"Come, thou long-expected Jesus … Dear Desired of every nation, joy of every longing heart." These lines from one of our Advent hymns express well the song of our hearts. As we go about the ordinary tasks of our daily life, we have much to be grateful for.
St. Martha’s office staff send a big "thank you" for the office supplies that were donated. They are still asking for 2012 calendars (especially religious ones), wall and pocket-size planners, and scotch tape refills for desktop dispensers.
As for paper, they have an ongoing need for 8.5 x 11 letterhead paper that you are no longer using (they can cover up the letterhead) and for plain printer paper.
As they mentioned last time, they have an abundance of regular #10 envelopes, but they do need #10 security envelopes.
The Restoration subscription department wants to thank your for the box of 9 x 12 Kraft envelopes someone sent. They can use more of these for mailing multiple copies of the paper.
At St. Benedict’s Acres, the farmers are happy to report that they had a good growing season and harvest. Now in winter, much of their work, besides animal care and dairy work, is cutting firewood for our cook stoves and heating stoves. So they very much appreciate the chainsaw bar oil they received, and they will need a bit more to get them through the season.
They also want to thank you for the bungee cords and rope. Their only other request is for cotton work socks.
The history of Madonna House and of Catherine Doherty are being well-preserved in our archives department. The archivists are asking for 3-ring binders with 2-1- ½ inch square "rings" for organizing their material.
Although the summer crowds are long gone, our gift shop is still busy with customers on the three afternoons a week they are open. Among other things, people are looking for Christmas gifts. The bracelets and other jewelry you sent are selling well, so there is always need for more.
Some of the other items that sell well are: chess sets, shawls, men’s watches, gifts for men and boys for occasions such as birthdays, Baptism, and Confirmation. Small lamps, 10-12 inches, also sell well.
Whoever sent the book about chaplets, thank you so much. It is such a good resource for our customers when they purchase a chaplet.
With winter comes an increase of coughs and colds. Can you send us cough drops and cough/cold syrup? We also need cortisone cream 0.5%
Marie-Thérèse McLaughlin, who oversees our household cleaning, is asking for rubber gloves, especially medium and large, and heavy duty coarse garage push brooms (the kind that are made for concrete).
And before we close, let us mention 2-inch wide clear packing tape which we need for mailing parcels.
As we approach this holy season of waiting and preparation, our prayer for each of you and each of us is that we will let desire grow in our hearts for the "long expected One."
And may we take this opportunity to wish you a joyous and peace-filled celebration of Christ’s birth on earth.
In Our Lady of Combermere,
Susanne Stubbs and Mark Schlingerman (December 2011)
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