As we continue to walk together this odyssey of a strange new reality known as COVID-19, I want to better utilize this blog as a means of being close to all of you.
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AT HOME WITH FAITH website from The Archdiocese of Seattle – Use this page and the At Home with Faith publications, to find resources to help deepen your family’s faith at home.
Help your Parish Stay Connected to share broadly
Thy Kingdom Come – Prayer Book to share broadly
WAYS TO SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITIES
TACOMA – We have an urgent need for grocery cards at the Hospitality House. Safeway and Fred Meyer are the most convenient stores. Please consider ordering Safeway Gift Cards via our Amazon Wish List click here. If you prefer, please pick up Fred Meyer Gift Cards and MAIL them to the Hospitality House at: 1915 S. Sheridan Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405 Please DO NOT deliver groceries to the house. We are honoring the request for Social Distancing.
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
COV-19 Guidance – Archdiocese of Seattle
Coronavirus Mental Health Resources – English – Arch of Seattle
Coronavirus Mental Health Resources – Spanish – Arch of Seattle
Tips for Maintaining Your Spiritual and Mental Health – ACE, Notre Dame
How can ministers, chaplains, counselors, and educators accompany people pastorally through this valley of anxiety, fear, and death?
Here are 10 brief guidelines. Excerpts from Eileen R. Campbell-Reed – Full article dated March 10, 2020
PDF Version to share with your community.
1. Monitor and follow the health guidelines.
2. Be a non-anxious presence.
3. Show up for people, even if it’s not in person.
4. Listen in love.
5. Find ways to make community.
6. Help people take the long view.
7. Keep values alive.
8. Don’t be afraid to talk about death.
10. Tag out.
As the situation continues to unfold, Bishop Mueggenborg is encouraging all of us to remember the marginalized, homebound, hospitalized, care givers and first responders through simple acts of kindness and gratitude. Catholics have the opportunity to manifest Christ’s love more than ever during these challenging times. Here are some ideas to show this love:
- Remember, we need to encourage our family and friends to stay home and stay well.
- We urge you to encourage your people to make phone calls to homebound neighbors and local nursing home residents.
- Offer to pray over the phone.
- Offer to go grocery shopping for others.
- Our homeless neighbors will be encountering more hunger as the local restaurants and catering companies begin to reduce the preparation of meals. Increase giving to local foodbanks, CCS and St. Vincent de Paul.
- Donate blood or plasma.
- Purchase gas cards for your local nursing home or hospital healthcare providers and drop them off at the front desk as a thank you gift from the local Catholic church.
Thank you for your leadership during this time of uncertainty and anxiousness. St. Anthony pray for us!