"Let us receive the announcement of Lent with joy! For if our forefather Adam had kept the fast, we would not have been deprived of paradise" (Byzantine Vespers).
We greet you and pray that you receive an abundant share of the grace that is so near during the season of Lent.
There is no question that our journey through Lent will lead us to the threshold of spring. For Mary Davis, our head gardener, that means getting out and working the land. She is asking for leaf rakes, lawn sprinklers, bone meal, and blood meal.
Our carpenters, too, are planning spring projects and would find it helpful to have a current copy of the Ontario Building Code as well as paintable caulking and silicone caulking.
Theresa Girard, our head librarian, is grateful for the yellow correction fluid that come in donation. Many thanks. Would someone be able to send her some plain (unruled) 3 x 5 index cards? (Yes, we are still using index cards.)
Our nurses very much appreciate your ongoing thoughtfulness in sending over-the-counter medications, supplements, and other such supplies. Their needs this month are straightforward: cold and flu meds including cough drops, vitamin D (400 mg) and vitamin C (500 mg and 1000 mg).
The staff at St. Raphael’s handicraft center make altar candles for our own use and colored candles for sale in the gift shop. If anyone has a 5-gallon electric vat for candle-making and could get it to us, they would put it to good use. The craft department is also asking for crazy glue in small tubes and clear epoxy glue.
We have gotten so low on fitted sheets that we have been making them out of flat sheets. Since we have no fewer than 150 beds and a shortage of people available to do the sewing, this project is moving slowly. So we would be happy to have any fitted sheets for single beds that you can spare.
Thank you for the recent donations of paper and envelopes. This time our office is asking for Scotch tape, liquid paper correction fluid, ballpoint pens, and fine-tip felt pens.
Our sacristan is asking for colored glass vigil light holders, and our kitchen needs plastic food wrap and waxed paper. Lastly, according to our dentist, there is a dire need for waxed dental floss.
By the time this newspaper reaches most of you, you will be preparing to enter the forty days of Lent. Let us carry one another in prayer that our hearts be open to receive the ongoing gift of repentance and any other graces that are awaiting us.
In Our Lady of Combermere,
Susanne Stubbs and Mark Schlingerman (February 2008)
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