Church of the Holy Rosary

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Join Us for A Special Lenten Experience with Rare Relics of the Passion

Join us at The Church of the Holy Rosary for an encounter with nine rare Relics of Christ’s Passion as a unique element in your Lenten devotions this year. Having the opportunity to be in the presence of these holy relics is sure to be an experience that will help you connect with the very roots of your faith.

Take advantage of what is likely to be a once in a lifetime opportunity to engage in a meditative walk to Calvary and venerate these rare and holy relics. This powerful program is a 90-minute meditational experience supported with Eucharistic Exposition, music and prayer, culminating in relic veneration.

A collection such as this is generally seen
only in Rome or the Holy Land. This presentation is being brought to us in collaboration with the Apostolate for Holy Relics.

The Relics of the Passion collection includes:

  • A piece of the True Cross which was discovered by St.
  • Helena
  • A piece of the Holy Table from the room where the Last
  • Supper took place
  • A piece of the Column of Flagellation A piece of the Crown of Thorns
  • A replica of the Holy Nail, fashioned using filings from the true nails
  • A relic (bone) of St. Longinus, the centurion who pierced the side of Christ
  • A picture of (the effigy of) the Veil of Veronica touched to the original with a Vatican seal attesting to the fact.
  • A piece of the exterior wrapping for the Shroud of Turin
  • Relics of the Holy Apostles

Holy Rosary Church
192 Graylynn Drive
Nashville, TN 37214

Tuesday, March 5, 2024
7:00 PM

Extra Confession Times for Lent Added

Confession times have been added on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning for the rest of Lent. These are times when many will already be coming to church so I hope that will help. Please plan to come to confession at the beginning of these time periods. At the end of the announced times, I have to leave the confessional 15 minutes before Mass in order to prepare. I ask for your consideration. There is only one of me!

Confession is a time of mercy and of conversion. Please prepare with this in mind. The emphasis is on what God is doing, not on what you have done. There are examinations of conscience available in the rack by the confessional at all times. Please take and keep one in order to prepare yourself for this wonderful sacrament.
Faithfully, Fr Baker

Spanish Mass on Monday

As I mentioned when we launched the Monday evening Mass at 7 p.m. a few weeks ago, I want to try some different things from time to time at this Mass. This Monday, February 5, the Mass will be offered in Spanish. I remember when I was at Holy Rosary as a seminarian and as a newly ordained priest that this parish was the site of the only Spanish Masses celebrated in the diocese at that time. The Hispanic Ministry that grew and developed here ultimately evolved into the Sagrado Corazon community at the Catholic Pastoral Center, and yet we still have parishioners from the days when it all started here. I would like to honor that legacy, as well as to see how we as a parish can respond to the current reality of the growing Hispanic communities, both in language and in culture. 

In different parish assignments over the years, I have been enriched spiritually by these expressions of the Catholic faith. These experiences have also challenged me to grow. To the English speakers who attend the Monday Mass, I encourage you to give the Spanish Mass a try. It is the same Mass, of course!

Adorers still needed for first Friday all night adoration Beginning Friday, december 1st


As we come to the end of our liturgical year and prepare to begin the new year with the First Sunday of Advent, this is a wonderful time to spend some time in silence, stillness, and solitude before the Blessed Sacrament. We invite you to come prepare for the often busy and hectic holiday season by spending an hour with Jesus reflecting on the Advent message of “Waiting and Hoping” and the cry of all Christian people, “Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus”. Though we await His coming, we believe that the Lord, Jesus does indeed COME to us in the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist.

This Friday we will have our First Friday 24-Hour Adoration continuing overnight into Saturday morning. We still have many times without a volunteer and would prefer to have two volunteers for every time due to unforeseen circumstances that may arise.
Please consider stopping by for a visit at any time during the 24-Hour Adoration and if you can, please consider signing up to volunteer for an hour by visiting the online adoration website at By committing to a spot as a volunteer, YOU make this devotion possible for others to come as they can.


Update from Fr. Baker

I want to let the parish know about some very happy news. The priest of the Coptic Catholic community in Nashville, Fr. Saied, is now living here at Holy Rosary. He moved in last week. You may see him around the parish, and you will probably even see him from time to time at Mass. You will be sure to be greeted warmly when you do meet him. Even his name in Arabic means “happy.” It certainly fits him! He has graciously offered to help me with duties in the parish when he is able to, in addition to serving his own community. We welcome him to Holy Rosary.

The Coptic Church traces its roots to St. Mark in Alexandria, Egypt. It is therefore a very ancient Christian community. Most Coptic Christians are Orthodox, but there are also Catholic Copts. This is the community that Fr. Saied serves here in Nashville. The community meets for liturgy in one of the chapels in the Catholic Pastoral Center on McGavock Pike so living at Holy Rosary is very convenient. There are families from Father’s community whose children are in Holy Rosary Academy so we already have many connections. I know that you join me in welcoming Fr. Saied!