Here's a photo capturing the highlight of summer: Fr. Danny Cruz's reception after his ordination mass. He is the second vocation to come from Holy Cross. Many of you will remember Fr. Dan Vanyo as the first. Please pray for another vocation from our parish. At the beginning of our Sunday masses our community prays the prayer for vocations. Is there someone specific in your mind when you pray this prayer? Perhaps this personalization of our prayer will better move the heart of God. Pray with your heart. Pray from your deep desire. We need more priests. By the way, the JC/DC Band (Jaime Cortez/Daniel Cruz) is a wonderfully beautiful liturgical combo.
Mark your calendar for some special events coming soon! On Sat, Nov 4, FSL (formerly Foundation for Senior Living) will be holding its 3rd Annual Family Caregiver Open House from 8:30am-3:00pm at the FSL Caregiver House, 1201 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix 85014. At this come-and-go-as-you-please event, you will be able to learn about caregiving resources and self-care for caregivers, receive caregiving tips, and watch some healthy cooking demos. You are even welcome to bring your care receivers with you. They will be provided with free respite care under the supervision of professional caregivers while you attend the seminars.READ MORE
Is your care receiver a veteran? If so, are you aware that the Veterans Administration offers a number of programs to support family caregivers taking care of their loved ones who are veterans? The programs are designed to provide support and help for the veteran and for the family caregiver both in the home and out of the home. The VA has trained professionals who can talk with you and help you determine which programs and services would be the best fit for your specific situation.
I am profoundly grateful to Fr. Felt for the foresight he had in fostering a multi-cultural aware parish. In fact, by the time I got to Holy Cross, I didn't perceive any animosity from our diversity. For that reason I thought it was time to revisit our mission statement and speak to our new situation. I didn't want to do this alone. So, with the help of our Parish Council and Ministry Leaders we came together as a Parish Synod to reflect once again on our needs as a parish. Last May 13th, on the 100th anniversary of our Lady of Fatima's appearance in Portugal we entrusted our reflections to her and the fruit of that reflection is now woven into our new mission statement on the cover page of this bulletin. The statement has two parts: firstly, what is at the Center of our Catholic identity and secondly, because of that identity how should we engage the outside world with it. Note the missionary impetus that's there. Even before we took action to think deeply about the missionary status inherent to our Baptism, there were a number of parishioners already beginning new activities of outreach to those outside our Parish Community. I think we are heading in a very good direction.
There's not too much one can do in the open air of Mesa on a sunny day in July. Someone had a brilliant idea to take our young people north of Payson to hang out at the Tonto Bridge Natural Park. As soon as we got there, we celebrated mass together where, as I can remember, everyone went up for communion with Jesus—and that really set the tone for the entire outing. Not once did I have to get after any of the kids. They were all well behaved… and I believe the effects of Holy Mass extend well beyond just a few minutes after Holy Communion. God gave me another confirmation that the power of the Eucharistic Celebration can transform our entire day.
As one of the 65 million family caregivers in our country, you are on a busy, often stressful, time-demanding journey. Research has shown that one of the best ways for caregivers to take care of themselves is to join a caregiver support group and attend meetings regularly. While this is ideal, it is not often practical as many caregivers are unable to get away from their duties and responsibilities to attend meetings. Now it is possible to use an app to connect with other caregivers who are experiencing very similar caregiving situations. The app is called CINC – Caregivers in the Community. This free, mobile app is offered through AARP's Care Connection which is part of the AARP caregiving community.READ MORE
The Diocese of Phoenix sponsors a two-year program in theological studies for laity who want to go deeper in their studies of the faith. Each year in June students turn out for Graduation. I am happy to report that our liturgical coordinator Chris Haubrock and Benny and Jessica Morel completed their studies and dutifully graduated. Pastors find a real blessing in their faithful who've gone through Kino. It's this sort of preparation that helps solidify the appreciation and clarity of the Catholic Teaching and graduates have gone on to serve their faith communities in many different ways. Should you cross paths with Chris, Benny or Jessica, ask them about their experience and Kino and what it takes to get through this type of education.
One of the greatest concerns for older/ill people is falling down. Caregivers often have to deal with the after-effects of their loved ones falling. Last week we looked at four ways to help prevent falls through encouraging regular exercise, medication mindfulness, visual health checks and safe home environment. According to Health in Aging.org, many older people suffer from osteopenia or osteoporosis which is thinning and weakening of bones. With this health condition, people can easily break their bones when they fall. However, it is also possible that the reverse can occur. People with weakened bones occasionally fall after a bone has broken. How does a caregiver know if his/her care receiver has osteopenia or osteoporosis? Warning signs include stooped posture and loss of height. If these signs are present, the caregiver should discuss the issue with the care receiver's physician.
For more information on what caregivers can do to help a care receiver with osteopenia or osteoporosis, check out the website for Health in Aging at the following link: www.healthinaging.org/resources/ resource:eldercare-at-home-boneweakness/.