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