|The Congregation of Blessed JP II from the priest's view.|
Can we get it done?
|Donna cleaning the door|
|Br. Craig and help building the confessional wall|
|The faithful few|
|First Spanish Mass in storefront chapel|
So Tuesday, November 8th, I receive a call from a lady in Rutledge. "I hear there is a Catholic Church in Rutledge. Can I join?" The person on the phone began to explain for how three years she has been studying about the Catholic Faith and been listening to tapes produced by Lighthouse Catholic Media. She suffers from M.S. and is homebound, but she said, "I think I prayed y'all here." Then I knew, even if it was only a handful of folks, it was right to begin with so little. The faith is what matters. Thursday of the same week was our first bilingual Mass. The group in attendance was both English and Spanish speaking and the interaction was full of joy. They want to be one community of believers.
So what happened last weekend? Attendance at both Masses more than doubled. We had twenty people at the English Mass. This was followed by a surprise birthday party for Br. Craig. They discovered it was his birthday around noon and by 5p.m. they had every thing ready for him.
|Br. Craig's birthday party|
Also Saturday we purchased twenty five chairs. No more than fifteen minutes later, a Spanish speaking parishioner arrived with ten more chairs-- the same as we just purchased. Wow, God was at work. Then Sunday evening at 5 p.m. by the start of Mass every chair was filled. We put back out the chairs people brought the weekend before and they were filled. Over fifty folks were present.
So I join doubting Thomas in seeing the Lord who helps my unbelief. The Lord is in charge, not I. Once again, He humbles me and calls me to trust more deeply in His Way. Fr. Larry used to say, "Anything worth doing, was worth doing poorly." In others words, if it needs doing, then start doing, and leave the rest to God. May I only be aa good as a missioner as he was.
I do not know if we can get it done, but I am learning, once again, God will get it done!!