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'Dear Friends' August 2012

 

Weeks of August 6, 13 and 20, 2012
Prayer Requests
  

 

Welcome New Members!

Dear Friends,

       This week we're so pleased to welcome Diane L. of Tennessee, Miriam V. of Indiana, Elizabeth W. of Colorado, Kathleen C. of Ohio, Sister Geralyn S. of Pennsylvania, and Christine N. of California as the newest members of the Friends of St. John the Caregiver. Please keep them and their intentions in your prayers. They have promised to pray for you and yours.
       And we
cordially invite you  to join the Friends of St. John the Caregiver! (FSJC's programs include YourAgingParent.com and CatholicCaregivers.com.) You can find out more about becoming a member here.
       No meetings, no dues. All we ask is that you pray for caregivers and those receiving care. Our members include caregivers, care-receivers, and those who support both (including quite a few former caregivers).
       You can:

        sign up on-line here
       
        or call us toll-free at 1-800-392-JOHN (5646)
      
        or print and mail an application form.

       God bless you!

                                       Monica and Bill

To contact us
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To make a donation
To view or make prayer requests
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Past "Dear Friends" letters
"Among Friends" quarterly newsletter
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weeks of August 27 and September 3, 2012
Prayer Requests
  

 

A New School Year

Dear Friends,

       Some students are already back in school; others will be starting the week after Labor Day. One of the advantages of beginning a new grade is some older students can tell you what a particular grade is like. And some can even give you tips on your particular teacher. (What she likes or what really annoys him.)
       Not so with caregiving, even though that -- in a sense -- can have a series of grades, too. It may be what you were doing a few years, months, or even weeks ago aren't what your obligations entail now. Because the needs of your care-receiver change, your role changes. And while there are other caregivers who have been where you now find yourself, your particular experience of caregiving is unique. Some of their advice is helpful but some of it . . . not so much.
       Then, too, the children heading into the sixth grade know they're heading into the sixth grade. A professional (their fifth-grad teacher) and their parents have agreed they're ready. You're beginning a "new grade" can happen suddenly and unexpectedly. And you may feel anything but prepared.
       It's good to keep in mind that there may come a time when you aren't able to take the next step as a caregiver because your loved one's needs are beyond what you're able to do.
       That may be the case because of your care-receiver has a new need or it may be because you, after providing loving and personal care over a period of time, simply aren't able to continue to do what you've been doing.
       That isn't "failing" or "flunking" or "giving up."
       A loved one's moving into a nursing home or assisted living home may be where he or she will be safest and receive the kind of care that's needed now. You can read more about those here:

An Assisted Living Facility Evaluation Checklist

A Nursing Home Evaluation Checklist

Choosing a Nursing Home

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       This week we're so pleased to welcome Sheila M. of Connecticut, Carmella R. of New Mexico, and Mary Ann and Brian S. and Anne B. of Ohio as the newest members of the Friends of St. John the Caregiver. Please keep them and their intentions in your prayers. They have promised to pray for you and yours.
       And we
cordially invite you  to join the Friends of St. John the Caregiver! (FSJC's programs include YourAgingParent.com and CatholicCaregivers.com.) You can find out more about becoming a member here.
       No meetings, no dues. All we ask is that you pray for caregivers and those receiving care. Our members include caregivers, care-receivers, and those who support both (including quite a few former caregivers).
       You can:

        sign up on-line here
       
        or call us toll-free at 1-800-392-JOHN (5646)
      
        or print and mail an application form.

       God bless you!

                                       Monica and Bill

To contact us
To join FSJC
To make a donation
To view or make prayer requests
Materials order form
Past "Dear Friends" letters
"Among Friends" quarterly newsletter
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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