We come to you after a very hot, dry summer—at least so far. Nevertheless, the families are managing to have a wonderful season at our Cana Colony, and a good number of young people are enthusiastically taking part in our summer program.
Our orchard keeper, Mary Davis, has made good use of the water hoses and sprinklers this summer, and she is asking for more for next summer.
She is also asking for apple-size plastic balls (such as wiffle balls) and shiny multicolored plastic tape that can be cut into strips and hung with string around our raspberry patch to keep the birds away.
Many people are taking shelter from the heat in our cool gift shop, which is well-stocked with the lovely items you have donated. Here’s a list of things that are especially popular these days: men’s wallets, butter dishes, watches of all kinds, vintage rosary cases, and silver-colored rosaries and medals.
Medals of St. Florian are especially popular as he is the patron of fire-fighters and Poland. (There are a fairly large number of Polish people in our area.) The shopkeepers could also use some "shepherd hooks" for earrings.
The kitchen crew is very grateful for the hand-mixers and knives they received. Thank you! Though on really hot days, they do not use the woodstove, they still need book-matches.
They are also asking for aluminum foil, wax paper, plastic wrap, those small electric coffee grinders which they use to grind seeds, and 20 – 25 round Melmac serving bowls (the 8-inch, 1.65 quart size).
The men who look after our household electrical equipment are deeply grateful for the shop vac and dehumidifiers that were donated. They are wondering if anyone can supply them with a few tools for their electrical work: an outlet and GFCI tester, a non-contact voltage tester, and a multi-meter.
One thing that has come to their attention is that the personal appliances our European visitors bring with them have a different plug end. Can you send one or two plug adaptors that would enable their appliances to be used in our North American electrical outlets?
Cana Colony, our retreat camp for families, is greatly appreciated by the families. Thanks to your generosity, they have the household and recreational equipment that helped make their stays enjoyable. For next year, Cana will need child-size shovels for the sand pit where the smaller kids play for hours.
The farmers at St. Benedict’s Acres need C-clamps (4, 6, 8, and 10 inches) and rubber boots (size 7 ½ - 8).
Please keep the office in mind for printer paper, pens, and Scotch tape.
Are you able to send a couple of cans of men’s shaving cream? Our laymen and priests would be very grateful.
Thank you for the rubber gloves, which were put to use immediately, as we have many areas to clean. In fact, we could use a few more pairs.
Our last request is from the nurses. They need halibut oil capsules, antibiotic ointment, and vitamin D, 1000 I.U.
By the time you receive this issue of Restoration, those of you raising families will be in back-to-school mode. We want you to know that the needs of families and of priests are mentioned in our community prayer. The restoration of the family and priesthood are vital in the restoration of the world to Christ.
Rest assured that we pray for each of our benefactors every day.
In Our Lady of Combermere,
Susanne Stubbs and Mark Schlingerman (September 2012)
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