Announcements and Church News

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Due to a priest meeting in Knoxville on Tuesday, April 17, a deacon will offer a Communion Service at our noon Mass time.
Upcoming Special Liturgies:
  • On Sunday, April 22, at 5pm we invite you to join us for our next fourth Sunday Missa Cantata, a chanted Latin Mass in the ancient form of the Roman rite. Our monthly Basilica Potluck will follow. We are looking for more helpers to support our monthly potluck, going forward. Please contact Shannon Hinson.
  • The 7th anniversary of the dedication of Sts. Peter and Paul as a minor basilica will be commemorated with a Sung Mass at Noon on Thursday, May 3, the Feast of Sts. Philip and James. A plenary indulgence is possible, under the usual conditions, for those who visit the Basilica on May 3.The Basilica will be open from 9am - 4pm on May 3.
NEW "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,
Fr. Carter Calls for Volunteers!
We have an immediate need in three areas for volunteers:
  • First, our Ombrellino Gift Shop is in need of volunteers to open the bookstore. Without volunteers opening the bookstore, it remains closed and we miss our opportunity to reach people.
  • Secondly, our St. Mary Magdalene Bereavement Ministry:  When parishioners die, we have a great tradition of offering a meal for the family after the funeral, which brings great consolation to those who mourn. However, we are currently in need of volunteers and leadership of this very important ministry.
  • Finally, our Gloria Dei Schola is always looking for new singers, but in particular, due to varying life circumstances, several of our singers are having to take leave and as a result we have an immediate, urgent need for ALTOS and TENORS who can read music, so that the beautiful sacred music that we have come to enjoy may continue.
I highly encourage you to get involved in our parish this Easter season and in particular one of these very needed ministries. Please contact the parish office and we will help you get started.
- Fr. David Carter

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 Escrivá, and spiritual fellowship. Evenings are from 7-9pm and begin in the church. The next dates are Apr. 18 for Women and May 2 for Men. For details, contact Dan and Nancy Fisher or the parish office.

Our Catholic Motherhood ministry will meet Tuesday, April 24th, at 7pm in Varallo Parish Hall to discuss the last chapter of “The Power of Silence” by Cardinal Sarah. Afterwards they will go to City Café for our Moms’ night out. All mothers of all ages are welcome.

A Book Study is ongoing on Wednesdays at 7:40am in Varallo Parish Hall. On April 25 we will begin studying The Great Divorce, by C. S. Lewis. For more information, please call the parish office.

Deacon Gaspar will be offering a VIRTUS class at the Basilica on Thurs, Apr. 26 from 1-4pm in the St. Dominic Building. You can register for this or any of the upcoming "Protecting God's Children" classes through the Diocese of Knoxville website ( Follow the links under “Safe Environment.”

Our St. Ambrose Catholic Homeschool Co-op will be having a bake sale after the Masses on April 28th & 29th. Please plan to support our co-op by purchasing some baked goods that weekend. Also, registration in the co-op for Fall 2018 is now open. Pick up a flyer in the vestibule.

Fr. Christopher Riehl, who has been in residence with us these past few months, is being assigned as Chaplain of Alexian Village on Signal Mountain, effective April 1st. We thank him for his ministry and service to our parish and wish him well in this new assignment. Because we will be losing his daily presence, the 7am Mass on Tuesday and Thursday will not be offered after Holy Week.

Please pray for our Confirmandi. Bishop Stika will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to more than 30 Confirmandi from the Basilica at the new Cathedral in Knoxville next Saturday, May 5. Cardinal Rigali will confirm two dozen Spanish-speaking Confirmandi from the Basilica, along with others from the Chattanooga deanery, at the Basilica on Saturday, May 26 at 10am.

On Friday, May 4, we will have First Friday Adoration, concluding with Benediction at 5:30.

On Tuesday, May 8, the Catholic Motherhood ministry will meet from 10-11:30am in Varallo Parish Hall to study last chapter of the book, "The Power of Silence" by Cardinal Sarah. A nursery will be available for the morning meeting. All mothers of all ages are welcome.

Students of our St. Cecilia Classroom will give their Spring Piano and Organ Recital at 10:00 am at the Basilica on Saturday, May 12. All parishioners are invited to celebrate our students’ musical success.

Our annual May Crowning devotion to honor our Blessed Mother will be held Sunday, May 13, after the 9:00 Mass. Please bring flowers for the procession, which will begin at about 10:15 am. All are encouraged to participate.

Consider joining Fr. Carter and Dcn. Gaspar on a summer tour of Ireland and Scotland July 6 - 19. It will include a stop in the hometown of the Servant of God, Patrick Ryan. Flyers are in the vestibule.

2018 Vacation Bible School – Discovery Mission – will be held June 18-22 from 8am – Noon. If you are interested in helping, contact Danielle Stradley through the parish office.

Our That Man is You group meets on Saturdays at 7am in Varallo Parish Hall.

A Spanish class has started on Wednesdays from 5pm to 6:30pm in the Religious Education building. There is no fee for the class but those interested must register by calling the parish office.
If you suffer from Celiac disease or another severe gluten allergy, a chalice of the Precious Blood is going to be prepared at each weekend Mass. Indicate this need to the priest celebrant at Communion time, and he will administer the Sacrament to you. For weekday Masses, please make the request to the deacon or sacristan before Mass so that the chalice may be prepared.


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.

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

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.

REGISTER HERE FOR OUR 2017-18 PROGRAMS that began on Sunday, September 10 -
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 5:30-7:30pm most Sundays at All Saints Academy (contact Debbie Cliche for full calendar)
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) 10:15-11:15am Sundays in Varallo Parish Hall
Sign Up to Pray Rosary for RCIA
Our parish is praying for those in RCIA by sending the RCIA Rosary to a different home each week. Praying for those who have come to the doors of the Church seeking to learn more about Jesus through His Church  is a responsibility and privilege of the laity. The RCIA Rosary will be presented to a family, couple, or individual each Sunday at the conclusion of the Mass you attend. You will take the Rosary home and use it as a focal point while praying daily for those in RCIA and those assisting those on the journey of faith. In successive weeks, the Rosary is passed to other homes. Sign up in the vestibule!

Incense for Upcoming Weekends and Holy Days

Solemnity of the Annunciation (Mon. Apr. 9): incense at Noon Mass

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

Consider joining Fr. Carter and Deacon Gaspar on a summer tour of Ireland and Scotland July 6 - 19. Click here to learn more
Martin Luther King Blvd. Closure - The City of Chattanooga is renovating Miller Park and MLK Blvd for the summer 2018. A portion of Georgia Ave. is currently closed. For more information, see the detour map and project schedule posted by CDOT.
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.

Highlights of the Liturgical Year

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

Because we are blessed with a large number of inquirers, RCIA will be in Varallo Parish Hall until Pentecost. That means that BACON 2018 will have to be delayed until then for lack of space. But fret not!  The RCIA experience is a great opportunity for those already Catholic to learn about the faith as well. Join us any Sunday after the 9 AM Mass. Click here for the schedule of topics, which will also be posted in the vestibule.