Another Kind of Shower!

We are blessed to have as part of our monastery family the ladies of the Rosary Shrine Volunteers' Guild. This guild started way back in the 70's when we no longer had extern sisters. Our volunteers are the ones who answer the phone when you call, take the Sisters to the doctors, plant the flowers in Our Lady of Fatima garden and are the backbone, movers and shakers of the annual fundraiser held in the spring.

Their yearly meeting which includes the Rosary, Holy Mass and breakfast takes place in October and this year they offered to provide everything for the breakfast since we don't have our bakery free to bake which is something we always enjoy doing as a small way to say, "thank you!"

These wonderful friends also surprised us with a HUGE cake and a kitchen shower and came laden with all sorts of canned goods and surprises for our new kitchen. Recreation was like Christmas as Sr. Mary Martin opened each gift and we ooooed and aaaaahhhhed over everything! In fact, we have to continue the fun at tomorrow's recreation!

To each and every one who made today so special and spoiled us with lovely things we thank you from the bottom of our hearts and pray that, "Lord, reward with Eternal Life all those who do good to us for the sake of Your Holy Name!"

Sr. Joseph Maria, Sr. Maureen, Sr. Mary Martin and Sr. Virgina Mary pose with the lovely cake and some of the gifts.

Our wonderful volunteers!

Sr. Maria shows off one of the gifts!

Sr. Mary Martin opens the gifts for all to see! The soap department has their eye on this great pot but they are NOT getting it!
Sr. Diana Marie keeps track of who gave us what! Not an easy task with 18 women wanting to look at everything!

Sr. Mary Catharine shows off some of the many mitts we were given!

Sr. Joseph Maria got playful!

Ooooh! A new cutting board!

Sr. Mary Martin and Sr. Denise Marie look over the toaster oven.