SUMMER PRINT HIATUS
OC Catholic will not be published on the following dates: August 7 and August 14. We will return on August 21 with our Back-to-School issue.
During this time, please check our website, Occatholic.com for any news updates.
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WE WERE BORN READY
Born Ready is a forum to empower, equip, mobilize and resource Catholics to fulfill their baptismal call to serve women, children and families, especially women in difficult and unexpected pregnancies.
On Jan. 22, the California Bishops issued a statement committing to a vision of support for women, children and families. This is who we are as Catholics. For more than 2,000 years, Catholics have cared for the most vulnerable by founding the first hospitals, orphanages and social safety nets. We provide food, drink, clothing, shelter, healthcare, visitation of the sick and imprisoned and comfort for the afflicted and the dying. We were born ready.
Now, as some states in the U.S. ban abortion and others seek to be abortion destinations, Catholics will stand in the gap to support women, children and families with life-affirming resources. We want every child, every woman, every family, to be supported in their dignity as a child of God, knowing that they too are born ready.
Learn how you can get involved and sign up for updates today at WeWereBornReady.com.
GRAPHIC COURTESY OF BORN READY
THE CARING FOR THE WHOLE PERSON INITIATIVE
The Caring for the Whole Person Initiative, in partnership with our Diocese of Orange, is hosting a five-part virtual training on how to care for parishioners and support families through serious illness. Topics include Catholic Moral Teaching Around Serious Illness and End-of-Life Issues, Caring for Parishioners through Serious Illness, Advance Care Planning, Palliative and Hospice Care and Parish as a Loving Community.
The training sessions will take place over Zoom on Wednesday evenings from Aug. 17 to Sept. 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The training is open to all active parish ministers/volunteers in California and recommended for those in pastoral care ministries, such as Eucharistic Ministers to the Sick and Homebound, Stephens Ministers, Knights of Malta, Parish Nurses, St. Vincent de Paul, etc.
The Caring for the Whole Person Initiative is a statewide partnership between the bishops and Catholic health systems of California. It seeks to ensure that parishioners and family members are accompanied, loved and supported during serious illness, their end-of-life journey, and/or other times when medical and spiritual support is needed.
For more information, please visit https://wholeperson.care. The deadline to register is Aug. 5.
GRAPHIC COURTESY OF THE CARING FOR THE WHOLE PERSON INITIATIVE