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Ash Wednesday 

Fear and Fatigue as Your Lenten Prayers

Week of March 1, 2022
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Dear Friends,

Whether Ash Wednesday comes early or late, it always seems to come as a surprise. (This year it's March 2.) No doubt there are ways you'd like to observe Lent 2022 but your caregiving obligations mean there are some you simply can't. Maybe you'd like to make it to weekday Mass more often. To set aside time for private prayer. To read the Bible on a daily basis. To cut back on this or that, to give up this or that, to ...

We want to point out that what you can do is what you are doing. And what you are doing, in so many challenging and personal ways, is taking care of your loved one, this beloved son or daughter of our Heavenly Father.

God knows that's one of the finest Lenten observances possible.

Our prayer for you this Lent is that you'll better realize that your fears, your fatigue, your anxiety, your perseverance, your words of comfort, your trips to the pharmacy, your dealing with healthcare providers, and all the rest are a litany --a series, a list -- of prayers that you began long before Ash Wednesday 2022 and will continue long after this year's celebration of Easter.

Be at peace. What you're doing is what God asked you, invited you, to do.

You remain in my prayers.


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And just for fun!


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This week we're so pleased to welcome Stephanie C. of Texas as the newest  member of the Friends of St. John the Caregiver. Please keep her and her intentions in your prayers. She has promised to pray for you and yours.

And again 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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