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ANNUAL CHABC ESSAY WINNER 2020

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!

CCCB Message – They Still Bring Forth Fruit in Old Age: A Lesson on Caring in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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

Message on caring amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

Lonely heart patients more likely to die within year of leaving hospital

“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.

Read more at National Post

Spiritual Care Training

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.

THE INSPIRING PRESENTATION GIVEN FROM DR. MICHAEL HRYNIUK AT THE ANNUAL CHABC CONFERENCE IN SEPTEMBER 2019

Hryniuk Presentation 

A MOVING VIDEO ON HOMELESSNESS AND MENTAL HEALTH


Researchers are working on a pill for loneliness, as studies suggest the condition is worse than obesity

“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’?”

Read More at National Post


SISTER NUALA KENNY’S NEW BOOK, REDISCOVERING THE ART OF DYING IS NOW AVAILABLE


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Events

 

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  info@chabc.bc.ca for more info.

Spiritual Care Series

Click on the link below to see a brief description of the program.  It consists of eight 2.5 hour sessions.