Hospitalization and Dementia: The Role of the
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
National Catholic Partnership
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,
"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:
"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
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.
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
Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the
end without delay.
like to skip the intermediate stages.
impatient of being on the way
unknown, something new.
Yet it is the
law of all progress that is made
through some stages of instability
and that may
take a very long time.
And so I
think it is with you.
mature gradually. Let them grow.
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 -
- acting on
your own good will -
will make you
could say what this new Spirit
forming in you will be.
Give our Lord
the benefit of believing
that his hand
is leading you,
the anxiety of feeling yourself
trust in the slow work of God,
Pierre Teilhard de
Chardin, French philosopher and Jesuit priest