Greetings and a Happy New Year to all of you. May the Lord set your hearts on fire! May the Holy Spirit, the Wind, make of your fire a bonfire full of love, the incense of which will reach God the Father! Alleluia!
We are so grateful for the support you have shown us during the past year. You have provided for us generously and beautifully. Truly it was the flame of your love that impelled you to become benefactors of our apostolate.
With the help of your donations, our office staff has been carrying on with their tasks. Thank you for keeping them supplied with paper and envelopes, which are their main ongoing needs. This month, can you send us some clear packing tape, 1 inch or wider, and some paper shredders? The small, strip-cut models that fit across waste baskets work well for us.
The staff in the handicraft center offer their thanks for the variety of materials you sent for their work of restoring donated items to be sold in our gift shop. These donations spread happiness around: the sale of the restored items both earns money for the poor of the world and makes the customers happy. This month the handicraft department is asking for glockenspiel candles, watercolor paper (200-400 weight), card stock paper (all colors for making cards to be sold in our gift shop), and Plexiglas scraps for making batts for pottery wheels. The batts need to be at least 10" by 10" and 3/8 inch thick.
If you have any empty CD jewel cases to spare, please keep our publications department in mind.
Our nurses would be happy to receive tennis elbow braces, plain calcium (500 mg.), Ricola Natural Honey Herb Cough Drops, halibut liver oil capsules, and vitamins A, D, and E (200 i.u.).
As we ponder God’s goodness to us during the past year, our hearts are full of gratitude for you, our friends and benefactors, for we are so aware that so much comes to us through your generosity. May God bless all of you and fill your lives with peace, order, and joy.
In Our Lady of Combermere,
Susanne Stubbs and Mark Schlingerman.
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