In November we will be remembering in a special way those who have died. This year our commemoration will include not only our deceased members, friends, and benefactors, but also the victims of the recent hurricanes and other natural disasters. It is consoling to be reminded how deeply connected we are in the communion of saints.
Thank you for providing for the needs of our apostolate. Our gratitude goes deep, for we know we would not be able to provide for them on our own. In particular, thank you for the 2-way radio (walkie-talkie) that we begged for and received. This is for us a reminder that God, through our friends, provides for even our unusual needs.
This month we have another unusual need: Peter Anzlin, our cheese maker, is asking for a ph meter kit so he can refine his process.
The laundry is completely out of spray starch. Since it is only used for certain altar linens, one container lasts quite a while. They also need Woolite and laundry bar soap, such as Sunlight.
The nurses are preparing for the inevitable winter flu season. Can you help by sending cough drops, 24-hour long-acting antihistamine, expectorant and expectorant/DM without decongestant? They are also low on Band-Aids.
Cana Colony will need adult-size life jackets and a family-size crockpot for next summer.
The men work hard to maintain the various kinds of electrical equipment we use in the many corners of our apostolate.
They are requesting a few supplies: batteries (all sizes from AAA to D), duct tape (especially ¾ in. to 1 inch), electrical tape, 2 and 3 prong plugs (both male and female ends) for appliance and extension cord repairs, a portable air compressor with a less than 3 gallon tank, and a clamp-on Amp (Amperes) meter for measuring the electrical current flowing through a wire.
In a family as large as ours, kitchen equipment gets a lot of use and needs to be replaced from time to time. Recently two of our coffee urns stopped working. Do you have a 75-cup or 100-cup coffeemaker that you can send us to replace them?
Other kitchen needs are: a 15-20 quart pressure cooker, long-handled spatulas for our tall food buckets, small vegetable brushes, and twist-ties for plastic bags.
Thank you for keeping our offices supplied with paper and envelopes. We could use some more 8 ½ by 11 white paper—both good and what we call "good-on-one-side." (This latter kind we use for scrap paper.) And as always, we need some #10 envelopes.
Besides these ongoing needs, the office is asking for ballpoint pens, black felt-tip markers with wide tips, and standard-size plastic-coated paper clips.
Our Restoration office is in great need of envelopes 9x12, 9x15, and larger to mail out the bulk orders of the paper each month. They will gladly cover over return addresses. And they are still praying for a metric scale for mail weighing up to 5 kg.
Please keep our gardeners in mind if you are getting rid of rubber boots and can manage to get them to us. Both men and women gardeners would be very grateful to have them for next year.
Lastly, we are getting low on a few household items: dental floss, shaving cream, and rubber gloves (medium and large).
It continues to touch us that you read this begging column so faithfully and respond with such generosity.
You may not always be able to send something, but there’s one thing that we always need from you and that you can always give us, and that is your prayers. We need this prayer support in order to remain faithful to our calling and to carry on our foundress’ spirit. We, too, carry you in our prayers and present your needs at Mass each day.
In Our Lady of Combermere,
Mark Schlingerman and Susanne Stubbs (November 2008)
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