A spiritually and emotionally refreshing day for caregivers offered a time of renewal for those who offer themselves for the care of loved ones.
The sixth annual Caregivers’ Day of Prayer and Care, hosted by the Cumberland/Perry Deanery, was at Trinity High School in Camp Hill on Oct. 26.
The daylong event included a reflection by Sister Geralyn Schmidt, SCC; Holy Mass celebrated by Father Timothy Sahd, parochial vicar at St. Joseph Parish in Mechanicsburg; the blessing of the caregivers’ hands; a sing-a-long; a luncheon; and an afternoon of activities such as hand massage, haircuts, manicures, cupcake decorating, a dessert bar, and the creation of Rosaries, floral arrangements, jewelry, gift cards and Christmas ornaments.
The day of respite and refreshment was free of charge for caregivers, celebrating those who care for family and friends with chronic illnesses, mental or physical challenges, addictions, rehabilitation and terminal illness.
Local businesses, Knights of Columbus Councils and members of Councils of Catholic Women made the day possible.
By Jen Reed, The Catholic Witness