Our parish nurses are available as a resource to help you find
the health services and information you need.
Parish nursing embraces the spiritual
dimension of the nursing practice in addition to the physical, psychological and
social dimensions. In essence, parish nurses care for the body, mind and spirit. Learn
more about the program > Please call the Parish Nurse Hotline, (309)828-6265,
#191. Be sure to check the Parish Nurse Bulletin Board (lower level narthex)
and your monthly Messenger
for health news you can use.
Parish Nurse Newsletter - December
Dear Family and Friends, We pray that you and your loved ones experience God’s gifts of lasting peace, joy, and wholeness as we celebrate the birth of the Christ Child!
This month, I would like to share some thoughts with you about the role of alcohol in our lives. Alcohol can be seen as both a blessing and a curse. In Psalms we read that the Lord gives wine to gladden our hearts (104: 15), but we read also that “Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise” (Pr. 20:1).
What is Alcoholism?
Alcoholism is a primary, progressive and fatal disease associated with an addiction to the drug alcohol. People with this illness use alcohol on a continuous or periodic basis and experience
(1) impaired control over their drinking
(2) preoccupation with alcohol
(3) continued use of alcohol in spite of adverse circumstances, and/or
(4) distorted thinking.
Currently, alcoholism is a leading cause of death in our country.
What are the Signs of Alcoholism?
The following questions are based on the common signs of alcoholism. You can review the role of alcohol in your life by answering Yes or No.
Do you ever drink heavily when you are disappointed, under pressure or have had a quarrel with someone?
Can you handle more alcohol now than when you first started drinking?
Do you sometimes feel uncomfortable if alcohol is not served?
Do you sometimes feel guilty about your drinking?
Has a family member, friend, or doctor ever expressed concern about your drinking?
When you are sober, do you sometimes regret things you did or said while drinking?
Have you sometimes failed to keep promises to yourself about controlling or cutting down on your drinking?
Are having more financial, work, school and/or family problems related to your drinking?
Have you ever gone to anyone for help about your drinking?
Have any of your blood relatives ever had a problem with alcohol?
How did you do? Any “yes” answer means that you may be at greater risk for alcoholism. More than one “yes” answer may indicate the presence of an alcohol-related problem, and the need to see an alcoholism counselor. Are there some changes you or your family would like you to make in your life?
If you would like to talk about any of the specific questions, or alcohol use in general, I would be happy to refer you to an AA counselor or help in any way I can.
Parish nurses collaborate with their faith
community leaders to form partnerships with other community health resources.
Parish nursing services are designed to involve individuals, families and congregations
as active partners in their personal health. Through this involvement, nurses
help empower communities and foster an environment of understanding and support.
roles of the parish nurse
Integrator of Faith
and Health, serving as a “translator” between faith and healthcare communities.
With a knowledge base in both areas, many times the parish nurse can clarify issues
and or reinforce the strong tie between faith and health.
providing educational programs to the congregations such as health screening and
Health Counselor, providing individual health counseling
services in the home or long-term care facility.
“Navigator” or “Advocate”,
assisting congregation members in finding their way through healthcare systems.
Agent, finding resources and making referrals to agencies, organizations and
support services to improve the member’s quality of life.
of Support Groups, initiating and organizing groups designed to assist the
participants with a specific issue.
Trainer of volunteers, perhaps
most importantly, recruiting and training volunteers to provide assistance.
pressure screenings are offered 9-9:30 am the second Sunday of every month
on the lower level in the elevator alcove. Our parish nurses are happy to see
you and answer your health questions.