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Photos from Holy Thursday and Good Friday, by Christina Bankson

Our Easter Vigil Mass will begin at 9:15 pm Holy Saturday, April 20th with the lighting of the Paschal fire. We have 58 people receiving sacraments of initiation, including 24 Baptisms! We are happy to have a volunteer open our Ombrellino Gift Shop beginning at 5:30pm, for those would like to purchase gifts for our candidates before Mass.

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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HOLY WEEK AND THE OCTAVE OF EASTER AT THE BASILICA

Programa de Semana Santa

The Sacred Triduum: April 18-20  

    12:00 pm  Holy Thursday - No Noon Mass

    6:30 pm    Holy Thursday Mass (Multilingual)

                     Adoration in Rectory Chapel until Midnight                                  

    7a & 12p   Good Friday - No Mass / Parish Office closed

    1 - 3 pm    Good Friday Confessions
    3:00 pm    Good Friday Stations of the Cross (Multilingual)

    6:30 pm    Good Friday Liturgy (Multilingual)

    9:15 pm    Holy Saturday Easter Vigil Mass with Initiation of 56 candidates & catechumens (Multilingual)

Easter Sunday: April 21 (incense at all Masses)   

    9:00 am    Mass (Basilica Choir)                                  

    11:30 am  Mass (Gloria Dei Schola, ad orientem)

    1:30 pm    Misa en Español (Coro)   

Divine Mercy Sunday: April 28 (regular Mass schedule)

    10:00 am  Divine Mercy Holy Hour with sung chaplet and blessing of religious articles

    5:00 pm    Missa Cantata in the ancient form for the Octave of Easter


Download flyer with our full Lent, Holy Week, & Easter Schedule

OUR ORGAN RENOVATION IS COMPLETE!

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, is preparing to showcase them at all our Easter Masses! 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 custom made pipes!

Therese Ohotnicky
SENIOR ORGAN RECITAL
Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 7:00 pm

The Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
Featuring works of Bach, Buxtehude, Mendelssohn, Franck, and more!
Free and open to the public with reception to follow!

Therese has recently been appointed the principal chapel organist at Christendom College, where she will begin studying this fall. Come hear her play our historic pipe organ, which was just been enhanced with the final two ranks of pipes:  the trompettes and clarinets! See flyer.


Two-way traffic ahead for Lindsay St. and Houston St. Street parking to be added. See article on The Chattanoogan.com

Construction to begin April 17, 2019. Two-way traffic to begin in early May. Follow the project at connect.chattanooga.gov/cdottwoway

Upcoming Liturgy and Devotion Notices:   

  • Our next Missa Cantata in the ancient form is Sun., Apr. 28, at 5:00 pm.
  • The Basilica invites you to commit to accompany Our Lord during the Friday Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament during Lent. You may sign up for one or more half-hour periods in the vestibule. Our next Exposition will be Friday, May 3rd, 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.
  • 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.

Upcoming Mass Cancellations and Parish Office Closure
 
Schedule changes during Holy Week
On Holy Thursday (4/18) there will be no 12pm Mass.
On Good Friday (4/19) there will be no 7am or 12pm Mass.

The Parish Office will be closed Good Friday (4/19).

On Holy Saturday (4/20) there will be no 5:30pm Mass.


Schedule changes during the Octave of Easter

The Parish Office will be closed Easter Monday (4/22) but will open for the rest of the week.
There will be no Mon-Wed-Fri 7am Mass (April 22, 24, and 26).
The 12pm Mass will be held each day 4/22-26 except Thur. 4/25.

At 12pm Thur. 4/25 there will be a Communion service.

Those who came to the Basilica for our 6:30pm bilingual Mass on Ash Wednesday heard this magnificent setting of the full Psalm 51 sung during the Imposition of Ashes. We will hear this sung again during the Veneration of the Cross on Good Friday.

Miserere Mei, Deus (Have Mercy upon Me, O God), Gregor Allegri (1630s)

YouTube video - Translation

OPPORTUNITIES TO GIVE AND SERVE

Catholic Relief Services RICE BOWL - Visit crsricebowl.org for more information and remember to download the CRS Rice Bowl App! Please return your rice bowls on April 28th. Our community has been changing lives this Lent and CRS Rice Bowl wants to say THANK YOU!

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.

TRIVIA NIGHT AND DINNER - Youth Ministry Fundraiser: Gather your team and join fellow Chattanooga Catholics on Fri, April 26th at 7pm for the FIRST EVER Trivia Night and Dinner! Great prizes (top team, most spirited table, etc.), BBQ dinner, cash bar and auction! This fun night, will support OLPH, St. Jude, Sts. Peter and Paul, & St. Augustine youth events! Trivia Professionals Challenge Entertainment will lead the fun! Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council #610 and held at the Sylvan St. Hall in North Chattanooga. Tables are $150 for up to 8 players/team or $25/person. Space is limited, so register your team today! Price includes play and dinner/desserts. Registration forms are in the church vestibule or contact Debbie Cliche through the parish office. See flyer.
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 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.

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING MINISTRY EVENTS

The St. Ambrose Catholic Homeschool Co-op meets 8:30 am Fridays at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul. Registration for the 2019/2020 school year is open through April 30th. The co-op is looking for teachers and volunteers to help on Fridays with the co-op classes. Please contact Sandy Pricer.

Our St. Ambrose Catholic Homeschool Co-op will be having a bake sale after the Masses the weekend of April 27th & 28th. Please plan to support our co-op by purchasing some baked goods that weekend.

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 April 30th 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 Catholic Motherhood ministry has begun studying Searching For and Maintaining Peace:  A Small Treatise on Peace of Heart, by Fr. Jacques Philippe, which can be ordered on amazon.com. The next meeting will be Tuesday, May 7th, from 10-11:30am in Varallo Parish Hall. All mothers are welcome, and a nursery will be available.

Evening of Formation with the Saints - All men are invited to come to an evening of formation on Wednesday, May 8th from 7 - 8:15pm. The focus will be on our Basilica patron, St. Paul, and conversion. This will be the last opportunity for a men's evening of formation until the next one on August 14th!  As we continue our spiritual journey, we consider our own conversion to the Faith and how we are continually called to conversion day by day in our state of life. Come experience Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, the grace of a good Confession, and the teaching of the great St. Paul the Apostle. "Brethren, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."  - St. Paul the Apostle, Letter to the Philippians 3:13,14.  Contact Dan Fisher 423-803-0257 for more information. (The next Women's Evening of Formation will be 7-9pm on Wed., June 12th.)

Our Book Club meets from 7:40-8:25am Wednesdays in Varallo Parish Hall and is always open to newcomers. We will be not be meeting during Holy Week and the Octave of Easter. On May 1, we will begin studying a new book, Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather, which is available on amazon.com. Contact Becky Dempsey at 423-364-4091 or beckydempsey@comcast.net 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. There will not be a meeting in April. The next meeting will be on May 19. To find out more, please contact Daniel Sharkey through the parish office.

Deacon’s Table - Dcn. Tom’s group meets each 1st and 3rd Sunday from 10:15-11:15 am, in the Parish Office Mahoney Conference Room. Join us at the table as we feed on the Spiritual Life of Catholics in three vital areas:  a committed personal relationship with Jesus, a comfortable enthusiasm with the Bible, and a renewed active prayer life. The group will not be meeting on April 21 (Easter Sunday). The next meeting will be May 5.

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, through the parish office, or armando.sedenom@yahoo.com.mx.

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 ahgchattanooga@gmail.com for more details. More information may also be found at www.americanheritagegirls.org and traillifeusa.com.


Save the Date for our 2019 Vacation Bible School, for ages 3 through rising 8th graders, which will be held the week of June 17th – 21st, 2019 from 9am-2:30pm. If you are interested in helping, contact Sandy Pricer.

FEATURED OPPORTUNITIES FROM AROUND THE DIOCESE OF KNOXVILLE

  • The Roueché Chorale and Orchestra will present a sober and somber Holy Week work entitled, “Colors of Grace." The program is free and will be held on Tues, April 16th at 7:00 p.m. at Brainerd Baptist Church, 300 Brookfield Avenue, Chattanooga, TN, 37411. Go to www.therouechechorale.org for more info or directions.
  • Did you miss the Sacrament of Confirmation?  Bishop Stika will celebrate a Diocesan-Wide Confirmation Mass on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 4:00 pm at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Knoxville. Any adult (18 and over) who has had the sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, and Reconciliation, but has not been confirmed, can receive the sacrament on this date. If you are interested, please let the parish office know by May 20.
  • 33 Days to Morning Glory -  Small Group Retreat leading up to Marian Consecration begins April 3rd, meets Wednesdays from 10-11:30am at the Basilica in the Parish Office Schmidt Conference Room, and will conclude with 12pm Mass on Mon, May 13, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima. Those who have attended in previous years are invited to the May 13th Mass to renew their Consecration. See flyer and contact Paula Holmes at paulaholmes57@gmail.com (or through the parish office) for more info or to register.

  • Now accepting nominations for the Longest Married Couple - The Office of Marriage Preparation and Enrichment is searching for the Longest Married Couple from each parish. The winners will receive a Certificate of Achievement in June. The longest married couple in our diocese will be submitted to Worldwide Marriage Encounter for their search of the longest married couple in each state and the nation, Longest Married Couple Project (LMC).
For the last four years the Diocese of Knoxville has had the Longest Married Couple in the State of Tennessee. Winners of the LMC Project are selected solely from nominations submitted and may not be submitted two years in a row. If you would like to nominate a couple for this honor please submit their names, their wedding date and what parish they belong to by Tuesday, April 30, 2019 to Marian Christiana at (423) 892-2310 or mchristiana@dioknox.org
  • Catholic Charities of East Tennessee (CCETN) has a full time opening for a Program Leader at the Office of Immigrant Services in Chattanooga.  OIS provides low-cost, quality, legal immigration services to the East Tennessee immigrant and refugee community.  Must be fluent in English and Spanish.  Please visit ccetn.org/jobs/ for full job description.

  • Notre Dame High School is accepting applications for the position of Dean of Academic Affairs for the 2019-2020 academic year. Candidates should have a Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction and a minimum of five years teaching experience. Previous administrative experience is preferred. Interested applicants may send a resume and letter of introduction to George Valadie at valadieg@myndhs.com

  • Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend - Are there times you wonder why relationships are so difficult? The WorldwideMarriage Encounter Weekend helps married couples to communicate in all areas oftheir relationship. Get your marriage on the right path by attending anupcoming weekend on May 3-5 or June 21-23. For more information, visit GATN-wwme.orgor call 678-242-WWME.

RENOVATION PHOTOS

Many thanks to ALL our volunteers! We 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)


PLEASE JOIN IN PRAYER

  • 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 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.  

"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,

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.

https://utk.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_4MgWYKtA7j4beoB

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.

GLORIA DEI SCHOLA
sings
Highlights of the Liturgical Year
5PM SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12

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 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.

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

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