Our Mission Statement:
The founding parishioners of All Saints were inspired by the words
'I am the vine, you are the branches,' and called us to live as Christ asked.'
Therefore, we will come to personally know Jesus, becoming His disciples who live as He lives, bearing the sufferings of daily living, showing mercy,
and lovingly putting others' needs before our own.
We will do this as a joyful, welcoming Eucharistic community
so that we might give witness to His resurrection.
Recently at the opening of the Tennessee Legislature in Nashville, TN; Father Michael was invited by the newly elected Lieutenant Governor Senator Rand McNally to do the opening Prayer on Tuesday, January 10th 2017. Below is a copy of the prayer recited by Father Michael.
“O God, Author and Giver of every good gift, we acknowledge your mysterious presence over and within us as we bow in silence together. (pause). Look kindly on our assembly gathered here today. We are excited and full of hope for the experiment that is democracy, born out of ideas, opposition, conflict and then placed in the human heart for resolution. We believe this is already your gift to us in the exercise of the more beautiful and foundational gift of freedom and equality for every human being.
We thank you for such a gift as Americans, and as our special contribution from the State of Tennessee. You have written it into our hearts and we treasure it as our heritage.
O God, in honesty and humility we also acknowledge that we have abused such a gift in the past and probably will again in the pursuit of self-interest. But we are not discouraged. Our past also teaches us that in your providential care and in the integrity of genuine, sincere, courageous, good people we will be guided to the truth. This is why we are full of hope.
This is what we seek today, as law makers and as law givers, from the ultimate Lawmaker and ultimate Lawgiver --- Truth and justice for all.
As we hammer out our differences on the anvil of debate and influence, help us to understand that our sincerity will not make the truth, but that our sincerity will leaves us open to discovering truth and rejoicing in it when we find it.
Keep us courageously open and not closed to the promptings of your Spirit among us, coming through the voices of each other and the longings of our people. As politicians, with a noble calling, keep us from the not-so-noble danger of playing politics.
In that way, we hope to enrich the dignity of each other’s lives and those that we represent, specially the least and most vulnerable among us.
While I make this prayer in the name of your Son, Jesus, answer the prayers of those that may address you by any other name, or even not at all.
Lastly, O God, please bless the State of Tennessee and God, Bless America. Amen. “
O Mary conceived without sin, Immaculate Heart of Mary, we the people of All Saints honor you, perfect creature of God, for your Holy obedience to the will of the Father, your creator and ours.
Hail to you for your surrender to the pure love and power of the Holy Spirit, living in you. Blessed are you for your motherly embrace of your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ and your motherly embrace of each one of us, your children.
We the people of All Saints humbly kneel before you, begging your intercession for our parish that the divine life given to you and kept immaculate in you might be in us for the glory of God.
We acknowledge our sinfulness, in spite of our genuine desire to be holy as God is Holy. We are frightened by all the things in our church, in our homes, in our country, in our world that are often bitterly opposed to the way of your beloved Son. We are painfully aware that the invitation to repentance, to conversion, to prayer is often met with indifference or scorn.
Immaculate Mary you know all our sufferings and our hopes, you have a Holy Mother’s awareness of all our struggles between good and evil, between light and darkness with which we wrestle each day.
We fly onto you, Immaculate Heart of Mary, to stand between us and all harm. With faith in your powerful intercession, we, the people of All Saints, consecrate ourselves to your Immaculate Heart this day. Our hope is in your love and your powerful prayer for us.
We entrust to you all that we are and all that we have; Our homes, our children, our work, and our prayers, that you might take them to your beloved Son for consecration. As it was in your womb, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we pray that His blood might become ours and that ours might become His, for the life of our parish and the glory of His name.
O Immaculate Heart of Mary, be pleased with your dear children who consecrate themselves to you this day. When we fail, encourage us. When we get lost, look for us and bring us back to Jesus. All Saints Parish is now yours for your Son. Help us serve and do the will of your Son as you served and did His will perfectly.