12-09-2018The World in View from a Believer’s PerspectiveFr. Larry Merta

Here's a shot on Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia. How about this image of some trucker's nice toy that he saved many a penny to buy! It's certainly a switch of scenery, and the feel of travel, no doubt, quite different. When I grew up in South Texas I figured I would want to live a good other portion of my life in a pine forest. Not a few of our Holy Cross parishioners left the snowbelt for the sunbelt. The frantic pace of the West Coast brings settlement to Utah in search of the quiet beauty of the natural surroundings. The humidity of the Bible Belt has others discover the beauty of the Southwest desert. Island fever from Hawaii can be alleviated with a domicile in the continental US.


Virtual Support Groups

12-09-2018On the Caregiving Journey…

Are you feeling the stress of helping someone take care of him/herself? Are you experiencing a roller coaster of emotions that actually surprise you? Perhaps you are experiencing frustration, resentment, guilt, and anger at your loved one for making demands on your time. These feelings are normal when you take care of another person whether or not you call yourself a caregiver. How does one get off the roller coaster? One of the best ways is to attend a support group that allows you to interact with your peers – others who are taking care of their loved ones and experiencing many of the same emotions.


Our Good Works

12-02-2018The World in View from a Believer’s PerspectiveFr. Larry Merta

The Wakodahatchee Wetlands near Boyton Beach, Florida are teeming with migrant birds like this adult Anhinga. Had I taken another step, this specimen would have set sail for the sky. Somehow these birds had me thinking about our winter parishioners, our brothers in sisters in Christ who worship during the cooler months of the year with the year-round members of Holy Cross. Winter parishioners are parishioners, not snowbirds. That's what you are. Parishioners. I admire them as they seasonally participate in St. Vincent de Paul, as they head to the Council to meet the new office among our Knights, as they serve our indoor regularly scheduled Mass ministries. I am most grateful to God that you are using your gifts while you can. We grow in merit when we do so.


Journeying through Grief during the Holidays

12-02-2018On the Caregiving Journey…

The holidays are a time of family celebrations steeped in tradition. However, for those who are grieving, holidays can be very stressful. The issue is how to get through the holidays with the least amount of stress. With the use of a few tips, this can be possible. The Palliative Care Organization of Australia has developed a list of eleven tips to help those who are grieving.