Peace to you from the rectory! This past Tuesday as we observed Veterans’ Day our minds and hearts turned to those men and women who have served in the Nation’s Armed Services. Likewise we think of those who are serving now, especially are own Fr. Dundon, currently in Sasebo, Japan with the US Navy, assigned to the USS Bonhomme Richard. Recently several parishioners asked me if there was anything they could do for Fr. Dundon, so I emailed him and got the quick reply that the following items would be greatly appreciated: candy (preferably the kind that doesn’t melt easily) and beef jerky. He promised that if we helped him out with these needs, he would be sure to send some pictures of sailors eating the treats we provide!
Around the same time I was having this email exchange with Fr. Dundon, I was approached by Mrs. Maureen Braun, parishioner and health/gym teacher for Corpus Christi School, about a project that is dear to her heart: Operation Turbo, a nonprofit that serves deployed military personnel by sending them boxes of things they need. The more she told me about Operation Turbo, the more it became clear that this operation is exactly what we would use to get our candy and beef jerky to Fr. Dundon’s sailors.
So this is the plan: On behalf of Fr. Dundon, I ask you to go out and buy some beef jerky and candy (the kind that doesn’t melt easily), and drop it off at the rectory office or the church vestibule. Make sure your box or bag is labelled “Operation Turbo.” We would also welcome monetary donations, which would be used to pay for shipping costs. If you are writing a check, simply write it to “St. Philip Parish,” with “Operation Turbo” on the memo line. Mrs. Braun will oversee assembling the candy and beef jerky, and then will ship these boxes to Fr. Dundon in a timely fashion. According to Fr. Dundon, it is most important that he get the boxes before January 1, so let’s have all these things – candy, beef jerky and monetary donations – on site at St. Philip no later than December 10. I want to thank you in advance for what Fr. Dundon calls a “small but significant thing,” this gift of treats for the men and women serving on his ship. As Fr. Dundon puts our donations to good use, we can then look forward to receiving pictures of his smiling sailors enjoying the fruit of our thoughtfulness and generosity. St. Philip the Apostle – pray for us!
Your servant in Christ, Fr. Donahue