Autumn has been generally peaceful at the Mustard Seed. Those of our guests who spend a lot of time outside are starting to deal with the cold weather, and while many of them will make new living arrangements for the winter months, others will not. Any group helping the poor (including the Mustard Seed) could use donations of blankets, sleeping bags, and warm clothing in good condition. Thanks to the hundreds of people who volunteered this month. One among many is long-time volunteer Mihoko Wakabayashi (below), who took a break from her usual duties last week and set up two looms and taught our guests Japanese free-style weaving.
Paul Letsky, RIP: Our friend Paul, a long-time volunteer at the Mustard Seed, St. John's, and with Worcester AA, died unexpectedly last week. His funeral mass will be held Wednesday, October 2, 10AM at St. John's Church in Worcester. (There will not be a wake.) We will miss him dearly. (Paul's obituary)
Workdays: We have Saturday morning workdays planned many weeks through the end of the year. If you'd like to join in, call Mike at 508-499-9638.
Volunteer sign-ups: If you know someone who'd like to volunteer at the Mustard Seed, we now have an online sign-up form. Existing volunteers don't need to bother with this form, but it's been very helpful in orienting and organizing new people.
Holy Mass will be celebrated in the chapel upstairs at the Mustard Seed 7pm Fridays October 4 and 11, November 1 and 8, and December 6. The first Friday of the month the celebrant will be Fr. Enoch Kyeremateng, and the second Friday the celebrant will be Fr. John Foley. Please join us as the spirit moves.
Mondays and Fridays we pray the night prayer (compline) together at 6:45pm, right after cleaning up for the night. All are invited to join us.
Celebrating 30 years of Agape: Our friends at the Agape Community will hold their annual St. Francis Day celebration Saturday, October 5, 10am-4pm, 2062 Greenwich Rd, Hardwick, Massachusetts. Speakers will include Frida Berrigan, Jim Robinson, Edgar Hayes, Ann Rader, and Samantha Lueschner.