Read the daily quote from Pope Francis

 

Body, Mind, Spirit

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?  For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.”

Corinthians 6:19-20

Holistic Health, sometimes referred to as the Biopsychosocial-Spiritual Model, recognizes that God created us body, mind, and spirit, and that all must be cared for in harmony.  As faithful, we are members of the body of Christ and as we become one with Him by receiving the body of Christ in the Holy Eucharist, we need to remember to treat our bodies with the sanctity that God intended.

Substance Abuse and the Opioid Crisis

The opioid epidemic is making daily news headlines and is a common topic of coffee shop conversation, but we must never forget that it is a painful reality for many families and individuals.  Officials and organizations on the national, state, and local levels are frantically trying to assess and address this reality.  According to statistics provided by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the number of confirmed opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts in 2015 was 1,379 and in Lynnfield there were 2 opioid-related deaths in 2015. 

Cardinal Seán O’Malley established an Opioid Addiction Task Force.  One of its goals is to identify and develop pastoral support programs for parishes and schools within the Archdiocese of Boston.  The task force developed the Archdiocesan Addiction Recovery Pastoral Support Services (AARPSS), a ministry that collaborates with various agencies and organizations to assist parishes throughout the Archdiocese.  AARPSS seeks to educate, prevent, and find treatment options for addiction. 

The Town of Lynnfield is also committed to addressing the opioid crisis with a newly formed substance abuse coalition called A Healthy Lynnfield.  “This is an extremely important endeavor for the Board of Selectmen to take a leadership role… This certainly affects all age groups, from our young to our older adults,” said Chris Barrett, who is both Town Selectmen Chairman and Lynnfield Catholic Collaborative Pastoral Council member.  Business leaders, school officials, first-responders, health care professionals, civic group leaders, and clergy have also committed their support and active participation in this coalition.  Our pastor, Father Paul Ritt, is also a member of the coalition.  Anyone interested in joining the coalition should contact Bob Curtin at the Town Hall: rcurtin@town.lynnfield.ma.us or 781-334-9410.

Suggested resources for information:

http://aarpss.org/

http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/stop-addiction/

 

"I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."

Romans 12:1-2


Addressing Substance Abuse

Thurs., Nov. 16, 6:30pm, SMG Hall

Deacon Jim Greer, a leader in the Archdiocesan Addiction Recovery and Pastoral Support Services Task Force, will be conducting a multi-topic presentation addressing the challenges associated with substance abuse. Please "save the date" for this important presentation.


Opioid Candlelight Vigil

Sun., Nov. 19, 6:30-7:30pm, SMG

Please join us in memory of victims, in support of families, and in hope for healing.

 


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