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Highlights of the Liturgical Year

Potluck reception to follow in Varallo Parish Hall
Nursery will be available

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  • On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, we will have a bilingual Mass at 10am. There will not be a noon Mass that day.
  • The parish office will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23-24.
  • Our Religious Education classes, RCIA classes, and Youth Group will not be meeting on Sunday, Nov. 26.
  • On Sunday, Nov. 26 at 5:00 pm, we will have our fourth-Sunday Missa Cantata in the ancient form of the Roman rite, to celebrate the 20th Sunday after Pentecost. Mass is offered in the Church's universal language, Latin, and translations are provided. A nursery will be available.
  • Due to Thanksgiving weekend, on Nov. 26 we will not have our usual fourth Sunday Basilica potluck in Varallo Parish Hall.

Incense for Upcoming Weekends
November 25-26 Solemnity of Christ the King: incense at all Masses

See our article, The Use of Incense in the Mass, for more information.
Our annual St. Nicholas Dinner will take place on Sunday, December 3 at 6 pm in Varallo Parish Hall. There will be activities for the children and musical entertainment by our own Andrea Tierney, pianist, and Jubilate Deo Youth Schola. Space is limited, so please sign up in the vestibule today or call the parish office to reserve your place. Please bring a dessert to share. Donations for the catered dinner will be accepted at the door.

Our Women’s Ministries will continue their discernment discussion Saturday, Dec. 2 at 10am in Varallo Parish Hall. The meeting will include a potluck, and afterwards the group will be decorating Varallo Parish Hall for our St. Nicholas Dinner. All women of the parish are invited to participate!
Martin Luther King Blvd. Closure - The City of Chattanooga is renovating Miller Park and MLK Blvd. They will be closing the section of MLK Blvd. between Miller Park and Miller Plaza from Nov. 13 to mid-February, 2018. For more information, see the detour map and project schedule posted by CDOT.
We are looking for volunteers to sing for in our Midnight Mass choir! Rehearsals will be Tuesdays, December 5, 12, and 19 from 6-7:30pm, and Sat., Dec. 23 from 10-11:30am. This invitation is open to anyone who can read music and can commit to at least two of the Tuesday rehearsals and the final Saturday rehearsal. Please contact Debi Crabtree or Maria Rist by Nov. 20 so that music can be ordered.
On Tuesday, Nov. 28, our Catholic Motherhood Ministry invites all mothers of all ages to a meeting at 7pm in Varallo Parish Hall followed by Mom’s Night Out at a nearby restaurant. We will also meet Tuesday, Dec. 12 from 10-11:30am in Varallo Parish Hall to study the book, "The Power of Silence" by Cardinal Sarah. A nursery will be available. All mothers of all ages are welcome.  

On Friday, December 1, we will have First Friday Adoration following the Noon Mass, and concluding with Benediction at 5:30. An all-night Adoration Vigil, organized by our Hispanic community, will continue from 9pm to 7am.

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 Dec. 13 for Men and Dec. 20 for Women. For details, contact Dan and Nancy Fisher or the parish office.

Our That Man is You group meets on Saturdays at 7am in Varallo Parish Hall. The fall session will conclude on December 9.

We began a Friday Book Study on October 21. The group meets Fridays from 7:40 am – 8:25 am at Camp House. We are discussing Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture by Anthony Esolen.


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
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

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
Starting OCTOBER 1, our parish will start 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!