Young-adult gathering will feature outdoor Mass, picnic

HangingWithTheSaintsFlyer 225Young adults from around the diocese are encouraged to be “hanging with the apostles” on June 29.

The Frassati Fellowship, a Diocese of Knoxville outreach for young adults, is sponsoring a celebration of the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul with an outdoor Mass and picnic at the diocese’s Christ Prince of Peace Retreat Center in Benton.

Young adults age 18-39 are invited to the celebration on Sunday, June 29, beginning at noon.

Bishop Richard F. Stika will celebrate an outdoor Mass at 2 p.m. on the Christ Prince of Peace grounds to mark the feast day.

The outdoor Mass and picnic will include young-adult groups from parishes throughout the diocese that join with the Frassati Fellowship in providing faith-based outlets in the diocese.

Young-adult groups like the one at St. Stephen Parish in Chattanooga are active and growing in members. There are plans to grow young-adult fellowships in many parishes in the diocese.

These fellowships are aimed at young adults who are in college or the work world and have not yet started a family. Time spent together can be in discussion, prayer groups or socializing.

Those attending the picnic and outdoor Mass should RSVP to Dr. Elijah Martin at Attendees should bring their favorite food, beverages, and a game.

Flyers for the Mass and picnic are being distributed in parishes around the diocese and include directions to Christ Prince of Peace Retreat Center.

CPOP is located on 52 picturesque acres between the Hiwassee River and the Cherokee National Forest. The property includes a small church, a chapel, the retreat center, guest residences, and many places to pray and reflect outdoors. It also is home to the Handmaids of the Precious Blood, a contemplative community of nuns that has just marked its first anniversary in the diocese.

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