These quiet weeks of winter between Christmas time and Lent serve us well. Immersed in our ordinary duties, we experience the depth of our Nazareth life and let it carry us ever deeper into God’s life.
As we go about our work each day, we carry you in our hearts and remember to pray for you at each of our liturgies. And we thank you for the donations you send and for remaining faithful throughout the years.
Our nurses are grateful for the over-the-counter remedies you sent. These products were a big help during the cold and flu season. The nurses now need hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, Ibuprofen (200 mg), Tylenol (extra strength and 8-hour), and cough medicine (expectorant and DM).
Our cooks are still asking for blenders. They would even be happy to have just the glass parts as replacements. They are also asking for book matches, ant traps, and medium and large wire mesh strainers or colanders. Our farm cook would like to have a 15 1/2 quart size pressure cooker.
Marie Therese, who is responsible for the cleaning department, thanks you for the cleaning supplies you donated. She is now sending out an S.O.S. for unscented hand lotion, and she also needs bottle brushes in all sizes, metal chore girls (heavy duty scrubbies for scrubbing our pots and pans), bar soap, and toothpaste.
The subscription department of Restoration is asking for heavy duty clear packaging tape, 9 x 12 envelopes (especially Tyvek, which saves postage) for mailing out bulk subscriptions, and laser labels (30 on a page).
The general office needs good-on-one-size letterhead office paper and computer paper, pens of all kinds, regular size plastic coated paper clips (for archival use) and a white-out correction pen.
Not surprisingly, we do more crafts in winter than at other times of year. Our handicraft center, St. Raphael’s, is requesting solder for stained glass, watercolor paper, floral wet foam blocks for fresh flower arrangements, and greeting card or wedding invitation size envelopes.
In winter, the farmers keep busy with animal care and cutting firewood. They need stainless steel milk cans with handles (2 to 3-gallon-size), a long probe metal food thermometer, and 18-inch bungee cords.
Our laundresses carried on valiantly for months during the renovation of St. Goupil’s, where the laundry room for the main house is located.
Somehow they managed to do the laundry for the whole community at St. Mary’s, where only the laundry of St. Mary’s community is usually done. They are asking for some Spray ‘n Wash or a similar type stain remover.
We hope you are keeping the needs of the gift shop in mind, for as most of you know, the proceeds of the shop go to the poor all over the world. Any sellable items are always welcome.
Plus, there are certain supplies that the shop always needs: silver and brass polish, small gummed price tags, and glue for repairing broken items.
Let me conclude by saying that our donation center is open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
By the time you read this column, many of you will be preparing to enter the forty days of Lent. Let us carry each other in prayer in a spirit of atonement and reparation for our sins and the sins of the world. You can count on our prayers each and every day.
In Our Lady of Combermere,
Susanne Stubbs and Mark Schlingerman (March 2011)
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