Springfest 2009

In March, my friend Judy McCloskey of CatholicMil.org called and asked if I could man a booth at something called “Springfest” in Shelbyville, TN.  I must admit, I was excited, yet skeptical.  There is not much Catholicism in middle Tennessee.  When I inquired further, she said that Cardinal Arinze was one of the speakers, along with former Miss America Kay Lani Wilson, and Fr. Jonathan Morris of Fox News.  Wow!  I was starting to get excited. 

When May 17th rolled around, we got all set and drove to Shelbyville.  Upon entering the equestrian center, the person at the door said, “You have blue tickets so you can sit in any of the metal chairs.”  The metal chairs were set up in the arena where the alter was set up.  If you didn’t have blue tickets, you could only sit in the arena seating.  As we went towards the steps, we saw where our booth was going to be set up.  As we were going down to the Mass area we saw a couple we knew and asked them if they wanted some of the blue tickets to be closer to Mass.  When we got down there, we were looking for 7 seats in a row so we could sit together, and some gracious lady flagged us down and gave us seats in the second row.  When Mass began it was wonderful to see the Knights of Columbus, the seminarians, the Bishop, and Cardinal Arinze.  We received Communion from Cardinal Arinze!  What a blessing.  Here are some pictures from the Mass:

 (remember to click on the pictures to enlarge them)

springfest 09 1    springfest 09 2 (The lady to the left is former Miss America Kay Lani Wilson)

Springfest 09 3 (Bishop Choby of Nashville can be seen in this photo.)

springfest 09 4 (Behind Bishop Choby is Cardinal Arinze.  Behind Cardinal is Fr. Tien Tran who was ordained this past Friday.  More about him in a later post.)

springfest 09 5 (Cardinal Arinze and Fr. Tran approaching the alter.)

springfest 09 6 (Our friend Seminarian Brendan Johnson whom we got to know last year when he spent time at Sacred Heart in Lawrenceburg.  You can go back to this post and see him with the children.)

After Mass we set up our booth.  Everything would have been great if I had remembered the price list that I printed the night before.  We were able to get in touch with Judy and she gave me the prices.  Everything else went great that day.  Here is our booth…

springfest 09 catholic mil booth

You can read more about Springfest here (look for Veronica and I in the picture.  And no, we were not holding hands!  ; )

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