March, 2017



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A Prayer For Those Who Are Ill



"God our Father, we bring before you today those who suffer from illness or disability-those whose lives are profoundly affected by their illness." Read more.





"Just as the wind carries thousands of winged seeds, so each moment brings with it germs of spiritual vitality that come to rest imperceptibly in our minds and wills."   

Thomas Merton





Your Father, who sees in secret, will repay you.

Matthew 6:6


Reflections On Hope  



Formation and Skill Building Workshop

for Pastoral Care & Care Givers


This Spring, Pastoral Care Ministry will offer a 6 week formation and skill building workshop Pastoral Visitation to the Sick, Elderly and Homebound on Tuesday evenings 6:00-8:00pm, April 18 - May 23rd, 2017 at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 498 Watervliet-Shaker Rd. (Rt. 155), Latham, NY 12110. 


This program provides information on the art of pastoral visitation, communication skills, illness issues, spiritual assessment, grief and loss, suffering and faith, death and dying, ritual and sacraments in pastoral ministry, and theology of pastoral care and care giving issues.


Sessions include presentations and interactive exercises, as well as readings. Two pastoral visits are required along with a journal process


Registration is required, space is limited. 

Registration deadline: Monday, April 10th, 2017.

All faith traditions welcome. Read more



The Art Of Compassionate Communication For Elder Caregivers


"Caregivers can face overwhelming physical, financial, and emotional demands as a function of their service. In the face of these challenges, communication can sometimes be difficult. This article presents techniques for compassionate communication, as well as ideas for caregiver self-care and empowerment." Read more.




The Lost Art of Using Sacred Images in Prayer, Meditation and Healing


Sacred images - images regarded as somehow religiously special - can provide an opportunity for spiritual growth and healing.  What types of images might these be?  I won't speak of other religions which utilize sacred images and that value images, and of how they use them, but in the Christian tradition, icons rate the highest in general, but there are also images said to be  'not painted by human hands' (The Virgin of Guadalupe), as well as images said to have been painted by the physician St. Luke of the Gospel and of the Acts of the Apostles (The image of Jasna Gora in Poland). Read more.






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