Ah, spring! After a cold winter, the sun’s life-giving rays once again bring cheer to the earth. And even during Lent, a glorious Easter casts its rays on us as we approach the sacred celebrations.
In fact, not only nature, but every facet of our lives is called forth to new life and growth. This is especially evident in the publications department. Because of the foresight of some of our pioneers, especially Fr. John Callahan who had us tape Catherine’s talks, we now have tape recordings of her speaking on many subjects.
And now our audio department is transferring these talks into digital format, and we would like to make them available in the MP3 format. If any of you have any simple MP3 players in working order that you could donate to us, we would be most grateful.
The office staff are so grateful for the reams of printer paper and the pens you sent them. Thank you! Their only requests this month are: 9x 12 envelopes and regular size plastic-coated paper clips.
Your donations of vitamins and simple medications are much appreciated. Now may we count on you for these particular ones? Aleve (220 mg), Ibuprofen, Extra Strength Tylenol, DM and expectorant cough syrup, and plain expectorant.
Our librarians still access books the old fashioned way, using 3 x 5 index cards for each book. If someone could send a package of pale yellow index cards, it would allow them to do some color coding. They are also asking for CD players for group listening.
Patrick Stewart, the cheese-maker at the farm, would very much like to have some long waterproof aprons for the cheese house and the milking parlor. Can anyone spare one or two?
The families at our Cana Colony retreat camp will be needing one or two refrigerators, about 17-19 cu. ft. in size. They could also use some chest freezers—anything larger than 7 cu. ft.
Can you help Marie-Thérese McLaughlin stock our grooming supply cupboard? We need unscented hand lotion, soap bars (unscented if possible), toothpaste, and shampoo.
We are blessed to have the craft supplies you have been sending for the many projects we do at our handicraft center. Here are a few things that we currently need: solder for stained glass, 8 ½ x 11 colored paper, wet floral foam (oasis) for fresh flower arrangements, and 1-inch masking tape.
Thank you for your constant support, your love, your prayers, and your gifts. As we prepare together for the great celebration of the Resurrection of Our Lord, let us be filled with hope and joy as we proclaim: Christ is risen! Truly he is risen! Alleluia!
In Our Lady of Combermere,
Susanne Stubbs and Mark Schlingerman (April 2011)
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