Each year, the CHABC sponsors an essay contest for graduating students on the meaning of spirituality in health care. The winner receives a $500 prize to assist with their continuing education.
This year’s winner is Jasmine Mann who graduated from Fleetwood Park Secondary in Surrey. Jasmine begins her studies in September at UBC-Vancouver where she will be studying BSc (Computer Science).
Congratulations and best wishes to Jasmine!
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused great suffering and enormous difficulties for many people who are already vulnerable. This is a cause for great alarm and concern for us as Catholic Bishops, and for the Catholic faithful of our country. The pandemic has inflicted unique difficulties and exceptional hardships on many, especially those in long-term institutional care, single-parent families, the unemployed, migrant farm workers, the homeless, Indigenous communities, those who are imprisoned, and many who were already experiencing different illnesses of body and mind.
Click the link below to read the full message by the Executive Committee of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on July 1 2020
“Patients hospitalized for heart problems may be at greater risk of dying within a year of discharge when they live alone or feel lonely, a Danish study suggests.”
The CHABC has a focus on providing training to parishes who are willing to start up a pastoral visitation program that helps to alleviate the loneliness described in the linked article. As pastoral visitors, parishioners can have an incredible impact on alleviating loneliness and improving the quality of life of those who are alone and due to circumstances, are not able to get out and socialize, meet friends and develop relationships, which many of us take for granted as part of our everyday lives. Loneliness is one of the most prevalent reasons that people request physician assisted suicide. We all have the ability to give the gift of companionship and to make a difference in the lives of another.
Click the link to read the article and then ask if there is anything you can do at your parish to help those in need.
The CHABC is embarking on a new program to expand the ability of parishes to train pastoral visitors with the intent of developing pastoral care visitation teams in each parish. These teams would coordinate visits to members of the parish who may be frail and not able to get out often or they may be alone and lonely, or they may have health problems that prevent them from leaving their home. In some cases, they may be individuals who have been moved to a long-term care home and have nobody to visit them.
For a brief description of the program, click on the video link under Events. The training in this program is excellent for staff who work in a care home or hospital, for individuals caring for loved ones in their home or for people who visit with seniors in their homes or care homes. Many attendees have commented that it has been an enormous help to them just in understanding how to better communicate with family members and friends.
The focus of the program will be to start by offering the training to parishes who have the support to start a home pastoral visitation program. By training individuals from parishes to facilitate the training, we will vastly expand our ability to train large numbers of people throughout the province.
“For some, the idea is just another sign of the creeping medicalization of everyday human woes: Is it really the best we can do to fix the loneliness ‘epidemic’?”
For Parishes that are interested in learning how to deliver the Spiritual Care Series.
We will be hosting a Webinar soon, check back here for details.
Or Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Click on the link below to see a brief description of the program. It consists of eight 2.5 hour sessions.