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Catholic radio has come to Murfreesboro Tennessee!

St. Rose of Lima Parish, in partnership with Saint Rose Radio Inc. and EWTN Global Catholic Radio, is now broadcasting at 99.3 FM, 24 hours per day! Over the past two years, a team of St. Rose parishioners have laid the groundwork for the next step in bringing Catholic radio to our community and ready to “flip the switch” and bring our community solid Catholic radio programming.  Imagine, if you will, a continuous way for us to learn about the faith, encourage stronger family life, entertain with informative family-friendly programs, help fallen away Catholics return home, dispel false beliefs amongst our non-Catholic brethren, and most importantly evangelize the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ and His Church for the conversion, strengthening and salvation of souls! As a Catholic Christian, what can be more important? 


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How to donate

Via PayPal: Please click the donate button and use the secure donation services of Pay Pal with your credit card or account withdrawal. 

Via Mail: Please print a copy of the donor letter and/or pledge card (using the links below) and mail your donation to:

Saint Rose Radio WSRR-FM 99.3
PO Box 10326
Murfreesboro TN 37129

WSRR-FM Donor Letter

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If you have any questions or wish to support this apostolate please contact Richard Richard (615-962-4661) or Billy Trout (615-714-0994) 
Your donations to Saint Rose Radio are most appreciated! Every dollar received supports the operation of the station - 100% of your money goes toward 100% solid Catholic teaching, programming, and evangelization.


What People Are Saying About WSRR-FM 99.3

From the Saint Rose of Lima Legion of Mary:

"We will buy my friends from the nursing home and assistant living radios so they can tune in to your station. They are going to be so happy! I know I felt so happy when I heard you today with the sports people giving their live stories with God in their lives. May God continue to bless you! We will be praying for you to reach all souls!"

From Thomas Costa:

"Please continue with EWTN programming. It is a blessing to have solid Catholic radio in the Diocese of Nashville. We will be making a small monthly contribution going forward. May God bless you and all those working to build listenership for St. Rose rado. I hope you have lots of bumper stickers!"

From Maribeth Johnson, A Saint Rose parishioner:

"I am so thankful to have access to Catholic Radio right here in Murfreesboro. It's all I listen to in the car and one of our radios in the house will pick it up. I'm looking forward to being able to get it on my Iphone. Thanks and God bless each of you founders for all your hard work in getting it up and running. It is a blessing to me and prayerfully will be to many others."

From Jeff Laney of Dance Classics, LLC.:

"We are so excited about a Catholic radio station located in our hometown of Murfreesboro, TN. We are a Catholic owned and operated dance studio located in Murfreesboro by the Laney family (Saint Rose parishoners since 2011). We have five children at Saint Rose School and absolutely love Saint Rose! Many of our dance families are Saint Rose families. Personally we feel that Catholic radio has helped us become closer with our faith and you can count on Dance Classics to be fervent supporters of Saint Rose Radio in the future! Thank you for all that you have done to this point getting the station launched."

From Foundation Sponsor Joseph Rankin:

"My donation is in honor of the people whose work, prayers, and determination brought EWTN radio to Rutherford County."
Saint Rose Radio thanks Mr. Rankin for his kind words as it gives us the strength needed to carry on.

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Every effort is made herein to discuss and explain the official teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, objectively and prayerfully, in accordance with Sacred Scripture, the Catholic Catechism, and Tradition. Any personal opinions offered where appropriate, by the author or other Catholic writers, are expressly noted and may not necessarily reflect the universal opinion of the Church.

Q: Is the Virgin Mary a saint, or is she something greater?
A: The Virgin Mary is a saint, but the Church calls her the first among the saints because she is the purest and most perfect example of what a saint should be. She dedicated her entire life to listening to God and doing His will. This is why, when a woman sings Mary's praises to Jesus for having borne Him and nursed Him, He responds, “Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it” (cf. Luke 11:27-28). He is not dismissing the compliment to His mother or trying to downplay her role, but rather He is clarifying exactly what it is that Mary is to be praised for: her obedience to God, not her parenting skills. Mary is an “example of holiness” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2030), a model of the kind of people we are intended to be. And while every saint is indeed an example for us, Mary is more perfectly so because of her sinless nature, which Catholics believe came about through a special transmission of grace to Mary at the time of her conception in her mother's womb (the “Immaculate Conception”). Due to this extraordinary grace, Mary was free of concupiscence—the inclination to do evil—and therefore was always open to putting God's will before her own. Thus, her obedience to God was both complete and uniquely natural for her. All other saints struggled with concupiscence and sin and did not learn complete obedience to God until they were transformed by His purifying grace and entered Heaven—the same grace that has preserved Mary from sin since her conception.

Q: Why do Catholics believe that Mary was conceived without the stain of sin?
A: The earliest Christians recognized this reality from the Gospel of Luke and were writing and preaching about it already by the second century, when Christianity was becoming more widespread throughout the Gentile regions. The Gentiles spoke primarily Greek, and the Gospel of Luke was originally written in Greek with them in mind as the intended audience. It is the angel Gabriel's greeting to Mary in Luke 1:28 that gives away Mary's immaculate conception. Gabriel says, “Chaire kecharitomene”--translated in most Bibles as “Hail, highly favored one!” But this English translation falls dramatically short of what the Greek phrase actually conveys. “Kecharitomene” is the passive form of the past perfect participle of the verb “to grace,” conveying an action that was perfectly completed for Mary in the past with ongoing effects into eternity. In other words, Gabriel was essentially calling Mary “one who has been perfectly and completely graced in the past and who shall remain so for all eternity.” Try reducing that into one word in English! Grace is God's life within us. Sin negates this grace. Therefore, in order to be “perfectly graced” for all eternity, Mary must have always been entirely without sin, or else the grace would be imperfect and incomplete. This is why St. Jerome translated this same phrase as gratia plena—meaning “full of grace” in Latin—to convey that Mary was never lacking in God's life within her, even from the beginning of her existence. Her nature, although entirely human, is not fallen; she was redeemed by Christ from the very start so that she might be the perfectly holy mother that the Redeemer required. Only in this way could Christ be the Son of a perfectly divine Father and a perfectly sinless human mother, making Him without blemish before the Lord in every aspect of His nature. And since God is beyond the constraints of time, He certainly had the power to redeem His mother by His death even before He was to be born into the world. So even though Mary was without sin, she was still redeemed by Christ; her particular role in Christ's life simply required that it happen a little earlier than for everyone else. No wonder Mary was so astonished by Gabriel's greeting to her! How could she ever have known the extent of the great wonders God had done for her?

Q: Is there a certain kind of music that is most appropriate for celebrating the Mass?
A: There is a fundamental difference between religious music and liturgical music. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) no. 41 indicates that liturgical music should be the following: 1) sacred in character, 2) liturgical in function, and 3) capable of fostering active participation of the faithful. What does all of this mean? “Sacred” means that the music must be God-centered rather than self-centered, giving special attention to the Word of God, primarily the Psalms. Liturgical function requires that a song suitably parallel the function of the Liturgy at any given point. For example, the penitential rite should be accompanied by penitential music rather than praise music. As for fostering “active participation,” this is often misunderstood as referring to some form of mere outward activism. But this is not the case. In fact, the Latin phrase used in the Second Vatican Council when referring to “active participation” (actuosa participatio) does not mean an outward expression (such as singing or clapping hands), but refers rather to a deep inner participation—a profoundly sincere and prayerful response to the mysteries of the Mass. Ideally, this inner response would then pour forth from us in the form of singing, but silent prayer is itself an actively participatory expression, too. Therefore, active participation doesn't mean that there must be noise or movement coming from the faithful, so long as their hearts are communing with God. The key point is consciousness in one's participation. The GIRM goes on to give Gregorian chant “pride of place” in the Liturgy, meaning that chant should be the standard by which all other liturgical music is measured. Chant is steeped in the Scriptures and the early reflective prayers of the Church on the Word of God. Its primary instrument is the human voice, but was traditionally backed up by a sustained note or chord on the organ (which is also incidentally given “pride of place” in the Liturgy—see GIRM no. 393). But chant is also conducive to silent reflection and prayer, which can be very difficult to achieve with louder, more modern forms of music. A director of music would do well to consider these elements when choosing which music to employ during the Mass.


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