Monthly Archives: October 2012

HOUSE NEWS: Blankets needed! Also a pre-election roundtable, Art for All, more!

Click here to see an entire list of what is happening this week at the Gainesville Catholic Worker.

BLANKET DONATIONS NEEDED: Tonight is set to get down into the 40’s and we know that folks are going to start coming by to see if we have any extra blankets to give out. For our friends on the street, and even some of our friends who have shelter but no heat, blankets are a necessity when the weather turns cooler. We hope you’ll consider dropping off any old blankets, sleeping bags, etc. that you may have around the house. Best time to drop them off is each day between 1-5pm, but even if no one is here to answer the door, you can leave them on the front stoop. For our friends who are sleeping outside and already have blankets, we let them know that if their blankets get dirty or wet, they can bring them to the house and swap them out for a clean blanket. We then wash their old blankets and pass them on to someone else who needs them.

PRE-ELECTION ROUNDTABLE: On Thursday at 6:30pm, we’ll host the monthly roundtable and potluck dinner, discussing the upcoming election. We’ll ask a few regular speakers from Roundtables past to share a short synopsis of what most stands out to them about this year’s election, then we’ll open it up for a discussion among everyone attending. If you can bring a dish to share, that would be great. Thanks!

KNITTING FOR THOSE WHO WILL BE COLD: Come join the Green House Knitters on Monday night, 7:30-9:30pm, and knit a hat or scarf for one of our friends from the street who will need it this winter. Learn to knit, work on a personal project, enjoy the company (and the fire if it is cold enough!)–whatever works for you!

ART FOR ALL THIS WEEK: From 1-4pm at the house this Saturday, artists and crafters will be making beautiful things like the quilting squares turned into welcoming flags which hang above the front door at the GCW (see the photo at the top of this post). Linda Gardner and Mary Peer, two leaders of the Art for All project, created them! Everyone is welcome to come, whether for the whole time or whatever time you can spare!

Hope you’ll drop by and help out at the cafe this week, or join us for anything else going on!

HOUSE NEWS: On tap for this week

Click here to see an entire list of what is happening this week at the Gainesville Catholic Worker.

Some of what is on tap for this week:

  • Green House Knitters tonight (Monday) from 7:30-9:30pm
  • Dorothy’s Cafe on Wednesday, help out anytime between 10am and 4:30pm
  • Scripture Study on Luke’s gospel, Thursday 7-8:15pm
  • Monthly Workday at the Microfarm, Saturday, anytime between 9am and noon (see website for details)
  • Scripture presentation at Holy Faith Catholic Church, 9:30am on Saturday

HOUSE NEWS: Need help at Cafe! Art for All this weekend

Click here to see an entire list of what is happening this week at the Gainesville Catholic Worker.

Just a late quick note to ask your help and invite your participation in various activities at the GCW this week…

NEED CAFE HELP: We need extra help at the cafe this week if you’re available and can give some time. We especially need help Wednesday morning, from 10-12:30, with preparation. Serving is from 12:30-3:30, with clean-up between 3-4:30pm. Join us if you can, especially in the morning this week!

CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS AT ART FOR ALL: The Art for All gang will be making Christmas and holiday decorations, including paper crane ornaments, this weekend on Saturday from 1-4pm. No skill is necessary! Come and we will teach you how to do it.

A FEW EXTRACURRICULARS: Lectures this week from a variety of folks are happening in and around Gainesville. See the Christian Study Center’s website for info on their “Seeing Justice, Seeking Justice” series, which features Dr. Nicholas Wolterstorff with two presentations, 11:45am and 6:15pm on Wednesday. Also, good friend to the GCW Tom Rinkoski will start a class on Vatican II at Holy Faith Catholic Church, with the first session happening at 7pm this Wednesday. There is a cost involved so email Tom at for more info. And biblical scholar John Dominic Crossan is at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church downtown at 11am and 6:30pm also on Wednesday.

HOUSE NEWS: Cafe is back on!

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We’re happy to say that Dorothy’s Farmers Market Cafe is back on this week after a two-week hiatus as we got our sink repaired and some plumbing problems straightened out. We’re looking forward to seeing our regular volunteers at your regular times on Wednesday, and we invite anyone else interested in sharing a good meal or helping out to join us. Prep work starts at 10am and goes through 12:30pm, we start serving at 12:30pm, and we close up at 3:30pm, with cleaning ongoing from about 3pm until 4:30pm. We need help on any of those shifts!

We wanted to extend a special thanks to Tom Rinkoski who shared his stories of the Catholic Worker with us this past Thursday at the Roundtable. We had an enlightening discussion and enjoyed one another’s company. The next Roundtable will be Thursday, November 1st; for the next few Thursdays, we’ll continue our study of the gospel of Luke for whomever wants to join us, 7-8:15pm.

Thanks again to everyone for your patience as we got things fixed in the kitchen these past two weeks. Hope to see you soon!

HOUSE NEWS: Roundtable kicks off our anniversary month; Cafe still in a holding pattern

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October is the anniversary month of the Gainesville Catholic Worker. We started, as some of you know, in a little, falling-apart house just two blocks from our current location in October 2000. I still remember our first guests at the house, Eddie (who I’ve known for nearly twenty years), his wife and their two kids. I still see Eddie around town every once in a while and he’ll come by the cafe every other month or so. We’ve come a long way since then, seen dozens of community members spend a semester or year or longer with us, over 300 guests have stayed with us for a cumulative total of over 4,000 nights, I would hazard that we’ve had over 1,000 different people volunteer with us in some capacity over the last 12 years, and we’ve seen and experienced all kinds of ups and downs in this wild experiment. We’re gonna celebrate our 12 years (over 8 years in the Green House now) with a variety of events this month and we hope you’ll join us when you’re able. The first anniversary event for th month is the First Thursday Roundtable this week (see below)…

STORYLINES FROM A CATHOLIC “WORKER”: On Thursday this week, at 6:30pm, our First Thursday Roundtable is “Storylines from a Catholic ‘Worker’”, with Tom Rinkoski. Tom will share random thoughts and reflections from a dude who’s worked in the Catholic Church a very long time and the places and Catholic Worker folk he’s met who have infected his life and spirituality. Tom has crossed paths with the Catholic Worker movement in various cities across the United States. He’s been in parishes deeply connected and listened to others trying hard to keep their distance.  Although he never personally met Dorothy Day he has chatted with many who did. Tom is currently a free range pastoral agent, not directly employed by any particular Catholic Church. Over a course of 40 years in church ministry he has served in a wide variety of parish and diocesan ministries. Tom is married to a very patient lady and is a parent and grandparent. Bring a dish to share if you can!

CAFE CLOSED FOR SECOND WEEK: Our sink and plumbing problems are still not quite resolved, and so we’re canceling Dorothy’s Cafe for one more week. We’re confident that we’ll have our sink back (it’s getting fixed at the welders) at some point on Wednesday or Thursday of this week, and now that the tree which was causing our plumbing problems is gone, the plumbers will be fixing those pipes this week too we hope. Sorry again for the inconvenience, but look for the cafe to restart next week. But NO CAFE this week.

ARTISTS AND CRAFTERS UNITE! Art for All is back on this Saturday. If you’re into arts and crafts, community, creativity and so on, join us Saturday from 1-4pm. Local artists and crafters help teach friends, guests, community members and anyone who shows up different kinds of work for pleasure and to sell.

Thanks to all of you who have so thoroughly blessed us these past 12 years! Hope you’ll continue on with us this 13th year and continue to share your gifts, presence, and kindness.