The clouds darkened and the skies rumbled with thunder, but the rain held off long enough to allow Bishop Richard F. Stika to finish saying Mass at the Christ Prince of Peace Retreat Center with the diocesan Frassati Fellowship, as well as other young adults who joined from nearby parishes. The event, “Hanging With the Apostles,” was a gathering to celebrate the Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul.
Referring to the Gospel, Bishop Stika challenged the group to ask themselves,“Does Jesus love me?” In his homily, Bishop Stika counseled the young adults that there may be times when they feel like St. Peter, wondering why Jesus kept asking, “Do you love me?” and doubting whether they were worthy of His love.
The Frassati Fellowship has two chapters, one in Knoxville and one in Chattanooga, and is open to adults ages 18 to 39. The Knoxville chapter has started conducting meetings of a men’s group among its members, who meet with the bishop to discuss aspects of the spiritual and secular life. A similar group for women will be starting on July 7 and will meet with Sister Stella Maris Linder, RSM and Sister Timothea Elliott, RSM.
In addition to an outdoor Mass, participants gathered inside for a potluck lunch while the rain came down outside. Fortunately, it stopped long enough to end the day with a game of volleyball, in which the bishop demonstrated his sportsmanship to the delight of all.