This summer has been a grace-filled time, and we are truly grateful. Among our many blessings was a joyful picnic celebration for the 50th anniversary of the blessing of the statue of Our Lady of Combermere.
Another was the teachings and activities of our summer program, which were a vehicle of grace for us as well as our visitors. The list could go on.
The flower gardens have delighted us all summer, and the gardens and fields are providing food for our table. Mary Davis, who looks after our apple orchards is asking for apple-size plastic balls. She paints them red and puts sticky stuff on them to catch the flies that would spoil our apples.
She will also be needing rain jackets and pants for autumn work and bone meal and blood meal as well.
The laundress has been busier than usual, laundering the bedding and other linens for our Cana Colony retreat camp. Her only request is for laundry marking pens.
Our kitchen team has had a hot time of it during the summer heat wave, but by pacing themselves they survived and served good hearty meals for the summer crowd. They need waxed paper.
Thank you for your ongoing donations of office supplies. We would be happy to receive ballpoint pens, regular Scotch tape, 1-inch packing tape, #10 envelopes, and paper: such as printer paper, computer paper, and 8½ by 11 paper including "good-on-one-side" which we use for scrap paper.
Factually, we can use any kind of paper. We do lots of communicating.
For the fall cleaning, Marie-Thérèse is looking for a few wide squeegees (12 – 16 inches) for cleaning our many windows. She’s very grateful for the shaving cream and toothbrushes that were sent.
We are certainly blessed to have a couple of nurses who attend to the health needs of our large family. With the help of the products you send, they do a great job.
Here’s a list of this month’s needs: tennis elbow braces, Band-Aides (regular and knuckle), Benadryl itch relief or something similar, vitamin D (1000 mg), vitamin B-6 (50 mg & 100 mg), and multivitamins.
Thank you for reading this column and for staying in touch with us. We are ever so grateful for your support and prayers, and we pray for your needs each day in our community prayers and liturgies.
In Our Lady of Combermere,
Susanne Stubbs and Mark Schlingerman (September 2010)
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