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 End of Life Resources

Learn more about the Church's teachings on end of life issues and how to better prepare and protect your loved ones.​
 

Prayer

We have created a St. John Paul II Prayer Card to lift up in prayer our brothers and sisters who are elderly, disabled, and nearing the end of life and commit ourselves to their loving care.

Education​  

Schedule Care & Prepare
Care & Prepare: Finding Loving Care at the End of Life is a parish workshop on appropriate end of life care. Discussion topics include Church teaching on end of life ethics, accessing quality palliative care, hospice care and advance healthcare directives, and pastoral care at the end of life. These trainings are great for parish leaders, respect life directors, caregivers, and the elderly and their family members. To schedule Care & Prepare at your parish for free, please email call Molly Sheahan at 213-637-7550 or email mcsheahan@la-archdiocese.org. ​

View Care & Prepare Powerpoints:
Finding Good Care Powerpoint Slides - Providence Institute for Human Caring

Upcoming workshops:

​St. Bernardine of Siena Catholic Church
Monday September 18th, 7-9pm
24410 Calvert St, Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Epiphany Catholic Church (Spanish)
Thursday September 28th 7-9pm
10911 Michael Hunt Dr, South El Monte, CA 91733
St. John Chrysostom Catholic Church (Spanish)
Tuesday October 3rd, 7-9pm
546 E Florence Ave, Inglewood, CA 90301
St. John Chrysostom Catholic Church (English)
Tuesday October 10th, 7-9pm
546 E Florence Ave, Inglewood, CA 90301
​St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church
Tuesday October 17th, 7-9pm
13360 Valleyheart Drive, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
St. Luke Catholic Church
TBA
5605 Cloverly Ave, Temple City, CA 91780​​
 

Share the Advance Healthcare Directive
Download the Advance Healthcare Directive and share with your parishioners and family members. This helps everyone know your healthcare wishes.
English | Spanish (Reference only)
Host The Conversation Project
If you've hosted Care & Prepare at your parish, why not have a Conversation Project​ Weekend? The Conversation Project is a great way to involve parishioners in talking about their wishes at the end of life and to help adults fill out their Advance Health Care Directives​.

Why Oppose Assisted Suicide?
Assisted suicide sends the message that we do not care nor wish to accompany our brothers and sisters at the end of their lives. It affects the poor and the vulnerable, who may be unable to afford expensive treatments but may be pressured to purchase the drugs. Physician Assisted Suicide also increases suicides in general. 

Advocacy

Join the Catholic Legislative Network
Sign up for the Catholic Legislative Network's email alerts so you can raise your voice for the life and dignity of the human person in the California legislature. Host a registration day at your parish and sign up parishioners to receive emails as well.

Service

Some parishes visit the elderly of their parish or in nursing homes, bring sick parishioners communion, or drive the homebound to church. Other parishes schedule health fairs, offer information for parish nurses. And others help parishioners fill out their Advance Health Care Directives. Be creative! There are so many opportunities.
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