Now that Fr. Patrick Ryan’s remains are entombed at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, a minimum of $25,000 is needed to bring his cause to Rome, in addition to the expenses already incurred during the exhumation and entombment. The Cause cannot move forward, and will remain at a standstill, until this expense has been met. All donations are greatly appreciated! Click for details on how to donate.
Joseph Shramko, a teen in our parish and an NDHS student, suffered a serious fall on April 8. He has begun a lengthy healing process from several brain injuries and now undergoing intense rehabilitation at Shepherd Center in Atlanta. The Shramkos are praying for Joseph's full functional recovery, and they are asking for our prayers especially through the intercession of Fr. Patrick Ryan. They have set up a Caring Bridge site to share updates and needs. Click for updates, ways to help, and to access Joseph's Caring Bridge site.
Our Basilica parish supports the Ladies of Charity, who give direct financial assistance to the poor. Besides collecting monetary donations and gently used items, their Greater Goods Gift Store needs volunteers to sort and tag their many donations, assist customers in the store, or cashier. Click for more info.
Registration is open for RE, Youth Group, and Jubilate Deo Youth Schola! Religious Education classes for preK through 12th grade will be offered Sundays at 10:15am beginning September 12. Class attendance is required for First Holy Communion and Confirmation and is strongly encouraged for all grades. Our Youth Group for grades 6-12 will meet Wednesdays from 6-8pm beginning August 25. The Jubilate Deo Youth Schola for grades 2-12 will meet Fridays 4:30-5:30pm beginning Sept. 10 for new students/returning students joining Oct. 1. Please register on our Youth Registration page for this year, even if you registered last year.
Parishioner Jim Stewart suffered a serious bike accident before Easter that resulted in a head injury and required a hip replacement. He has completed his rehab in Atlanta and is finally back in Chattanooga! His family has set up a Caring Bridge site to assist us in following his recovery and communicating support and encouragement to him. Please pray for Jim Stewart. Click for more info and to access the Caring Bridge site.
As a necessary step in the Cause for Sainthood for Father Patrick Ryan, the remains of Father Ryan will be exhumed beginning July 19 and moved to a new tomb at the basilica on July 31. The exhumation is a necessarily private event. However, all are invited to the July 31 events, including the procession from Mount Olivet to the Basilica, Memorial Mass, blessing of his new tomb, and reception. Click to view the invitation and listen to Jim Wogan's podcast interview with Fr. Carter and Dcn. Gaspar about this process.
Following Fr. Moises' transfer on August 1, we will no longer be able to offer Mass at 7am on Mondays, because there will only be one priest available at the Basilica on Mondays. We will continue to offer the Mass at 12pm Mondays and all our other regular Mass times.
In-person VBS for preK through 6th graders will be held August 2, 3, and 4 from 8:45 to 11:45am. Registration is due to Florence Porter by July 25. Register online (click for registration form) or fill out the printed form in the vestibule. Both adult and teen volunteers are needed. Please contact Florence Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up to volunteer. All volunteers 18 and up must be certified with Safe Haven.
Do you enjoy hearing and singing the traditional sacred music of the Mass? If you can sight read your voice part, sing on pitch, and join our Thursday 6:30pm rehearsals, please consider joining us. Click to find out more.
We would like to be able to re-open the Ombrellino Gift Shop, but we need several volunteers to keep it open on the weekend. Until we re-open, items can be purchased by contacting the parish office 9am-4pm Monday through Friday. For more info, contact Marina Delaney in the parish office at email@example.com
We are looking into offering hearing assistance devices during Mass for the hard of hearing. Before we can invest in this new system, we will need the support of volunteers to help with handing out the hearing devices at each Mass, and keeping them charged. If you are interested in supporting this effort to help fellow parishioners hear the Mass, please contact Maria Rist in the choir loft or through the parish office.
Hemos decidido que debemos encontrar un nuevo edificio para la Casa de Oración de Santa Cruz, uno que sea más grande y esté mejor equipado para los muchos requisitos de nuestro ministerio y las muchas personas que asisten. El Padre David grabó un mensaje en video para explicar nuestro plan. Haga clic para obtener más información y ver el video.
Bishop Stika has announced new priest assignments, which affect the Basilica. As of August 1, Fr. Moises Moreno will move to Gatlinburg to serve as Parochial Vicar of two parishes: St. Mary in Gatlinburg and Holy Cross in Pigeon Forge, and he will lead their Hispanic communities. Click to read more.
25-year old Abigail Rose Tobin, daughter of Diane & Michael Tobin, passed away Monday, June 28. Please pray especially the Divine Mercy Chaplet for Abigail, her two children, and family. The funeral will be Sunday, July 4 at 5pm at the Basilica. Click to read her obituary, watch a tribute video, and for an opportunity to help with the sudden and costs they were not prepared for. May Abigail Rose Tobin, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Religious Education classes for all grades will resume Sundays from 10:15-11:15am beginning September 12. We need a lead teacher and an assistant for each classroom. A great way to learn about our faith is to teach it! You just need a deep desire to share the Catholic Faith, and we will support you with the tools to share it. For more information, contact Florence Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Joy of Tradition Award has been established at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul to recognize members of our parish community who have demonstrated by their life and participation in our parish the joy that our Catholic faith brings. It is a testimony to their exemplary service to various aspects of our faith, and for their enthusiasm in promoting the sacred traditions in liturgy, ministry, and service to our parish. Fr. Carter has named Cathy Palisoc and Clervin Pérez as the 2021 recipients of the Joy of Tradition Award, presented on our parish anniversary weekend of June 27.
Basilica parishioner Geiner Alisandro Villatoro Costanza died on June 20, 2021 when his car was hit by a semi-truck on the interstate. The family will receive friends at the Jim Rush Funeral home in Cleveland, TN, on June 25 from 5pm-8pm and June 26, from 12pm-1:30pm, followed by a private service for the family at 2pm. Geiner's body will be sent to Guatemala for burial in his home country. May Geiner's soul, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
After the past year with no receptions, we are preparing to resume our Reception Ministry gradually as the safety provisions allow. We need your help! The Reception ministry is an ideal opportunity for new and long-time parishioners to exercise hospitality, share your talents, get involved in our activities, and connect with fellow parishioners. Click to find out more...
Paid Job Training Opportunity for people 55+ who are unemployed and really need to work. Train at home options available. Contact 423-629-2501 x3130 or email@example.com. Federally funded program offered by Goodwill Industries of the Greater Chattanooga Area