Regular Mass Times:
Saturday 5:00 pm
Sunday 8:30 am, 11:00 am,
1:00 pm Spanish, 5:00 pm
Monday, Wednesday - Saturday 9:00 am
Wednesday 5:00 pm Adoration
6:00 pm Family Mass
Tuesday 9:00 am
Wednesday 7:00 am
Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Saturday at 3:30. For other times call Father Jerry at 615-794-4004 ext 4.
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Due to Covid-19, the Bishop’s dispensation for Sunday Mass extends to the end of the calendar year.
USCCB on Covid-19 Vaccine Statement
There are currently three vaccines that have been presented to us as having demonstrated their effectiveness and that are likely to be made available in the coming months, those from Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca. The situation of the first two is essentially the same. Neither Pfizer nor Moderna used morally compromised cell lines in the design, development, or production of the vaccine. A confirmatory test, however, employing the commonly used, but morally compromised HEK293 cell line was performed on both vaccines. Thus, while neither vaccine is completely free from any connection to morally compromised cell lines, in this case the connection is very remote from the initial evil of the abortion. In view of the gravity of the current pandemic and the lack of availability of alternative vaccines, the reasons to accept the new COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna are sufficiently serious to justify their use, despite their remote connection to morally compromised cell lines. In addition, receiving the COVID-19 vaccine ought to be understood as an act of charity toward the other members of our community. In this way, being vaccinated safely against COVID-19 should be considered an act of love of our neighbor and part of our moral responsibility for the common good. The AstraZeneca vaccine is more morally compromised. The HEK293 cell line was used in the design, development, and production stages of that vaccine, as well as for confirmatory testing……. The AstraZeneca vaccine should be avoided if there are alternatives available however, that one does not really have a choice of vaccine, at least, not without a lengthy delay in immunization that may have serious consequences for one’s health and the health of others. In such a case, just as accepting a vaccination for rubella with a morally compromised vaccine is morally permissible because of the lack of alternatives and the serious risk to the public health, so it would be permissible to accept the AstraZeneca vaccine.
(Nothing in this document is intended to express any opinion as to the safety or efficacy of any vaccine in general or in any particular case. We should keep in mind that some people cannot themselves be vaccinated; they must rely on the rest of the community’s becoming immune through vaccination so that the disease does not travel through the community and infect them. Every person who becomes ill with COVID-19 places an additional burden on the health care systems, which in certain cities, states, and nations have been in danger of being overwhelmed. The situation is unclear in terms of what vaccines are going to be available where. Various factors may affect which vaccines are available in a given region. For example, the Pfizer vaccine must be stored at extremely cold temperatures (around -80° Fahrenheit), which may make its distribution difficult where the temperatures are high and where the necessary infrastructure is lacking.)
To read the entire USCCB Statement (click here)