August Newsletter of Temenos Catholic Worker

Temenos Catholic Worker

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

415-305-2124 (pay pal)

August, 2017

Fr. River Damien Sims, D.Min., D.S.T.,  Director



In August we talk of the “dog days of summer,” referring to the oppressive heat where everyone slows down and simply relaxes during the day.  Each August, I go away to Los Angeles or Sacramento for three or four days to enjoy the dog days of summer.

August is a time when our crops and gardens prepare for harvest. Our tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, water melons, and cantaloupes are overflowing with harvest. This month has been my favorite month of the year all of my life.  I remember staying up through the night chasing fireflies, and then partying all night. August is a time of reflection.

This August, as we reflect, let us not be overwhelmed about increasing homelessness, wars, and discord at home, for all have been present since the beginning of time. But let us reflect upon what we can do, in our own individual and collective ways, to ease the pain, to reconcile people to one another.  Several ways come to mind:

  1. 1. Feed People in your Neighborhood.  Stop and give one person a day some food, talk to them, encourage them, get to know them as human beings. Nearly seven years ago, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in San Francisco opened its doors to the ministry of Temenos Catholic Worker, and through us they have fed thousands during this time. Each day as I walk on the streets I talk to people, feed them. Feed one person, talk to one person. One at a time—that is all we have to do.
  2. Be More Tolerant of Tents in your Neighborhood and Encourage the Setting up of Restrooms. Let’s face the reality that homelessness is increasing nationwide, let’s face the fact that there are human beings in front of us who need basic necessities. Let us be tolerant of the tents in our neighborhood and encourage the placing of public restrooms and showers in reach of everyone. I can pay to use a restroom—hundreds can not–let us help our leaders to see the need and make that provision.
  3. Meet People Where They are. Let’s meet people where they are, without imposing our expectations upon them. We are all different. We all have our own individual needs. So let’s simply meet people where they are, without judgment or expectation. I am like a marshmallow with a hard center. You can chew on me for a while, but if you bite down too much, it hurts. I expect people to respect my differences, as we all do.  So let us meet people where they are. We are all different–like the rays of the rainbow–that is the beauty of creation.

So during the dog days of August, let us reflect, meditate, and let us party, party in the knowledge that through us we can be a rainbow of goodness to others. Let us flow into the goodness and the holiness of God in Christ. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!



The Work of Temenos

The work of Temenos moves in the ebb and flow of the foggy nights of summer. We are out four nights a week providing snacks, socks, harm reduction supplies, and pastoral care, to hundreds. Two nights, we serve a hot meal.  We celebrate the Eucharist one night each week. We make hospital calls, take phone and text messages at all hours of the day and night, providing pastoral care to whoever desires it. We celebrate weddings and funerals. In summary, we administer the Sacraments and Word.


We are beggars, depending upon your generosity, and so if you would like to give. please send gifts to:


Temenos Catholic Worker

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

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“In the name of Jesus Christ, who was never in a hurry, we pray, O God, that You will slow us down, for we know that we live too fast. With all of eternity before us, make us take time to live—time to get acquainted with You, time to enjoy Your blessings, and time for each other.”

– Peter Marshall






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