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'Dear Friends' June 2010

 

Week of June 7, 2010
Prayer Requests
  

Tips for the Caregiver and the Care-receiver

Dear Friends:

      "Tips for the Caregiver" has been a Topic for quite a while. Now we've added "Tips for the Care-receiver." And we've included both for the June Catholic Caregivers flier.
       Here are a few points for caregivers:

Be aware of the presence of God and nourish your spiritual life.

Plan ahead. Donít wait for a crisis.

Donít panic.

Be creative. If your first solution doesnít work, find a new one and try again.

Get reliable information about your loved oneís illness and be aware of any emotional issues.

       And a few for care-receivers:

Donít waste your time or energy on things that donít matter.

Forgive others . . . and yourself.

Take advantage of the sacraments of Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick and the Eucharist.

Continue to make happy memories with your loved ones.

Accept the fact that life isnít fair.

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Free holy cards for caregivers and care-receivers! Just let us know how many you would like.

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            Again this week we invite our to become a member of 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" notes
"Among Friends" quarterly newsletter
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week of June 14, 2010
Prayer Requests
  

'Ordinary' Time for Caregivers and Care-receivers

Dear Friends:

      This is the week for attending daily Mass if you like green. Here in the United States, during the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time, there are no particular feast days on the liturgical calendar and so the celebrant wears a green chasuble and stole at all the Masses.
       In "Church language," the term "ordinary" means "ordered" or "numbered." In everyday language, it means uneventful. In caregiving language, it means "whatever was new and frightening and unimaginable a year ago, or a six months ago, or last week, has become . . . almost . . . normal."
       Caregivers and care-receivers are nothing if not adaptable. The walker, the medicines, the doctor visits, the insurance forms . . . ordinary. The fears (ranging from concern to panic), the fatigue, the frustrations . . . ordinary. The realization that, to a very large degree, much of life is outside one's control . . . ordinary.
       Then, too, there are some positive "ordinaries."
       The ever-deepening appreciation of being loved . . . ordinary. The turning to prayer in moments of joy and moments of despair . . . ordinary. The receiving of Christ in the Eucharist, the Son of God, the Savior of the World . . . ordinary.
       That's not to say the positives are taken for granted. Far from it. It becomes "ordinary" to thank God for blessings and graces that, so often in the past, were easily overlooked.
       One final -- liturgical -- point: Green symbolizes hope and the vitality of the life of faith.

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            This week we're so pleased to welcome two new members to the Friends of St. John the Caregiver. "Hello" to Laura F. in North Carolina and Josephine L-C. in California. Please keep them and their intentions in your prayers. They have promised to pray for you and yours.
       Also, we cordially invite you to join! (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" notes
"Among Friends" quarterly newsletter
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week of June 21, 2010
Prayer Requests
  

A New View of the World . . . and Others

Dear Friends:

      Happy first day of summer . . . or winter. It wasn't until we began the Friends of St. John the Caregiver that we really began to appreciate the fact that summer here (in the Seattle area) is winter there (in the Southern Hemisphere).
      When we started FSJC in 2005 we assumed it would be a national organization. Much to our surprise -- amazement and delight -- the first person to join lived in Australia! Now, as you may know, there are members in Europe, Africa, North America, Australia and Asia. Now, understandably, we're more likely to remember and appreciate the fact that summer in some parts of the world is winter in other parts. And vice versa.
      In a similar way, becoming a caregiver or a care-receiver can change one's perspective, too. It gives a person "new eyes" to better see how many of each category there are. (They're everywhere!) And it can give a person a new heart --a greater compassion and empathy -- for caregivers and care-receivers.
       Time and again, people have told us: "I had no idea what it was really like until I . . . " . . . Became a caregiver. . . . Began to need to accept care from others.
       The challenges are a part of each role . . . winter, spring, summer or fall. That's why, every day throughout the year, caregivers and care-receivers appreciate prayers being offered for them by FSJC members.
       If you're a caregiver or care-receiver, be assured those prayers are going to continue throughout this summer . . . or this winter.

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            This week we're so pleased to welcome two new members to the Friends of St. John the Caregiver. "Hello" to Krystyna O'G. in Illinois and Linda C. in Michigan. Please keep them and their intentions in your prayers. They've promised to pray for you and yours.
       Also, we cordially invite you to join! (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" notes
"Among Friends" quarterly newsletter
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week of June 28, 2010
Prayer Requests
  

Heading for Home

Dear Friends:

      It's not unusual for long-distance caregivers to head for home -- and family! -- during July or August to visit an aging loved one. With that in mind, here are three Topics that can help:

Long-Distance Caregiving

Caregiving is a Family Affair

Preparing Your Children
to Visit Your Parent

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            This week we're so pleased to welcome two new members to the Friends of St. John the Caregiver. "Hello" to Jenni G. in Texas and Steve T. in California. Please keep them and their intentions in your prayers. They've promised to pray for you and yours.
       Also, we cordially invite you to join! (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" notes
"Among Friends" quarterly newsletter
 

 

 

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