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'Dear Friends' August 2007

Monday, August 6, 2007
   and Monday August 13, 2007

Moments of Peace and Joy

Dear Friends,

   A friend of ours who's a five-year cancer survivor was telling about the time when he first received his diagnosis. He recalled that, after the news had settled in (as much as that's possible), he was back at work. His job took him to a remote hilltop with a spectacular view and, he said, his thought was: "Well, I'm not going to die today. This is really beautiful." It was, he remembered, a good day.

  Our prayer for you over the next two weeks is that you'll have a good day, too. A day when the presence of God seems obvious, no matter what the future may hold. A moment, or two, when there's joy and peace and comfort.

   If you're a caregiver or care-receiver, please know that FSJC members are remembering you in their prayers every day.

   God bless you!

                                                         Monica and Bill

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Monday, August 20, 2007
  

Happy News

Dear Friends,

   We've had a wonderful two weeks and not just because we spent eight days of it vacationing on the Oregon coast.  We're happy to report that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is including material on family caregiving in its Respect Life Program from 2007-2008. The Friends of St. John the Caregiver, YourAgingParent.com and CatholicCaregivers.com are featured.

  We want to thank Susan Wills at the USCCB's Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities and Jeanne Berdeaux at the Respect Life Department of the Diocese of Venice, Fla., for making that happen. The material (which will be mailed to dioceses, parishes and pro-life offices a little later) is already on-line here: USCCB 2007-2008 Respect Life Program.

   You'll notice that the article and pamphlet are also available in Spanish!

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   The other great news is that we have four new FSJC members. We want to welcome Marianne from Florida, Shirley from Indiana, Cheryl from Virginia and Lynda from California. Thank you so much, ladies, for praying for caregivers and care-receivers!

   Want to find out more about membership? There's information here.

   God bless you!

                                                         Monica and Bill

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Monday, August 27, 2007
  

In the Big Apple

Dear Friends,

   We want to thank Sister Mary Elizabeth, S.V., Director of the Family Life/Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of New York, for posting information for family caregivers. That site features links to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Respect Life Program for 2007-2008. We've already received several calls about the Friends of St. John the Caregiver, CatholicCaregivers.com and YourAgingParent.com. Thank you, Sister!

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   September is just around the corner so there are new Bulletin Briefs and Prayers of Intercession at CatholicCaregivers.com. The topic for September's flier is "Helping Your Loved One Deal with Losses." (Again, all this material is free, free, free. Yes, free. Download and print as much as you would like. The fliers are great for bulletin inserts or as material to be left in the vestibule or narthex.)

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   Please join us in welcoming our newest member: Cathy in New York. Please keep her, her mom and her family in your prayers. (As a member, she's praying for caregivers and care-receivers.)

   We invite -- and encourage -- you to become a member, too. It's easy. No dues (because Monica says so) and no meetings (because Bill hates meetings). The only commitment is to agree to pray for those giving care and those receiving it.

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   Would you like to meet Monica? She'll be at the FSJC display booth at Catholic Charities USA's annual gathering in Cincinnati Sept. 13-16. And she'll have a table in the exhibition hall at the National Council of Catholic Women's convention in Columbus, Ohio, Sept. 20-23. Stop by and say "Hello."'

   God bless you!

                                                         Monica and Bill

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