Church of the Holy Rosary

Holy Rosary Academy Announces New Principal

Father Steiner, pastor of Holy Rosary Church and Academy is proud to announce the appointment of Mrs. Kimber Halliburton as its newest principal.

Kimber Halliburton began her career as a special education teacher in Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) at J.E. Moss Elementary School in 1988. While serving as a teacher in MNPS she taught in both general education and special education classroom settings. Mrs. Halliburton then departed MNPS for an opportunity to teach in her home parish where her children attended school. She taught 4th grade at St. Henry School for nearly 6 years. Kimber served as a classroom teacher in both public and private schools for nearly 14 years prior to accepting a school administrative role.

In 2000, Kimber returned to MNPS. She served as the lead principal of the following schools: Lockeland Design Center in East Nashville, Bellevue Middle School, Harpeth Valley Elementary School, and Waverly Belmont Elementary School in the 12th South area of Nashville. She was tapped by two different MNPS Superintendents, Dr. Pedro Garcia and Dr. Jesse Register, to open and staff 2 new schools building the academic programs while overseeing renovations and construction. She started Lockeland in 2004 and as a result of her leadership and a team of talented teachers, Lockeland ranked 1st academically in the district on state assessments after the school’s first year in both Reading and Math. Lockeland outperformed all 73 elementary schools in MNPS.

At the end of her career in MNPS, she opened Waverly Belmont which is also a top performing school in MNPS. Mrs. Halliburton has served as a school leader for 17 years in various capacities as a principal and as a network lead principal overseeing 6 schools in MNPS. She also served as a Superintendent of Schools in Tennessee and Mississippi before retiring and returning to her children and family in Nashville. Under her leadership in Washington County School System, the district received “Exemplary Status” scoring a 5 out of 5 which is the highest ranking from the Tennessee Department of Education. The county became the highest-ranking county school system in the First Region of Tennessee. While serving in Madison as Superintendent, the district went from a 15th ranking to ranking 4th in the State of Mississippi for overall academic performance on state assessments.

Kimber earned her Bachelors degree in Elementary and Special Education from Middle Tennessee State University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University. Mrs. Halliburton is currently working on her Doctorate degree in Leadership and Professional Practice at Trevecca and is scheduled to complete her coursework in June 2020 and dissertation in June 2021.

She is also a graduate of the Principals’ Leadership Academy of Nashville (PLAN), a collaboration between MNPS and Vanderbilt University to help groom top leadership talent. She also served as a mentor principal for PLAN, shepherding assistant principals who demonstrated talent to lead as executive principals in the future in MNPS. She was also among the first group of Nashville educators to travel to China with the Education Leadership Learning Exchange. Her international studies offered her an opportunity to develop diverse thoughts and practices in how to best educate students.

Kimber has been married to her husband, Frank Halliburton, for 32 years. They have 3 children: Alex, age 30; Raegan, age 29; and Olivia, age 22. Each of the Halliburton children is a proud graduate of Father Ryan High School. Alex is a Senior Project Manager/Electrical Engineer in Nashville; Raegan is a Blue Ribbon award-winning teacher in MNPS; and Olivia is a soon to be graduate of UT-Knoxville heading to Belmont School of Law on an academic scholarship this fall. Mrs. Halliburton is extremely excited to return to Catholic education to serve her church, continue to live out her Catholic faith, and lead Holy Rosary Academy toward continued excellence. The Halliburton’s are parishioners at St. Matthew Church in Franklin.

Help Needed: Join the Cleaning Ministry!

As we begin the public celebration of Mass, we are in critical need of volunteers to clean and sanitize the Church. Many hands make light work to make our church safe and clean! All you have to do is grab a spray bottle and help wipe down the pews and other surfaces after attending mass or adoration. Get the whole family involved! Great opportunity for students to earn service hours.

Please consider joining this Ministry!
Sign-up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040a48afa92aa0f49-public2

Please contact Cathy Sharbel at sharbelc@holyrosary.edu if you are interested or have questions about this ministry.

Usher and Cleaning Ministries

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Please contact Jennifer Gourley at jlgourley@outlook.com if you are interested in participating

A message from Fr. Steiner regarding Covid-19 and Mass procedures

Dear Parishioners,

It is with great joy that I announce that the public celebration of the Mass will resume on Monday, May 18 and share with you the details developed with a team of parishioners to resume public celebration of the Mass. I have missed you more than words can express. As we return to celebrating Mass together, I ask for your patience and understanding. The risk of Covid19 remains significant, especially for seniors and people with underlying health conditions. Therefore, it is imperative that we be respectful of the norms and guidelines set forth by health care professionals regarding social distancing. In order for us to embrace the responsibility of protecting the health and well-being of all of our community, we have to make difficult and possibly uncomfortable adjustments. We will not be able to attend Mass as we had before Covid19 if we are going to protect each other and ourselves. 

It is very important that you remember the dispensation from Sunday obligatory attendance at Mass has been extended to June 30th. Bishop Spalding reminded us in his letter to the Faithful May 7, 2020: 

“The Dispensation from Sunday Mass remains in effect through June 30th. Those who have an active illness (including infection, flare of a chronic illness, etc.) anyone over the age of 65, those with a history of heart failure, lung disease, diabetes, ongoing malignancy, any immunosuppressive disorder, those on steroids or other immunosuppressive medications, those who have been advised by a healthcare professional not to attend Mass, and those who live with anyone with any health vulnerability, are strongly encouraged to remain at home at this time and refrain from attending Mass. Additionally, anyone who is worried that attending Mass would add undue stress or jeopardize their health or the health of a person with whom they live, are also encouraged to remain at home.”

Bishop Spalding, May 7, 2020

During this time, we will need your help more than ever. I ask that you please consider ways in which you can volunteer and share your gifts and talents in addition to your financial support. The changes that are necessary during this time of social distancing have produced many opportunities for people to share their many gifts and talents. 

The guidelines for celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will remain in place until I, in consultation with the diocesan and parish teams, deem that they can be altered or suspended. 

To be in compliance with social distancing guidelines, there will be necessary changes in the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. I have temporarily suspended all liturgical music. There is a limit to how many people can be in the Church at the same time, and everyone is strongly encouraged to bring and wear a mask. Seating will not be as it was before Covid19; therefore, you may not be able to sit in the place where you may have sat in the past. As your Pastor, it has always been a joy to look out and see you, knowing just where to look to find so many of you or make eye contact with you. This will be a difficult adjustment for me as well as for you.

There will be signs in strategic places on and near the church to help guide you. To maintain social distancing, we ask that you arrive at least 20 to 40 minutes early so that ushers can seat you. Please follow the signs as you approach the Church. I ask that only those who have a physical need use the side doors. Everyone else should enter through the front doors on Graylynn Drive. It will be important that you follow the ushers’ directions in maintaining social distancing. At the end of Mass, remain in your place until an usher comes to lead you out; further, we ask that you promptly leave when the usher comes to you. Per Bishop Spaldings’ guidelines to pastors, bulletins will be distributed after Mass. The newly established cleaning ministry will clean the church after each Mass.

One silver lining to the social distancing is that I or a deacon will come to you to distribute the Holy Eucharist. This may take a few minutes longer, but it will allow us to maintain social distance guidelines during the reception of the Holy Eucharist. As I approach you, if you are wearing a mask, please remove it from your mouth to ensure reverent reception of the Holy Eucharist.

Even though we encourage you to continue to carry hand sanitizer with you and use it whenever you touch surfaces, there will be hand sanitizer in strategic locations to make it easily available for you to use. Also, members of the cleaning ministry will wash all of the pews after each Mass. In each pew, there will be a two-sided laminated card. One side will be green, and the other side will be red. When you enter the pew, the green side will be showing. We ask that you turn the card over to the red side to assist the cleaning crew. Even though all pews will be wiped down, the cleaning crew will give extra attention to the ones that have the red side of the card showing.

You will now be required to register for Mass as we must limit the number of parishioners in the Church in accordance with social distancing guidelines. Thank you in advance for your flexibility if you are asked to attend Mass at a different time than you have in the past. Please visit our website registration page or our Facebook page to register. For those who do not have internet access, we politely ask that a family member make your reservation. Church volunteers will be placing a limited number of phone calls to those who we are aware of that do not have internet access. If you have not updated your records in the past month, we ask that you call the Church office at (615) 889-4065 and do so as soon as possible. 

I am so grateful to those who have been able to continue contributing to the support of the parish during this time. While I realize that this is a time of great uncertainty, I ask that everyone who is able to financially support prayerfully consider giving that support to the parish. We have been without the public celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for two months, which means that the parish income has drastically decreased while bills have continued to accrue. I am deeply grateful for your generous support. It is needed now more than ever.

You remain in my daily prayers. I am looking forward to gathering with you and celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for and with you.

In Christ,

Father Steiner

In summary:

  • Public celebration of the Mass will resume Monday, May 18
  • Bishop Spalding has extended the dispensation from Sunday Mass through June 30th
  • Everyone who is 65 years old, has an underlying health condition or is living with someone with a health vulnerability should refrain from attending Mass at this time
  • We must respect the norms and guidelines of social distancing, including wearing masks that cover our mouth and nose
  • Per Bishop Spaldings’ guidelines to pastors, bulletins will be distributed after Mass 
  • Things will be very different; please be patient, understanding, and flexible
  • There is a limited number of people who can attend each Mass
  • Use the green/red card to indicate your use of a space in Church
  • Please register for mass at our website (https://www.holyrosarynashville.org/) or via our Facebook page
  • The guidelines for celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will remain in place until Father Steiner, in consultation with the diocesan and parish teams, deem that they can be altered or suspended 
  • Father Steiner has suspended all liturgical music
  • Collection baskets will be in the Narthex; please place your donations in them as you enter or leave the Church
  • Please remember to provide financial support to the parish

Weekly Letter from Fr. Steiner

Dear faithful people of God,

With all praise and thanksgiving to Our Lord of heaven and earth I would like to inform you we will be allowed to publicly resume Masses begin on Monday May 18th. We will once again be able to gather and be together for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass while still maintaining social distancing. I ask for you continued patience and generosity as we make this transition knowing that each of us will need to make adjustments on how we do things. There will be many things to put in place for precautions and to make sure we are maintaining cleaning/sanitizing/disinfecting procedures that will keep us safer.

As we hunger and yearn for the Holy Eucharist, I ask that you please consider others and try to maintain healthy habits that will keep all of us safe. If you are over 65 or have health concerns that would put you or others at risk, please be aware that the dispensation of Bishop Spalding for the Sunday precept is still in effect until June 30, 2020. If you fall under this category remain home. Part of our planning is to figure out how we can have possible family members trained to take Holy Communion to their at risk loved ones. We will also have to continue following the social distance guidelines and prepare the Church to keep these guidelines while we are in Mass. We are only allowed to gather at 50% of our capacity at this time. Therefore, Holy Rosary will only be able to fit safely around 100 people for each Mass. I will send out the specific plan this Wednesday for the return of public Masses at Holy Rosary and our procedures and protocol that we will follow.

Please share this information with those who do not have access to social media, think of who these individuals may be, please think about who these individuals may be and reach out to them to inform them.

“For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats me will live because of me. This is the bread which came down from heaven, not such as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever.”

John 6:55-58

In Christ,
Father Steiner

Until May 18, Holy Rosary will continue to be open for private prayer from 8am – 8pm daily.

A letter from Bishop Spalding

My Dear People of God,

Over the past several weeks we have all faced unique and unprecedented challenges. In addition to the general stress and anxiety of the current health crisis, we have also had to go without the consolation of the public celebration of Mass. Recognizing that the nature of the situation has necessitated this decision, does not make the pain and sorrow any less real. The temporary cessation of public Masses I announced on March 17th was one of the most difficult decisions of my time as bishop. In saying this, I want to express my gratitude for the kindness, patience, and understanding of those who have embraced this decision with humility and trust.

As restrictions on public activities and gatherings begin to ease, it is my great joy to announce that we will begin a journey to resume the public celebration of Mass beginning on Monday, May 18. While a cause for celebration, it is important to recognize at the same time that these first steps are not simply an open call to return as normal. The risk of COVID-19 remains significant, especially to seniors and persons with existing health concerns. As we return to Mass, we must continue to embrace the responsibility of protecting the health and well-being of all in our community. With that in mind, although parishes may resume public Masses beginning May 18th, some pastors may prudently decide to wait a few more weeks. We are blessed with a great variety of parishes in this diocese, and that diversity allows for a certain adaptability. We especially do not want to put anyone at undue risk from a hasty or ill-prepared reopening. Our return to church must be measured, prudent, and gradual, as we responsibly respond to the situation.

As we embark on this joyful and yet challenging new journey in the life of our diocese, there are a few points I would like everyone to keep in mind:

  • The ongoing risk of COVID-19 will necessitate some adjustments to the way we are used to celebrating Mass. This may at times lead to discomfort and frustration. The patience and charity of all involved will be essential to handling these changes well. In the coming weeks, let us not lose sight of what a blessing it is to be able to be able to celebrate Mass as a community.
  • As we come together, we should be respectful of the norms and guidelines concerning social distancing. These policies are most effective when we work together and are all on the same page. Expect guidance from your parish about strategies for monitoring the capacity of the church and for maintain proper spacing in the pews. Your attentiveness to these measures will help everyone in the community feel more comfortable and peaceful when returning to church.
  • The dispensation from Sunday Mass remains in effect through June 30th. Those who have an active ongoing illness (including infection, flare of a chronic illness, etc.), anyone over the age of 65, those with a history of heart failure, lung disease, diabetes, ongoing malignancy, any immunosuppressive disorder, those on steroids or other immunosuppressive medications, those who have been advised by a health care professional not to attend Mass, and those who live with anyone with any health vulnerability, are strongly encouraged to remain at home at this time and refrain from attending Mass. Additionally, anyone who is worried that attending Mass would add undue stress or jeopardize their health or the health of a person with whom they live, are also encouraged to remain at home. I encourage pastors to continue the practice of live-streaming Masses in order to provide for the spiritual nourishment of those remaining at home.
  • Similarly, I am encouraging pastors to offer special Masses on weekdays particularly for those 65 years of age or older. If you are a member of this vulnerable age group and wish to attend Mass, I strongly encourage taking advantage of these special Masses, even if you are in good health.
  • Finally, please continue to pray! God is with us in this time of trial, and we should never lose sight of that. The inability to attend Mass has meant that many families have introduced new practices of family prayer into their homes. This has been an unexpected grace that has come in the midst of the current crisis. As we return to the communal celebration of Mass, I encourage you to preserve these new practices.

Thank you all for your continued support and cooperation. Please keep our diocese, our churches, and our schools in your prayers in this challenging time. You are all in my prayers as well.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend J. Mark Spalding, D.D., J.C.L.
Bishop of Nashville