Resources for All - Especially Seniors and the Homebound
Pastoral Care Corner
June 24, 2020
Dear St. Joseph Family,
Together we raise our hearts and voices in thanksgiving to a merciful God who has brought us through 3 months of loneliness, devastating illness, unbelievable violence, heartbreak, loss, and a hard look at our prejudices and priorities. Our world has been turned upside down and we must adjust to a very different reality. During these months, we have longed for the weekly reception of Our Lord in the Eucharist as well as the fellowship of our brothers and sisters.
Our worshipping community rejoices in the approaching resumption of public worship in our parish church, even though modifications to the liturgy as we have known it must be made to keep the community safe. It’s been a very long time since we were able to gather as a parish family. The so-called Sunday obligation has not been reinstated but we have longed to gather once again to lift our hearts and voices in communal praise to our Creator.
HOWEVER, Bishop Barber strongly suggests that those of us designated “seniors” and all with health issues, be it compromised immune systems, mobility impairment, etc., or simply age, should not rejoin the weekly communal liturgical celebrations at this time. This is a hard dictum for us to swallow as most of us have celebrated weekly with the worshipping community for most of our lives and we long to return.
Sunday Liturgy will continue to be live streamed as it has been. For those of you who wish to receive Our Lord in Holy Communion, I am once again able to make home visits and will be more than happy to bring Eucharist to your home as is presently done for a number of our parishioners. Please call me at 510-795-7958 to make arrangements. I will return your call as soon as possible.
As we wait to discover the “new normal”, I invite you to pray with me:
Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.
~ Serenity Prayer
Blessings, health and peace,
For the most up-to-date and reliable information on COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at CDC.gov/CORONAVIRUS
. The World Health Organization
also has an abundance of information, including clarification of myths
that are inaccurately spreading on the internet. Information on both the CDC and WHO sites are regularly updated.
Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions (such as heart or lung disease or diabetes) may be at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider
for medical advice.
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning. Call your doctor before visiting the office or the Emergency Room.
This virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Take steps to protect yourself:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Put at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and other people.
- WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Fr. Manny recommends singing Happy Birthday twice to achieve the 20 second timing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- Launder items (if possible) according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.
Help with Shopping, Prescriptions, and Transportation
- To make shopping easier for those who can get out, many local stores are offering special hours for seniors and others with special needs. Note: hours may change. Check your store's website or call ahead before making the trip.
|Costco||8:00-9:00 am ||Tuesday & Thursday
|Costco (effective May 4)||9:00-10:00 am||Monday-Friday
|FoodMaxx, Food for Less||6:00-9:00 am||Tuesday & Thursday
|Ranch 99||8:00-9:00 am ||Weekdays
|Lucky for Seniors||6:00-9:00 am ||Tuesday & Thursday
|Lucky for First Responders||1 hr before opening and 1 hr after closing || Daily
|Safeway||7:00-9:00 am ||Tuesday & Thursday
|Smart&Final||7:30-8:00 am ||Daily
|Target||8:00-9:00 am ||Tuesday & Wednesday
|Trader Joe's||9:00-10:00 am||Daily (expedited entrance)
|Whole Foods||8:00-9:00 am ||Daily|
- See Raley's website for offers including discounted bags of groceries. If you learn of other stores offering special hours, etc., please contact me.
- Please see costco.com Updates and Coronavirus Response updated April 29, 2020 for policies including updated guest shopping policy, priority access for healthcare workers and first responders, face mask requirements, product limits, reusable shopping bags, return restrictions and more.
- If you can’t get out, many stores offer home delivery. Check store websites for more information. Also check out Instacart at https://www.instacart.com to sign up fo home delivery from multiple local stores.
- Contact your pharmacy to arrange for home delivery of your prescriptions. Many pharmacies are offering free Rx delivery, including Walgreens, CVS, and Haller’s Pharmacy.
- Contact the Fremont Senior Helpline for questions about senior services, resources, and supply needs for vulnerable persons. 510-574-2041
- Shopping Angels — A grass-roots group of volunteers who will shop for you. Send an email with your need to shoppingangelsCA@gmail.com. Alternatively, fill out this simple online form and you will be contacted.
- The Fremont Senior Helpline is available for questions about senior services, resources and supply needs for vulnerable persons. 510-574-2041
- The Fremont ElderCare Services provide Meals on Wheels and transportation services. Visit their website at: https://lifeeldercare.org.
- The Fremont Ride-On Tri-City Program provides transportation services for the elderly and disabled. Please call (510) 574-2053. Staff will be available by phone to connect community members with essential transportation services (e.g., to and from dialysis clinics, medical appointments, etc.) and help address transportation concerns and questions.
- St. Vincent de Paul, FREMONT - During this difficult time, St. Vincent de Paul of St. Joseph Church in Fremont continues to provide non-perishable food and pastries to people who need help, on TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS between 1:00 PM till 2:00 PM.