Church of the Holy Rosary

A Day of Reflection

Join the women of Holy Rosary Church for a Day of Reflection led by Fr. Nic Allen on Saturday, September 16, 2023, from 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the Bethany Retreat House in Dickson, TN.

Come join your Sisters in Christ as we pause to reflect on the messages of the Gospel for women, and how this leads us to a deeper relationship with Jesus, Our Lord.

The cost is $25 and includes morning refreshments and lunch, 2 talks, mass, time for reflection or private adoration in the chapel or a quiet walk around the grounds. Anyone who would like to carpool can meet at the church parking lot at 7:45 am.
You can pay online HERE.
Registration Deadline is Sept. 5th

Contact Candace at with questions.

Parish Religion Education Program (PREP) Registration is open

Parish Religion Education Program (PREP) Registration is Open through September 24!

Classes begin September 10, 2023, and end May 5, 2024. All classes are held between the Masses, 9:45-10:45 am on Sundays.

Who can participate?
Students entering Grades K-12

Holy Rosary Parish, 192 Graylynn Drive, Nashville, TN 37214. Classes are held in the school building.

What does it cost?
$30 for 1 student, $50 for 2 or more students (for books and materials).
Scholarships are available as needed–contact Laura for more information.


Evenings of Recollection

Fr. Baker is offering monthly Evenings of Recollection. Here is how he explains the process:

Evenings of Recollection can be considered a mini retreat to help us grow as disciples of the Lord Jesus. Holy Rosary Parish is about forming missionary disciples, those who are ever deepening their faith and going out to help others to grow as disciples. We are not about maintaining organizations, running activities, or promoting institutions. There can be a temptation to fall into “maintenance” thinking in a parish rather than discipleship thinking. A monthly evening of recollection can keep us focused on discipleship. Discipleship requires an on-going process of conversion. Discipleship means change!

Here is how an evening of recollection works: It begins with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Then there is a spiritual talk, given by the priest, an examination of conscience, and an opportunity for confession. During confession, there is time for prayer and sometimes a lay talk. After confession, there is a second spiritual talk by the priest, and the evening concludes with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. It is all scheduled to last about two hours, roughly from 7-9 p.m. It is a retreat right here in your own parish every month!

The spirituality of St. Josemaria Escrivá, the founder of Opus Dei, inspires the evenings of recollection. This spirituality focuses on the universal call to holiness of all Christians in ordinary life and our identity and dignity as Sons and Daughters of God by virtue of baptism.



Mark your calendar and plan to join us!

Tuesday, August 15th: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

This significant feast day recalls the spiritual and physical departure of the mother of Jesus Christ from the earth when both her soul and her body were taken into the presence of God.

Venerable Pope Pius XII confirmed this belief about the Virgin Mary as the perennial teaching of the Church when he defined it formally as a dogma of the Catholic faith in 1950, invoking papal infallibility to proclaim, “that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever-Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.”

We will celebrate this feast day and Holy Day of Obligation on Tuesday, August 15th at 8am, 12pm and 6pm.
Please join us!

ALERT: Saturday vigil Mass and all Sunday Masses to be held in Gym.

The air conditioning in the church is not working and can not be repaired in time for masses this weekend, so Father Baker has decided to hold mass in the gym on Saturday evening and for both Sunday masses.

We need volunteers to help put away chairs and the tarp after 11:00 mass on Sunday. If you can stay after mass or return to the gym around 12:15 on Sunday, it would be greatly appreciated! Many hands make light work .. and this is a great opportunity for service hours for any young people.

New Schedule for Events starting Monday, August 7th

We are excited to offer the Evening of Recollection for men and women as a monthly “mini-retreat ” on the 3rd and 4th Thursdays of every month from 7- 9 pm. 

It will include:

  • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
  • Meditation (spiritual talk)
  • Examination of Conscience
  • Opportunity for Confession
  • (Sometimes a lay talk)
  • Meditation 
  • Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

It is guided by the spirituality of St. Josemaria Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei, to promote holiness in ordinary life, and we hope many of our parishioners will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.  These evenings will be led by Fr. Baker. 

Celebrate the Installation of our New Pastor Fr. John Sims Baker

The members of the Church of the Holy Rosary invite you to join us as we celebrate the Installation of our new pastor Fr. John Sims Baker. We will mark this blessed occasion with mass and installation by Bishop Spalding at the 11 am mass followed by a luncheon in the Family Life Center.

If you will be attending the luncheon, please RSVP by August 1 with how many family members will be attending.  

RSVP here

Holy Rosary Academy Appoints New Principal

Dear Holy Rosary Parish and Academy Community, Praise be Jesus Christ! I want to introduce to you Mary Martin, our new principal. Please read the following announcement that will be released to the public and to the press this afternoon. I very much look forward to working with Mary Martin to carry out the mission of Holy Rosary Academy. I believe that you will be engaged by her humble and humorous personality as well as impressed by her credentials and experience in Catholic education. She is excited to join the team at Holy Rosary. Let us unite in praying for Mary Martin as she begins the great adventure as principal of Holy Rosary Academy.

Faithfully, Fr. Baker


Catholic leader rooted in math and science to welcome students August 7

Nashville, Tenn., July 14, 2023 – Holy Rosary Academy is pleased to announce the appointment of Mary Martin as the new principal of the Donelson-area Catholic school serving grades pre-K3 through 8. Martin’s leadership of Holy Rosary Academy (HRA) will begin Monday, July 17, 2023.

Martin was selected for this important leadership position after a thorough national search, during which Father John Sims Baker, pastor of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, worked with leaders from the parish, school, and the Diocese of Nashville’s human resources office to build a pool of qualified candidates for consideration. Martin comes to Nashville from Milford, Ohio, having most recently served as a middle school science teacher for St. Andrew-St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School.

Martin’s extensive experience in the classroom and in leadership roles spans two decades in Ohio. She served as principal of St. Michael Catholic School in Ripley and Holy Angels Catholic School in Sidney. She also taught science, social studies, math, and religion at St. Mary Catholic School, Holy Family Catholic School, and the public school system in Cincinnati and in St. Patrick Catholic School in Troy.

At St. Mary School, she co-developed a K-through-grade 5 Spanish language program and mentored children in the creation and broadcast of a student-produced foreign language podcast. At St. Michael School, her accomplishments as principal include a significant increase in student participation in school intervention programs and the establishment of professional learning communities (PLCs) to better support teachers.

Martin is a fellow of the University of Notre Dame’s ACE Principal Academy, South Bend, Indiana. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a science-middle school endorsement from Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, Indiana, and a master’s degree in education administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati.

Martin says she was impressed by Holy Rosary’s tradition of excellence, evidenced by the school’s 2013 and 2020 designations as a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. “The opportunity to lead this talented team of instructors and help propel students along a path of academic success and spiritual formation is both unique and exciting,” Martin said.

She is relocating from Ohio with her dog, Eli, and will be onsite at HRA later this month; however, she is already beginning to recruit staff to round out the HRA team. Martin said, “The commitment to community espoused by the Holy Rosary mission touched my heart. I’m eager to bring the highest caliber teachers and administrators to our school to foster that mission in the hearts and minds of our children.”

Among the pool of candidates, Father Baker said Martin’s experience in middle school leadership and her years as a teacher and mentor in STREAM (science, technology, religion, engineering, arts, and mathematics) subjects stood out. “Her approach to childhood education is modern and engaging in a world where competition for our children’s attention and creativity can be daunting.” Father Baker cited the example of a podcast program that Martin established in a previous role as an approach that was both educational and fun for students. “Mary will support innovative classroom approaches alongside Holy Rosary’s tradition of excellence and strong Catholic mission.”

“As an experienced Catholic school leader, Mary Martin brings the complex set of skills required to foster student success by supporting and encouraging our teachers and administrators. She will further strengthen our focus on academic excellence and Gospel-based Catholic mission.” Father Baker added, “Holy Rosary Academy students and parents deserve the very best. She has it all: credentials, experience, and a living faith in Jesus Christ.”

Martin is a proud Irish Catholic who attended Catholic elementary and high schools as a child. Her children are grown, and she looks forward to visits from them in her new Nashville home. In her free time, she crochets and roots for the Cincinnati Reds and the Bengals.