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  • 2019 Health & Wellness Special Supplement

    Every year, The Monitor publishes a special supplement focusing on health.

    In this issue, read how faith, friendship and forgiveness are good for soul.

  • Workshop explores the 
'why' and 'how' to forgive

    People need to learn how to deal with their anger and learn how to forgive. Otherwise, “If you don’t forgive, it’ll destroy you physically,” said Brother Loughlan Sofield during a presentation on “Forgiveness – It’s Good for Your Health” in St. Peter Parish, Point Pleasant Beach, on Jan. 29.

  • CCDOT addiction program expands to reach vulnerable young adults

    In an effort to reach more young people who struggle with addiction in Mercer County, a program geared toward teenagers is expanding its services to serve those up to age 21.

  • The original 'FaceTime': the key to keeping families well

    Once upon a time, in an era of fewer distractions and more predictable schedules, family members spent time in one another’s presence by default.

    Homes centered around daily chores essential for survival – the growth, harvest and preparation of food, as well as the construction and upkeep of clothing, livestock, tools, the house itself – anything that allowed life to continue in spite of climate, conflict and other uncontrollable forces. And at the center of it all, for families of faith, was the recognition that none of this was even possible without the hand of God interceding daily.

  • The 'old school' art of eating together

    The kitchen table is more than just a piece of furniture – it’s a hub. This is what ours looks like: Homework papers accompany pencils and eraser crumbs, a phone charger, notepads with grocery and to-do lists, a book I’ve been reading in five-minute spurts, scented candles, cork trivet, hand sanitizer, someone’s watch, paper napkins, a rubber bracelet from summer camp (it’s September, mind you), hair ties from out-the-door-for-school touchups, yellow legal pads and a bottle of vitamins.

  • Cooking together a main ingredient for healthy families
    Some of my earliest childhood memories include me sitting in a high-backed kitchen chair, legs dangling, reading aloud cookie recipes to my mother as she added ingredients to her stand mixer. They may have been recipes she knew by heart, but that didn’t matter; it was my mom’s way of indulging my four-year-old desire to “help,” which was so often followed by the desire to “sample.” There will never be a more delicious experience for me than a fresh, generously-cut slice of homemade bread.
  • The family that plays together laughs together, explores together, gets dirty together, learns...

    Yes, the list really does go on and on.

    Play is vital to a healthy childhood, and I think it is also vital to a healthy adulthood. That leads me to think that play is absolutely vital, crucial even, to the well-being of our families

  • Faith strengthens family bonds
    I met my husband on the first day of my sophomore year at Princeton University. After a wonderful summer at home with my family, I was returning to school with a renewed interest in living out my Catholic faith, but unsure of how to fit religious practice into my busy life on campus. 
  • For many Catholics, protecting the environment is key to wellness

    “I fell in love with a crab,” declared a parent chaperone, following a Young Scientist Club marine biology cruise in Cape May.

    She attributed her newfound appreciation for one of God’s uniquely lovely creatures to an experience that demonstrated reverence and respect for creation, said Joanne Arnold, science teacher in St. Dominic School, Brick, who has been arranging the club cruise for 36 years.

  • To live safely, with dignity, independence and care close at hand, is the concern for many seniors as they begin to struggle with health issues.

    Most would prefer to remain in their homes and communities rather than move into a nursing home, explained Maggie Welsh, marketing coordinator, Life St. Francis, a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), Bordentown.

  • Lourdes medical expert gives tips for staying safe in frigid temperatures
    As below-freezing temperatures chill most of the state, those going outdoors should keep in mind that the cold weather and frigid wind chills can be dangerous to your health if outside too long. That’s the advice of the chief of emergency medicine at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center.
  • Faith, alternative treatment help Hamilton Square parishioner through cancer

    Paula Beiger had been having symptoms for several months before finally seeing a doctor in November 2011. Just two weeks before Christmas, she received the diagnosis – stage III colon cancer.

    Beiger, 61, of St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square, followed her doctor’s recommendation and completed six weeks of chemotherapy and radiation.

  • New Catholic Charities board gives mental health clients forum to discuss pros, cons of own care

    Each year, Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton provides more than 100,000 adults, families and children with a variety of mental health services dealing with everything from addiction to domestic violence, regardless of their religious affiliations.

    These consumers will soon have a forum for communicating their experiences with those services and helping shape future services thanks to the CCDoT’s new Behavioral Health Consumer Advisory Council. The council is part of an initiative by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to gather information from behavioral health clients across the country in order to determine the most effective courses of treatment and services.

  • A teaching on how God bestows his grace to those facing illness
    With this issue of The Monitor, which includes several pages dedicated to health and wellness, the editorial staff decided it would be most appropriate to once again provide our readers with some good, comforting and accurate information on the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick and Dying.
  • Prayers, care for sick are common ground for believers, pope says

    VATICAN CITY  -- Praying for a loved one's health and healing, tenderly caring for them and asking very human questions about why people suffer are experiences Christians, Muslims and Jews all share, Pope Francis said.

  • An Exercise in Faith -- St. Elizabeth exercise club engages parishioners physically and spiritually
    On Wednesday mornings, the parish center of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Whiting, is transformed into a fitness center – minus the obnoxious muscle heads and membership fees.
  • World Day of the Sick an opportunity to grow in holiness
    In a grotto near Lourdes, France, Our Lady appeared to now-Saint Bernadette Soubirous on Feb. 11, 1858. Bernadette told the story of hearing the Lady say that she “did not promise to make happy in this world, but in the next.”
  • The Catholic Health Association of the United States says that the tradition of nursing in Catholic health care, from nurse executives to nursing assistants, in hospitals, long-term care organizations, hospices and community-based programs, is one of providing holistic, compassionate care to all those in need.
  • Stepping aside can be a loving gesture to those who are sick
    When we are ill, there's often nothing more uplifting than an encouraging word from a friend or family member.

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