From the Pastor


08-11-2019Fr. John Sims Baker

Over the past weeks, in our country we have been dealing with the reality of violence and hate in our society. We have seen the culture of death manifested in El Paso, in Dayton, and in too many other places. This situation is the antithesis of the Kingdom of God. I know that I feel practically powerless to address such evil, except to call it for what it is and to renounce it and all that accompanies it. It is what we promise to do in our baptismal vows: "Do you reject Satan? I do. And all his works? I do. And all his empty promises? I do."

Along with the rejection of the culture of death, I also must profess confidence in a civilization of love founded on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This profession is the positive side of our baptismal promises. Last weekend in a very different setting, I felt the transforming power of mercy, gentleness, and love. I was involved in a gathering of the Entering Canaan program for women experiencing hope and healing after abortion, which is itself another manifestation of the culture of death. The peace and grace of God is so evident in these woman, who have found mercy after years of fear, guilt, and shame. This gathering was so gentle. It gave me hope.

Please resolve to embrace and build a civilization of love in your homes, in your hearts, and everywhere you go. Do not return evil for evil. Let love triumph.

Fr. Baker


Announcements and Events

Help Wanted: Assistant Director of Youth Ministry

We are seeking to hire a full-time Assistant Director in Youth Ministry. This position begins in the Fall of 2019. The Assistant Director participates directly in all aspects of Youth Ministry (teaching, discipleship, community building, family life, etc.) in order to bring the youth and others into intimate communion with Jesus Christ.


Saint Rose of Lima Novena

Aug 15, 2019 - Aug 23, 2019

Begin the novena prayer on Thu, Aug 15, The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and it will end on the Feast of Saint Rose of Lima on Fri, Aug 23. We hope that many of our parishioners will be praying this novena. A copy of the novena can be found HERE and there are copies available in the narthex of the Church.

Knights of Columbus Social Event (Summer Skills)

Aug 21, 2019: 7:00pm

at 1522 Stonewall Blvd adjacent to Saint Rose

St. Rose Parish Picnic

Aug 24, 2019: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Join us for our annual picnic at a new time! There will be a pig roast coordinated by the Knights of Columbus, inflatables, face painting, music, ministry fair and good fellowship! Bring your lounge chairs. The parish will provide pulled pork and hot dogs prepared by the Knights of Columbus.


Knights of Columbus Nissan Stadium Concessions

Aug 25, 2019: 7:00pm

Pack 538 Cub Scout Social

Aug 26, 2019: 6:00pm

in the Jo Call Room

Informational meeting for any parents wanting to sign their son up for Cub Scouts (K - 5 grade).

Knights of Columbus Business Meeting

Aug 28, 2019: 7:00pm

at 1522 Stonewall Blvd adjacent to Saint Rose

Retrouvaille weekend for rebuilding marriages

Aug 30, 2019 - Sep 1, 2019

Call 800-470-2230 or 615-523-0631 or email: nrv3043@gmail.com or visitour web site at www.HelpOurMarriage.com.


Women's Ministry Potluck

Sep 5, 2019: 6:30pm

in the JoCall room

If you decide to join, yearly dues are $10.


The Blessed is She Shine Retreat

Sep 6, 2019 - Sep 7, 2019

at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, Nashville, TN

Fri 6:00pm-9:00pm; Sat 8:00am-9:00pm