Wishing a Happy Easter season to all of our parishioners and visitors. To celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday on April 23: Cathedral of the Incarnation (2015 West End Ave) Begins at 3:00pm.

Peace and God's gift of mercy be with you!



Parish Mission Statement

We, at the Church of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, strive to be a vibrant, welcoming community of faith. We are unified by our participation in the liturgy, the sacraments, and service. We are a diverse family fully alive in Christ. We serve our God, our Church, and our community through effective stewardship of God’s gifts of time, talent, and treasure.


Thank you for visiting Holy Name's online home. Let this be another way to enter our front door as God's family and friends!

Guests and visitors are always welcome at our masses and events. For more information or to join our mailing list, please e-mail the parish office at info@holynamenashville.com or call us at (615) 254-8847.
We are located in between Nissan Stadium, (formerly LP Field), home of the Tennessee Titans, and the 5 Points area of East Nashville at 521 Woodland Street.

Be Included! Click here to sign-up for our 2017 Parish Photo Directory

As we celebrate 100 years as the Church of the Most Holy Name of Jesus and 160 years as the Catholic Parish of East Nashville, we are working hard to put together a very special, updated directory. Lifetouch will be here at Holy Name to take professional photos on Thursday, April 27 and Friday, April 28, from 2pm to 9pm and Saturday, April 29, from 10am-5pm. A great deal has changed since our last directory in 2013. Most importantly our parish family is growing! Rest assured that you will NOT be subject to a sales pitch-- high pressure or otherwise. Every sitting includes 1-free 8 x 10 of your choosing. You will have the option to order additional prints. Pricing brochures are available at the Masses, in addition to more information. It is very important that we have full participation from our community. Directories are a wonderful way to get to know each other and to be a part of this special time for our parish family. You will also receive a copy of the completed directory at no cost. If you have questions, you may also contact Renee in the parish office @ (615) 254-8847 from 9am-2pm, M-F.

Kroger Community Rewards Information

We recently announced to our parishioners that Holy Name is participating in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. This year Kroger has set aside $2.5 million dollars to help support various community groups, churches, and other non-profit organizations. In order for us to benefit, we need a little help from you! You will need your Kroger Plus card or telephone number in order to participate. If you are not a Kroger Rewards member, the instructions will guide you through that process as well. (There is no fee involved.) Please click on the button below and you will be redirected to enrollment instructions. It only takes a few minutes and every time you shop, you will help our parish community! KCR document


Headlines from Holy Name

Parish Photo Directory - 04/18/2017

This week is your final opportunity to sign-up online or see one of our volunteers this weekend after the 5pm and 9am Masses to sign-up for a directory sitting. We really hope everyone will participate especially during this our year of anniversaries.

Thank you - Lenten Project - 04/18/2017

We truly appreciate those who made donations to help our brothers and sisters at Loaves & Fishes with toiletries. We will present them to the staff for distribution when Holy Name serves on Wednesday, April 26.

Father Joseph Sanches Homily - 03/05/2017

Homily from the weekend of March 4 & 5, 2017 in celebration of Father Sanches' time as pastor and his anniversary of ordination. (3/7) Read more

Msgr. Robert Hoffstetter Homily - 02/20/2017

We thank Msgr. Bob Hoffstetter for returning to Holy Name, which was his birthplace 90 years ago. This year we celebrate Holy Name's 100th Anniversary along with the 160th Anniversary serving East Nashville. Please enjoy Msgr. Bob's homily from 2/19/17. Read more


News from the Diocese

Current issue of the Tennessee Register, newspaper of the Diocese of Nashville


Saint of the Day

Saint Mark

Saint Mark the Evangelist | Jean Bourdichon
Image: Saint Mark the Evangelist | Jean Bourdichon

Saint Mark

Saint of the Day for April 25

(? – c. April 25, 68)


Saint Mark’s Story

Most of what we know about Mark comes directly from the New Testament. He is usually identified with the Mark of Acts 12:12. When St. Peter escaped from prison, he went to the home of Mark’s mother.

Paul and Barnabas took him along on the first missionary journey, but for some reason Mark returned alone to Jerusalem. It is evident, from Paul’s refusal to let Mark accompany him on the second journey despite Barnabas’s insistence, that Mark had displeased Paul. Because Paul later asks Mark to visit him in prison, we may assume the trouble did not last long.

The oldest and the shortest of the four Gospels, the Gospel of Mark emphasizes Jesus’s rejection by humanity while being God’s triumphant envoy. Probably written for gentile converts in Rome—after the death of Peter and Paul sometime between A.D. 60 and 70—Mark’s Gospel is the gradual manifestation of a “scandal”: a crucified Messiah.

Evidently a friend of Mark–calling him “my son”–Peter is only one of this Gospel‘s sources, others being the Church in Jerusalem (Jewish roots), and the Church at Antioch (largely gentile).

Like another Gospel writer Luke, Mark was not one of the 12 apostles. We cannot be certain whether he knew Jesus personally. Some scholars feel that the evangelist is speaking of himself when describing the arrest of Jesus in Gethsemane: “Now a young man followed him wearing nothing but a linen cloth about his body. They seized him, but he left the cloth behind and ran off naked” (Mark 14:51-52).

Others hold Mark to be the first bishop of Alexandria, Egypt. Venice, famous for the Piazza San Marco, claims Mark as its patron saint; the large basilica there is believed to contain his remains.

A winged lion is Mark’s symbol. The lion derives from Mark’s description of John the Baptist as a “voice of one crying out in the desert” (Mark 1:3), which artists compared to a roaring lion. The wings come from the application of Ezekiel’s vision of four winged creatures to the evangelists.


Mark fulfilled in his life what every Christian is called to do: proclaim to all people the Good News that is the source of salvation. In particular, Mark’s way was by writing. Others may proclaim the Good News by music, drama, poetry, or by teaching children around a family table.

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Mass Times 


Saturday Vigil: 5:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM
Sudanese Mass (Sundays): 12:00 PM
French Mass - 5:00pm; 3rd Sunday of each month (exceptions Easter, Solemnity of Christ the King & Christmas)


Communion Service: Mondays 8:00 AM
Daily Mass (Tuesday - Friday): 8:00 AM


45 minutes before mass or by appointment. Contact the parish office at (615) 254-8847.

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