We want your unwanted religious items

Do you feel funny about throwing out broken rosary beads or crucifixes?

We have a solution. The week of July 12, St. Mary Recycle Mission will be stopping by St. Paul’s. That will give you the last couple of weeks of spring to spring clean your home of unwanted religious goods and then drop them off at the church office.

Kimberly Walters spearheads this Lancaster, PA,-based rescue-and-recycle mission that was born in a Dumpster more than 20 years ago when usable items cleared from a church basement were found. Since then, hundreds of thousands of items have been collected, cleaned, repaired and sometimes repurposed before being provided to churches, convents and schools worldwide. Sometimes it’s a poor parish that reaches out for altar basics it cannot afford. Other times, a church might be facing replacing everything that a natural disaster claimed.

So gather your medals and holy cards, vestments from the family priest (any condition), altar ware, framed pictures, small prayer books (please, no library-type books) and even your broken rosaries.

There will also be a collection box in the hall through June 20 for your convenience.