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New Operations Manager for Holy Rosary

Father Steiner, pastor of Holy Rosary Church and Academy is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Rob Gallagher as Operations Manager effective June 9, 2020.

Rob earned his Bachelors degree with double majors in Business Administration and Computer Science from the University of Dubuque, Dubuque, IA. He later earned his Masters degree in Business Administration from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University here in Nashville.

A native Nashvillian, Rob began his career at Genesco Inc in Information Technology later transitioning to Corporate Finance responsible for all cash management and corporate investments. Since then he has held roles in operational finance at Shop at Home Networks, Gaylord Entertainment, Dollar General and Logan’s Roadhouse. Further, Rob is a Level 1 Reserve Police Officer with the Mt. Juliet Police Department.

Rob has been married to his wife, Cindy Gallagher for 29 years. They have three grown children: Robert, Jack and Maura. Rob & Cindy are active members of Holy Rosary Parish serving in leadership roles on the Haiti Committee, Covid-19 Task Force and Usher Ministry.

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!
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Please contact Cathy Sharbel at if you are interested or have questions about this ministry.

Usher and Cleaning Ministries

Join the Cleaning Ministry!

Join the Usher Ministry!

Please contact Jennifer Gourley at 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 ( 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.

The Fourth Sunday of Easter, 2020

Happy 4th Sunday of Easter!

May is the month of Mary and we as Catholics hold this month to honor Our Blessed Mother. Mary is the Icon of God’s love, she is an image or mirror of God’s love.

“Mary’s greatness consists in the fact the she wants to magnify God, not herself.”

Pope Benedict XVI

We too are called to be an example of God’s love. If we were to ask ourselves the question, How have we done in this area of being an image God’s love? Would we be happy with our answer.

When circumstances are difficult or different that we are used too, do we still radiate God’s love? If we have been out lately for some of our essentials, have we been short with people or selfish with our needs and not thinking of others needs also? Mary was continually open for God to fill her with His love and after being filled with His love shared this with everyone, so that they to may experience this immense love God has for His beloved children. May we always be humble as Mary is humble, so that we truly can be an image of God’s love to the world. I encourage you to pray the Rosary every day asking for us to receive, as Mary did, God’s grace to be the mirror of His love.

On Tuesday the Presbyteral Council met with the Bishop to discuss the plans for slow opening of public events. The discussion was very good and many ideas, concerns, ideas, suggestions were shared with the bishop and council. Bishop Spalding has informed us that he has spoke to the mayor and governor expressing his concern of our churches being considered equal to some other essential businesses, expressing that we are unique and are essential. I will keep you informed on this process and ask you each to continue and pray for the Holy Spirit to guide our bishop and priests as we try to shepherd the flocks that have been entrusted to us.

As you know this pandemic has caused many people to experience financial hardships, please pray for those who have lost their jobs or have had their income reduced. One thing I would like to express to you at this time is our need to make sure the Church is maintained, so that it may continue operating, and not put a financial strain on the parish. The regular upkeep and maintenance continue and I ask that you please continue to be aware of the parish’s financial needs to keep the parish operating. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and will be rewarded. I share this information to keep you informed on the life of our parish and to keep you aware of our needs. Our weekly budget for the Church is $12,000.

Our collections have had a couple weeks where we reached our weekly budget, however there are several weeks where it has dropped several thousand or even a couple weeks was even cut in half. As every home owner knows it is not only the mortgage payment that needs to be made every month, but also all of the regular expenses continue to be there. Please keep our parish in your prayers and continue to generous so that we can continue to grow and share the message of Jesus Christ!

In Christ, through Mary,
Father Steiner

The Third Sunday of Easter, 2020

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever.” (Heb 13:8) We have an awesome, powerful, all loving God who never changes and desires to transform our hearts and souls into perfect witnesses of His grace. Life is full of changes and our journey with the Lord invites us to change or a conversion daily.

Frequently we forget or choose not to think about the need for our change. Think for moment about an experience you have had that disrupts or interrupts your life. When interruptions come into our life we can either embrace it, adapt to it, or turn away and remain doing the same thing we were doing previously.

God is always calling us to conversion through receiving His perfect grace and truth. The truth that will set us free. As our current situation transitions I would like to update you on Bishop Spalding’s newest decree. Bishop has extended lifting our obligation to attend Mass until June 30th. On Tuesday the bishop and some priests will meet to discuss a roll out plan for how to transition back to public Masses and other sacraments. I will keep you posted on how this process will play out. Stay tuned 🙂

We have taken down the corner house which is part of our future plans for more parking, that is specifically reserved for our senior parishioners, parishioners who have disabilities, and for expectant mothers. We hope to be able to better serve them and their growing needs to help them to be apart of this amazing parish family.

Easter and May are a time for the Sacraments of Baptism, 1st Holy Communion, Confirmation, and graduations. THESE SACRAMENTS AND EVENTS WILL STILL HAPPEN IN THE NEAR FUTURE. We are trying to adapt and improvise how and when they will take place, forwarding you these dates as soon as they are able to be decided.

Recently I have spoke with many people, parishioners and others, many of them described to me that they have a great sense of fear that has been consuming them constantly. CATHOLICS DO NOT LIVE IN FEAR! We have Jesus Christ who is God of the universe and has won the battle over the devil. Remember when Jesus appears to the Apostles and immediately He greets them with, “DO NOT BE AFRAID.”

By placing our trust in Jesus we believe He has won the victory over the devil so that we may live in His freedom and love forever! WE MUST BE COURAGEOUS AND PUT OUR TRUST IN GOD ALONE! May we draw strength from the wisdom of St. Paul when he says,

“I charge you in the presence of God and of Jesus Christ who is the judge the living and the dead..: preach the word, be urgent in season and out of season, convince, rebuke, amd exhort, be unfailing in patience and in teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths.”

(2 Tim 4:1- 4)

Love and prayers,
Father Steiner

Happy Divine Mercy Sunday

Happy Divine Mercy Sunday to you All! For His Mercy endures Forever!

Thanks be to God for His endless Mercy. His desire to constantly care for the souls who wander the farthest from Him. I know I have wandered from our Lord and continue to feel His love pulling me back to Himself. Think of how our loving Father waits patiently for our return so that we can share in the joy and glory of the Son’s Resurrection, His return to the Father so that the Holy Spirit may come and dwell in our heart, mind, body, and soul. Jesus reveals the way to His Father for us.

The Divine Mercy Chaplet is a beautiful devotion and powerful prayer that recognizes the awesome power of God’s Mercy. The Early Church Fathers learned and taught about the constant need to repent from our sins and turn back to the Lord for His divine grace so we may be reunited and healed in His Most Sacred Heart. St. Anthony of the Desert said, “This is the great work of man: always to take the blame for his own sins before God and to expect temptation to his last breath.” We need God’s help and cannot do it by ourself or only with other people, we were created by Him who is Love so that we may receive that perfect love and have the opportunity to try and return that love back to our Creator, the God of the universe, the Most Holy Trinity.

May we always realize the Father’s perfect patience to wait for us, and His readiness to extend His Mercy to the souls who are in most need of His Mercy.

For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, Have Mercy on us and in the whole world!

In Christ,
Father Steiner

“The Divine Heart is an ocean full of all good things, wherein poor souls can cast all their needs; it is an ocean full of joy to drown all our sadness, an ocean of humility to drown our folly, an ocean of mercy to those in distress, an ocean of love in which to submerge our poverty.”

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque