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HOUSE NEWS: Blue House Pants begins, Thursday Mass, and more

Dear friends,

For a complete list of what is happening at the house this week, click here.

BLUE HOUSE PANTS BEGINS: A new project at the GCW! Kelli will write more about this in the weeks to come, but in a nutshell, if you know how to sew or want to learn to sew, join us twice-monthly to make “Blue House Pants.” At first, we’ll just be taking old fabric and using it to make pants, boxers, pajamas, etc. Our hope is that this work might turn into a real cottage industry down the line. Drop in to help anytime this Saturday between 10am and 3pm!

DEPRESSION AND DEPRESSION: Many of you are familiar with Kelli’s blog on “learning to live locally.” In recent days she’s been writing on several interesting topics, but most particularly, we wanted to share this blog post she wrote on our ongoing economic collapse and the emotional/spiritual repercussions of it. It’s interesting that the word “depression” has both economic and emotional/psychological/spiritual connotations. To read Kelli’s blog post, just click here.

OBSERVING LENT WITH THE GCW: As some of you might notice, this update is getting out about 2 days later than usual. Blame it on the liturgical season of Lent, that time of 40 days of preparation and repentance just before Easter. The direct blame is that as part of our Lenten discipline this year, as a community we are foregoing or “fasting” from electricity after sunset each day. No electric lights, television, computers, ovens, etc. And since I usually do this late Sunday nights… well, there you have it. If you’re interested in making the GCW part of your Lenten observance, click here for some past ideas that folks have had and some things we have planned for the next 40 days.

MONTHLY MASS AT THE GCW THIS THURSDAY: Join us this Thursday for our monthly Mass, celebrated by Fr. John Phillips, in lieu of our usual Roundtable. Mass will start at 6pm with dinner to follow. Bring a dish to share if you can.

SPRING BREAK MEANS SKELETON SCHEDULE: Next week is Spring Break for UF (and Santa Fe??) and that means we’ll be on a “skeleton schedule” at the house. We’ll still do next Wednesday’s Dorothy’s Cafe as well as next Friday’s Breakfast Brigade, but everything else–Roundtable, Scripture Study, etc–we’ll skip. If you’re going to be around, we can use extra help for both the cafe and BB next week since our regulars will be gone for the most part. So if you usually have a conflict–next week is your chance!

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In peace,


HOUSE NEWS: Observing Lent with the GCW

The Way of the Cross 2008

The Way of the Cross 2008

The season of Lent, a time for reflection, repentance, prayer, and almsgiving, begins on Ash Wednesday, February 25. Over the past eight years, some folks have made it part of their Lenten discipline to become more involved in some of the activities here at the Jubilee House. If you’re interested, here are some ways to plug in. You can also always check out our weekly calendar for details on what is happening.

Pray with us at Tuesdays or Fridays, Morning Prayer – 7:30-8am at the House.

Sponsor or help out at the Breakfast Brigade – Fridays, 4:15am – 7am; Serve a healthy, tasty breakfast to hungry folks at the day labor pools. Or buy breakfast – we serve up to 120 people/week for about $120-150.

Volunteer at Dorothy’s Café – Every Wednesday, and the first and third Sundays of each month; Help to prepare the soup, learn to bake the bread, serve, eat, and/or clean up. Prep on Wednesdays begins at 9:30am and clean-up is over around 6pm. On Sundays, prep begins at 11am and clean-up is over by 6pm.

Participate in Scripture Study – Tuesdays, 2:30-4pm.This semester we’re looking at the readings for each Sunday in the traditional reading cycle of many churches. We’ll be studying the gospel readings that lead up to Easter during the Lenten season. To see the schedule for readings, click here.

Join us at the Roundtable – Thursdays, 6-7:30pm; each week we share a potluck dinner while a guest speaker leads us in a discussion on a current economic, political, religious, or cultural issue. During Lent, we’ll be joined by Joe Jackson, UF law professor and advocate for the homeless; Junior St-Vil, director of Pax Christi Haiti; Patrick Finn-Schultz on the state of our criminal justice system; Diedre Houchen, educator; members of Islam on Campus; and others. Bring a dish to share if you can!

Take Part in the Good Friday “Way of the Cross” – Friday, April 10.  The Way of the Cross is an ancient tradition. Join us as we make our way through downtown Gainesville and reflect on how Christ continues to be crucified among us in the poor and marginalized in our community.

Monthly Mass at the GCW – Join us Thursday, March 5th or Thursday, April 2 at 6pm for Mass at the GCW, celebrated by our chaplain, Fr. John Phillips, pastor of Holy Faith Catholic Church.

Commit to Learning to Live More Locally – Since the beginning, we’ve considered it a main mission of the Gainesville Catholic Worker to “live locally.” We try to buy the food we use and serve directly from local farmers (we highly recommend the 441 Farmers Market on Saturday mornings) or – when impossible from Ward’s, a local grocery store that often buys directly from local growers. And we try to be conscious of how what we consume – food, entertainment, energy, clothing, etc. – affects our brothers and sisters. During Lent, we are going to try to be more intentional and invite you to struggle along with us, and weigh in when you can, on how to live locally in Gainesville. A member of our community will be fasting every day during Lent and we’ll also experiment with lowering our electricity footprint. We write regularly about our family’s attempts, failures, education – and hopefully progress – HERE.