February, 2017



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Upcoming Events


February events: The Dominican Retreat & Conference Center 


March 24: A Tapestry of Needs and Strengths: Ministering to Older People with Realism and Hope (see newsletter article)


April 18 - May 23: Pastoral Care Formation & Skill Building Training


June 14:

Annual Pastoral Care Day of Retreat & Spiritual Renewal


Visit the Pastoral Care Ministry's Website for a complete list of events.






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Caregiver Information









Confessions of a Sometimes Caregiver


"My mother, an 86-year-old widow, lives alone in a small town in the farming country of central Kansas. Born and raised in the town, she returned there with my father after his retirement, leaving the big city in order to spend their "golden years" with her sisters, brothers, and childhood friends back home. Unfortunately it wasn't long after my parents' return that the siblings became ill and died; many of the old friends died as well."

Read More.







Introduction to our Website


This month we are going to do something a bit different in our Newsletter by offering an Introduction to the Pastoral Care Ministry webpage. We hope this will provide information and a good source of resources that will help you in your ministry to the sick, elderly and homebound. 



World Day of the Sick

February 11, 2017


World Day of the Sick is also the day we commemorate Our Lady of Lourdes, and was introduced by Pope John Paul II. This day gives us an opportunity to join with our brothers and sisters who might be suffering from illnesses, by offering our prayers for their needs.

"Pope Francis entitled his message for the 2017 celebration of the World Day of the Sick 'Amazement at what God has accomplished: The Almighty has done great things for me...' (Lk 1:49)'. He said the commemoration "gives the Church renewed spiritual energy for carrying out ever more fully that fundamental part of her mission which includes serving the poor, the infirm, the suffering, the outcast, and the marginalized."" Read more.


For other resources for World Day of the Sick go to Pastoral Care Ministry webpage



Boston College- School of Theology & Ministry, March Presentation



Friday, March 24: 10:00am - 12:30pm

Presenter:  Myles N. Sheehan, S.J., M.D. (pictured)

Corcoran Commons, Heights Room, Chestnut Hill Campus, Boston.
- Free of Charge 



Income Tax information Resources


Click here to read an article about tax deductions that caregivers of elderly parents may qualify for.


Do you know about the free tax preparation program for families and individuals who earn income below $54,000? Our friends at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany are partners in this wonderful program. 






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