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'Dear Friends' June 2013

Week of June 3, 2013
Prayer Requests 

Pope Francis on Caring
for Your Aging Parent

Dear Friends:

     I was impressed and very pleased with what Pope Francis has said about caring for the elderly. A recent article featured quotes from "On Heaven and Earth: Pope Francis on Faith, Family and the Church in the 21st Century," a book based on a conversation with him when he was head of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires. Here are a few quotes:

     --"In this consumerist, hedonist and narcissistic society, we are accustomed to the idea that there are people that are disposable" [among them, the elderly]. . . . I believe that today there is covert euthanasia: Our social security pays up until a certain amount of treatment and then says 'May God help you.'"

     --"There are many who abandon those that fed them, who educated them, who wiped their bottoms. It hurts me; it makes me weep inside."

     --"God must be very fond of the old because those who are pious with their parents are showered with blessings."

     --"I am beginning old age and I will not resist it. I am prepared and I would like to be like a vintage wine, not one gone sour."

     You can read more here.

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        Again this week 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!

                                                  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

 

Weeks of June 10 and 17, 2013
Prayer Requests 

Caring for Your Special-Needs Child

Dear Friends:

     It's understandable, but unfortunate, that the emphasis on caregiving for an aging parent or spouse can overshadow another truly heroic group of individuals who provide care for decades. I'm referring to the parents of a child with special needs. And, often, to that child's siblings, both when they're youngsters and when they're adults.
     Sometimes that need is clearly visible, such as when there's a physical problem. And sometimes it's nearly invisible or unknown to others except for family and close friends. That might include an emotional or mental illness, for example.
     The definition for "family caregiver" is broad and deep because the variety of needs within a family are both those, too.
     If you're the parent of a son or daughter with special needs, if you're that person's brother or sister, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or other family member, we want you to know that when we say members of the Friends of St. John the Caregiver are praying for you and your care-receiver we mean you. And we mean your care-receiver.
     You and your loved one remain in my prayers, too.

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     And speaking as the parent of child with special needs . . . Years ago Monica and I got to know the founder and director of the Sibling Support Project. It's a wonderful service to families! Our two youngest attended Sibshops and later our daughter helped with the program. You can find out more here.

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     This week we're so pleased to welcome Blon M. from Indiana as the newest member of the Friends of St. John the Caregiver. Please keep him and his intentions in your prayers. He has 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!

                                                  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

 

Week of June 24, 2013
Prayer Requests 

Moving On, Step by Step

Dear Friends:

     I'm so happy to report the Spring-Summer edition of "Among Friends" -- the newsletter of the Friends of St. John the Caregiver -- is now online.
     It was a tough one to do because it was the first since the death of Monica in January of this year.
     I had been told, and I'm finding it to be oh-so-true, that there are a lot of challenging "firsts" during the 12 months following the death of a loved one.
     Compounding this time of grieving have been the deaths of Monica's mom (Terry Faudree) on May 1 and my mom (Margaret Dodds) on May 27. It was pretty tough on the family to have all three women listed in the newsletter's "In Loving Memory" section.
     I'm convinced the prayers of others, including many of you, have made a huge and wonderful difference as the family and I continue moving on, step by step. My deepest thanks for those prayers.
     Be assured you and your loved ones remain in mine.

                                                 --Bill

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    Again this week 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!

                                                  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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