October is Respect Life Month

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October is Respect Life Month. This year, given the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to be aware of and consider:  the elderly, disabled and/or shut-in neighbors who need assistance. Remember that depression, suicide and abuse are all possible in this environment of lock-downs and minimal social interaction, particularly among those most at risk—the elderly—not to mention the inability to attend Mass and/or receive the Sacraments frequently.

What can you do to help? Some examples of possible assistance are:

  • Rides to appointments
  • Grocery shopping and/or picking up medications
  • ’Social distancing’ in-person visits, if feasible
  • Picking up mail, or mailing packages

Add your own ideas…or just ask what is needed. Remember too, a simple phone call from time to time is also a convenient way to stay connected and lift someone’s spirits, whether it’s a neighbor or family member.

Let’s make this year’s October Respect Life month successful!