|View from the top of Clinch Mountain|
Since then we have been busy meeting neighbors and local business leaders. It is amazing that in the most ordinary actions, we are sharing the love of Christ. Br. Craig went to buy a fuse at the hardware store and spent fifteen minutes with the clerk talking about Catholicism and today at the laundry mart, I spent a good twenty minutes sharing with the local caretaker about faith and her faith in particular.
Monday, August 22, on the Queenship of Mary, we had a small public Mass here at the house once again. We invited three families that have done a great deal to welcome us here and have been praying for years for a Catholic Church in Union County and North Grainger. After the homily I asked to pray during this Mass if the Lord was calling them to be founders of a new Catholic Church in Union and North Grainger Counties. After Communion every one present, included a second grader, agreed and were anointed with holy oil from the Holy Land to be disciples of Jesus on mission here in Union and Grainger Counties. This is just fantastic to have such dedication so early in this adventure. There truly is good soil in this rocky ground.
This Thursday, will be the next big step. We will hold our first gathering of known Catholics to discuss the beginning of this endeavor. If anyone reads this, pause now, and offer a prayer for these efforts.
Saturday evening will be the first time I celebrate Mass in Grainger at the once a month Spanish Mass. The good folks and priests of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Morristown have been doing this. We are so grateful to build on their generous service.
As the seeds of faith are planted in this rocky earth, come on back and discover how God's power will be transforming the life here in Union and Grainger Counties of Tennessee.