November 3, 2009

I heard on the local radio station that October was one of the coolest and wettest for quite some years. That news didn't surprise me. We had 6+ inches of rain here in Little Falls. I'm still waiting for Indian Summer! Sounds like we'll have some warmer days the end of this week. That is fine with me. Our oak trees have now, finally, dropped most of their leaves. Now we have to get them picked up before more rain/snow.

Last week, Thursday noon, we had the Employee/Sister Halloween Potluck luncheon. A number of each group "dressed up" for the occasion. That was fun. We had our own version of "Let's Make a Deal" as entertainment. I won two very nice prizes. Thank you, Values Committee members, who arranged all of this.

Last Saturday, COACT had their annual meeting at St. Francis. Members were from Grand Rapids, Bemidji and St. Paul. COACT was organized in 1979. Their focus is Social Justice issues, single-payer health coverage, family farm survival, etc. Our Sister Ruth is working with this organization. COACT stands for Citizens Organized Actings Together.

How about the football game on Sunday? A friend and I were returning from a SFO Visitation/Election in Chippewa Falls, WI. We listened to most of the last half of the game. But we made it a point to not discuss Vikings and Green Bay Packers at our meeting!

The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at St. Francis Center this week: Wednesday and Thursday (1:30 - -7:30pm) and Friday (8am - 2pm). God bless the generous donors who share this gift of life with others who need blood. To make an appointment, call Sr. Julien at (320)632-0663.

Saturday night, November 7, we have the Spaghetti Supper (4:30-7pm) in our Convent Dining Room. St. Francis Music Center and St. Francis Health and Recreation Center will benefit from this fundraiser. We are blessed with many volunteers who assist with setting tables, serving the meal, waiting on tables, washing dishes and all the other tasks that are part of serving 450+ guests.

Please be safe and take care as fire-arms deer hunting season opens Saturday. And may the hunters have good success! I'll be happy to see the deer population reduced. I don't like to meet up with a deer while I'm driving the car.

Pax et Bonum. (Peace and all good.)
Sister Mary Lou.


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