Our Development Director, Matt Potter and I continue our visit around the diocese trying to garner some early support for this year’s annual campaign, Living And Giving In Christ. We spent Saturday night in Rawlins after a wonderful Feast Day celebration at St. Joseph.
There was a light snow through the night, which created quite a mess on the interstate. After a few very serious accidents, they closed I80 just west of Rawlins. This is one of the more hazardous stretches of insterstate in the country. After the sun came up and temperatures got above freezing, things quickly improved, allowing us to arrive in Rock Springs in time for a 1:00 Mass.
We arrived at Holy Spirit parish just as one of their Spanish Masses was concluding. Our Hispanic community is vibrant, young, and growing, and the main reason this bishop longs to learn Spanish…and is committed to doing so.
Holy Spirit Parish makes up two former Catholic parishes, Saints Cyril and Methodius and Our Lady of Sorrows. Rock Springs has always been a very ethnically diverse community, and is now home to one of the latest groups, the spanish speaking immigrants from Mexico.
After a 1:00 Mass and gathering of representatives from both Rock Springs and Green River, Matt and I made our way to Thermopolis for the night. We had a beautiful drive over South Pass, down into Lander. This is some beautiful country. We stayed at the Hot Springs Park, watched the deer play outside the window of the restaurant while we enjoyed a dinner, and called it a day.
Today, we will attend a funeral in Worland for the brother of one of our priests, then make our way to Cody for another Mass and reception this evening.