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Fundraising garage sale on Friday will aid sister parishes – Carroll Daily Times Herald

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Updated: August 4, 2022 @ 6:47 am
The John Paul II Parish garage sale fills the St. Lawrence school gym with thousands of items — kitchenware, small appliances, toys, tools, seasonal decorations and more. This year’s sale will be from noon to 5 p.m. Friday.
John Paul II Parish’s annual garage sale from noon to 5 p.m. Friday will raise funds for sister parishes in Haiti and Rutledge, Tennessee.

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The John Paul II Parish garage sale fills the St. Lawrence school gym with thousands of items — kitchenware, small appliances, toys, tools, seasonal decorations and more. This year’s sale will be from noon to 5 p.m. Friday.
John Paul II Parish’s annual garage sale from noon to 5 p.m. Friday will raise funds for sister parishes in Haiti and Rutledge, Tennessee.
St. Lawrence school gym on Friday will be filled with thousands of bargains — nearly everything priced from 25 cents to $2 — in St. John Paul Catholic Parish’s annual fundraising garage sale for its sister parishes in Haiti and Rutledge, Tennessee.
The sale will be from noon to 5 p.m. and over the years has offered a vast variety — kitchenware, small appliances, toys, tools, knickknacks, seasonal decorations, furniture and more.
Items will be displayed in price increments from 25 cents to $2. Furniture, such as dressers and chairs, will be priced a little more. 
Along with the garage sale, there will be a bake and fresh-produce sale in the cafeteria next to the gym. Baked goods have included bars, cookies and sometimes pies. Produce will include whatever is currently in season, such as cucumbers and sweetcorn. Sometimes plants, too, have been available.
Deacon Tim Murphy, garage sale coordinator, said the event in recent years has raised $2,000 to $3,000 for Our Lady of Lourdes Parish at Les Cayes, located on the southwest corner of Haiti, and John Paul II Parish at Rutledge in northeast Tennessee.
Before Carroll’s St. Lawrence and Holy Spirit parishes combined in 2018, St. Lawrence had held annual garage sales for the Haiti parish since the late 1980s, and Holy Spirit adopted the Tennessee parish in 2011.
Over the years, the Haiti parish has had to battle back from hurricanes and earthquakes. In fact, Murphy said, the parish is located near the epicenter of an earthquake that struck last August, causing extensive damage.
“They had just repaired the church roof after a hurricane, then they had the earthquake,” Murphy said.
The hurricane damaged the front of the campus’ main church and demolished the rectory.
The campus also includes a K-12 school that hundreds of students attend.
“Our parish has helped build most of their classrooms,” Murphy said. 
There’s also an infirmary that a nurse runs, classrooms for teaching sewing, and a few small rooms for guests. 
Murphy said Caritas, a national Catholic outreach organization, also has an office on the grounds and does things like raise rabbits and starts plants for farmers and reforestation.
“Our Lady of Lourdes Parish was named that because of the large open well on the grounds in reference to the miraculous waters in Lourdes, France,” Murphy said. 
The parish also consists of several area mission churches that a priest visits at least once a month, and other Sundays they have services run by lay ministers.
In 2011, Holy Spirit began supporting the then newly formed John Paul II Parish at Rutledge with monetary contributions, a bookbag collection, and visitation teams.
Carroll’s John Paul II recently sent more than 190 backpacks filled with school supplies plus boxes filled with other school supplies to Rutledge.
Rutledge, population approximately 1,360, is part of both the Knoxville and Morristown metropolitan areas. Rutledge hosts an annual tomato festival, which is the area’s main cash crop and relies on many migrant workers.
Murphy said Rutledge has much economic need but also is located on the edge of a tourism area.
Murphy said he, Father Kevin Richter, John Paul II pastor, and others from Carroll plan to visit Rutledge in October to meet the people there and do volunteer work.
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