Church of the Holy Rosary

Family Rosary

We are looking for mass attendees who would like to bring up the gifts and accept the Family Rosary to pray for the parish during the week and return the rosary the following weekend.

For questions, contact Cheryl Pryor, DRE at Holy Rosary at cheryl@holyrosary.edu

Please review the available slots on the sign-up genius by clicking here https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054cafae29a4ff2-family

Consecration to St Joseph Book Study

We are offering a 33-day study to prepare for the Consecration to St. Joseph on May 1st.

There are two sessions to choose from. The first will begin on Monday, March 29th at 9:30 in the morning. Please contact Emily Carr for information on this session at 615 948-6178.

The second session will begin on Tuesday evening March 30th, after Mass. Please contact Jan Stermin at janstermin@gmail.com for information on this session. We will meet in the larger conference room of the Church office and a zoom link will be available for both sessions.

We will use the book Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father by Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC. It is available at Sr. Mary’s Bookstore or on Amazon.

We hope you will join us either in person or virtually!

Holy Week Mass Times

  • Thursday, April 1st Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7 pm
  • Friday, April 2nd Good Friday: Stations of the Cross at 12 noon and Good Friday Passiontide at 3 pm
  • Saturday, April 3rd Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, April 4th Easter Sunday: Masses at 8:30 am and 11 am

Bishop restores obligation to attend Mass

17 March 2021
The Feast of St. Patrick

My Dear People of the Diocese of Nashville,

As springtime begins anew, I am pleased to announce a new phase of our response to the covid-19 pandemic that has afflicted our world for over a year. Last week, the three Bishops of Tennessee collaboratively discussed our plans for restoring the obligation to attend Sunday Mass in the State of Tennessee. Here in the Diocese of Nashville, the obligation will return as of the weekend of Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021. The bishops took into account the rapid decline in hospitalizations and deaths, our emergence from the winter flu season, and the now widespread availability of vaccination, in particular those in vulnerable demographic categories. Steadily increasing attendance at Mass is now straining the limited capacity of many of our churches. We have consulted with leaders in the Catholic healthcare system throughout the state, who support our plan and have assured us that it is prudent and reasonable. Therefore, today, exactly one year after the dispensation was put in place, I have signed a decree formally restoring the obligation to attend Mass, effective Palm Sunday.

In conjunction with the lifting of the dispensation, Palm Sunday will also be a time when some of your own parish’s covid-related precautions may be modified, including increased seating availability, and the use of facial coverings at some masses or events becoming optional. We will remain prudent, however, as not all precautions will be set aside. I am leaving significant discretion to your pastor, in consultation with lay leadership in the parish, to discern the details of this transition in the way best suited to your community. I also take this opportunity to remind you that, even once the obligation is restored, the law of the Church envisions situations where the obligation does not apply because of a grave cause; serious ongoing risks and concerns you might have about the coronavirus can certainly constitute that grave cause. At the same time, I believe that the health situation now permits a fuller expression of the Church’s life and a reasonable courage and confidence in the face of what is now a much-reduced risk. Personal responsibility is a centerpiece of our Faith; each person is called to exercise this responsibility with prudence and wisdom at all times, and especially in times such as this. I humbly ask for your cooperation and flexibility in working with all our pastors and parish leaders as they collaborate with me to navigate this challenging transition to normalcy.

In that light, allow me to take this opportunity to thank you for the extraordinary faithfulness and understanding you have shown and continue to show as we have continued to live the life of our Church during this extraordinary time. We pray that the Divine Physician will protect and defend us, today and always, from all illness of body, mind, and spirit.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend J. Mark Spalding, D.D., J.C.L.
Bishop of Nashville

Read full article on the Tennessee Register

3-17-21-Letter-and-Decree96-1A

Easter Egg Hunt

All children of the parish are invited to join us for an Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, March 28 after the 11:00 mass. We will gather in the back parking lot. You can bring your own basket or there will be bags provided.

We are in need of individually wrapped candy to stuff the eggs. Non-chocolate candy or treats preferred. Please drop off any candy in the church vestibule or church office before March 21.

Weekly Reflection – 03/14/21

I would like to share with you from the Liturgy of the Hours, the second reading on Feb. 27, 2021.

From the pastoral constitution on the Church in the modern world of the Second Vatican Council.

(Gaudium et spes, Nn. 9-10) Man’s deeper questionings)

The world of today reveals itself as at once powerful and weak, capable of achieving the best or the worst. There lies open before it the way to freedom or slavery, progress or regression, brotherhood or hatred. In addition, man is becoming aware that it is for himself to give the right direction to forces that he himself has awakened, forces that can be his master or his servant. He therefore puts questions to himself. The tensions disturbing the world of today are in fact related to a more fundamental tension rooted in the human heart. In man himself many elements are in conflict with each other. On one side, he has experience of his many limitations as a creature. On the other, he knows that there is no limit to his aspirations, and that he is called to a higher kind of life.

Many things compete for his attention, but he is always compelled to make a choice among them, and to renounce some. What is more, in his weakness and sinfulness he often does what he does not want to do, and fails to do what he would like to do. In consequence, he suffers from a conflict within himself, and this in turn gives rise to so many great tensions in society.

Very many people, infected as they are with a materialistic way of life, cannot see this dramatic state of affairs in all its clarity, or at least are prevented from giving thought to it because of the unhappiness that they themselves experience.
Many think that they can find peace in the different philosophies that are proposed. Some look for complete and genuine liberation for man from man’s efforts alone. They are convinced that the coming kingdom of man on earth will satisfy all the desires of his heart.

There are those who despair of finding any meaning in life: they commend the boldness of those who deny all significance to human existence in itself, and seek to impose a total meaning on it only from within themselves.

But in the face of the way the world is developing today, there is an ever-increasing number of people who are asking the most fundamental questions or are seeing them with a keener awareness: What is man? What is the meaning of pain, of evil, of death, which still persist in spite of such great progress? What is the use of those successes, achieved at such a cost? What can man contribute to society, what can he expect from society? What will come after this life on earth?

The Church believes that Christ died and rose for all, and can give man light and strength through his Spirit to fulfill his highest calling; his is the only name under heaven in which men can be saved.

So too, the Church believes that the center and goal of all human history is found in her Lord and Master.

The Church also affirms that underlying all changes there are many things that do not change; they have their ultimate foundation in Christ, who is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Praised be Jesus Christ, Now, and Forever!

All men of the parish are invited to join a new group called The Men of St Joseph.

All men of the parish are invited to join a new group on Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm.

The family and the role of the father have never been more attacked as a society. The Men of St. Joseph is an association of Christian men, united under the Catholic Church, who meet weekly to pray together and encourage each other to be the spiritual leaders of their families. The purpose of the Men of St. Joseph is to instill holiness in men and facilitate spiritual leadership in family and community life. What was started in a small parish group in Mobile, Alabama 20 years ago, has grown to an international organization with chapters in 23 states and 5 different countries.

This layperson lead group has weekly meetings which consist of prayer, reading about the ultimate example of holy manliness in our Lord Jesus in the upcoming Sunday’s Gospel, and a discussion of the practical application of that example in today’s world. This weekly prescription helps give men the tools, confidence, and support of other men, to become the spiritual leaders we are all called to be. Meetings last up to an hour.

We will meet this Thursday evening. March 11 at 7:30 pm in the conference room in the church office.

Pope Francis named this year the Year of St. Joseph. This group provides an opportunity for men of all ages to honor St. Joseph, as we lead our parish families and ourselves in fellowship with our Heavenly Father. We hope to see you there!

For questions, please email jeremyspencer1990@gmail.com. For more info go to https://www.menofstjoseph.com/