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'Double Isolation' at Christmas 2021

Week of December 19, 2021
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Dear Friends,

This Christmas is doubly hard for some. Recent statistics say 800,000 Americans have died from COVID. So many lives, so many families, so many broken hearts.

 So much sorrow, so much overwhelming, crippling grief.

For many families there's another change since Christmas 2020.

At some point over the last twelve months, a loved one has become a care-receiver. And the one who loves him or her, has become a caregiver.

And if you're a caregiver, you know how lonely that can be. How isolating. How exhausting. For many families, Christmas 2021 is marked with "double isolation." By COVID. By caring.

For many, there is "double loneliness."

Our Christmas prayer for you this year is that you'll find comfort in realizing, in remembering, that the loving God who has asked you to care for his beloved son or daughter is always with you. Always.

No, none of us is perfect at caregiving. None of us is perfect at loving. Even so, God never abandons us. Never steps away for even a moment. Never fails to see how hard we work to be, how hard we want to be, a loving caregiver.

And in you, he is well pleased.

This is from our "The Basics of Catholic Caregiving":

    Our faith tell us, and our loving God assures us, you’re not alone in this often challenging and overwhelming – and at times even frightening – mission. The One who asked you remains with you, day and night.

    More than merely by your side, he alone can be in your mind, your heart and your soul, ready to offer you comfort, support and strength to handle the daily challenges of caregiving. All you need to do is ask.

    But amid the hectic day-in and day-out tasks of caring for a loved one, sometimes it takes effort, it takes a conscious and deliberate decision, to stop – if only for a moment – and become more aware of the presence of God.

    To better see how he never abandons you. How – no matter what time it is, no matter where you are, no matter the circumstances – he is there.

    The love you offer to your aging parent, spouse, family member or friend is always accompanied by God’s infinite love for that person . . . and for you.

And it's up to us who aren't caregivers or who are no longer caregivers to step up and offer a helping hand, a comforting word. And, day by day throughout 2021, to keep caregivers and care-receivers in our prayers

You can find a complete copy of the basics here: "The Basics of Catholic Caregiving."

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And happy feast day of St. John the apostle, evangelist and caregiver on December 27!

You remain in my prayers.


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This week we're so pleased to welcome Kathy O. of South Carolina, Lori A. of Texas, George B. of Maryland and Kris F. of Iowa 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.

Again this week we cordially invite you to join the Friends of St. John the Caregiver! (FSJC's programs include and 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 online here

or call us toll-free at 1-800-392-JOHN (5646)

or print and mail an application form.

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