MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH MONTH
May is Mental Health Month and in May we have the feast of St Dymphna patron Saint for those who have mental health concerns. I offer two things for consideration.
First is the mediation Each Day written by Rita Lambert. It gives ten things to meditate on for your morning prayer.
The Each Day prayer helps us to live in the present. Living in the present moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously aware that each moment you breathe is a gift from God. One way to keep balance in our lives is to actively concentrate on living in the present, i.e., work on appreciating what we have now and what God has given us. Spiritually it means seeing the hand of God in what we do each day. The Each Day prayer is an invitation to see the events of the day as holy because God is an integral part of our day. When we open our eyes to see God in all that we do, it changes the way we look at things and the way we do things and how we appreciate daily ups and downs. Our burdens become lighter and our joys become greater because we see things in a new way. The prayer can be found on the prayer page of our website.
Secondly, St Dymphna’s feast Day is May 15th. Also on the prayer page of our website is an intercessory prayer for St Dymphna.
TAKING A BREAK --- MOVING FORWARD IN HOPE WILL RESUME IN THE FALL OF 2022 - OVER THE SUMMER WE WILL PERIODICALLY BE SENDING PRAYERFUL INSIGHTS, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE THESE AND ARE NOT ALREADY RECEIVING OUR ANNPOUNCEMENTS PLEASE EMAIL US AT OLMCINFO2@AOL.COM
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR NEXT FALL! THE CHICAGO ARCHDIOCESAN COMMISSION ON MENTAL ILLNESS INVITES YOU TO AN EVENING OF PRAYER, CONNECTION AND HOPE
STARTING IN SEPTEMBER - JOIN US ON THE 4th TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH FROM 7:00-8:00 P.M.
The Chicago Archdiocesan Commission on Mental Illness is pleased to offer Moving Forward in Hope, a monthly series of evening prayer, connection, and hope. Our goal is to create a safe place for those living with or those caring for someone with mental health concerns to come together to pray and share their faith experience with one another. We know connection is paramount to mental health and well-being. These virtual meetings wilL be held on the fourth Tuesday of each month. For the registration link send an email to Deacon Tom Lambert at email@example.com___________________________________________________________________________
SCHEDULE A PRESENTATION FOR YOUR PARISH
Contact Deacon Tom Lambert at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pope Francis Video on Depression and Anxiety
Deacon Ed Shoener, President of the Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers Presentation on Suicide
Deacon Ed Shoener, whose daughter died by suicide, co authored 2 books for ministry,Responding To Suicide and When A Loved One Dies By Suicide, presented a webinar on responding to suicide. Here is the youtube link to the recording of this very important message. Click on the you tube link to see the webinar
OUTREACH TO FAMILIES OF THOSE WHO DIED BY SUICIDE
NOW ON LINE - OCTOBER 5, 2020 PRESENTATION AT MARY SEAT OF WISDOM PARISH IN PARK RIDGE
Mary Seat of Wisdom Parish in Park Ridge hosted an evening on supporting people with mental illness and their families. Speakers presented on Faith and mental illness, family members, person with a mental illness, spiritual support, and support programs. Click on the link to see the presentation___________________________________________________________________________
Chicago Catholic Interview on ways of coping during Covet 19
Chicago Catholic did an interview with Deacon Tom Lambert on ways of coping during this period of "sheltering in place." To view the article click on: Chicago Catholic Magazine Interview___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________
US Catholic Magazine Interview on Accompanying People with a Mental Illness
US Catholic Magazine did an interview with Deacon Tom Lambert regarding acccompaning people with mental illness and their families. To view the article click on: US Catholic Magazine Interview on Accompanying People with a Mental Illness___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________
The California Bishops Conference pastoral letter on outreach to people with Mental Illness and their families
The California Bishops Conference letter "Hope and Healing" is an excellent statement calling us as church to reach out to people with mental Illness and theur families. The Bishops state "As pastors and bishops, we understand that mental health is a critical component of wellbeing. Therefore, ministering to those who suffer from mental illness is an essential part of the pastoral care of the Church. This letter represents a statement by Catholic pastors, in consultation with those who suffer from mental illness, their families and loved ones, health care practitioners, and other caregivers. We acknowledge and thank our collaboratorsï¿½patients, families, mental health professionals, and pastoral care workersï¿½who assisted with this statement."
This is an excellent teaching tool for parish ministry. It is available on their website at www.cacatholic.org___________________________________________________________________________
National Catholic Reporter Interview on Recovery Model and the Catholic Church
The National Catholic Reporter did an interview with Deacon Tom Lambert, from the Archdiocese of Chicago's Commission on Mental Illness, Jan Benton from the National Catholic Partnership on Disability, Archbishop Wenski from Miami and several mental health professionals about how the Church can be a key component in the recovery model for helping people with mental illnesses. To view the article click on: National Catholic Reporter article "Catholic church can aid treatment of mental illness"___________________________________________________________________________