From the Pastor

The Mass in Slow Motion

11-17-2019Fr. John Sims Baker

As we move as a parish from obligation to devotion in our spiritual life, I think that we can begin at no better place than the Mass itself. The Mass is both the source and the summit of the Christian life. As a human reality, the Mass communicates in deeply human ways. When we gather together we tend to act and speak in specialized ways. Think of a football game or of a family holiday gathering. There are certain ways that we do things that are very meaningful, but these very things would be confusing to someone who has never been to a football game or to our family gathering. The Mass works in the same way. The Mass speaks in ritual words and actions. It is steeped in symbolism and tradition. In order to enter more deeply into the Mass, we need to understand these celebrations of the family of God. I propose to reflect on the Mass in this space for many weeks to come, taking each part of the Mass slowly and unpacking the meaning as best I can. I hope that this understanding may help us to move into greater devotion for the Mass.


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Leave your donations in the food donation box in the narthex.


MTSU Catholic

Upcoming events:

  • Sunday 11/24, Student dinner at the Catholic Center (6:30 pm)
  • Tuesday 11/26, Study night: pizza, study, and a little prayer (6:30 pm)
  • Thursday 11/28, no adoration due to the Thanksgiving holiday


Grupo de Oracion

Nov 22, 2019: 7:00pm - 9:00pm (weekly)

Grupo de Oracion, tiene su servicio todos los viernes de 7:00pm a 9:00pm Tenemos: Alabanzas, predica, refleccion y Oracion por todo las necesidades Dios te espera con los brazos abiertos.


Renovación Carismática

Nov 22, 2019: 7:00pm (weekly)

Renovación Carismática tiene sus reuniones en la Iglesia todos los viernes a las 7:00.


Annual Thanksgiving Bake Sale

Nov 23, 2019 - Nov 24, 2019

Get prepared for the Ladies Guild ANNUAL THANKSGIVING BAKE SALE on Nov 23/24 with lots of goodies just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday!

Olive Wood Religious Carvings Sale

Nov 23, 2019 - Nov 24, 2019

in the Jo Call Room

On Nov 23/24 Khader & Mary Abu Sada will be visiting our parish to market olive wood hand carved religious articles.


Saturday Morning Men's Faith Group

Nov 23, 2019: 6:30am (weekly)

Saturdays at 6:30am in the Jo Call Room


Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained

Nov 24, 2019: 9:45am (weekly)

Adults! Join us on Sunday mornings at 9:45am (following the PSR schedule) in room 117.


Divine Mercy Cenacle

Nov 25, 2019

The Divine Mercy Cenacle meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 9:00am, in room 119 of the meeting room wing.


Adult Bible Study: The Gospel of Luke

Nov 25, 2019: 6:40pm - 8:10pm (weekly)

Mondays 6:40-8:10pm in the Jo Call Room
This study is by Pablo T. Gadenz, a Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture series book. No registration or prior knowledge is necessary.