled water. During warm weather, they like to provide water in the dining room and to give people bottles of frozen and cold water at dinner to stay hydrated after-hours. Drop your donations off directly at the Community Kitchen, at 727 East 11th St.
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 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.
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.
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.
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/ firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition offered training in Spanish to our Hispanic community at the Basilica on Sat., June 15, from 10am to 2:30pm. This workshop will prepare our community to form a Rapid Response team to support each other in a crisis situation. 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.”
Since Epiphany, our historic pipe organ has been undergoing a major cleaning and restoration, while the final two ranks of pipes were being built at a factory in Ohio. Our organ builder, Barger & Nix, installed the pipes just in time for Holy Week, and Andrea Tierney, our principal organist, showcased them beginning on Easter weekend, followed by Assistant Organist, Therese Ohotnicky, who featured the new ranks in her senior organ recital on May 5. Thank you to all who helped us raise $35,000 to install two ranks we needed to complete our organ: the trompettes and clarinets, a total of 122 additional, custom made pipes!
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
Corpus Christi Procession - June 23 at 1pm
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.
African American Catholic Spirituality and Chattanooga’s St. Francis Church
presented by Christopher S. Gurley Jr., M.T.S., Roman Catholic Scholar of Vanderbilt Divinity School
Friday, July 19, 2019 at 6:00 pm
An examination of Catholicism in the life of American Society—Historical, Theological, and Pastoral. In understanding the complex realities of God’s children, we better understand as God’s people/the Church and our responsibilities in the world. Mr. Gurley has tracked historical developments of Catholicism—particularly concerning African American and immigrant communities. He will discuss Catholicism’s complex role in the life of Black America and Chattanooga’s participation within it: the old St. Francis Church.
Refreshments will be served
See flyer for more information