In March, we begin Lent. We enter into the sea of God’s mercy to be washed clean and forgiven. In this way, we prepare our hearts to receive the risen Christ when he comes at Easter.
Part of that cleansing process, for us as for many of you, is exterior—spring cleaning—and that includes washing windows. In these northern parts, that includes taking down, washing, and putting away the storm windows which help insulate the house in winter.
For all our window-cleaning, the cleaning department is in need of 8-inch or 12-inch squeegees. (We also use them for cleaning the showers.)
The cleaning department is also asking for the following: long-handed bottle brushes, Murphy’s Wood Soap to clean our wooden floors, and sturdy baby baths in which to pre-wash small pots.
"Bus boxes," the strong plastic containers named after the bus boys who clear the tables at restaurants, would be great for washing our silverware. (Size 15 x 21 x 7 inches works best.)
As for our personal needs, our supplies of men’s shaving cream and unscented hand lotion are low.
Through your generosity, St Martha’s Office received many beautiful calendars. They are so grateful for them, and now they have enough to supply the whole community for 2014. On the other hand, they are still in need of Scotch tape and white-out.
Through your generosity, the nursing department is well-stocked these days. The nurses just have two requests: Band-Aids and regular strength aspirin.
The H.E.L.P. department (heating, electricity, landscaping, and plumbing) is asking for outdoor and indoor thermometers, small flashlights, 8-inch (or larger) adjustable crescent wrenches, and strong epoxy glue.
Once again, we thank you for your generosity. After Lent is over, may all of us come into the great joy of Easter.
In Our Lady of Combermere.
Susanne Stubbs and Mark Schlingerman (March 2014)
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