On Dec. 3, 2017, the Most Reverend Martin D. Holley, D.D., Bishop of Memphis in Tennessee, installed Reverend Carl J. Hood as the Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Cordova, Tenn.
Bishop Holley stated during the Mass that he is “aware of the pastoral needs of St. Francis of Assisi Parish.” With confidence in Father Hood’s ability to accept the position as Pastor, Bishop Holley proclaimed, “I now install Father Hood as your new Pastor.” The congregation applauded enthusiastically.
The ceremony, known formally as the Order of Installation of a Pastor within Mass, took place on the first Sunday of the new liturgical year in the Church, making the occasion doubly special. As part of the ceremony, Father Hood placed his hand on the Book of the Gospels. Meanwhile, Bishop Holley described the Pastor of a parish as a teacher of the Faith. Father Hood then recited the Credo and signed a document, which was then also signed by Bishop Holley according to the Code of Canon Law.
At the end of the ceremony, Father Hood thanked his “mother, dad and family, as well as Bishop Holley and friends.” Father Hood reminisced a little about celebrating his first Mass after ordination. He celebrated that first Mass 31 years ago on the same day as his installation as Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish. A sacred hymn that was played at his first Mass, “Ave Verum Corpus,” was also played during the Mass of Installation that took place on Dec. 3. The “short Eucharistic hymn” dates back to the 14th century and is one of his favorite hymns.
After the sacred installation was completed, a reception followed in the Family Life Center.