Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Happy Anniversary

Our newest members, Janet and Chuck
November 1 and November 4 each  marked the first Anniversary of  worship in our rental spaces for both Blessed Teresa of Calcutta and Blessed John Paul II.  In between we had some other special moments as well.

Alls Saints Day Altar, BTC
The feast of All Saints Day marked the first anniversary of worship in the storefront building for Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Mission Maynardville, TN.  This year we created a little All Saints Day altar.  Included were our patroness Blessed Teresa and the primary patrons of Glenmary, the North American  Martyrs.

Prior to this Feast Day, we held a Trunk or Treat which was a true joy and a wonderful outreach to the boarder community. 
Those happy tricksters

Blessed John Paul II Catholic Mission marked its first anniversary of offering Mass every Sunday on November 4th.  We marked this anniversary in the best way possible --- we added two new members.  Chuck and Janet were members of the Anglican Church, but became dissatisfied over decisions about the qualifications of Bishops.  After attending our little mission, they found a great welcome and peace.  They joined the choir and now they are full members of the Roman Catholic Church. 
Inviting the Holy Spirit

All Soul's Day Altar
Of course, prior to that we did celebrate our first All Soul's Day and had a small altar with photos of our deceased loved ones to remember those who have gone before us.  Every Sunday during the month of November a small book with the names of the faithfully departed will be placed on the altar.

So despite the cold weather setting in, we find ourselves warmed by the love of one another, gratitude for one year in our worship space, and the Love of Jesus through His Blessed Sacraments.

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