“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,
My Dear People of God,
For the last five weeks, we have been experiencing an unprecedented time of modified ministry necessitated by the worldwide health crisis, and I have rejoiced in the faithfulness that you have shown in continuing to foster your relationship with Christ and his Church. As you know, the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass and the cancellation of all public celebrations of Mass and other gatherings are currently effective through today, April 24.
In order to permit all of you to exercise prudent care over your health and wellbeing and charity towards others, I am extending the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holydays of Obligation through June 30. Even when public Masses have resumed, I encourage those who are vulnerable, sick, or otherwise at risk or concerned about contracting or spreading disease, to refrain from attending Mass. Those who do choose to return to Mass should observe all guidelines concerning social distancing and diligent hygiene. We will also be continuing to provide resources for growth in your life of Faith, and opportunities to watch celebrations of Mass online.
No doubt you have heard some of our civic leaders discussing the possibility of restarting public activities in Tennessee in the coming weeks and months. In light of those intentions, I would like to announce to you today that we have begun developing plans to phase back in the public celebration of Mass and other church activities here in the Diocese of Nashville. This is a fluid and rapidly changing situation with ongoing developments that are hard to predict. While it will not be possible to resume the public celebration of Mass immediately, we hope to consider beginning modified celebrations of Mass open to the public in mid-May. I will be discussing the specific dates involved, health and safety precautions, and any necessary modifications to the Liturgy, with the Council of Priests in our meeting next week. Once this discussion has taken place, further details of when and how we will resume our public liturgical life will be forthcoming.
As I have assured you throughout this time, please know of my sincere love and concern for all of you and your families. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Let us pray together that this time of renewed optimism for an end to this time of crisis may soon be brought to fulfillment by the power of God’s loving care and providence.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend J. Mark Spalding, D.D., J.C.L.
Bishop of Nashville
Monday and Tuesday
Church open 8:00 am to 8:00pm.
6:15 – 7:00 pm Drive-Up Confessions
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Adoration
Church open from 8am-8:00pm
Thursday and Friday
Church open 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Church open 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
3:00 – 5:00 pm Drive-Up Confessions
Church opens 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
“I desire that where i am they also may be, those who have come to believe in me; and that as you are in me and I in you, so they may abide in us.”John 17:24