IN A PAST ISSUE OF TODAY’S CATHOLIC:  In the October 13 publication of Today’s Catholic, there is an article by Fr. Tad Pachelczyk, PhD, entitled, “Palliative Sedation and Nearing Death”,. If you didn’t get a chance to read it, go to: https://todayscatholic.org/48110-2/. It responds to some of the questions families face when the death of a loved one is near at hand.  It may also help you as you make your own health care directives. 

I have very often been at the bedside of a dying person, as you can well imagine, and, even when in palliative care facilities or when being provided that in their homes, that the well-intentioned care-giver has the dying person so drugged that they are completely “out” long before they would be otherwise, and not necessarily because their pain is so great that such is required. 

It has always been my understanding from doctors and health care professionals that the human body can handle pain and even block it out, as needed, to a certain extent, and meds only need be given to keep discomfort from becoming excruciating, but not to the level of a complete comatose state.  Rather than my attempting to play doctor or care-giver, I’d encourage you to read the article Fr. Tad provides on the topic. He IS a professional in his awareness and his insight may indeed be helpful to you at some point along the way.

His is very much an article (when appearing) that you do not want to miss—along with Bishop’s, of course, in each publication of Today’s Catholic.  They are always interesting and informative when it comes to medical ethics and forming your own conscience on such matters.
                    
- Fr. John
St. Jude Usher’s Room/Communication Room: Some may notice that (in the next couple of weeks) there will be some new cabinets in the Usher’s room.  Did we spend money we don’t have, some may ask?  Nope!  We are finally using what remained of the kitchen cabinets from the old rectory kitchen, thanks to the efforts of Bob Swick & Joe Molnar, and any others they may have asked to help them in this endeavor. 

The cabinets were not that old when the new rectory was built, so some were repurposed into the lower level of the new rectory, a few in the garage, and now the balance being used in this room that serves the church and school.  As they used to say, “waste not, want not.” They were good cabinets that looked very nice and they have not gone by the wayside. Just wanted people to know.

Thanks to the crew of great guys who are on Bob’s team doing this work!

Sacred Heart/St. Jude: Between Fran (who does scheduling) and I, we are making a concerted effort to make sure I make it to Sacred Heart at least every four weeks (exceptions, plus or minus, as necessary) which means I will try to be there the first weekend of each month, and Fr. Julius at St. Jude.  I wish I could bi-locate as I very much enjoy being at Sacred Heart every bit as much as I do St. Jude.  Both are filled with great people who are fun to visit with before and after Mass, or just to see on a weekly basis.  Lots of warm, friendly, and kind people; true of every parish I’ve ever served!

Sacred Heart/St. Jude: It is after the Baptism of Our Lord (this weekend) that all the lovely Christmas decorations come down and we return to Ordinary Time until Lent is upon us—which will come soon enough.  This is a good time to say “thanks” to those responsible for the Christmas decorations at both churches.  We are blessed to have enjoyed true professionals when it comes to church decor, regardless of the season.  Each year has its little differences, and it is always a joy to see it on Christmas Eve and after.

Birthdays:  Since so close to the weekend, if you see Fran, her birthday was Thursday, and Abraham’s is Saturday!  Abe laughed and said he “is now old enough to rent a car without an extra fee!”  [I’m thinking to myself that I am getting close to being old enough that they won’t even rent a car to me when in EU!  I think they stop at 75.  I’ll be 70 this year!  Yikes!].