ORIGINAL: Published on: Oct 26, 2014 @ 16:36
WOW. Just… WOW.
I am not sure how to get hold of any of these good people, I’d be happy to come to celebrate Holy Mass in that chapel – of course with the necessary recognition of the diocese – in the older form, as this church was built to house. It would be my pleasure.
WATCH: A Man Dying Of Cancer Walks Into An Abandoned Church, And Finds An Unexpected Miracle.
Between Greg Thomas’s amazing journey to remission and the church being restored to the delight of the surrounding community, this really is a feel good story all around.
The restored church is situated in rural Minnesota, and beyond being just beautiful, it has become the site for many new memories. After Thomas’s restoration was completed, he entered the church not as a handyman, but as a wedding guest. His good friend and his friend’s fiancé became the first couple to get married in the church in decades.
Even more exciting, two filmmakers found the church and used it as a filming location for their film “Memorial Day”, which tells the story of a soldier and his grandfather, a WWII vet. Thomas even had a small role in the film!
UPDATE: 2 Nov 1604 GMT:
Today I had an informative voicemail (through skype, see sidebar) from a man who called around to see how my might help that chapel. He seems to have made the first connections to open up possibilities about a Mass at the chapel.
Here’s the deal. Some of you readers live in the Montgomery, MN area or are pretty close (Twin Cities). Perhaps a group might form locally which could advance such a project. With the information I just gained, I could put you in touch with some people who have a measure of control over the chapel.