September, 2017



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Sept. 19 - Oct. 24:

Pastoral Care to the Sick, Elderly & Homebound Formation And Skill Building Training


Sept. 25 - Nov. 6:


Sept. 19 - Oct. 24:

Pastoral Care to the Sick, Elderly & Homebound Formation And Skill Building Training

Sept. 22 - 30:


Oct 3 - 24:

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Issues in Family Health Presentations:
Sept. 25: Alzheimers Disease

Oct. 16: The Good Death

Nov. 20: Substance Abuse


Fall events at The Domenican Retreat & Conference Center


Fall events at 

Our Lady of Martyr's Shrine, Auriesville


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






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Caregiver Information











Did You Know





Hospitalization and Dementia: The Role of the Caregiver


by Sandra O'Connell



"With a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, the chance of hospitalization increases dramatically. Older individuals are more likely to have multiple conditions and weak immune systems. Whether a planned stay or the result of an emergency, the caregiver needs to be prepared to manage a stay in the hospital. Hospitalization is disruptive and frightening for everyone; for someone with Alzheimer's, the hospital is, indeed, a scary place." Read more




New Book Release- 

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National Catholic Partnership

On Disability (NCPD) 


September greetings to everyone!


As the days get shorter and the air cools, there are many people who suffer from mental illness and whose symptoms intensify with the change in seasons.  As an inclusive and supportive Catholic community it is important to have an awareness of those among us who may be suffering and need a listening ear or visit to let them know they are not alone.


September has been designated Suicide Prevention Month & October Mental Illness Awareness Month.  You can find some wonderful resources for your parishes on both of these topics by visiting the following websites:




Getting ready for Pastoral Care Week October 22-28, 2017


"Hospitality: Cultivating Inclusion"- 

the theme for Pastoral Care Week 2017


Pastoral/spiritual care is important for peoples' sense of identity as they find meaning in belonging to a common humanity and particular cultures. The idea of our sharing a preciousness as human beings has found its source in religious, philosophical and societal communities.  Sadly for some, defining the "other" has been a desperate attempt to exclude those who are different. Read more.




Pastoral Care of the Sick:
A Relational Approach


"We must walk with the sick and dying with compassion-just as Christ did."  In this article, Fr. Brian Conley, SJ explores and shares his insights gleaned in his own journey as a priest in visiting the sick.  He states "A medical crisis or the experience of illness by oneself or a loved one can prompt a time of self- reflection where those touched by the experience begin to ask themselves questions about the meaning and purpose of their lives..." Read more.




Visitation Ministers' Evening of Reflection-

Recognizing the Good Samaritan Within


Presentation by Fr. Thomas Konopka, MDiv, LCSW. Thursday, Oct. 5th, 6pm - 9:15pm at the Dominican Retreat and Conference Center.   $25/person, contact 518-393-4169 to register.




Conversations For the Living About Dying


All Saints on the Hudson, Corpus Christi, and St. Mary's- Crescent are sponsoring a series of four presentations called "Conversations For the Living About Dying." The focus of these seminars will be on making "pre-planned" decisions for "end of life" issues.  The sessions are meant for all generations and are open free of charge to all churches and the public.  Tuesdays, October 3- 24, 2017.  All sessions will begin at 6:30 PM and will run between 60 and 90 minutes each. Click here for details.




Seasons of Hope-

A Support Group for the Bereaved


Any parishioner who is mourning the loss of a loved one is encouraged to attend and invited to bring a guest. 

September 25, October 2, 16, 23, 30 and November 6, 6-8 PM at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 6-8 PM.

Sign-in from 5:30-6:00 PM (1st night) Group meets from 6-8 PM. Please bring a Bible. Click here for more information.




A Prayer for Patience


Above all, trust in the slow work of God.

We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way
to something unknown, something new.
Yet it is the law of all progress that is made
by passing through some stages of instability
and that may take a very long time.
And so I think it is with you.
Your ideas mature gradually. Let them grow.
Let them shape themselves without undue haste. 
Do not try to force them on
as though you could be today what time
- that is to say, grace -
and circumstances
- acting on your own good will - 
will make you tomorrow.
Only God could say what this new Spirit
gradually forming in you will be.
Give our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
in suspense and incomplete.
Above all, trust in the slow work of God, 

our loving vine-dresser.



Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, French philosopher and Jesuit priest





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