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Dear Friends


The Holy Spirit's Smoothies
for Caregivers


May 2024

Dear Friends,

Ooh, ooh, what a present the Holy Spirit has for you! just like he did for the Apostles on Pentecost, some 2,000 years ago. In 2024, the feast is celebrated on May 19. But first things first.

It was St. Paul who wrote: "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness,gentleness and self-control." (Galatians

The Holy Spirit knows, and you know, caregivers need all those ... in abundance. Again and again. Fortunately, he doesn't skimp. Not that he'll run over to the pharrmacy for you or do the laundry and such,But he is ready, willing and able (especially when you're dragging), to offer you his "spiritual smoothie" that's a perfect (divine) blend of all those fruits.Personalized for you.

Low in calories/high in grace.

So place your order anytime, and often.

True, it sometimes seems that the service is slower than you'd like, but listen. He'll never fail to call your name when your order's ready. When, he knows, you're ready for that order. No misorders, no wrong names. After all: "I will never forget you.See, upon the palms of my hands I have engraved you." (Isaiah 49:15)


"Do not fear: I am with you; do not be anxious: I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you." (Isaiah 41:10)



 Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of the caregivers helping your beloved sons and daughters. Come. Amen.

You remain in my prayers,


Again this week we cordially invite you to join the Friends of St. John the Caregiver

(FSJC's programs include and You can find out more about becoming a member here.

No meetings, no dues. All we ask is that you pray for caregivers and those receiving care. Our members include caregivers, care-receivers, and those who support both (including quite a few former caregivers).

You can:

sign up online here

or call us toll-free at 1-800-392-JOHN (5646)

or print and mail an application form.

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This site is designed for family caregivers..

It's for those who are helping a:

  • spouse
  • aging parent
  • child with special needs
  • sibling with special needs
  • family member or
  • friend.

Here you'll find spirituality, information and resources for Catholic caregivers.

All our material and resources are free.

Visit our sister sites:

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USCCBThe Friends of St. John the Caregiver was chosen to be part of the USCCB's 2007-2008 Respect Life Program.