In the short span of Ordinary Time before Lent begins, our days marked by ordinariness, winter silence, and fidelity to our Nazareth life, we come to you with the needs and requests of our various departments.
After their flurry of holiday cooking, our cooks will be preparing their usual simple meals. They are asking for sealing rings for blenders, book matches, and a brining needle set to replace their broken one.
Our laundress thanks you for the donation of handkerchiefs and kitchen linens. We still need more hankies, both men’s and women’s.
Marie-Therese, who is in charge of the cleaning department, has two requests: griddle stones (very porous black stones the size and shape of a brick), and deodorant.
The caregivers who look after the needs of our elderly members are asking for incontinency supplies and large print books and magazines.
When our office staff beg for supplies, they are thinking not only of their own needs, but also of the office needs of other departments. This month they are asking for flexible plastic tabs for hanging files, ballpoint pens of all kinds (especially a few fine point ones for the bookkeeper), Scotch tape, #10 envelopes, and 8 ½ by 11 white paper, either plain or with letterheads. (We can take off the letterheads.)
The nurses are short of expectorant cough syrup, vitamin C (500 mg), vitamin B-complex, heavy mineral oil, and Keri lotion for very dry skin.
When we asked the farmers what their needs are, they sent this short list: a wheel hoe, one-fingered mitts and liners, and axe handles.
St. Mary’s community still needs used tennis balls to put on chair legs, and this month, their masking tape supply is low. They can use any width from ½ to 2 inches.
Perhaps the most life-giving day for us in February is the 14th, when we give thanks to Catherine Doherty for her courage in founding our second house, Friendship House in Harlem. Pray that we stay faithful to our humble, ordinary life of Nazareth where Jesus, Mary, and Joseph bring love and peace to all who come through our blue doors.
In Our Lady of Combermere,
Susanne Stubbs and Mark Schlingerman (February 2007)
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