Christ is risen! Alleluia! By the time you receive this issue of our newspaper, we will all be proclaiming our great joy in Our Lord’s Resurrection.
In the light of this Easter joy, our ordinary life, as well as yours, takes on a new meaning. Even our begging for our humble everyday needs takes its meaning from its participation in God’s kingdom.
One of our joys here is to greet old and new friends in our mission shop, which is stocked with merchandise you have donated, with crafts we have made, and with Madonna House books. Our customers are glad to know that the proceeds of their purchases will support missionaries in several places around the world.
Thank you for your recent donations of brass, copper, and silver-plated items for the shop. To restore these lovely pieces for selling, we need non-toxic brass polish, such as MET-ALL, which comes in both cans and tubes.
Many mailings have gone forth from our office in the last while, such as this issue of Restoration, our semi-annual begging letter, and flyers announcing our summer program.
All of these have made a dent in our paper and envelope supply. We would appreciate any letterhead office paper you no longer need as well as good-on-one-side paper for printer use. Besides paper, we need Scotch tape, regular size plastic-coated paper clips, and pens of any kind.
Our nurses need to re-stock a few analgesics that we use from time to time, such as Ibuprofen (200 mg), Aleve (220 mg), Extra-Strength Tylenol and Tylenol Arthritis. They are also asking for Refresh Eye Drops, regular-size band-aids, and a 3-hole binder with 3-inch rings for a special project.
Marie-Thérese McLaughlin, who is responsible for the cleaning department, is asking for the following cleaning aids: heavy duty scouring pads (such as chore girls), bottle brushes with long handles, and toilet brushes for outdoor jons. The grooming cupboard is very low on soap bars, toothpaste, and unscented hand lotion.
As we mentioned in our last issue, our audio department has been transferring Catherine’s tape recorded talks into digital format and we would now like to make them available in the MP3 format. So if any of you has a simple MP3 player that you’re willing to part with, we could make good use of it.
Our last request comes from the farm. They would like 10 and 12-inch adjustable wrenches.
We carry your needs in prayer each day and call down blessings on your families. We are grateful for all you share with us.
In Our Lady of Combermere,
Susanne Stubbs and Mark Schlingerman (May-June 2011)
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