Posted September 23, 2008 in One Man's Scrap:
One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (September 2008)

The events of the summer are leaving us a bit breathless and amazed at all God is doing in the world and in Madonna House. Summer began with the Eucharistic Congress, which a number of us attended, followed shortly by our returning Catherine’s Order of Canada medal, and World Youth Day in Australia, which one of our priests attended. Meanwhile, our own summer program for young people and Cana Colony were in full swing.

Our needs have kept pace with all this activity. Before we begin to tell you what they are, we want to extend a heartfelt thank you for all you have provided. We even received the treadmill, for which we begged in this column a few months ago. Thank you!

St. Anne’s, our dorm for male guests, is being renovated and enlarged to accommodate more men. If anyone has any laminate flooring (CHIC) remnants, the team working on this project could use them. Any color will do. They are also asking for vinyl or linoleum tiles (1-foot square), countertops and cabinets for the kitchen area, white or light-colored paint (especially primer), and 30-inch mattresses.

Our household and personal grooming needs are: rubber gloves (especially medium size), yacht mops, dustpans, scrubbies of all kinds (especially metal and green abrasive), grill stones for cleaning wood stoves, deodorant, and shaving cream. We are completely out of shaving cream.

Our gift shop has many customers whose purchases help missionaries serve the poor in several areas of the world. It is your donations that make this possible. Here’s a list of especially popular items: fountain pens, sets of small coffee spoons, Bunnykins children’s china (bowls, mugs, etc.), Russian nesting dolls and enamel boxes, glass paperweights, jewelry, and watches (especially men’s watches).

Did you collect Red Rose Tea figurines as a child? They are now collectible and in demand. If you have any that you are willing to part with, please send them to us. Wade Whimsies, too.

The gardeners need bone meal and women’s size rubber boots, and the St. Mary’s community would love to have a walkie-talkie for communicating from one end of their long, long hallways to the other. Do you have a set you no longer need that you could send us?

The office staff rarely ask for anything unusual, and this time is no exception. They need: #10 white envelopes, 8 1/2 x 11 paper (even if it is only good on one side), and ball point pens. Right now they are especially in need of White-Out Correction Fluid.

A few of us who have allergies would welcome the relief given by 24-hour antihistamines and Benadryl Cream or the generic equivalent. Other health needs are antibiotic ointment, Refresh (or similar) Eye Wash, acidophilus, 50 mg vitamin B-complex, and heavy mineral oil.

As the years go by, we appreciate even more deeply all you have done and are doing to support our apostolate. We believe that with Christ as our cornerstone and our friends and benefactors as the mortar, these rough-hewn stones that we are can stand firm and persevere in this life. And for that we give thanks every day.

In Our Lady of Combermere,
Mark Schlingerman and Susanne Stubbs (September 2008)


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