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"When Jesus saw His mother and the disciple there whom He loved, He said to His mother, 'Woman, behold your son. Then He said to the disciple,'Behold, your mother.' And from that hour the disciple took her into his home."--John 19:26-27

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It’s become common to incorrectly use the term Alzheimer’s to describe all kinds of dementia. Dementia is the loss of memory and the ability to think, to solve problems, and to use reason. It affects memory, intelligence, judgment, language, and behavior. There are a number of subcategories under this broad term, including Alzheimer’s, multi-infarct dementia (which is stroke-r...

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Depression and Suicide

Posted on November 04, 2017 in: Caregiver Spirituality

If your loved one is suffering from depression—and is not just “down in the dumps” for a while—he or she can’t “will it” away. Your care-receiver can’t simply decide, “I’m not going to be depressed anymore.” Research shows that depression often has a physiological and emotional basis and is treatable. Then, too, with all your respon...

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Top Ten Spiritual Practices for Caregivers
Care giving can be a very rewarding experience, as we want to give our love and support to a family member or friend. It can also drain our energy when we are called to give a lot of our time, especially if also working or caring for children at home. It is important to find time and ways to be rene...

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A Caregiver's Prayer for an Aging Parent Heavenly Father, help me better understand and believe I can do what you ask me to do. Forgive me for the times, even now, when I question your judgment. As I go about the many daily tasks of caregiving, give me energy. As I watch my loved one oh-so-slowly walk across the room, give me strength. As I answer his/her repeated question just one...

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by Barry J. Jacobs, AARP, January 9, 2017 As a 24/7 caregiver for her mother, my 52-year-old patient — I'll call her Becca — gets little rest. At night, lying on the couch next to her mother's hospital bed, she is jolted awake by her mom's frequent cries of pain and confused conversation with people who aren't there. During the day, she catnaps fitfully in the chair ...

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Posted on September 15, 2023 in: Around the Diocese

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Calendar of Events
Brothers in Christ Virtual Meeting Brothers in Christ is a gathering of men who share faith, personal experiences, and discussion. BIC fellowship meetings are held the second Thursday of the month either virtually or on-site. Thursday-October 12th, Brothers in Christ will be Virtually from 7pm – 7:45pm.  Deacon Dennis Dolan will be speaking on “Children who don’t go to Mass”.  If you are interested in hearing great speakers as well as developing fellowship with other men devoted to Christ, please register by email Liza Roach at lroach@no...

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Register Today: CT Catholic Men's Conference Returns
Greetings, Men of God!          It’s time to get ready for the 16th Annual Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference at Northwest Catholic HS, West Hartford, CT on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2023.             BUY TICKETS ONLINE www.ctcatholicmen.org Doors open 7:30am and the event concludes with the Vigil Mass at 4pm. We’re calling all men of the parish to join us for a day of dynamic speakers, Exhibitors, incredible worship, Confession, Adoration, fellowship, and food! Thi...

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Remembering September 11th- Mercies in Disguise
Sometimes, the best stories come from unexpected moments of inspiration. Recently, I had a unique experience attending Mass at St. Columba in Columbia. Originally, I hadn't planned on going there; the church I regularly attend had canceled the early Mass for the summer. At the same time, I was struggling to find a topic for this month's Four County Catholic article. Writer's block had hit me hard, and the deadlines were looming. During the Communion meditation, something remarkable happened. My eyes caught sight of a large plaque on the wall listing the corporal...

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The Importance of Attending a Catholic Men's Conference
             The 16th Annual Connecticut Catholic Men's Conference is almost upon us. We are so looking forward to seeing men at Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford on September 23rd. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.ctcatholicmen.org. Catholic men's conferences offer a unique and invaluable opportunity for men to grow in faith, help discern God's call for them in their lives, and contribute to the Church's mission. In this article, we will present several reasons why men shou...

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Take Time to Talk with Jesus

Posted on September 03, 2023 in: Reflections

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Take Time to Talk with Jesus
Research shows 95 percent of people have an interior dialogue with themselves and 25 percent talk to themselves out loud. I confess. I’m one of the 95 percent … and, I hesitate to say this, I’m one of the 25 percent. While I was wandering through the supermarket the other day, I had this conversation, with myself: “Look at these prices! How can anyone afford groceries nowadays?” “It’s terrible!” I just hope no one heard me, and if they didn’t, it was probably because they were talking to themselves. This ...

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Pope St. John Paul II Hiking Club Blends Faith, Friends and the Beauty of God’s Creation
Pope St. John Paul II, who had a passion for the great outdoors and used it to evangelize the Catholic faith, is inspiring others locally to do the same. Suzi Porter, leader of a women’s Bible study group at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury, was driving to a class last March when she felt called to start a Catholic hiking group and name it after the saint and former pope. “Our former Pope loved the outdoors and I had seen pictures of him hiking and skiing and kayaking well into his senior years,” Porter says. “I thought wh...

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