A Higher Purpose Spread devotion to Our Lady and pray for our brothers and sisters of faith who are at risk around the world through the Marian Prayer Program. As the new Marian image is brought on pilgrimage, Holy Rosary will host the Our Lady Help of Persecuted Christians icon for a prayer service starting at 6:30 PM on May 28th. This Prayer Service is for the entire parish.
Overview The 2018-2019 Marian Prayer Program presents the 18th Marian image sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, this time of Our Lady Help of Persecuted Christians. Each Knights of Columbus jurisdiction receives several Marian images, which serve as the centerpieces for prayer services conducted in churches and council meeting places throughout the Order for the duration of the initiative. Since its inception in 1979, the Knights of Columbus’ Marian Prayer Program has held more than 166,900 local council and parish prayer services with some 20 million participants. This year, the prayer service is intended to raise awareness of the plight of Christians persecuted for their faith and to stand in prayerful solidarity with them.
Please join us as we host our annual Holy Rosary Mass and Lenten Fish Fry night. To give parishioners time to travel from the Church after Stations of the Cross, we will begin Mass around 6:30 PM at the K of C Hall. A fish fry dinner will follow Mass. We will host Mass and dinner each night of Lent through April 12. We will not host Mass and dinner on Good Friday.
Please remember to call the club (615-883-4972) if you want red snapper. Limited quantities available.
Holy Rosary is doing a food drive during Lent this year. It is called 40 Cans for Lent. The idea is simple. Your family commits to bringing 1 can, or other non-perishable food item, of food for each day of Lent. All food collected will go directly to our local Second Harvest Food Bank and benefit people in the Donelson and Hermitage areas. Please consider bringing at least a few items each week. There are Second Harvest Food Bank collection boxes at the back of church in the narthex. There are additional boxes at the Knights of Columbus hall if you are headed over there. Please be generous and help refill our local food bank now the holiday season is over!
For several months, the Knights of Columbus has had the privilege of undertaking a nationwide pilgrimage of the incorrupt heart of St. Jean Vianney. We have been deeply moved to see the impact of this relic on the faithful, and particularly on priests and seminarians as they implore the intercession of the patron saint of parish priests whose holiness and integrity they strive to emulate. We are especially mindful of this great saint’s example as bishops from around the world meet Feb. 21-24 at the Vatican under the leadership of Pope Francis to discuss the sexual abuse crisis.
In August, the Knights of Columbus committed to work for repentance, renewal and rebuilding of the Church. That commitment continues today as the Church and her leaders continue to come to grips with the damage that the scandal and its perpetrators have done to victims and to the entire Body of Christ. We repeat today: “Above all else, Knights — and our chaplains — must embrace love of God and love of neighbor. This is Christ’s great commandment and the founding mission of our Order.”
We also recall the powerful words of Pope Francis in his letter to the U.S. bishops on retreat in January: “This situation forces us to look to what is essential and to rid ourselves of all that stands in the way of a clear witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Now is the time for Brother Knights to be steadfast in our faith and in our support of the Church in forging a path of renewal and fraternity that puts Christ at the center. We must stand in solidarity with our priests and bishops, and join them and lay Catholics in forging a path of renewal and fraternity that puts Christ at the center. Only then can actions be taken to end this scourge. And in these dark days, we must not lose hope. In his letter to the bishops, the Holy Father made a similar point: “Amid the tempest, we must never lose faith in the quiet, daily and effective power of the Holy Spirit at work in human hearts and in all of history,” he wrote. “Credibility is born of trust, and trust is born of sincere, daily, humble and generous service to all, but especially to those dearest to the Lord’s heart.”
This effort must start with prayer. Prayer must guide and inform the bishops meeting in Rome and the urgent renewal needed in dioceses and parishes around the world. So we invite every Brother Knight and your families to join us in praying a special “Novena for Repentance, Renewal and Rebuilding” from Feb. 20-28. Together, our prayers will make a difference.