Homilies and Pastor's Notes

On this page, you will find homilies and pastor's notes, and other articles from Fr. David Carter, Pastor (or other clergy, as noted).

Some archived homilies from The Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul are available in PDF format. Others are available as sound files. A PDF Reader is required to view the PDF homilies. You can download a free PDF Reader from Adobe.com by clicking this link.


Homily 07-12-20: 15th Sun OT A - The Plow - by Fr. David Carter (READ)

Homilía 12 de julio: Decimoquinto Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario - de Padre Valentin Iurochkin (LEER)

Pastor's Notes 07-12-20: 15th Anniversary of Priesthood (READ)

Homily 07-05-20: 1 John 3: 13-18 - by Fr. Valentin Iurochkin (READ)

Homily 07-04-20: 14th Sun OT A - by Dcn. Hicks Armor (READ)

El Premio Alegría de la Tradición 07-05-20

The Joy of Tradition Award 06-28-20

Homily 06-28-20: External Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, Extraordinary Form - by Fr. David Carter (READ)

Homilía 28 de junio de 2020: Solemnidad de los Santos Pedro y Pablo - de Padre Valentin Iurochkin (READ)

Homily 06-28-20: Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul - by Fr. Valentin Iurochkin (READ)

Homily 06-21-20: External Solemnity of the Sacred Heart - by Fr. Valentin Iurochkin (READ)

Pastor's Notes 06-21-20: How Do You Approach the Holy Sacrifice? Part 2 of 2 (READ)

Pastor's Notes 06-14-20: How Do You Approach the Holy Sacrifice? Part 1 of 2 (READ)

Homilía 14 de junio de 2020: Domingo del Cuerpo y la Sangre de Cristo, A - de Padre Valentin Iurochkin (READ)

Homily 06-07-20: Trinity Sunday, Extraordinary Form - by Fr. David Carter (READ)

Homilía 7 de junio de 2020: Domingo de la Santísima Trinidad, A - de Padre Valentin Iurochkin (LEER)

Homily 05-31-20: Pentecost Sunday, Ordinary Form - by Fr. David Carter (READ)

Homily 05-24-20: Sunday after the Ascension, Extraordinary Form - by Fr. Valentin Iurochkin (READ)

Homilía 24 de mayo de 2020: La Ascensión del Señor - de Padre David Carter (LEER)

Homily 05-17-20: 5th Sunday after Easter, Extraordinary Form - Vain Religion - by Fr. David Carter (READ)

Homilía 17 de mayo de 2020: Sexto Domingo de Pascua, A - de Padre Valentín Iurochkin (LEER)

Homily 05-17-20: 6th Sunday of Easter (Automatic transcript of spoken homily) - by Fr. Colin Blatchford (READ)

Pastor's Notes 05-17-20: Planning for Public Masses (READ)

May 17, 2020: Pastor's Notes - Planning for Public Masses (READ)

May 10, 2020: Homily for 4th Sunday after Easter, more ancient form (Automatic transcript of spoken homily) - by Fr. Colin Blatchford (READ)

10 de mayo, 2020: Homilía del Quinto Domingo de Pascua, A - de Padre Valentin Iurochkin (LEER)

May 10, 2020: Homily for 5th Sunday of Easter A - Happy Mother's Day - by Fr. David Carter (READ)

May 10, 2020: Pastor's Notes - Renewal of our Consecration to Mary (READ)

May 3, 2020: Homily for 4th Sunday of Easter A - by Fr. David Carter (READ)

May 3, 2020: Homily for 3rd Sunday after Easter, more ancient form - by Fr. Colin Blatchford (READ)

April 26, 2020: Homily for 2nd Sunday after Easter, more ancient form / Good Shepherd Sunday - by Fr. David Carter (READ)

26 de abril de 2020: Homilía del Tercer Domingo de Pascua - de Padre Colin Blatchford (LEER)

April 26, 2020: Homily for 3rd Sunday of Easter - by Fr. Valentin Iurochkin (READ)

April 26, 2020 Pastor's Notes - Fr. Carter's April 10 Interview for East Tennessee Catholic about Eucharistic Blessings during Coronavirus (LEER)

April 24, 2020 Email / May 3, 2020 Pastor's Notes - Competing Ideals and Concerns (READ) / Ideales e inquietudes en competencia (LEER) 

19 de abril 2020 - Homilía del Domingo de la Divina Misericordia - de Padre Valentin Iurochkin (LEER)

April 19, 2020: Homily for Divine Mercy Sunday - by Dcn. Gaspar DeGaetano (READ)

April 19, 2020 Pastor's Notes - Fr. Carter's April 9 Interview for East Tennessee Catholic about Coronavirus (READ)

April 12, 2020 - Homily for Easter Sunday - by Fr. David Carter (READ)

12 de abril 2020 - Homilía de Domingo de Pascua - de Padre Valentin Iurochkin (LEER)
11 de abril 2020 - Homilía de Vigilia Pascual - de Padre David Carter (LEER)
April 11, 2020 - Homily for Easter Vigil (English) - by Fr. David Carter (READ)
March 29, 2020 - Homily for Fifth Sunday of Lent A - by Fr. Nick Tran (READ)

March 29, 2020 - Homily for Fifth Sunday of Lent A - by Fr. David Carter (READ)
29 de marzo 2020 - Homilía de V Domingo de Cuaresma - de Padre David Carter (LEER)

March 22, 2020 - Homily for Fourth Sunday of Lent A, Ancient Form: Rejoice in Hope - by Fr. David Carter (READ)

22 de marzo 2020 - Homilía de IV Domingo de Cuaresma - de Padre Valentin Iurochkin (LEER)
March 22, 2020 - Homily for Fourth Sunday of Lent A - by Fr. Colin Blatchford (READ)
March 22, 2020 - Homily for Fourth Sunday of Lent A - by Fr. Nick Tran - Vietnamese (READ)

March 22, 2020 Pastor's Notes: Special Considerations during the Coronavirus Outbreak (READ)

16 de marzo 2020 - Homilía de Misa Conmemorativa de Hermana Celia Sanchez (LEER)
15 de marzo 2020 - Homilía III Domingo de Cuaresma A - Jesús tiene sed de ti (LEER)
March 15, 2020 - Homily for 3rd Sun Lent A:  Jesus Thirsts for You (READ)  (LISTEN)

March 15, 2020 - Pastor's Notes:  Sabbatical Return (READ)

March 8, 2020 - Pastor's Notes: Monastery Sabbatical Photos (READ)

March 1, 2020 - Pastor's Notes:  Holy Land Pilgrimage (READ)

January 12, 2020 Pastor's Notes:  Reverence for the Eucharist, Part 2 (READ)

January 5, 2020 - Pastor's Notes:  Epiphany Chalk Blessing (READ)

December 29, 2019 - Pastor's Notes:  Year in Review (READ)

December 25, 2019 - Homily for Christmas / Homilía de Navidad (READ)  (LISTEN - includes sung Christmas Proclamation)

December 22, 2019 - Pastor's Notes:  Sabbatical at Christmas (READ)

December 22, 2019 - Homily for 4th Sun of Advent - More Ancient Form (READ)  (LISTEN)

December 15, 2019 - Pastor's Notes: First Communion and Reverence (READ)

December 15, 2019 - Homily for 3rd Sun of Advent A - Gaudete Sunday (READ)  (LISTEN)

December 8, 2019 - Homily for 2nd Sun of Advent A (LISTEN)

December 8, 2019 - Pastor's Notes: Advent Fasting (READ)

December 1, 2019 - Homily for 1st Sun of Advent (READ)

December 1, 2019 - Pastor's Notes:  Advent and the Primacy of the Spiritual (READ)

November 24, 2019 - Homily for Last Sun after Pentecost (LISTEN)   (READ)

November 24, 2019 - Homily for Christ the King C (READ)

November 24, 2019 - Pastor's Notes:  Against Idolatry - Part II (READ)

November 17, 2019 - Homily for 33rd Sun OT C:  Jesus Is the Sun of Justice and the New Temple (LISTEN)   (READ)

17 de noviembre, 2019 - Catequesis sobre el Matrimonio (LEER)

November 17, 2019 - Pastor's Notes:  Against Idolatry - Part I (READ)

November 12, 2019 - 2019 State of the Parish Address (READ)

November 10, 2019 - Homily for 32nd Sun OT C:  Heaven Is Our Goal (LISTEN)   (READ)

November 10, 2019 - Pastor's Notes:  Confusion Needs Clarity (READ)

November 3, 2019 - Homily for 31st Sun OT C:  Seek the Lord (READ)

3 de noviembre 2019 - Homilía de XXXI Domingo Ordinario, Año C:  Busca al Señor (ESCUCHAR)  (LEER)

November 3, 2019 - Pastor's Notes:  Handing Over All Saints Academy:  Relief and Challenge for Our Community (READ)

October 27, 2019 - Pastor's Notes:  Knights of Columbus (READ)

October 27, 2019 - Homily for Christ the King - Ancient Form:  An Examination for the Church Militant (LISTEN)  (READ)

27 de octubre, 2019 - Homilía de XXX Domingo Ordinario, Año C:  ¡Aferrarse a la doctrina! ¡Aferrarse a la oración!  (LEER)

October 27, 2019 - Homily for 30th Sun OT C:  Hold Fast to Doctrine!  Hold Fast to Prayer!  (READ)

October 20, 2019 - Pastor's Notes:  The Joy of Giving a Crucifix (READ)

October 13, 2019 - Homily for 28th Sun OT C:  Stewardship as Thanksgiving (LISTEN)

October 13, 2019 - Pastor's Notes : Sabbatical, RE, and Stewardship

6 de octubre, 2019 - Premio: El Siervo de Dios, Padre Patrick Ryan (LEER)

October 6, 2019 - Pastor's Notes:  The Servant of God, Fr. Patrick Ryan Award (READ)

October 6, 2019 - Homily for 27th Sun OT C:  How Long, O Lord (READ)  (LISTEN)

September 29, 2019 - Pastor's Notes:  Sister Imelda's 25th Anniversary of Vows (READ)

September 29, 2019 - Homily for 26th Sun OT C:  The Holy Archangels (READ)   (LISTEN)

September 22, 2019 - Pastor's Notes:  2019-2020 Sacred Music Series (READ)

September 22, 2019 - Homily for 15th Sun after Pentecost:  Who Is My Enemy (READ)  (LISTEN)

September 22, 2019 - Homily for 25th Sun OT C:  Mammon at the Service of God (READ)

15 de septiembre, 2019 - Premio: La Alegría de la Tradición (LEER) 

September 15, 2019 - Homily for 24th Sun OT C:  Inconceivable Mercy (READ)  (LISTEN)

September 15, 2019 - Pastor's Notes:  The Joy of Tradition Award (READ)

September 8, 2019 - Pastor's Notes:  Strangers and Sojourners (READ)

September 1, 2019 - Homily for 22nd Sun OT C:  Humbly before the Lord under One Roof (READ)  (LISTEN)

September 1, 2019 - Pastor's Notes:  Religious Education and the Sacraments (READ)

August 25 2019 - Homily for 21st Sun OT C:  The Narrow Gate Is Humility (LISTEN)

August 25 2019 - Pastor's Notes:  Pride - from a Speech by Dorothy Sayer (READ)

August 18 2019 - Homily for 20th Sun OT C:  It Is Hard to Be a Prophet (READ)

August 18 2019 - Pastor's Notes:  Sloth - from a Speech by Dorothy Sayer (READ)

August 15 2019 - Homily for the Assumption from Pope Benedict XVI's 2012 Homily (READ)

August 11 2019 - Homily for 19th Sun OT C:  Wealth Is a MacGuffin (LISTEN)  (READ)

August 11 2019 - Pastor's Notes:  Catholic Schools Tuition Support (READ)

August 4 2019 - Homily for 18th Sun OT C:  Stewardship:  A Christian Imperative (LISTEN) (READ)

August 4 2019 - Pastor's Notes:  Stewardship:  A Christian Imperative (READ)

August 3 2019 - Podcast with Fr. Carter & Jim Wogan about Melchizetrek backpacking trip for young men considering the priesthood (LISTEN)

August 1 2019 - Podcast with Dcn. Gaspar DeGaetano:  The Canonization of Fr. Patrick Ryan (LISTEN)

August 1 2019 - Podcast with Dcn. Gaspar DeGaetano:  The Life of Fr. Patrick Ryan (LISTEN)

July 31 2019 - Podcast with Fr. Carter & Jim Wogan on celebrating ordinations and the role of pastors to their parishioners (LISTEN)

July 28 2019 - Homily for 7th Sun after Pentecost:  Letter to a Suffering Church

July 28 2019 - Homily for 17th Sun OT C:  Lord, Teach Us to Pray (READ)

July 28 2019 - Pastor's Notes:  Update on The Cause for Fr. Patrick Ryan (READ)

July 21 2019 - Pastor's Notes:  The Sacrament of Baptism at the Basilica (READ)

July 14 2019 - Homily for 15th Sun OT C:  Who Is My Neighbor (READ)

July 14 2019 - Pastor's Notes:  The Precepts of the Church, Part III (READ)

July 7 2019 - Homily for 14th Sun OT C:  Catholic Discipleship Unbracketed and the Precepts of the Church (LISTEN)

July 7 2019 - Pastor's Notes:  The Precepts of the Church, Part II (READ)

June 30 2019 - Pastor's Notes:  The Precepts of the Church, Part I (READ)

June 29 2019 - Homily for Lauds by Fr. Jeffrey Kirby:  The Great Commission to the Heart of the World (LISTEN)

June 28 2019 - Homily for Vespers by Fr. Jeffrey Kirby:  Peter and Paul in the Heart of the Church (LISTEN)

June 28 2019 - Homily for Sacred Heart by Fr. Jeffrey Kirby:  The Burning Heart of Our Lord (LISTEN)

June 23 2019 - Homily for Corpus Christi / First Communion by Fr. Carter:  The Way We Treat Things (READ)

June 23 2019 - Homily for Corpus Christi by Dcn. Tom McConnell:  God's Love Sacrament--Real Presence in the Eucharist! (READ)

June 23 2019 - Pastor's Notes:  Prayer before Congress, Catholic Motherhood (READ)

June 9 2019 - Pentecost C:  The Spirit of a Family (READ)

June 9 2019 - Pastor's Notes:  New Leadership in the Youth Ministry and New Resident Priest (READ)

June 2 2019 - Ascension of the Lord C:  Thus Passes the Glory of the World (READ)

June 2 2019 - Pastor's Notes:  The Budget and You (READ)

May 26 2019 - Pastor's Notes:  "Catholic Tent Revival" (Forty Hours Devotion) (READ)

May 26 2019 - 6th Sun Easter C:  What Do You Give to the One Who Has Everything? (READ)

May 19 2019 - Pastor's Notes:  Wedding Wisdom Part 2 - The Underground Railroad out of the Culture of Death (READ)

May 12 2019 - Pastor's Notes:  Wedding Season and Wisdom (READ)

May 12 2019 - 4th Sun Easter C:  Mother's Day (READ)

12 de mayo 2019 - IV Domingo de Pascua – Día de las Madres (LEER)

May 5 2019 - 3rd Sun Easter C:  153 Fish (READ)

May 5 2019 - Pastor's Notes:  Church floors, 40 Hours Devotion, 130th Anniversary (READ)

April 28 2019 - Pastor's Notes:  Divine Mercy, Plenary Indulgence, Organ (READ)

April 21 2019 - Pastor's Notes:  Mount Olivet Cemetery (READ)

April 21 2019 - Easter Sunday:  Teachings from St. Athanasius and St. Paul's Letter to the Corinthians (READ)

April 20 2019 - Easter Vigil: Teachings from St. Athanasius (READ)

20 de abril 2019 - Vigilia Pascual: Enseñanzas de San Atanasio (LEER)

April 14 2019 - Palm Sunday:  from St. Gregory Nazianzen - We are soon going to share in the Passover (READ)

14 de abril 2019 - Domingo de Ramos: de San Gregorio Nacianceno - Vamos a participar en la Pascua (LEER)

April 14 2019 - Pastor's Notes:  Liturgical Questionnaire Results - Part VII - Comments, Suporters of the Parish, and Conclusion (READ)

Apr 7 2019 - Pastor's Notes:  Liturgical Questionnaire Results - Part VI - Formats of the Mass (READ)

Mar 31 2019 - Pastor's Notes: Liturgical Questionnaire Results - Part V - Altar Rail and Reception of Holy Communion (READ)

Mar 31 2019 - 4th Sun Lent C:  The Merciful Father (READ)

Mar 24 2019 - Pastor's Notes: Liturgical Questionnaire Results - Part IV - Greeting and Sign of Peace (READ)

Mar 24 2019 - 3rd Sun Lent Ancient Form:  Humility, Obedience, and Thanks (READ)

Mar 17 2019 - 2nd Sun Lent C:  Hiddenness (READ)

Mar 17 2019 - Pastor's Notes: Liturgical Questionnaire Results - Part III - Multilingual Considerations and Use of Latin in the Sung Ordinary (READ)

Mar 10 2019 - Pastor's Notes: Liturgical Questionnaire Results - Part II - Ad Orientem and Incense (READ)

Mar 6 2019 - Ash Wednesday: Have Mercy on Me, O God (READ)

6 de marzo 2019 - Miércoles de Ceniza: Ten piedad de mí, oh Dios (LEER)

Mar 3 2019 - Pastor's Notes:  Liturgical Questionnaire Results - Part I - Introduction (READ)

Feb 24 2019 - 8th Sun OT C (Last Sunday before Lent): Don't Be a Pagan (READ)

Feb 24 2019 - Pastor's Notes:  Strategic Planning (READ)

Feb 17 2019 - 6th Sun OT C:  Do You Want To Be Happy? (READ)

Feb 17 2019 - Pastor's Notes:  Excommunication (READ)

Feb 10 2019 - 5th Sun OT:  The Primacy of the Transcendent:  God Is a Lion (READ)

Feb 10 2019 - Pastor's Notes:  Altar Rail Cushions, Liturgical Questionnaire, All Saints Academy Update (READ)

January 27, 2019 - 3rd Sun OT C: The Answer to Life's Question (READ)

27 de enero 2019 - III Domingo Ordinario C: La respuesta a la pregunta de la vida (LEER)

January 13, 2019 - Basilica Bells Ring at the Consecration (READ)

January 6 2019 - Catechesis on the Altar Rail and Kneeling before the Blessed Sacrament (READ)

Dec 30 2018 - Holy Family (READ)

Dec 25 2018 - Christmas:  Come, Adore the Christ-Child! (READ)

25 de diciembre 2018 - Navidad: Ven, Adoran al Niño Jesús! (LEER)

Dec 23 2018 - Pastor's Notes:  Catechesis on the Altar as Our New Altar Is Dedicated (READ)

Dec 06 2018 - Pastor's Notes:  Gradation of Solemnity, Precious Blood, and Sign of Peace at the Basilica (READ)

Nov 18 2018 - Pastoral Letter:  That They May Be One:  A Vision of Solidarity and Universality for our Parish (READ)

Nov 13 2018 - State of the Parish 2018 (READ)

4 de noviembre 2018 - XXXI Domingo Ordinario: de la Carta pastoral de los Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos y México sobre la migración: