Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Household items for refugees - what we need!

Our Catholic Charities collection of household items for newly-arrived refugees continues.  There is a box for your donation in the church vestibule. THANK YOU!

Here's what we need:
dish soap
liquid detergent
laundry detergent
(NO windex - we have a lot in supply)

shower gel
toilet paper
feminine hygiene products
shaving cream
tooth brushes

trash bags

Monday, September 5, 2016

Flu / Pneumonia Vaccinations here 23 Oct.

It that time of year to be thinking of Flu Prevention.

Flu and Pneumonia vaccinations will be offered by the Visiting Nurses Association at St Benedict's Parish on October 23rd from 9am (after the 8am mass) to 1pm in the  school cafeteria.

No reservations are needed.  Just bring your insurance card.

Friday, July 8, 2016

ACTION ALERT - Conscience Protection- HEALTHCARE

Now is the time to contact your representatives to urge them to co-sponsor and work to enact the Conscience Protection Act of 2016 (H.R. 4828/S. 2927).

Please tell your members to uphold the right of conscientious objection to abortion by enacting this much-needed legislation. The bill, now introduced into both chambers, contains the policy of what in past years has been called the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (ANDA).

The need for federal conscience protection has only grown since 2014, when California started forcing almost all health plans in the state to cover elective abortions, even late-term abortions. This policy has no exemption for moral or religious objections. A mandate for hospitals, even religious ones, to perform abortions may be next. What is more, other states such as Washington and New York may be following California's lead. 

These actions clearly violate a federal law known as the Weldon Amendment, which forbids governments receiving federal health care funds to discriminate against those who decline to take part in abortion or abortion coverage. Unfortunately, this amendment has legal weaknesses that make it largely ineffective against such challenges.

The Conscience Protection Act of 2016 (H.R. 4828/S. 2927),  will protect health care providers from being forced to pay for or participate in abortions, and allow victims of discrimination a "right of action" to defend their rights in court. For example, nurses threatened with loss of their jobs unless they assist in abortions have found they have no right to go to court to see the law enforced. Congress should reaffirm a principle that has long enjoyed broad bipartisan support: Government should not force hospitals, doctors, nurses and other providers to stop offering much-needed health care because they cannot in good conscience participate in destroying a developing life.

Recommended Actions to take immediately:
  • Send emails through the USCCB Action Center
  • Contact your Representative by phone. Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at202-224-3121 or call his or her local office. Members' mailing addresses may be found at www.house.gov
  • Follow us on Twitter @usccbfreedom and retweet our posts. Repost the link to this alert on your Facebook page or other social media platforms
On June 7, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan and Archbishop William E. Lori – as chairmen of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities and Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, respectively – called for immediate action by the U.S. House of Representatives to enact the Conscience Protection Act of 2016.  The bishops wrote that "disturbing new actions to force healthcare providers to participate in the destruction of human life cry out for an immediate federal remedy."  See the full text of their letter at: www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/conscience-protection/cardinal-dolan-and-archbishop-lori-urge-passage-of-the-conscience-protection-act-of-2016.cfm.

For a joint letter from the USCCB and twenty-five other major pro-life, religious, and health care organizations urging support for H.R. 4828, see:humanlifeactioncenter.org/sites/default/files/Joint-Ltr-Conscience-Protection-Act-2016.pdf

Friday, June 24, 2016

Modern usurers - Payday lenders.

A Catholic Call 
to End Payday Lending Abuses 
by Jean Hill 

Say the words “payday lender” in some circles and stories of friends, family members, or neighbors who sought quick loans to make ends meet and ended up caught in a devastating cycle of debt will begin to flow.

Often, these stories begin with someone living paycheck to paycheck and unsure how to make a rent payment, buy food, pay bills, and cover other short term expenses. The tales end with harassing phone calls and court filings for repayment of ridiculously high-interest rate loans and mounting debts that now include court costs.

As Catholics, we are called not only to empathize with these stories but to act to protect the poor and vulnerable who find themselves preyed upon by unscrupulous businesses. Prohibitions against charging outrageous interest on loans go back to Babylonian times. More than one Old Testament prophet condemned usury, along with exploitation of the poor. Yet usury not only persists in our modern economy, it prospers. In 2010, there were an estimated 19,700 payday loan stores in the United States (That number does not include Internet loan sources. A recent federal agency report found at least 332 separate Internet loan providers). Thirty-two states permit loans with triple digit or no caps on the amount of interest the lenders may charge.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church insists that “economic life is not meant solely to multiply goods produced and increase profit and power; it is ordered first of all to the service of persons, of the whole man, and of the entire human community” (no. 2426). In theory, payday lenders provide a service to individuals who are often barred from traditional bank loans. In practice, however, these loans are vehicles for exploiting people already in a highly vulnerable financial state.

In a typical payday loan transaction, the customer seeks to make ends meet until the next paycheck, or maybe the next two. Unlike a traditional loan, however, the individual will not sit down with the lender and determine a reasonable repayment structure based on ability to pay. The customer will not be able to bargain for a better rate or realistic payment plan. Instead, the astronomically high interest rates (the national average is above 400 percent per loan), fees, and payment schedule will be based solely on the needs of the lenders. In short, the loan is all about the profit of the business, rendering the persons seeking help, in the words of Pope Francis, “as consumer goods which can be used and thrown away” (Address, May 16, 2013).

The social doctrine of our faith compels each of us to be involved in changing such an unjust system. We can raise our Catholic voices to remind payday lenders that their customers are first and foremost human beings, not profit centers. We can insist that our state and federal governments establish reasonable limits on the actions of the lenders to ensure they are not “so powerful as to reduce the [consumer] to subservience” (St. John Paul II, Centesimus Annus, no. 15).

Now, as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau considers regulations to address some payday lending abuses, is an opportune moment to challenge our congressmen and women to take additional actions against usury to protect the working poor, as our Pope and our doctrine urge us to do.

Jean Hill is government liaison for the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City. Article taken from To Go Forth, a blog from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Department of Justice, Peace & Human Development. Copyright © 2016, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC. All rights reserved. Quote from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, second edition, copyright © 2000, Libreria Editrice Vaticana–United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC. Used with permission. All rights reserved. Quote from Pope Francis, copyright © 2013, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, Vatican City State. Used with permission. All rights reserved. Quote from St. John Paul II, copyright © 1991, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, Vatican City State. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

May - Mental Health Month - Parish Nurses

From the Parish Nurses

The magnitude of mental illness in this country is staggering. According to the Surgeon General, one in every five Americans experiences a mental disorder in any given year and half of all Americans have such disorders at some time in their lives. These illnesses of the brain affect all of us, regardless of age, gender, economic status or ethnicity. Mental illness affects the mind, body and the spirit. It is a real, common and treatable illness. Mental illnesses are far more common than cancer, diabetes, heart disease or arthritis. 

Mental Health First Aid

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid course, you learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns; strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations; and where to turn for help.

Topics covered will include: depression and mood disorders, anxiety disorder, trauma, psychosis and substance use disorders.

This eight-hour program will be divided into two, four hour sessions, and offered at:
Good Shepherd Community of Faith
187 Southside Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14220
Saturday, June 4th, 2016 and
Saturday June 11th, 2016 9am-1pm

There is NO FEE. Light refreshments will be available. ALL are welcome.
Class size is limited.

To reserve your spot contact:
Sue Allen
Good Shepherd Community of Faith
Wellness Ministry, Coordinator
Call or text 716-697-1657 or email bsuea@yahoo.com

Home Again Refugee Resettlement Project update

The Salt and Light Group has collected many household items for the Home Again Project. We are all set with furniture donations. We could use clothing hangers, window fans, household decorating items,  a microwave and male and female hygiene items (comb, brush, shampoo, bar soap, etc).

For donation pick up please call Maura MacDonald at 832-5429 or email her at sixmacs85@gmail.com.

Also remember to volunteer on June 11th - move in day, we have 3 crews:

Cleaning crew - 9-11a
Move In crew - 11a-1p
Decorating crew- 1-4p

Please let her know where you can help. Many hands make light work.
Thank you.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Prescription Drug drop off - from our Parish Nurses

From Catholic Health & the Parish Nurses

As we know, prescription drugs is the easiest way drug addiction starts. So let us not have any laying around. (This includes ANY prescription drug.) 

You can drop off old prescription this Saturday.

Saturday, April 30 from 10 am- 2pm at the following hospitals:

    Kenmore Mercy Hospital
    Sisters of Charity Hospital
    St. Joseph's Hospital Campus

For additional info visit: 
    www.nationalprescriptiondrugdropoff.com or call 649-2640

Monday, April 25, 2016

Naloxone (Narcan) training - from our Parish Nurses


Good Shepherd Community of Faith, 187 Southside Parkway, Buffalo NY, 14220 is responding to the opioid epidemic in WNY by housing a “COMMUNITY TRAINING OPIOID OVERDOSE RECOGNITION & NALOXONE USE workshop offered by Erie County Department of Health on Tuesday, May 3, 20166-8pm.
Attendees will learn how to recognize symptoms of drug overdose and how to administer naloxone (Narcan) via nasal spray.
A free two-dose naloxone kit will be given to each person over the age of sixteen upon completion of this two hour workshop.
This event is free of charge. Light refreshments will be available
Online registration  www.eriecounty.gov/health.  Or call 716-858-7960.