Catholics @ URMC 2020

We are excited to kick off 2020 by restarting our Catholics @ URMC meetings!

Catholics @ URMC is a collaboration between the UR Newman Center and the Finger Lakes Guild that aims to bring together Catholics, and non-Catholics, to provide mutual support for those working in the health professions.
 
We are planning to meet monthly at noon. We will open by praying Sext (the Midday prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours) and then have an open discussion about either a preselected topic or whatever may be on the minds and hearts of those in attendance.
 
Meeting Schedule:
  • January 7th
  • February 20th
  • March 2nd
  • April 1st

We will meet in the back right section of the Strong Hospital Cafeteria from 12:10 to 12:50pm each of these days. 

If you are not familiar with the Liturgy of the Hours fear not, you are not alone! It’s quite easy using the iBreviary app and we’ll all walk through it together.

Members’ Mass, Board Meeting & Reception

Thank you to everyone who joined us last night for our first ever Members’ Mass, Board Meeting, & Reception!  It was great to see some of our Guild members and meet some new folks as well!

A special thank you also goes out to Fr. Mitch, Fr. Juan (on the piano!), and Deacon Mike for a beautiful Mass on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception!

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Wine Tasting

Thank you to Dr. Seeger and his lovely wife Cathy for opening their home to us! A wonderful time was had by all and we very much enjoyed getting to know some of our first year U of R medical students!

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Journal Club 1/16/20 – Update

The Guild’s next Journal Club will be on January 16, 2020 at St. Bernard’s from 7 to 8:30pm.

The session will be led by Dr. Ontiveros, who one of our dedicated Board members (you can check out the cool stuff he does for his day job here).

Dr. Ontiveros will be leading the discussion on:

Organ Donation and Declaration of Death: Combined Neurologic and Cardiopulmonary Standards by Doran and Vukov, which is from the most recent edition of the Linacre.

Please contact us here and we will be happy to send you a PDF of the article before the meeting.

Please feel free to join us for what promises to be an interesting discussion whether or not you are able to review the article beforehand!

Remote Video Conference Option

If you are not able to join us in person, please consider joining via video conference.  This will be hosted via Zoom with the following connection methods:

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Meeting URL: https://urmc.zoom.us/j/803588247
Join by Telephone
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Meeting ID: 803 588 247

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