At Easter, filled with the radiance of the Resurrection, we will sing over and over, "Christ is risen! Truly he is risen!"
Would any of you be able to help us with two musical needs? We have a set of 78 rpm records of lessons in Gregorian Chant but no record player to play them. One player did come in donation, but it has no needle—a BSR McDonald (a K-Mart brand). No serial or model number is on it. Do you have a needle for this brand? Or would you have a 78 rpm record player you would be willing to part with?
Our second music-related request is for books by Cornelius L. Reid, particularly The Free Voice and Bel Canto, but later works would be welcome, too.
The kitchen staff were glad to receive the can openers you sent. Thank you! Would you be willing to save glass juice bottles for us? We can use all sizes from 6 ounces on up.
Our carpenters are wondering if somebody can donate a large shop vacuum cleaner.
One of our craftspeople spent a good deal of time this winter stripping and refinishing antique furniture. She is asking for wood stains (small tin size) to continue this restoration work. Other craft needs are felt tip calligraphy pens and twin needles for machine sewing.
We are very grateful for the paper and other office supplies you have provided for us. With the amount of corresponding we do, we go through lots of paper and envelopes. Our current needs are: #10 airmail envelopes, Scotch tape with adhesive on both sides, a white-out pencil, and retractable erasers.
The Restoration subscription department needs clear packing tape for bundle subscriptions. Smaller rolls are especially helpful.
Now for our household needs: rubber toilet plungers, rubber gloves (medium and large), and toothbrushes. The laundry needs steam irons and Sunlight or Fels Naptha laundry bar soap.
Your donations of over-the-counter meds have been a tremendous help during the flu season, but now many of our supplies need to be replenished. We need cough drops such as Fisherman’s Friend, cough medicine (both expectorant and expectorant plus DM), thermometers (non-mercury and non-digital), and decongestant tablets such as Sudafed. Other needs are milk of magnesia, rubbing alcohol (70%-99% if possible), winter boot ice grips, muscle relaxants, multi-vitamins (with and without iron), magnesium (250 mg and 500 mg).
If your parish has changed to artificial candles, our sacristan would be happy to have any beeswax candles that are no longer needed, especially acolyte candles, one inch in diameter and 18 inches or more in length.
Please keep our gift shop in mind when you do your spring cleaning. We welcome your sellable donations that bring money for the poor throughout the world. And for polishing donated silver and brass, we have an ongoing need for ammonia and brass and silver polish.
You are in our prayers; please remember us in yours. And when you sing your Easter hymns, may your hearts be filled with the joy of the Risen Lord. May he do marvelous things in you.
In Our Lady of Combermere,
Susanne Stubbs and Mark Schlingerman (April 2010)
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