More About Lifting the Dispensation

03-25-2021Fr. John Sims Baker

I think that most of you have already heard about Bishop Spalding's decision to lift the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation as of Palm Sunday. I want to address how we at Saint Rose are going to adapt to returning to the regular practice of the Church.

First, our plans are designed to accommodate everyone who comes to Mass while keeping prudent precautions in place. The major change will be that there will no longer be pews blocked off in the larger middle sections of the church. The faithful will be asked to practice social distancing according to their judgment in these sections.


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Welcome to Saint Rose of Lima

Dear friends in Christ,

Welcome to the parish website for Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Saint Rose is a vibrant Catholic parish with over 2,000 registered families and a great preschool and school, thus serving the spiritual growth of people of all ages. Our purpose is to know, love, and serve the Lord Jesus Christ, and to proclaim his love to the world.

We hope that this website serves as a valuable resource for you to inform you of the many wonderful aspects of our life of faith here at Saint Rose. Please take some time to explore the many great things that we do at this church and ask the Lord to guide you in how you can be more involved in serving him by serving one another. We pray that the Lord bless you and those that you love and that He grant you peace in this life and eternal happiness in the life to come.

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Online Catechism Class for Adults

Add Wed, Jan 20 @ 6:30 PM

Wednesdays at 6:30pm


An Evening of Recollection for Men

Add Thu, Apr 8 @ 7:00 PM

The Men's Evenings of Recollection will consist of a Meditation (a spiritual talk, usually on a virtue or other aspect of the interior life), Examination of Conscience, and Confession.

14th Annual Catholic Women of Faith Conference

Add Sat, Apr 24 @ 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Map St. Philip Church, 113 2nd. Ave S., Franklin, TN

Sat, Apr 24 at St. Philip Church from 8:30am-3:30pm


Bible Basics for Catholics

Add Sun, Apr 25 @ 9:45 AM (weekly)

Dr. Bill Jennings is facilitating a study of the book Bible Basics for Catholics on Sundays at 9:45am. Books will be provided for you. Join us in Meeting Room 119. NOTE: Meetings will follow the PSR Schedule.


Saint Rose Ladies Guild

Add Tue, May 4 (every first Tuesday of the month)

1st Tuesday of the month, 10:00am in the Stonewall House. Masks are required and we will observe social distancing.



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Pastor's Letter

A Long Retreat

04-11-2021Fr. John Sims Baker

I want to let the parish know that I will be going on a long retreat starting the second week of Easter. I will be away for almost two weeks at a monastery and will end the time by attending the ordination to the diaconate of a seminarian I know from my days working in the seminary. There is never an ideal time to try to break away from a parish as dynamic as Saint Rose, especially as we continue to emerge from the pandemic. I confess that I am behind on a lot of things in the parish, and I ask for your continued patience with me. I thank you for the opportunity to recharge spiritually and, I hope, physically as well.


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