Advent Penance Service:
Thurs., Dec. 17th, 7:00 pm
Christmas Eve Masses:
Thurs., Dec. 24th, 4:00 pm,
8:00 pm, Midnight
Christmas Day Mass:
Fri., Dec. 25th, 10:00 am
Vigil for Solemnity of Mary,
the Holy Mother of God Mass:
Thurs., Dec. 31st, 6:00 pm
Solemnity of Mary,
the Holy Mother of God Masses:
Fri., Jan. 1st, 8:00 am, 10:00 am
8:00 am Monday through Saturday 5:30 pm Wednesday
5:00 pm Saturday Vigil
8:00 am, 10:30 am and 12:15 pm
HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION:
6:45 pm 3rd Tuesday of the Month
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION:
7:30-7:50 am Monday through Saturday
5:00 pm Wednesday
3:30-4:30 pm Saturday or by appointment
6:30-7:30 am Monday through Saturday
3:00-4:00 pm Fridays
8:30 AM- 2:30 PM - First Friday of the Month
MARRIAGE AND BAPTISM:
Call for appointment (615) 833-5520
Welcome to the website of St. Edward Catholic Church in Nashville, Tennessee. The St. Edward community has been serving Nashville and its surrounding area for over 62 years. We are a parish of believers, rich in tradition and diversity including over 1,500 registered families and a school with approximately 360 students attending pre-school to 8th grade.
We provide an atmosphere in which parishioners of all ages and cultures share faith through Sacramental and Liturgical celebrations, on-going faith-formation, and other social and spiritual events which enable us to connect our faith with the world in which we live.
We would welcome your visit and hope that our website is helpful in answering any questions that you may have about St. Edward.
Rev. Mark J. Nolte, Pastor
Those of you who are old enough to remember the Latin Mass, perhaps you may recall that during the elevation of the consecrated Host and the precious Blood at Mass by the priest at the altar you said (under your breath and while striking your breast) “My Lord and My God”. This acclamation was never said out loud. The Second Vatican Council, regarding the Mass, said “Regulation of the sacred liturgy depends solely on the authority of the Church, that is, on the Apostolic See and, as laws may determine, on the bishop…. Therefore no other person, even if he be a priest, may add, remove, or change anything in the liturgy on his own authority” (Sacrosanctum Concilium, #22). So it is very clear from this document of Vatican II that no priest “on his own authority” may “add, remove, or change anything in the Mass” As many of you may know, saying “My Lord and my God” out loud was “added” to the Mass here at St. Edward some years ago. Although laudable in the eyes of God and very pleasing to Him of course, these words (“My Lord and my God”) are to be said under our breath and not out loud. So I am asking those of you who wish to continue this beautiful acclamation, that it be said quietly under your breath as the Church asks of us. Thank you for your cooperation and especially for your deep devotion and love for our Lord in the Holy Eucharist.
"My Lord and My God"
In the 1989 film “Field of Dreams”, John Kinsella (a baseball great from the past who has long passed away) visits his son, Ray, on a baseball field built by his son in a small town in Iowa. John asks his son, “Is this heaven”? And Ray replies, “No, it’s Iowa”. John replies, “It sure seems like heaven”. The Mass, as St. John Paul II once stated and that the Church has always taught, is “Heaven on Earth”. He goes on to say, “that what we celebrate on earth is a mysterious participation in the heavenly liturgy”. More...
"The Mass: On Earth as it is in Heaven"
Gay marriage and homosexuality were part of the moral landscape faced by the first Christians in Ancient Rome. Given that the gay marriage agenda will be increasingly pressed upon Catholics by the state, we should be much more aware of what history has to teach us about gay marriage—given that we don’t want to be among those who, ignorant of history, blithely condemned themselves to repeat it. More...
Gay Marriage-Nothing New Under the Sun: An Essay from The Catholic World Report
The Great Adventure - Catholic Bible Timeline Bible Study
The 24 week Bible Study program was produced by Jeff Cavins and is called, The Great Adventure: A Journey Through the Bible. This exciting Catholic Bible Study has been teaching people the narrative story of the Bible for over 20 years with extraordinary results, so they can understand the plan of salvation history. Read more...
Drawing Closer to the Blessed Mother
The Blessed Virgin Mary is the mother of Jesus, but is also our mother. Here are five ways to draw closer to your Mother in heaven. As we draw closer to her and her Immaculate Heart, she roots out the impurity in us and places virtue in our hearts. Her mission is to transform all of us into the saints we were created to be.
Five ways to draw closer to your Mother in heaven
The Secrets of the Poor Souls in Purgatory
Today, very little is taught in regular catechism classes about Purgatory, about the suffering that the Poor Souls experience in order to be completely purified to be able to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Yet Purgatory does exist, and the sufferings that the Poor Souls experience there are very real.
An interview with Maria Simma of Austria
Purgatory and Plenary Indulgences
It is during November the Church meditates on the Communion of Saints, which is the charitable link with the faithful who have already reached heaven (Church Triumphant), the faithful departed who are still expiating their sins in Purgatory (Church Suffering) and of the pilgrim faithful here on earth (Church Militant). "In this wonderful exchange, the holiness of one profits others, well beyond the harm that the sin of one could cause others. Thus recourse to the communion of saints lets the contrite sinner be more promptly and efficaciously purified of the punishments for sin."(Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1475).
What is happening during the Mass
Catalina Rivas of Cochabamba, Bolivia, who now dwells in Mérida, Yucatán, México. She is said to receive Messages from Jesus, Mary, and the angels. She has the approval of her Bishop, René Fernández Apaza, who has given his imprimatur to her Messages. The following text is the reproduction of booklet, “The Holy Mass,” in which Our Lord and Our Lady explain to Catalina what is really going on during the Mass in the spiritual realm, and how we should be more concentrated on the great mysteries that are taking place.
Bo. Daniel Gagnon, OMI, of the Commission for the Doctrine of the Faith of the Archdiocese of Mexico, wrote about this book: “I do not find anything against the faith or the customs of the Church. It is not my function to confirm its supernatural character; nevertheless, I recommend it for its spiritual inspiration.”
“Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts?” Luke 24:35-48
The two disciples who encountered Jesus on the Road to Emmaus returned to tell the disciples in Jerusalem that they had seen the Lord. Jesus then appeared to the disciples who were hiding in a room behind locked doors. He said, “Peace be with you.” Today’s passage from Luke seems to be describing the same event that John described in the gospel passage from last week. The disciples are startled and terrified at seeing Jesus, risen from the dead. He eats fish and bread and shows them his hands and his feet, flesh and bone, and makes them witnesses of his fulfillment of the Scriptures. He sends them to preach repentance for the forgiveness of sins to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem. They are now Apostles [one who is sent]. The true joy of Easter is that we are blessed to be hearers of that message of forgiveness of sins. Imagine hearing Jesus, acting in the person of our priest, say, “Peace be with you!” What a great joy that would be.