By the time you receive this issue of Restoration, we will have said good-bye to the flaming display of autumn leaves and will be welcoming the quiet of winter. It will be November or close to it: November, a time to remember our dear departed ones and to see our oneness in the bond of God’s love through the Communion of Saints.
It seems that every season brings its needs that impel us to beg for your help. In this, we are following in the footsteps of our foundress, Catherine Doherty, who begged for the needs of her community and those we serve, and taught us to do the same.
Our office staff report that they now have an abundance of regular #10 envelopes, and they offer their sincere thanks to all who sent them. They will let you know via this column when they need more.
They do need Scotch tape refills, 2012 wall and pocket calendars and planners, white correction fluid, pencil-top erasers, and 8.5 x 11 new paper for the printer.
The circulation office of this newspaper has run out of 9 x 12 envelopes to mail out bulk orders of the paper. They would appreciate envelopes of that size made of Kraft paper or poly paper, new or with return addresses that we can cover over. They also need clear packaging tape (1 - 2 inches wide) with its own small dispenser.
Those of you who have been reading this column for some time may remember a few years back when we kept begging for tennis balls until, finally, we had put them on the foot of every chair leg at St. Mary’s. (They do a wonderful job of protecting the terrazzo floors there.)
Well, some of the balls have begun to wear out and need to be replaced. So can you again send us some tennis balls? They can be any color and need not be new.
Our stout-hearted farmers are asking for heavy-duty work socks, chainsaw bar oil, and 5-inch plastic round cheese forms (about a dozen).
We are blessed to have the attentive care of our nurses. Thank you for the good supply of supplements you sent them. They are asking for cough drops, foot basins, and 24-hour allergy pills, (Claritin, No-Name, etc.).
The kitchen needs mousetraps and a 100-cup coffee urn.
Now that winter is on its way and tourists and vacationers have returned home, our mission gift shop has gone on its winter schedule of three afternoons a week. This gives the staff there more time to clean, repair, and restore the items you send. Please continue to remember them.
They would be happy to receive small and medium-size paper bags, even if they have print on them, and orange oil wood cleaner for sprucing up the beautiful wooden boxes, statues, and carved pieces that you donated.
In this month of the Holy Souls, we remember in our daily Masses and prayers, our living and deceased friends, benefactors, readers, and all who ask our prayers.
In Our Lady of Combermere,
Mark Schlingerman and Susanne Stubbs (November 2011)
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