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). Health Ministry offers health and wellness information to our parish community through a mind, body, and spirit approach. This approach expands and builds upon our parish’s traditional visitation outreach to the sick, support groups, and referrals to community agencies.
Lent is a time of reflection and introspection – a time for us to see what is happening within us and with our relationship with God. Often times when we begin a time of reflection and turn inside, we encounter places within and parts of ourselves that might need some healing. And it’s not unusual that when we encounter those places and parts, we say “Not yet,” turn around and head right back out into the business of the world. It’s understandable and very human—it can be hard for us to witness our own suffering or that of other people.
But, as Christians, we have the opportunity to trust that healing can happen, and that goodness can be on the other side of the healing process. (Indeed, it is this trust that is key to our faith, the Paschal Mystery—Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection—which we enter into each year.)
So during this season of reflection, our Health Ministry invites you to join us as we walk with Christ along the healing path and see what emerges for you. Each week, we’ll examine a different aspect of healing—for example, what’s the first step in healing? How does our faith help us with acceptance? Can anger and fear be a part of the process? How can we invite our whole selves (body, mind & spirit) into the healing process? What does healing actually look like? How can Jesus and his journey inspire us?
Take the first step towards healing—all you have to do is check in here each week for a new reflection from our Health Ministry team!
A HUGE Thank You to all who donated or volunteered at our Blood Drive on January 14 - because of you, we collected 61 pints, helping to save 183 lives! This is especially important because blood donations are at a 20-year low, and blood is desperately needed throughout our area.
We’ll be back with the next Blood Drive on May 26 (Memorial Day Weekend) , so save the date or register now for your appointment
Register HERE for our Blood Drive on Sunday, May 26
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 St. Monica Health Ministry team works with the American Red Cross for Blood Drives every quarter.
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.
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.