EVENTS at The Catholic Worker Farm



Autumn EQUINOX Work Party
September 23rd, 2017

WE will provide lunch. Work is scheduled for 10am to noon and 2pm to 4pm
AFTER the work party, in the evening... YOU are invited to bring:
~ A main dish or dessert or side dish to share
~ What you want to drink
~ A autumn/falling poem, song, reading, skit, etc to share in the ritual





PAST EVENT: Stand With Standing Rock
precedes our regularly scheduled

8 DEAD trees immediately south of Pace Domi,
right near the historic candle shop (seen in the lower right corner).




Shear-To-Shawl Retreat
April 28th & 29th, 2017

You are invited to bring:
~ A main dish or dessert or side dish to share
~ What you want to drink
~ A summer poem, song, reading, skit, etc to share in the ceremonies
Come to Earth Abides Catholic Worker Farm (see directions) on Friday night with a song to sing and a potluck dish to share @ 6pm, and/or come the next day for a shearing the alpacas and turning their wool into human-styled clothing. Call 209.728.8271 for more info!


Spring EQUINOX and Soap-Making Retreat
March 24th & 25th, 2017

You are invited to bring:
~ A main dish or dessert or side dish to share
~ What you want to drink
~ A spring-time poem, song, reading, skit, etc to share in the ritual
Come to Earth Abides Catholic Worker Farm (see directions) on Friday night with a song to sing and a potluck dish to share @ 6pm, and/or come the next day for a soap-making and solar-box-oven making party too. Call 209.728.8271 for more info!





Texture:Fabric :: Spirit:Soul
November 25th & 26th, 2016

Come to Wells Fargo in Sandreas to picket and distribute fliers educating folks on the evils of the banks supporting the desecration of American land and water via oil pipelines. Show up at 10:00am on Friday. Come back to the farm for a late-lunch.
That is Buy-Nothing-Day (Black Friday)---November 25th, 2016---a time for the solidarity prayer-action locally.

The next day is a retreat day---November 26th---our 3rd "Texture:Fabric :: Spirit:Soul" event. This is a time to do skill-sharing regarding several ways of creating the goods we need to have a good life--WITHOUT THE INDUSTRIAL GROWTH SOCIETY of violent degradation of our environment. In the past, this Catholic Worker Farm made candles as a cottage industry, and as we seek the next phase of cottage industry here on these 80 acres, we will keep experimenting with small crafty ways to make our own supplies--furniture, clothing, cooking implements, paper, etc.


DOWNLOAD the flier for the Texture:Fabric::Spirit:Soul


Please (see the directions/map to find us--no mobile phone service is available way-out-here PLUS googlemaps & GPS are wrong anyway).





Two views from Pace Domi.
On the left are 8 trees when looking south towards Veda's Kansas Knoll, and on the right is facing the same 8 trees looking to the east (with Pace house blocking the view of dead trees).





PAST EVENT: Barn Dance
follows Celebration for the Winter Solstice


Join us on December 17th, at 4pm for dinner, followed by prayers for life in these seasons.

You are invited to bring:
~ A main dish or dessert or side dish to share
~ What you want to drink
~ A summer poem, song, reading, skit, etc to share in the ritual

See STORY of RECENT TREE DESTRUCTION


Winter in the garden at the Catholic Worker Farm

Summer in the garden at the Catholic Worker Farm


PAST EVENT: Texture, Spirit, Soul: Fabric
Workshops on August 27th
See photos of July's Family Craft Weekend ("Texture, Spirit, Soul: Fabric")

At this crafting weekend (primarily Saturday) we are needle-felting, decorating pieces of fresh-cut pine, making solar-ovens, doing bead-work, decorating tiles for the HIV/AIDS memorial wall, making goat-cheese, and enjoying the spring-fed pond. Here's the schedule, for our Texture, Spirit, Soul: Fabric EVENT:
ACTIVITIES & "SCHEDULE"
  • 10:00 arrival/ outdoor games/setup tents
  • 11:00 intro, orientation, etc. (Kelley)
  • 12:00 Lunch Break (Andre)
  • Needle Felting (Xels)
  • Pond swim & boating available
  • Bead-stringing (Susanna)
  • Solar-Oven Workshop (Andre)
  • Wood-decorating (Kelley)
  • Tile-decorating (Xels)

Please (see the directions/map to find us--no mobile phone service is available way-out-here).

Camping available Saturday night. Please bring food and a donation.
RSVP 209-728-8271





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PAST EVENT: Midsummer 2015
Catholic Worker Farm Celebrates The Pope's Encyclical
With Nuclear Abolition and Summer Solstice Events


What: Two events on Saturday June 20th, 2015 in Calaveras County where Catholics and others will engage with the global needs addressed by the Vatican's recent Encyclical Laudato Si, in honor of our earth's ecological systems. One event is a discussion on nuclear policy and its costs (financial and environmental), and the other event is a potluck supper and Summer Season Ritual.

When & Where: Saturday, June 20th, 2015 at 1:30 PM at the Murphys Library is the conversation on nuclearism, and Saturday, June 20th at 6:00 PM at the Catholic Worker Farm in Calaveras County (16777 Armstrong Road, 6 miles north of Sheep Ranch) is the potluck dinner and Summer prayer-service.

Why: The Solstice is a time to ponder our environment. The failure of humanity to slow down or stop environmental destruction in the past century fuels the Pope's urgent summons to act swiftly and effectively to protect the existence of all species in Creation. The Catholic Worker Farm recognizes the value of Laudato Si to inspire people to enter into a healing relationship with our biosphere.



How: Ceremonies, celebration, and dialog are crucial to feeding our spirits and continuing the work of undoing environmental destruction. Calaveras County's Catholic Worker Farm has been located between Arnold and Sheep Ranch since 1976, and continues to work for right relationship with humans and our whole earth community.

The recent Encyclical Laudato Si touches on a host of issues, including protecting water from pollution and protecting the food supply for humans and other species. The Encyclical says, "access to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right, since it is essential to human survival and, as such, is a condition for the exercise of other human rights." This is part of the Catholic Worker movement's vision to uphold the dignity and lives of poor folks who have suffered because of industrialism, which rapidly changed our planet in the past century. Section #132 of the Encyclical refers to the dangers of GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, that the exploitation and interference with genetic combinations in laboratories should be "uninfluenced by economic interests" so that it will merely "teach us about biological structures" rather than altering any species' "development in its own line, that of creation, as intended by God".

Catholic Worker Farming has been a phenomenon for 80 years now, in response to capitalist-industrialist threats to humanity since the early 20th Century. Chelsea Page, a Catholic Worker Farmer says, "The Encyclical is a clarion call to help all the Pope's followers and admirers to give more attention to the planet, but it does not give specific recommendations to prevent further nuclear disasters such as in Fukushima. It also does not go far enough in guiding people to respect the rights of transgendered people."

Marcus Page-Collonge, her spouse, continues, "It also could do better in pushing for immediate action in respect for non-human lives, as a few other religious groups have declaired in the past generation."