July, 2019
Pastoral Care Ministry Newsletter
Partners in Pastoral Care
On May 30th, The National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) offered "Partners in Pastoral Care", a live-streamed, 6 hour formation/training program.

Topics featured:

  • Catholic Laity in Pastoral Care Ministry - Equipping, Coordinating, Sustaining

  • Jail and Prison Ministry 101

  • Fundamental Aspects of Geriatric Spiritual Care Education
Reflection from St. Mary’s Church in Oneonta 
Eight lay ministers of Pastoral Care met at St. Mary’s in Oneonta for the day long inservice on Geriatric Spiritual Care.
Speedbumps & Potholes: Aging Defensively
Explore ways to help navigate the journey into our later years. Also includes pan el discussions on how faith communities can help support their members as they make decisions about where to live, deal with financial and legal issues associated with aging, and caregiving.

The Capital District Senior Issues Forum Summer Faith Program  

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, Albany

We don’t move on from grief we move forward with it
A TED talk-  

“In a talk that's by turns heartbreaking and hilarious, writer and podcaster Nora McInerny shares her hard-earned wisdom about life and death. Her candid approach to something that will, let's face it, affect us all, is as liberating as it is gut-wrenching. Most powerfully, she encourages us to shift how we approach grief. "A grieving person is going to laugh again and smile again," she says. "They're going to move forward. But that doesn't mean that they've moved on."   Read more.
Alzheimer’s Through The Stages: A Caregiver’s Guide
I wanted to let you know about a book which is available on Amazon, written by Mary Moller, MSW, CAS. 

Mary currently works at the Center of Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease at Albany Medical Center.  She has a wealth of experience and her book is a straight forward and uncomplicated read for any caregiver of a loved one who has Alzheimer’s Disease. 

Please pass this information on to anyone you know who might benefit from this book. 

Also, Mary is available for presentations. Perhaps having her give a presentation at your parish would be one way of reaching out to the caregiver’s in your pews, who are caring for someone with this disease. Mary can be reached at marycaringforcaregivers@gmail.com .
September 7:
Fall Memorial Mass, St. Agnes Cemetery

September 13:
Fall Paint Classes  begin, St. Agnes Menands

September 14:
Fall Memorial Masses, Most Holy Redeemer & St. Mary's

September 16 - Oct. 5:

September 19:

September 20 - 28:

October 5:

Oct. 20-26, 2019:
Pastoral Care Week
Hospitality: Cultivating Space 

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Caregiver Resources
Pastoral Care Ministry Day of Retreat & Spiritual Renewal
On June 12, 2019, people from around our diocese involved in Pastoral Care Ministry, gathered at Carondelet Hospitality Center in Latham for the annual pastoral care day of retreat & spiritual renewal. Guest Presenter Fr. Eugene (Red) O’Reilly C.Ss.R. engaged the retreatants with stories, prayer, song, ritual and humor, speaking on the topic of Jesus’ Transforming Power of Humility. 

Christ the King parishioners with Fr. Eugene O'Reilly

Front: Fran Schmidt, Dorie Schmidt, Back (L-R): Sarah Cavanaugh, Kathie Hannaford, Father Eugene O'Reilly, Maureen Mcauliffe, Sue Hollander, Beth Kilanoski.
What To Do After
Someone Dies
National Institute on Aging

“Nothing has to be done immediately after a person’s death. Take the time you need. Some people want to stay in the room with the body; others prefer to leave." Read more .
Is It Alzheimer's ... or LATE?

“More than 5 million people over age 65 suffer from dementia, a number that's expected to more than double by 2060. But though many of these cases are attributed to Alzheimer's disease,  a report   published in the medical journal Brain reveals that in cases involving people older than 80, up to 50 percent may, in fact, be caused by a newly identified form of dementia. It's called LATE, which is short for limbic-predominant age-related TDP-43 encephalopathy. Read more .
Pastoral Care Ministry is a program of Albany Diocesan Cemeteries

If the Pastoral Care Coordinator at your parish changes, please notify Harley McDevitt . Thank you!