25% Off for New CMA Members

The CMA is offering a 25% discount for new members, which is a great deal! You can sign up here. (When they ask, you can tell them that our Guild President, Thomas Carroll, referred you! =))

We are also always happy to welcome new (and returning!) members to our local Guild as well! Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions…or you can just sign up!

White Mass

Thank you to everyone who joined us, whether in-person or online, for our annual White Mass this Sunday at the Cathedral! We would like to thank in particular Bishop Matano for celebrating Mass!

In these difficult times it is ever-more important to come together to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. As we continue to move through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and societal unrest the Finger Lakes Guild will continue to support our colleagues, patients, and neighbors in the Diocese of Rochester. If you would like to get involved with the Guild, please contact us here.

Finally, we would like to thank the Catholic Courier for live streaming Mass for those who could not attend in person. Their excellent coverage is here.

Peace with Dementia Rosary – Featuring Tom Carroll

I am honored, and humbled, that Matt Estrade asked me to join him recently on his Peace with Dementia Rosary Podcast! I enjoyed our conversation and I think we covered some important topics around palliative care, advance care planning, MOLST/POLST forms and more!

I also enjoyed praying the Rosary with him. What a nice model for a Catholic Podcast!

You can see the video of our conversation here, and if you’re on the go you can also check out the audio-only version on Apple Podcasts here.

Matt is a busy and productive guy! For more great content from Matt check him out on his Peace with Dementia website, YouTube channel. He is also available as a dementia coach via MyCatholicDoctor.

2021 CMA Meeting – Call for Proposals

Do you have something you’d like to share with your Catholic healthcare colleagues across the country? If so…

The Call for Abstracts to present at the 2021 CMA Annual Educational Conference (Oct 7-9) in sunny Orlando FL is out! You can see their promotional video here.

The meeting’s theme is “The Joy of Medicine,” take a look and consider submitting an abstract. If you’d like help developing an idea and/or getting it ready to submit, the Finger Lakes Guid is happy to help! You can contact us here.

The Will to Live

I think it’s fair to say that we who take care of patients at the end of their lives have seen the “will to live” (or loss thereof) drastically affect the timing of a person’s death.

This review suggests the field remains in the early stages in terms of data quality. Definitely will be interesting to keep an eye on future studies.

Guild Update

Membership Drive

It’s that time of year when we ask for your continued support of the Guild. 

First and foremost, we ask for your prayers! 

Secondly, if you feel so called, we ask you to assist the Guild financially.  Truly, any and all support, no matter how “large” or “small,” is appreciated and will be put to good use.

This can be done in a number of ways, including:

Save the date – White Mass

October 18

Bishop Matano will be presiding at this year White Mass on October 18 at the Cathedral.  We will be sending a more formal invitation soon.

Save the date – Virtual Journal Club

November 18

Our first Virtual Journal Club on August 6 was a huge success! 

The next Virtual Journal Club will be on November 18 via Zoom, details coming soon!

Guild Partners and Resources

We’ve added a new Guild Partners and Resources page to our website.  Check it out!

Virtual Journal Club…Success!

Thank you to everyone how made last night’s Virtual Journal Club discussing NFP a resounding success! We two wonderful presenters (Felix Rodriguez and Anne Olek) and we were both blessed and humbled to be joined by the authors of the paper, Dr. Fehring and Dr. Manhart!

We had a great turnout and appreciate everyone’s engagement. Lots of insightful questions and discussion!

We are planning to host VJCs quarterly, so stay turned for us to announce the Fall/Winter date!

CMA Annual Educational Conference Goes Virtual!

2020 Annual Educational Conference

September 25-26, 2020

The Conference will be available live online as well as in-person (in San Diego). To sign up click here.

The theme of the conference is “Medicine’s Integrity: Reclaiming the Doctor-Patient Relationship”. Conference speakers will focus on national and cultural currents (Law, Humanities, Psychology, Theology, History) that might harm the doctor-patient relationship at the practical or personal level. How do we as Catholic physicians respond to these challenges (eg. physician assisted suicide, transgenderism, gender reassignment surgery, marijuana use, pornography, etc.) in a faithful, compassionate way?

Physicians, Heal Thyself – The Pulse of Catholic Medicine

By Cynthia Hunt, M.D.

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased stress tremendously for many physicians and health care providers in multiple ways that are unprecedented in volume and intensity. Considering 50% of physicians reported burnout prior to the pandemic, it is now increasingly important to follow the directive found in Luke 4:23, “Physicians, heal thyself.” This verse can be understood as a reminder to physicians to work on their own illnesses and weaknesses to be better able to help others.

Read the whole piece…

Cross-Guild Virtual Journal Club!

“The Finger Lakes Guild of Rochester, New York and the Palm Beach Physicians Guild of Florida are happy to announce an exciting new way to connect in these challenging times. Building on the successful initiative first launched in New York, the guilds are collaborating with the national CMA office to offer all guilds the new Virtual Journal Club…” continued

VIRTUAL JOURNAL CLUB (Sign up here!)

Natural Family Planning and Marital Chastity: The Effects of Periodic Abstinence on Marital Relationships
Journal: The Linacre Quarterly
Authors: Fehring, R. J., & Manhart, M. D. 

• Connect with fellow CMA members across the country
• Discuss timely topics relevant to living the Catholic faith while practicing in an increasingly secular world
• Inspire colleagues to join your local Guild and the CMA by “bringing” them along

Join us on August 6, 2020 at 7 p.m.
https://www.fingerlakescma.org/virtual-journal-club-sign-up/

Thank you especially to St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry for making Virtual Journal Club available via Zoom!