Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning

I had a really nice time speaking at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church last night as part of their Breath of Life Ministry’s Respect Life Month.  What a wonderful group of people, and such a beautiful church!

I hope that this sort of event sparks conversations among family and friends about the importance of careful advance care planning.  It is all too easy these days to sign documents (e.g., standard NYS living wills and certain part of the MOLST form) that will direct care that goes against Catholic Teaching.

My basic advice: We all need a Health Care Proxy and we do NOT need a standard NYS living will.  I recommend using the document put out by the NY Conference of Bishops entitled Now and at the Hour of Our Death.  This makes clear who should making health care decisions if you were to be unable to make them yourself (the Health Care Proxy portion) and that you wish for all medical care to be provided that is in accord with Catholic Teaching (the “Living Will” portion).

The MOLST form is ONLY POSSIBLY appropriate for those who would not benefit from attempts to restart their heart if it were to stop (CPR vs  DNR) or who would be very unlikely to benefit from even a few days on a ventilator.  I strongly recommend AGAINST competing the section on Artificial Nutrition and Hydration as this question is never an emergency and so can and should be assessed and decided upon by a person’s Health Care Proxy at the time.

For a Catholic POLST (which is what the rest of the country calls forms similar to NYS’s MOLST) see the thoughtful discussion from the National Catholic Bioethics Center here.

Thank you again to the wonderful people at St. Stanislaus’s parish for inviting me last night.  May God continue to bless your exceptional ministry.

Mary, Health of the Sick, Pray for Us!

Tom Carroll – President

St Stan

Keeping Our Gaze on Christ as His Faithful Church

Christ’s Church has always faced challenges in our fallen world.  Our generation has found itself in the midst of the clergy abuse scandal, which poses a serious challenge to the Church’s moral standing in the public square and is causing some to leave the Church.

It is up to us to cooperate with the Holy Spirit in articulating the Church’s beliefs and doing what we can to heal these terrible wounds inflicted on the Body of Christ.  Please consider joining us as we lend our support to the Catholic Moms of Rochester who are presenting what promises to be a very informative and inspiring program on November 9, 9am to noon, at St. Patrick’s Church in Victor.

What blessing to have the opportunity to hear two great speakers and then spend time in Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament!  Please do join us!

If you would like to attend, please register via email at catholicmomsofrochester@gmail.com

Keeping our gaze on Christ

Journal Club Last Night

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our quarterly Journal Club yesterday evening!

We had a great turnout with wide-ranging and inspiring discussion about the technocratic influences in medicine and our society in general.

Ultimately we agree that we can perhaps occasionally fight the ‘big fight’ against such dehumanizing forces…and…we must never lose sight of the ways in which we can, in our everyday lives, intentionally maintain/restore human connections.

Again, thank you to everyone who was able to make it last night. We will be announcing our next Journal Club date and topic soon, so stay tuned!

Respect Life Month @ St. Stan’s

October is Respect Life Month (in addition to being the month of the Rosary), so please consider taking advantage of talks taking place at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church!  See the flyer below, and note that the speaker on 10/28 is our very own Guild President!

Respect Life Month at St Stans (2019)

Panel on Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is increasingly being recognized as not just a problem in some distant land, but rather right in our own community.  This terrible and under-recognized exploitation of our neighbors, and fellow human beings, cries out for justice.

Please join the Finger Lakes Guild, UR Newman, and The Cathedral Community for:

Human Trafficking: A Panel Discussion on Monday, 11/4, from 7-9pm at the Interfaith Chapel at the U of R

Please contact us at RSVP.FLG.event@gmail.com with any questions

Human Trafficking

Members’ Mass, Board Meeting, & Happy Hour

Members’ FLG Board Meeting

Come celebrate The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary with our first ever Members’ Board Meeting on December 9th at St. Bernard’s!  Since December 8th is a Sunday this year this is not a Holy Day of Obligation, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate it!

This event is open to all Finger Lakes Guild Members.  If you’re not a member yet, feel free to sign up here (or you can also sign up after Mass).  We hope to see you there!

Schedule for the evening:

  • 6:30-7pm – Mass in the St. Bernard’s Chapel
  • 7-8pm – Open Board Meeting
  • 8-9pm – Happy Hour

Creighton Model Introductory Session

Tuesday, September 1, at St. Bernard’s, 120 French Road, Rochester, NY.  

This is the first of nine classes providing instruction about the natural method of fertility care referred to the as the Creighton Model. Dates include September 17, October 15, November 12, January 7, February 4, March 10, April 7, May TBA, June, TBA.

A 2019 participant in the Creighton Model Fertility Care Practitioner Internship program recently released a video discussing some aspects of this natural method of family planning.  The video may be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtkdLmgUxxI

To Register: call Anne Olek RN, FNP-BC 585-310-8305.