ART FOR ALL Open House/Holiday Sale, Advent Compline and Scripture Study, and more…

ART FOR ALL OPEN HOUSE AND HOLIDAY SALE: Come celebrate the season, share some holiday refreshments, and see the beautiful and creative arts and crafts made from “up-cycled” material at our ART FOR ALL weekly workshops this fall. Items include homemade jam, ornaments, earrings, paper cranes, and more, and would make wonderful gifts. Proceeds support the Gainesville Catholic Worker and participating artists. The GCW “Green House” is located at 218 NW 2nd Avenue in downtown Gainesville.  Find our facebook event page here and help spread the word!


ADVENT COMPLINE AND BIBLE STUDY: Beginning this Monday, December 2, and continuing on Monday Dec. 9, and Monday, Dec.16 (but NOT the 23rd) we will be sharing Advent Compline (Night Prayer), followed by a scripture study in which we take a closer look at the stories of Jesus’ birth .  On the 2nd we will focus on the infancy narrative in Matthew, and on the 9th and 16th we will look at Luke’s.  We will pay close attention to what these stories really say (and don’t say) and consider the implications for our understanding of Jesus in these two gospels.  The prayer time will last roughly from about 7:30-8, and the scripture study from 8-9; you are welcome to come just to one or the other.  Please join us, and invite any friends who might be interested.  All are welcome!  Contact  for more information.

PRAYER SERVICE ON SUNDAY DECEMBER 1st: The Open Table community will be holding its monthly prayer service and potluck Sunday, December 1st beginning at 4pm at the Green House.  Please join us as we begin our Advent journey together.  All are welcome!  Contact for more information.

COFFEE SHOPSMonday, Tuesday, and Friday Mornings from 7:30-9:30 we will be having our usual coffee shops–volunteers asked to arrive at 7:15 if possible.  Volunteers are also needed for cleanup from about 9:30-10:30 AM.  Donations of breakfast foods are welcome—contact to sign up to volunteer or to bring food.

DOROTHY’S CAFÉ: Come help us prepare and serve a nutritious home-cooked meal in a hospitable atmosphere this Wednesday.  Preparation is from 9:30-12, serving/clean-up from 12-2:30, and clean-up from 2:30-3:30.  Contact us at for more information or sign up here.

MICROFARM MORNINGCome help at Black Acres Microfarm this Thursday morning from 8am-11:30.  Volunteers are desperately needed.  We have had almost no volunteers at any of the microfarm workdays this fall.  BAM is essential to the work of the Green House because it donates almost all that it produces to GCW.   Contact Jade Allen via email ( or phone (352-337-0817) for questions &/or directions to BAM.

QUOTATION OF THE WEEK: From Chapter Three of All the Way to Heaven: A Theological Reflection on Dorothy Day, Peter Maurin, and the Catholic Worker by Lawrence Holben, quoting Dorothy Day:

No one asked us to do this work.  The mayor of the city did not come along and ask us to run a bread line or a hospice to supplement the municipal lodging house.  Nor did the Bishop or Cardinal ask that we help out the Catholic Charities in their endeavor to help the poor.  No one asked us to start an agency or an institution of any kind.  On our responsibility, because we are our brother’s keeper, because of a sense of personal responsibility, we began to try to see Christ in each one that came to us.  If a man came to us hungry, there was always something in the ice box. If he needed a bed and we were crowded, there was always a quarter around to by a bed on the Bowery.  If he needed clothes, there were our friends to be appealed to, after we had taken the extra coat out of the closet first, of course.


–Dorothy Day


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