The second gathering was in Grainger county at the once a month Saturday evening Spanish Mass in Rutledge. The priests from Morristown began this Mass several months ago after the Glenmary Mission Planning committee visited. Just that visit, encouraged the people to request this Mass. The Mass is held in the Agricultural Building, which has a nice meeting room and outside is the area for animal shows and competition. 45 people were in attendance. Of course, in my anxiety, I arrived without my alb and stole. I had all the items for Mass and all the items for the planning meeting which was to follow. I even had a respectful homily prepared and Spanish songs sheets available. But ... no alb or stole and it would be more than 90 minutes to return to my house and return. Well thank God, Br. Craig came to the rescue!!
|My first Mass in Rutledge, TN|
Br. Craig was at the parish in Jefferson City, about 30 minutes away, speaking about the new mission. So with the aid of cell phones, he was able to bring an alb and stole and a valid and licit Mass was possible. The spirit of the people is very positive. These families have been living in the area for over 14 years and many of their children were born here. They spoke of hope for a strong religious education program, a place to plan religious festivals, and the desire of having Mass every Sunday. The next scheduled Mass is not until September 17, but those who are bilingual will attend the gathering of English speaking Catholics on September 12th in Rutledge. Also another group is planning a meeting of the parents to begin organizing religious education classes in the homes for this year. There is an abundance of faith and enthusiasm here.
|The ol' Mill dating back to the 1800's|
We are slowly learning the holy ground and the people who live here. We are blessed and humbled to be sent here by God and Glenmary.