Health Ministry at St. Monica promotes the spiritual health of the whole person and is supported by a Providence St. John’s Faith Community Nurse (Parish Nurse). Through a mind, body, and spirit approach, Health Ministry offers health and wellness information to our parish community. This approach expands and builds upon our parish’s traditional outreach of visitation to the sick, support groups, and referrals to community agencies.
Our nation is experiencing a dangerously low level of blood supply. In fact, every 2 seconds someone needs blood in the U.S. Sign up now to donate & help save lives!
by Helen Brooks, Red Cross Volunteer
Sometimes through tears, Yesenia Miranda Meza, a Red Cross employee in the Red Cross Serving San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter, tells the story of her father contracting COVID-19 and then receiving convalescent plasma leading to his full recovery.
[T]hrough the grace of God, Yesenia said, who she believed was working alongside hospital staff, Jesus started his road to recovery just two days later. Divine intervention and convalescent plasma had carried him through.
We heed the call for blood donations, as our nation continues to experience a critical shortage. The need for blood is a constant need. The Health Ministry team works with the American Red Cross for Blood Drives every quarter.
Last year, our representative from the Red Cross sent us the following message:
St Monica Parishioners: THANK YOU! We are in the midst of a type O critical blood emergency (some areas have less than a 2-day supply) and our blood drive could not have come at a better time. The pints we collected at our May 19, 2021 St. Monica blood drive make an EXPONENTIAL impact as we struggle to meet our hospital and patient needs. We were able to collect 36 pints and save up to 108 lives! With less-than-anticipated collections in April and the current extreme weather in the mid-west, we anticipate a continued emergency. By rolling up our sleeves and giving part of our-selves away for people in need, we’ve truly made a significant impact in our communities across the city, state and nation.
Sunday, May 29 | 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 14 | 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
There are many reasons why someone would want to give blood. Here are a few stories collected from some of our Health Ministry volunteers [Anne-Marie, Dianna, Elena Jay, Josephine, Kristine, Lynn, Matt, Patricia, and Steve) during last year's Blood Drives. In sitting and chatting with people during their "recovery period" after giving blood, and while enjoying some snacks, they struck up conversations with people and they learned why some people chose to donate blood. For one parishioner, it's an expression of gratitude, for another it's a reminder and opportunity, and for yet another, it's an opportunity to honor her family legacy:
These inspiring moments are jsut some of the stories that motivate our community to give and give again!
The last few years, we have either met or exceeded our goals. This year we hope you can be a part of the life-saving, yet simple way to give back to our community.