GCW Recognized, News for this week, and Looking ahead to Thanksgiving and Advent
GCW RECOGNIZED BY ACCHH: This past week, the Gainesville Catholic Worker received a Community Service Award from the Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry. The award was for being an Outstanding Faith-Based Organization providing services to the homeless. We are honored and humbled to be recognized in this way by the ACCHH. Gloria and Dave Chynoweth represented GCW in accepting the award this past Thursday at the Breakfast on the Plaza sponsored by ACCHH. The plaque is on display at the Green House.
ROUNDTABLE–THURSDAY, 11/21: We will be hosting our monthly roundtable on 11/21 from 6:30-8pm at the Green House. We will share a potluck dinner, and discuss chapter 3 of the book All the Way to Heaven: A Theological Reflection on Dorothy Day, Peter Maurin, and the Catholic Worker. All are welcome, even if you have not read the book! One or two copies are available at the house if you would like to borrow one. Also, this will be followed by a GCW business meeting from 8-9pm for those who are interested in sticking around for that.
DOROTHY’S CAFÉ: We had another wonderful cafe this past week; thank you so much to all the volunteers who came out to help us serve a nutritious home-cooked meal in a hospitable atmosphere, particularly those volunteers who came for the first time. We can still use more volunteers this coming week, especially with prep. Preparation from 9:30-12, serving/clean-up from 12-2:30, and clean-up from 2:30-3:30. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or sign up here.
COFFEE SHOPS: Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings from 7:30-9:30 (volunteers asked to arrive at 7:15 if possible). We could still use more volunteers, particularly for cleanup which is from about 9:30-10:30 AM. Breakfast foods such as baked goods, hard boiled eggs, juice, etc. can be dropped off Monday, and Thursday evenings from 6-8:30pm, or the morning of each coffee shop at 7:15. If you plan to bring food, please contact us at email@example.com to let us know so that we can plan accordingly.
MICROFARM WORKDAYS: This coming Saturday from 8:30 AM-12:00 PM will be another workday at Black Acres Microfarm (BAM). Also, each Thursday morning from 8-11:30 (including this Thursday, 11/21) is also a workday at BAM. Contact Jade Allen via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (352-337-0817) for questions &/or directions to BAM.
ART-FOR-ALL: Every Saturday from 2-5pm at the Green House, come help craft items for our upcoming Open House and Holiday Sale. No experience is necessary and all materials are provided. Children are welcome. Our project this Saturday is more jam making, jar decorating, and card making.
LOOKING AHEAD TO THANKSGIVING WEEK: Please note that the house will maintain its regular schedule Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week, with coffee shops both those mornings (11/25 and 26). However, we will not be open the rest that week. To any high school students out there looking for community service hours while you are out of school that week, perhaps you would like to help with coffee shop that Monday or Tuesday? Or at the Microfarm on Monday morning, 11/25? Or we can find other jobs for you to do around the house—just let us know by contacting email@example.com
LOOKING AHEAD TO DECEMBER: We will be holding our Open House and Holiday Sale at the Green House on December 7 from 1-4pm, at which we will be selling the various items the Art-for-All crew has been crafting all fall (and which would make wonderful gifts!). Also, mark your calendars for Mondays in Advent—December 2, 9, and 16 (but NOT the 23rd) from 7:30-9pm. We will be sharing Advent Compline (Night Prayer) each of those Mondays, followed by a Bible study in which we take a closer look at the stories of Jesus’ birth in Matthew and Luke. Please join us!
THANK YOU’S: We are so grateful to Strongtree and Sweetwater for the delicious fair-trade organic coffee, Porters Community Farm, Black Acres Microfarm, and the farmers from the 441 Farmer’s Market for the fresh produce, Doreen for the locally raised eggs, and Habitat Re-Store for the jackets and warm clothing. Thank you, all, from the bottom of our hearts!
QUOTATION OF THE WEEK: From Chapter Two of All the Way to Heaven: A Theological Reflection on Dorothy Day, Peter Maurin, and the Catholic Worker by Lawrence Holben:
Dorothy Day often identified the doctrine of the Mystical Body of Christ as the basis for everything the Catholic Worker is and does. This somewhat startling claim is based upon the fact that, with numerous mystics and theologians before her, Day saw in the Mystical Body of Christ an expression of an indissoluble, eternal interconnection of human beings with God and with each other…
…No longer is it merely a matter of law that we should care for the weak, minister to the poor, protect the exploited. Rather, as St. Paul points out, it is…a matter of what we might call enlightened self-interest that we do so. This is because if any part of the Body suffers, we all suffer. Whether we see it or not, every time human life is diminished, every time a woman or man agonizes needlessly, every time hope is extinguished, every time injustice prevails, we are each in a fundamental and profound way wounded.
…[T]he traditional “corporal works of mercy”…cease to be what they always risk becoming in conventional “charity”—a condescending legalism in which one doles out a tithe to the “unfortunate” (with one eye on a promised heavenly reward). Rather, those works are a necessary response to family, to the Head of the family Himself, the incarnate Christ meeting us—as Mother Teresa has often put it—“in His most distressing disguise.”