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The Mayor of Williamson County is offering the following information on COVID-19 in English & Spanish so that residents of Tennessee have resources to learn about the impact of COVID-19 and how to protect themselves and their families, friends, and co-workers. For more information, visit their webpage.

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Message from our Pastor

December 23, 2020

Dear Parishioners and Friends of Saint Philip the Apostle Church:

There have been numerous inquiries regarding Christmas Masses following Governor Lee’s new Executive Order regarding the spread of COVID. Tennessee has been the worst in the nation for the spread of COVID per 100,000 people. Today it has slipped to second worst.

Bishop Spalding wishes to demonstrate solidarity and show support for the Governor’s initiative, taking proper and extra precautions during this critical time. Diocesan employees will be working from home through at least until Monday, January 11. Our parish offices are currently closed for Christmas, but we will ponder what seems most prudent regarding the return of our own employees. I am grateful for our employees and volunteers who are still willing to help prepare the church for Christmas.

Churches are exempt from the Governor’s Executive Order limiting gatherings to no more than ten people, so we will still have our Christmas Masses. The Bishop has asked parishes to practice caution and to fully enforce safety protocols for Christmas Masses.

As much as I loathe discouraging anyone from attending a Christmas Mass, I must encourage you to keep in mind how serious the spread of COVID is. We anticipate many more people at Mass than usual (as it is every Christmas). Knowing the risks of the current rate of infection and that Masses will be crowded, make a careful and prudent decision for yourself and those you love when considering Mass attendance. The Bishop’s dispensation from the requirement of attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation remains in effect.

For the safety of all who join us, we will enforce all COVID safety protocols.

  • Masks are required to enter the church and masks must remain on throughout the Mass. We have not required the wearing of masks while people are seated because of adequate social-distancing. However, because of increased attendance, adequate social-distancing will be somewhat compromised. So, we ask that you keep your mask on during Christmas Masses.
  • We will do our best to achieve social-distancing. Once church seating is “COVID full,” we will utilize an overflow area in the Community Center. We will have an overflow Mass for the 4:00 p.m. Mass. The other Masses will most likely be live-streamed to the Community Center.
  • All of our Masses will be live-streamed for your convenience at home.

I want COVID to go away as much as anybody, but it is here and unfortunately it will remain for many months to come. In the meantime, I want all of our parishioners to be as safe as possible when attending Mass. If all of us double-down on our precautions and take what we know are the safest and most prudent precautions, the spread of the virus can be slowed.

Fr. Ed

Dear Parishioners and Friends of Saint Philip the Apostle:

COVID is alarmingly and dangerously on the increase.

Our County Mayor has renewed the Declaration of Emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic which was effective at 12:01 AM this (Saturday) morning. We are all required to wear cloth or other face coverings that cover the mouth and nose of a person in all “publicly-accessible places.” This includes all businesses, grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies, banks, bars, salons, retail stores, medical and dental offices, entertainment, and sports venues, and any other indoor or outdoor areas where the public gathers.

Wearing a mask or other face covering is the best-known way to impede the spread of the corona virus along with social distancing of at least six feet wherever possible and washing and sanitizing our hands frequently.

Places of worship are listed as an exception in the Emergency Declaration unless the house of worship requires the wearing of a mask. Bishop Spalding has mandated that all Catholic institutions in the diocese follow all state and local COVID requirements; therefore, Saint Philip is not exempt from the Declaration of Emergency and thus wearing of cloth or other face coverings is required.

Over the last several weeks I have been reminding everyone to wear a mask or other face covering as you come to the church for Mass or to the offices to meet with the staff. This is an act of charity toward others. Now this is a mandate from our County Mayor.

As good Catholics and good citizens, it is important for us to do this for the good of all. If we each do our part, it will go a long way toward helping slow the spread of this virus.

I know that I can count on you to help us. This is serious, so serious in fact, failure to wear a mask or other face covering is considered a Class A misdemeanor while the Declaration of Emergency is in effect.

While the Declaration of Emergency is in effect, I renew the request for everyone to seriously consider receiving Communion in the hand and not on the tongue.

As one local church sign says: “Spread Jesus, not COVID. Wear a mask.”

Fr. Ed

Coming Back to Mass

What you need to know…

Masks Required

We must insist and require that when entering the church, moving around the church, or leaving the church, everyone, except small children, must wear a mask. Once seated in properly in your pew, you will be socially distanced, and you may lower or remove your mask. We humbly ask that you heroically struggle and self-sacrifice to wear your mask as you move about the church.

Receiving Communion

We have returned to leaving our pews to receive the Holy Eucharist. Ushers will direct you when it is time for your pew to process toward the Altar. Please wear your mask and social distance by keeping 6-feet between families.


  • Continue to watch online. Info on our Live Stream Page.
  • Public Masses & Celebrations are in the Main Church
    • Monday-Friday: 7am Mass in English
    • Monday-Saturday: 9:00am Mass in English
    • Tuesday: 5:30pm Holy Hour (Benediction at 6:15pm)
    • Thursday: 7:00pm Mass in Spanish
    • Saturday: Confession 3:30pm – 5pm | 5:30pm Mass in English
    • Sunday: 7:00am Mass – Bilingual | 8:30am, 11:00am & 5:00pm Masses in English | 1:00pm Mass in Spanish

Should I go to Mass? – The choice is yours.

  • Bishop Spalding has given dispensation from our Sunday obligation until the end of 2020.
  • If you or anyone in your family answers ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you and your family should not attend Mass.
    • Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?
    • Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath or sore throat?
    • Have you had a temperature/fever in the last 24 hours?
    • Have you had a loss of taste or smell?
    • Have you had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours?
  • Considerations for not going:
    • age
    • existing health conditions
    • living with someone at high risk for COVID-19
    • If you are worried attending Mass would add undue stress to you or jeopardize your health or that of someone you live with.
  • If you come to Mass, consider attending during the week to help lighten the load on Sunday.

What will be different at Mass so we have a safe environment for all?

  • Masks will be provided if you do not have your own.
  • Children 2 years old and older are encouraged to wear a facial covering.
  • Social distancing between families.
  • Follow usher directions.
  • Limited entrances to the church
    • Narthex, First Avenue, Second Avenue-Community Center will be open daily; Crye-Lieke parking lot will be open evenings and Sunday only.
  • Every other pew will be used in order to maintain social distancing.
    • Ushers will direct people to a seat and direct dismissal.
    • When the church meets maximum capacity, you will be directed to the Community Center where Mass will be live streamed.
  • Holy Communion
    • Only the Body of Christ (bread) will be given.
    • You are strongly encouraged to take Communion only in the hand.
  • No procession of gifts to the altar.
  • Please continue to Give Online or use Text-2-Give.
  • No physical touching, except within families. A wave, a smile will suffice.
  • Holy Water will NOT be in the baptismal font or at the entrances.
  • Hymnals have been removed from the pews.
  • No altar servers.
  • No nursery or children’s Liturgy of the Word.
  • No social gatherings, no coffee after Mass.

What measures is St. Philip taking?

  • The church has been deep cleaned and disinfected and will be routinely maintained.
  • Between Masses all necessary items and areas will be cleaned.
  • Rest rooms in the Foyer and Narthex are open and will be cleaned before and after each Mass.
  • Doors will be kept open to minimize touching.
  • Hand sanitizer is at all entrances for your use.
  • The priests, deacons, Eucharistic ministers, lectors and ushers will have their temperatures checked prior to serving at Mass.
  • Masks will be worn during distribution of Communion.
  • Hands will be sanitized before and after serving Communion.

What can I do to help?

  • Come EARLY when coming to Mass.
  • Follow directions of the ushers & practice social distancing.
  • Do not leave anything in the pews. Items left will be disposed of.
  • VOLUNTEER! Many hands are needed to help St. Philip’s return to public Mass successful and safe to all who wish to come. We are in need of:
    • Ushers
    • Eucharistic ministers
    • Help clean church after Mass
    • To volunteer:
      • English speakers, sign up here, or contact John Angotti at
      • Spanish speakers, contact Fernando & Patricia Martinez: 615-579-5983 / 615-801-1021 or Ana Zarraga,
      • Or call the Parish Office, (616) 794-8588, and leave a message with your name and phone number.
      • Training will take place on Sunday, May 17.
    • Pass the word to family & friends that St. Philip is reopening!
    • Sign up for Flocknote online at

Will church activities and meetings resume?

  • Meetings have resumed

What about other sacraments?

  • Confessions will resume in the church on Saturdays from 3:30-5:00pm. Other times are available by appointment.
  • For Baptisms, Weddings & Funerals please contact Ana Zarraga,

The Parish Office is open Monday to Friday, 9:30am t0 5:00pm and other times by appointment.

The Bookstore is open Tuesday & Thursday, 9:30am to 3:00pm. Other times by appointment. Please call (615) 794-4236 to schedule. Closed on holidays when the Parish Office is closed.

Where do I go for more information?

Please be aware that as we adjust to this new normal there may be changes.

Thank you for your help and cooperation

From the Bishop

July 30 Letter From the Bishop

30 July 2020

My Dear People of God,

As a community of faith, we continue to contend with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting our nation and our world. We have continued to monitor the situation and have hoped and prayed for progress. While there are signs of hope, there are also ongoing uncertainties and precautions we must take to ensure the health and wellbeing of all. Therefore, I am once again extending the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. While we anticipate maintaining this dispensation through the end of the calendar year, we will carefully monitor the situation and may modify the dispensation as circumstances warrant.

While we have successfully resumed in-person Masses at most of our parishes, I encourage those who are vulnerable, sick, or otherwise at risk or concerned about contracting or spreading disease, to refrain from attending Mass. Those who do choose to return to Mass should observe all guidelines concerning social distancing, diligent hygiene, and the use of facial coverings. We will be continuing to provide resources for growth in your life of Faith, and opportunities to watch celebrations of Mass online. Attending Mass on a weekday can also be a good way to participate in public worship in a smaller and more socially distanced setting.

My thoughts and prayers remain with you. Let us continue to pray for the swift conclusion to this time of crisis, and for the health and safety of all. Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend J. Mark Spalding, D.D., J.C.L.
Bishop of Nashville

Parish Emails

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