Care Package for Fr. Nnamdi
The Total Consecration Group that Fr. Nnamdi began here at St. Mary's has been corresponding recently with him and have decided to send him a "Care Package". We know how much Fr. Nnamdi and all the Oblates are loved here at St. Mary's, so we wanted to announce this to the entire parish, so that all may be included if you so wish! The last day to donate for this shipment (we will be doing more), will be strictly, December 23. If you miss the date, please watch for the next bulletin announcement.
We asked Fr. Nnamdi what was most needed, and after consulting with his superior, he sent us the following list. You may donate either goods or money to our care package. The money will be sent through the Oblates by wire. The goods we will ship through the company in St. Louis that Fr. Nnamdi used to ship his things there. It takes 2 to 3 months for shipments to arrive. (One box that Father shipped the day he left arrived at the end of November!) It costs $65 - $85 for each box shipped this way (this is a good price, much better than the postal service), so we ask that with each donation, if you are able, to please donate $2.00 that will go towards shipping costs (if we collect more than the amount needed, we will gift the extra dollars to Fr. Nnamdi).
Jean Greenwell, 462-6910, and Marge Ridder, firstname.lastname@example.org
, will be our points of contact for questions. Donations of goods can either be given to Jean or Margie or left at the parish office (if you drop off at office, please include your name on your gift). Donations of cash or checks (made to "Oblates of the Virgin Mary" and memo'd to Philippines/Fr. Nnamdi) can be given to Jean, Margie or Carolyn Simansky (email@example.com
). If you need to find them, all three of these ladies can usually be found at 8am Mass during the week.
The Oblate Philippine Mission's most pressing needs are, in Father's own words:
1. Personal computer and movie projector. The personal computer will be used by the students in their school work and the projector will be used for both
retreat ministry and formation work. We will purchase these items in the Philippines for compatibility reasons and safety in shipping issues.
2. We are always in need of books to build up our new library; both new or gently-used are graciously accepted. We would accept any book on prayer, the life and writing of the saints, the Church, the sacraments, apologetics, Mariology, Christology, Biblical works, etc. Good books are hard to come by here and we are looking to build up our library for the students and for our ministry. Some books we would love to have soon include, but are not limited to:
a. The St. Jerome Commentary (or any other Biblical commentaries or works)
b. Dictionary of biblical theology by Leon-Dofour
c. Copies of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (or works on the Catholic faith)
d. Bibles (NAB, RSV, Jerusalem, etc)
e. Writings of the Popes
f. Books on retreat (preferably Ignatian spirituality)
g. Books on the Priesthood and religious life
h. Books and CDs on Blessed John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. Any informational CDs or DVDs will be welcomed too.
i. The Catholic Encyclopedia (it has several volumes to it)
3. Multivitamins supplements, pain relievers, etc
4. (Traveling) Mass kit
5. Inspirational DVDs from Ignatius press or any wholesome movies. We would gladly appreciate any decent movies.
6. Goodies like Peanut M&M will surely be appreciated.
Read more about the Oblates of the Virgin Mary's Philippine Mission by going to www.omvusa.com
, and then clicking on "communities" under the "mission" bar.