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Every morsbag has to have the label so as to raise awareness of this movement. As I had to wait for these labels to be sent to me, I only started to make my first morsbag on 21 May 2019.
When Laudato Si’ was launched in the Church of Divine Mercy on 31 May 2019, we gathered a group of people who are interested in making morsbags and we decided to start our own pod called laudatosi.cdm
Also around this time on 1 and 2 June 2019, the Good Shepherd Sisters had a session for its mission partners conducted by Sr. Angela & Sr. Brigid on “Love, the Heart of the Universe” which fanned the flames of morsbagging in my heart.
Those two days session made me realized that we really are all interconnected as we were all made by God and we should all care for what God has given us in the whole universe. To me, it is a message that we are on the right track with making morsbags. Having some samples of morsbags with me at that time, I started talking to the mission partners and the Sisters about it. I even got some fabrics from Sr. Julia and that got me more excited and encouraged to make bags and share the message.
We had our first morsbags workshop on 28th June to teach people how to make them. Since then, we have had 3 workshops. One of the workshops was attended by our two Lay Associates, Kathy and Lilia.
On 19 October 2019, the day of recollection for Lay Associates, Peace Prayer Outreach and Healing Ministry the three of us made 72 morsbags to give to the retreatants
Morsbag-ing can be done solo or in a community. My mum and I sew on Monday mornings and as and when we find some spare time to do so. Sometimes we have walk-in friends who join in the sewing while we cut and iron.
As of today, our pod has made 255 morsbags. Some were used by the people who sew them: The first ones are always the most special, even though they are not perfect they are usually kept by their makers. Others were given to relatives and friends. Some were given out to strangers at the check-out counters of a supermarket.
We don’t have a fixed number of people in the team. Anyone can join us, in fact some people who walk past the parish canteen while we are conducting the workshop would join us in making bags there and then.
We do not only need people who can sew. All can be of use by helping to cut and iron. And we also appreciate donated materials especially fabrics.
You can visit www.morsbags.org
Or Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Written by Luz Santos Anthony, Good Shepherd Mission Partner 1 Nov 2019