On Saturday, November 9, 2013, our doors opened to a generous crowd of supporters who rushed in with great anticipation to purchase a vast variety of holiday gifts & home-baked breads and cookies. Sr. Rose along with talented & creative Residents, volunteers and staff work throughout the year on one-of-a-kind ceramic, wood and fabric creations. Perhaps the most unique item – and quite popular – was the new (2013 limited edition) Little Sister of the Poor doll, which serves as a gentle reminder of the importance of our mission to serve the elderly poor.
The Novitiate had a few tables (St. Ann’s Nook) of handmade items for sale in the lobby. We thank our novices who created the most beautiful handmade rosaries, cards, crocheted and knit items and joined us for the day.
What makes this day special is that it is more than just a sale. When the Residents quietly enter the auditorium there is nothing more heartwarming than the amazed look on their faces as they grin with silent humility and a feeling of dignity at how the work of their hands is prized by even an anonymous stranger. This is the mission of the Little Sisters to celebrate and honor our elderly. They are a gift from God!
Pray for those who work with their hands:
Lord, your hands were trained to work with skill and precision. Bless all who, like you, use their hands to make the furnishings and the implements for our homes. Comfort those who can no longer use their hands, especially those whose hands cannot move freely without pain, and those who feel that their work is not valued. Help them to remember they have infinite worth!