Events and Happenings Around the Diocese [11/29/23]

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Churches, schools, and organizations throughout the Diocese of Nashville have plenty of upcoming events to add to your calendar. Check out the events below. 

Sewpop Mistletoe Marketplace

The Sewing Training Academy of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Nashville will present the Sewpop Mistletoe Marketplace, a pop-up gift market, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, at The Clay Lady’s Campus, 1416 Lebanon Pike, in Nashville. 

Advent Parish Mission

St. Luke Church in Smyrna will hold an Advent Parish Mission at 7 p.m. Dec. 3-4 at the church. The event will feature Steve Angrisano, an internationally recognized Catholic composer, presenter, and passionate music missionary. For more information, email

Advent Parish Mission

St. Stephen Church in Old Hickory will hold its three-day parish mission Dec. 3-5, at the church. Author and international speaker Katie Prejean McGrady will lead the sessions, which begin at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday and 7 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. The event is free and open to all. For more information, email or

Book Signing

Father Luke Wilgenbusch, director of vocations, will sign copies of his book, “Saved as Through Fire: A Thomistic Account of Purgatory, Temporal Punishment, and Satisfaction” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, at St. Mary’s Bookstore and Church Supply in downtown Nashville. For more information, call 615-329-1835 or email

Walk thru Bethlehem

St. Henry Church will host a Walk thru Bethlehem event from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10, at the church. All are welcome to attend the free event. 

Eucharistic Lecture

Aquinas College will host its next Eucharistic lecture, “The Real Presence: Source of Joy” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14, in the Aquinas Center. The talk will be given by Sister Jane Dominic, OP, and will be followed by adoration and benediction. 

Christmas Concert

A free Hope and Healing Christmas Concert for Haiti, benefitting the Visitation Hospital Foundation, will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, at Bellevue Presbyterian Church, 100 Cross Timbers, in Nashville. The event will feature Italian opera singer Celia Faro, and Tyler Michael Smith and Sarah Smith, son and daughter-in-law of Michael W. Smith. A reception and meet and greet with the artists will follow the concert from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Admission to the concert is free. 

Christmas Coffeehouse

Our Lady of the Lake Church’s Youth Ministry will host a Christmas Coffeehouse at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17, at St. Joseph Hall in Hendersonville. The event will include a live nativity and live music. Tickets are $10 per person or $25 per family. 

Girls Garden Retreat

Girls Garden Retreat will host an all-inclusive restorative retreat April 4-7 at Callaway Gardens in Georgia. The retreat is targeted for women who are seeking restoration for both body and soul, women who have gone through or are currently in a season of grief, women who have experienced disappointment, loneliness or difficult relationships, or any woman desiring to take a break and receive the goodness of God through beauty, rest, prayer, and small community. The cost is $1,300 for a shared room or $1,600 for a private room. A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your spot, and payment plans are available for the remaining balance. For more information, visit

SEARCH Retreat Registration

Registration is open for 2023-2024 SEARCH Retreat weekends. Scheduled weekends include Dec. 1-3, Jan. 12-14, and March 1-3. For more information, email Shelby Conner, Office of Faith Formation’s assistant director, at To register, visit Leadership Team applications are also open for any previous SEARCHer who wants to be considered for one of three leadership roles. To apply, visit

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