What did you do at Easter?
I can reveal that visits to the Pastoral Care Project website peaked considerably on Easter Day - you may wonder, WHY?
We are a small charity with daily around 60, which is very good, as most are from organisations, but on Easter Day there were 381 visits?
What were they looking for? Rather than reveal the pages here now, I invite you to have a look at the website and consider the pages you think? We would love you to have a go? Please use the contact page, twitter @dementiaaprayer or Facebook, thank you.
Gather and Pray:
Continuing with Gather and Pray, this evening Thursday 9th May at 6.45 - 7.45pm there will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at Mount Saint Bernard's Abbey, Coalville, The community pray every week, not just for our work, but for many people, so do take comfort that you are included.
Continue enjoying the goodness of the Easter season by listening to this beautiful song, 'Yes, I shall arise'. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIVmGXNlZP0 For me this hymn sung by Our Lady of the Angels Choir during Holy Communion on Easter Day will remain with me. The memory of parishioners coming forward to me to receive this new life from the Chalice, together with the music and lyrics was 'heaven'.
I called you by name!
Sitting in the office today, enjoying my lunch whilst taking in the view over the meadows, I couldn’t miss the beauty of the spring blossoms close by.
A few moments of quiet bliss - how refreshing!
Then my eyes were drawn towards the bookcase beside me, and glancing at the books, many have been well read, and some not. However, here was one which seemed to stand out, Answering God’s Call by Thaddeus Doyle C.C .
My mind had now moved from the outside beauty to a distant memory of inner beauty, of meeting the author, hearing his personal testimony at the healing Mass. But, that is not what I am about to share.
What I would like to share is now, this moment that I am drawn to pondering not the experience from the mass, which was beautiful, but the question posed by the book title, ‘Answering God’s Call’
How does God call us?
Why does He call us?
When does He call us?
Does God call only some of us?
Back at my desk, beginning to write this months Blog, I realise that the content has already been given to me .
Would you say that it is extraordinary, no so, my way of thinking is that the Holy Spirit is always our advocate , our helper, Romans 8: 26-27
From my experience in pastoral ministry with the very sick, most often with the person struggling with dementia or the person who is said to be “non responsive” each person can still hear God.
It is not for me to know what is happening between the person and the God who comes to them, to take them to his eternal home, what I have experienced is the God's presence.
That is our mission: raising awareness of the spiritual needs and enabling carers... please continue to pray that we may be guided and faithful.
The charity is seeking two Trustees, working closely with the Management Committee and Manager to oversee the charity finance and one to assist with publications, resources and networking.
The trustees currently commit to meet three or four times a year, the AGM and one retreat day, on other occasions or events as they choose.
This year we celebrate twenty five years, the New Dementia family Ministry Prayer Card is just one resource produced by Redemptorist Publications, now we focus on lesson plans, videos and volunteer packs. Further information can be found in the Annual Reports and in the resources pages.
We would be pleased to hear of your interest via the contact page, twitter @dementiaaprayer or Facebook. or you may prefer to email your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
I am sure many reading this blog are continuing to pray the Dementia family Ministry prayer.
i would like to share this beautiful story, Simplicity by Deacon Kevin O'Connor. It is ideal for reflection or class discussion.
Below are two events which may be near you:
Tuesday St Annes, Nuneaton Mass at 9.30am
Tuesday 2.00 pm St Benedict's Junior School Atherstone (Holy Spirit MAC) is leading a prayer service, family are invited and they will be offered (Bake & Share) tea and scones afterwards, the proceeds to the Pastoral Care Project.
All donations received during the week of prayer will be used to further develop the HeARTS and Minds Volunteering Programme and the Lesson Plans which are proving to be much sought after by several dioceses.
Dementia Prayer Week may be coming to a close, it is hoped that it has inspired and enriched many people to join in this ongoing ministry of prayer and support for the poor, as so profoundly expressed by Bishop David McGough, "...the poor have many faces, some of whom may have dementia..." Annual Report 17-18.
Our thanks to the many dioceses, and organisations, parishes and schools who have offered specific dates for prayer and supported us, as well as purchasing prayer cards.
We wish to thank Redemptorist Publications for their partnership this year, it truly has been providential - prayer has increased and surely lives have been touched and Gods presence felt , we know our lives have. How has your life been touched? Do let us know!
The monthly 'Gather and Pray' will continue. Do let us know whether you wish to dedicate a regular or begin a prayer time once a month, Adoration, Assembly.
Bishop David McGough will be celebrating his private Mass on Thursday 14th for your intentions and for all those who receive our support or use our resources.
Our intentions include the families today, and everyone over the last 25 years who have supported our mission.
We especially remember the many volunteers from years ago and all that they contributed to this new ministry. We are so grateful to them and pray that they now rest in the peace of the Lord eternally.
Our thanks for the partnership with Redemptorist Publications who have produced the beautiful every day Dementia family Prayer Card. https://www.rpbooks.co.uk/dementia-prayer-card-25-pack
St Patrick & St Bridgets, Ballycastle, N.Ireland Thursday 7.00 am Mass will include the Dementia family Ministry prayer which will be said at all the masses every day until 19th March.
The parish has purchased prayer cards, supported and prayed for our mission for the last nine years , we really appreciate their generous support in helping this initiative to reach far and wide. Watch live
First day of Dementia Prayer Week 12th March
Today a group of small people for they are toddlers, are having a Yellow Day, with lots of activities. The new Dementia family Ministry prayer card will be presented to the adults.
This event has become a tradition for the Toddler Group of Our Lady of the Angels Parish Nuneaton. They led the way with the very first prayer box for the parish to place prayer intentions.
Years later, those first toddlers now in school are taking part in different ways through school liturgy and in class. Several of the children know first hand about dementia as their grandparents lives are affected by it. As a charity we were delighted to have worked with the school http://olstjacademy.co.uk/ in developing a Lesson Plan which has been piloted and used in classes with great results.
Our thanks to the teachers, leaders, parents and grandparents for being so generous with their time, prayer and donating to our work.
They and everyone will be remembered by Bishop David McGough when he offer his private mass on Thursday 14th March 2019.
The Dementia family Ministry prayer card includes a prayer by Archbishop Bernard Longley and Bishop David McGough which is beautifully produced and available from
Redemptorist Publications https://www.rpbooks.co.uk/dementia-prayer-card-25-pack
This all year round prayer card adds to our resources and will help us greatly every day, in our mission of following the mission of Christ himself in doing his Fathers will.
'Bishops Together' Prayer Event Saturday 9th March
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We appreciate very much the longstanding association with Father Stephen Beale, Sons of Divine Providence and Cardinal Heenan House for their generosity in supporting the work of the Pastoral Care Project and promoting it among their networks. Having spoken at their first Day of Prayer many years ago I was deeply touched and inspired by the number of resident and staff who contributed to the day, and the many young people who volunteer with them. The number of young volunteers have increased and benefited from using our HeARTS and Minds Lesson Plan.
The New Dementia family Ministry Prayer cards will be part of the 'Bishops Together ' event.
This year our prayer cards can be purchase direct from .https://www.rpbooks.co.uk/dementia-prayer-card-25-pack
to A special thank you to Archbishop Bernard Longley and Bishop David McGough for writing the prayers for this new Dementia family Prayer card
We thank you to everyone who has supported and worked with us over the 25 years of the Pastoral Care Project. This prayer card is the perfect way in which everyone can join in and spread the Word.
We invite you to order packs for your parishes, schools or friendship groups, and to take to care homes as well as for the person who lives alone.
The prayer card can be used all year round -one extra to include in your daily prayer time.
Welcome to this the eleventh year of Dementia Prayer Week 12-19th March.
Only today a parishioner phoned me to chat. It is several years since her husband went to the Lord, taken by dementia.
During the conversation she spoke of the importance of Dementia Prayer week, a time for the church to remember those whom society often forgets, or at least it felt that way for her.
On behalf of this lady and every person we thank you, for praying and sending donations for our charitable work.
This year there is tremendous year, with great news to share, please do follow the linkhttps://www.rpbooks.co.uk/dementia-prayer-card-25-pack
and follow the link to our news and resources page
follow us here and @dementiaaprayer
Let us know what event you are hosting or how your are joining in prayer and we will post to our Whats on and Where page.
This month of February I would like to share a few thoughts of my own with you, on this vigil of the feast of The Presentation in the Temple celebrated tomorrow -2nd February.
We will hear the gospel of Luke 2:22-40, of the events leading up to and on the day itself when Jesus is presented in the temple. Mary and Joseph are welcomed by none other than two elderly people, Anna and Simeon whose deep longing for salvation is fulfilled, and prompted by the Holy Spirit praise God.
Many relatives and friends may make a similar or unplanned, journey to church. To present to God, their loved one whose earthly life may have suddenly ended. The Vigil celebrates this offering so beautifully leading into the funeral Mass the following day. So often, this is misunderstood and so opt out, as indeed can the Funeral Mass.
I am certain you will have though about your own funeral mass? Have you made your wishes known?
Perhaps the image here of Instructions for my Funeral Mass document may capture your attention in a similar way to that of Anna or Simeon. You may wish to look forward and plan ahead . One way is by asking your parish for a copy of Instructions for My Funeral Mass. You may wish to ask for help with filling the document in to make sure that you can have the Vigil and Funeral Mass that is the right as a Catholic.
Talking through any concerns or help with filling in the form is an important and great act of charity - might this be something you could contemplate, and be willing to do this for your parish?
'gather and pray' February
We are told in the Luke 2:22-40 that Anna served God night and day through fasting and prayer. Prayer can be difficult for all of us, perhaps other people seem to pray better, or maybe there is a lack of concentration, dryness, busyness or even darkness. Simeon, prompted by the Spirit welcomed Jesus , Mary and Joseph, and praised God...the light to enlighten the gentiles...
Below is the list of those who commit to 'gather and pray' each month for the charitable work of the Pastoral Care Project. These times of prayer and mass each month may well help visitors to the website find comfort and hope when they need it most. It can be a light in their darkness.
We would like to hear from more churches, schools, care homes and organisations wishing to commit to regular prayer so that there is more traditions taking part.
Every Thursday Mount St Bernard’s Abbey, Coalville, Leics. Adoration 6.15-7.15 pm
Every Friday 9.00 - 9.45 Adoration St Peter's Catholic Church Bloxwich, and every Saturday Rosary 9.00 -9.45 am and Adoration 9.45- 10.45 am
Sunday 17th Coombe Park Care Home, Coventry Sunday 3.00 pm service led by the chaplain Rev Pauline Warner for residents and staff; family and friends.
Tuesday 19th Cardinal Heenan House Care Home, Upholland. 6.00 pm Mass will be offered for the work of the Pastoral Care Project by Father Stephen Beale SDP.
Thursday 27th St Augustines Catholic Church Solihull Adoration by Candlelight. 6.15-7.15
Please share this link with those you know who may find comfort knowing that they are being remembered during the above days. You may use twitter @dementiaaprayer or social media.
Should you consider including a prayer in your regular event or setting up an event contact the office email@example.com or