Announcements and Church News

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REGISTER HERE FOR OUR 2018-19 PROGRAMS that begin 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

VIRTUS Training - 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 Thursday, August 30, from 1-4pm in the parish office. Registration is required. You can register for this or any of the upcoming VIRTUS sessions from the Diocese of Knoxville website ( Follow the links under “Safe Environment.”


The Basilica began a sanctuary renovation on July 23, and we expect it to be completed by December. While the church is being renovated, we will continue to offer Masses and confessions at our regular times.

Masses will be celebrated in Varallo Parish Hall. The main entry to the vestibule will be closed, but four entrances will be available. See entry map.

Confessions will be offered in the Rectory. (Use the front gate entry facing East 8th Street).

Adoration on First Fridays will be in the rectory from 12:30-5:30pm. It will continue from 9pm-7am Saturday in Varallo Parish Hall.

See Fr. Carter's pastoral letter on the logistics of using Varallo Parish Hall as a temporary sanctuary location.

We need people in the parish to PRAY - for the people who are volunteering, for the material suppliers, for the laborers and craftsmen and all their families - specifically that no one is injured or hurt during the project, and these prayers, novenas - any and every kind of offering - can be set aside for the project's successful completion to greater glory of God, for the good of this parish and the good of His Holy Church.

Upcoming Special Liturgies:.
  • On Sunday, August 26, 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. (The nursery will not be staffed for the Missa Cantata. Also, we will not be having a potluck after this Mass.)

  • On Friday, September 7, we will have the Noon Mass in Varallo Parish Hall, followed by First Friday Adoration in the rectory chapel, concluding with Benediction at 5:30. Adoration will continue from 9pm – 7am in Varallo Parish Hall, hosted by our Hispanic community.
  • The Basilica will celebrate the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, patron of our diocese, with a
    sung Mass in Spanish at 10:30 am on Sat., September 8.
    A plenary indulgence, under the usual conditions of sacramental Confession, Eucharistic Communion, prayers offered for the intentions of the Holy Father, and detachment from sin, is granted to the faithful who visit the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul on May 3, June 29, September 8, October 22, or on one day of their choice during the year.
  • On Friday, September 14 the Basilica will celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross with a sung Mass at noon, in addition to the 7am spoken Mass.

Starting this fall, we will begin American Heritage Girls and TrailLife USA troops at the Basilica, a scouting program for children ages 5-17 that coincides with our values as Catholic Christians. For more information, see the bulletin or contact Sherry Ohotnicky at More information may also be found at and

Jubilate Deo Youth Schola

invites youth in Grades 2-12 for a fun year as we explore the musical treasures of the Catholic Church!
Classes are Fridays from 4:15—5:30 pm.
Returning students start Friday, Sept. 7.

For more information, visit our Youth Choir page and see the flyer.

To register, contact Maria Rist: or 865-335-0588


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 and will be held in the Rectory Chapel during the renovation. The next dates are September 5 for Men and September 12 for Women. For details, contact Dan and Nancy Fisher or the parish office.

The Catholic Motherhood ministry will begin studying Scott Hahn’s book: The First Society: The Sacrament of Matrimony and the Restoration of the Social Order, which can be ordered on The next meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 11th from 10-11:30am in Varallo Parish Hall. All mothers are welcome and a nursery will be available. 

Also, Catholic Motherhood ministry is offering a new study for moms of all ages, entitled, “Momnipotent," facilitated by Sandy Pricer, on the 4th Tuesday of each month. The first study will begin on August 28th from 7-9:30pm, in the St. Dominic Religious Education building. Please bring a snack and/or drink to share if you are able. Contact Rachel Wesson with any questions or to be added to the Catholic Motherhood Group email list.

Our Book Club is now discussing a new book, Abolition of Man, by C. S. Lewis. The book is available on as well as other booksellers. We continue to meet in Varallo Parish Hall at 7:40am on Wednesdays. All are welcome! For more information, please call the parish office.

A Spanish language class meets 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. The class has been on summer break but will resume Wednesday, August 22.
Fr. Blatchford and his classmate, Fr. Adam Kane will lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from February 18th-27th, 2019. Come and celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Priestly Ordination with Fr. Blatchford as he walks the footsteps of our Lord and his disciples through the Holy Land. The price is $4400 based on double occupancy. For further questions, call the parish office.
RCIA will begin again in September. If you are interested in exploring the Catholic faith, or know someone who is, please contact the parish office; the name and contact information will be forwarded to the RCIA team.

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 is there to support you and both sponsoring and resenting 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 the parish office. Many hands make light—and rewarding—work!
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. There is a group of people in our parish who are interested in developing a chapter of lay oblates of St. Benedict. The group  focuses on applying the Rule of St. Benedict to their lives, learning to pray the Scriptures through lectio divina and offering the Liturgy of the Hours in praise of God. If you are interested in learning more about this spirituality we would love to hear from you. Please call the parish office or contact Daniel Sharkey at 877-3239. We will have an organizational meeting on Sunday, August 19 at 5pm in the St. Dominic RE building.
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 TENORS and BASSES 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 and in particular one of these very needed ministries. Please contact the parish office and we will help you get started.
- Fr. David Carter
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,
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.

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

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.

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

Corpus Christi Procession - June 3 at 1pm

Sunday, June 3 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 5th 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 last year's procession.

Find out more about our Corpus Christi procession and why we do this.

Words of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque: “I demand that the First Friday after the octave of Corpus Christi be set apart for a special feast to honor My Heart; that, on this day, reparation be made to It with special solemnity, that the faithful receive Holy Communion in reparation for the indignities which It has received on the altars; and I promise that My Heart will expand to pour out in abundance the treasures of Divine love on those who render It this honor.” Read more about the history of the feast and the devotion to the Sacred Heart here.

The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is Friday, June 8. We will have Masses at 7am and noon, and the choir is coming together for our noon sung Mass. There is also an opportunity for plenary indulgence for those who publicly recite an Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus on this holy day.
AN OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR ORGAN - We have reached our goal!

Thank you to all who have helped us raise $35,000 to install two ranks we need to complete the organ: the trompettes and clarinet, a total of 122 custom made pipes! Our organ will already be down for maintenance after the sanctuary renovation, and adding the pipes at this time will save us money and additional downtime in the future. Your response to this special call for help has been tremendous and is greatly appreciated!