First, I want to send an invitation to you: the Sisters of Charity at the House of Charity (HOC) are celebrating not only the 10th anniversary of Katrina, but also 5 years of the HOC in NOLA, the 40th anniversary of the canonization of St. Elizabeth Seton and the Year of Consecrated Life. We are doing this by helping a family get their home fixed up so they can come back and live at home. We are calling it "The House that Elizabeth Built" during the Seton Homecoming Project, and we are inviting our sisters, associates, friends - anyone interested to help us with the rebuild. We are inviting anyone who wants to join us in the building to come to the House and work with us for a week or a couple of days. The last week of Sept. is being reserved for that. Then we'll have some time in October and the NUNSBUILD week in November. If you're interested let us know and we'll try to coordinate it. S. Monica does most of that kind of coordination - S. Claire and I do the cooking and the cleaning. Our house phone is 504-864-2058.
And we are inviting you to help us fund the project which costs us $25,000. If you'd like to make a donation, please send it to Seton Homecoming Project, 2718 Cambronne St., NOLA 70118. If you would like to have a SHP tee shirt we'll give you one if you come and send one to you if you send the money ($10 for S-XL, 2XL and up are $12). Kansans - if you send the money I'll bring the shirts when I come on Oct. 2.
Now to the past week - I'm just going to give you the outline of the week and what we did:
Monday night (Aug 24) we went to the Cathedral for an Interfaith Prayer - which was definitely interfaith and was a wonderful celebration of unity. Our Archbishop is truly a religious leader here.
Tuesday evening we participated in the monthly Peace Walk where we go to one of the churches and walk the neighborhood and pray for those who have been killed or victimized in that area. So much sorrow in some of our areas.
Thursday during the day was the regular. But at 10 pm we went to one of the places where the St. Bernard Project was doing a 48-hr. build. We sanded and mudded and Claire and I put the finishing coat on doors and door frames and window sills. Fortunately we got to work in the patio and the nice breeze kept us cool until we finished at 4 am. (It was the only shift we were able to do together and it was much cooler than during the day.)
Saturday was a city-wide volunteer day. We worked at Pontchartrain Park and helped the locals plant some flowers around the bases of the signs at either end of their territory. It was hot and hard work but we commandeered six young basketball players from Southern University of NO (SUNO) to help dig the holes in the very dry earth. When we finished our 4 hours there we went to lunch together with our two friends. We went home, showered and got ready for the evening celebration at the Smoothie King Center - the arena where the Pelicans play their basketball games. It was a great program - lots of good music, speeches by important people including Nancy Pelosi and Bill Clinton. (Obama was here on Thursday and George W. Bush on Friday) Great celebration of thanksgiving, including another interfaith prayer.
Sunday Mass and then home to get ready for our Open House in the afternoon. Many of our sister and lay friends came and we ate a lot and did a lot of visiting and Claire had a wonderful prayer for us.
So - it was a full week and a very good one. I am still trying to catch up on the sleep lost on Thursday - I'm better today and getting better every day. We welcome three young women who are coming for the weekend to continue their discernment of their path in life. Please pray for them - the prayers are much appreciated by all of us.