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Lord, I pray today for the people who care for men and women with Alzheimer’s disease.
You know how hard their work is, how scant their resources, and how heavy their burdens.
Perhaps tending to the needs of a stranger, perhaps caring tirelessly for a loved one they have known for years,
their hearts are, at times, filled with sorrow
and at other times delighted by the glimmers of who once was but is no more.
Indeed, the person they care for is slipping away, unable to be what they once were or act as they once did,
and this makes the life of the caregiver that much more difficult.

Please, Lord, be close by when these caregivers need your comfort and strength.
Fill their hearts with your goodness and solace, and their souls with love.
Help them to find ways to rest and take care of themselves.
And let them be heartened each day, lifted each day, and loved each day as they love the person
who is no longer as they once were, but who is nonetheless your child, worthy of dignity and respect.
I pray this in Jesus’ name,

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Q.What are the symptoms of shingles?

     A. Quick Answer

Shingles is a viral infection that affects a small portion of the body, resulting in pain, burning and numbness, followed by the appearance of a red rash after a few days.

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The infection is due to the zoster virus, which is the same virus that causes chicken pox. In order to develop shingles, the individual must have had chicken pox in the past. Once the body recovers from chicken pox, the virus remains dormant in the nerves, often for years. In many people, it never reactivates.

There is no cure for shingles but available medications help to reduce the length of the outbreak, especially if the individual takes them quickly after onset. Without medication, the pain of shingles can last for months and sometimes years. Doctors recommend a vaccine for individuals over age 60. In certain instances, the patient's doctor recommends the vaccine for individuals between 50 and 59.

When suffering from shingles, a cold compress or a cold shower helps to relieve the pain and itching of the blisters. Doctors offer prescription medication, including tricyclic antidepressants, numbing agents and narcotic pain medication to reduce the severe pain.

The rash eventually forms blisters that break open and itch. Some individuals also experience chills and fever, headaches and general achiness. The rash forms blisters that typically scab over in 7 to 10 days and clear up within 2 to 4 weeks.

Q. How do you recognize shingles symptoms?

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Shingles symptoms generally begin as pain, numbness or burning on one side of the sufferer's body. Pain is sometimes intense before the rash or blisters form. The rash eventually forms blisters that break open and itch. Some individuals also experience chills and fever, headaches and general achiness.

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The rash usually takes several days to appear after the pain begins. The pain is severe, and sufferers sometimes mistake it for lung, heart or kidney problems. The rash usually appears as stripes that wrap around the patient's torso. The blisters that form usually crust over in a few days and flake away without leaving any scars. The rash sometimes appears on the sufferer's face. If it is near the eye, the patient should seek medical attention, as it can cause blindness.

If you suspect an outbreak of shingles, see a doctor immediately. It is a viral condition, and antiviral medications are available that help to reduce symptoms. For best relief, the patient should take these medications as early as possible in the outbreak. The medication helps to reduce the length and severity of the illness.

Q. Is Shingles Contagious?

The varicella zoster virus can only spread to a person who has never had chickenpox. If the virus infects a person, he develops chickenpox and not shingles. Once the body heals from the chickenpox, the virus remains dormant. Anyone who has had chickenpox has the potential to develop shingles; however, most with the condition are age 50 or older.

The risk for developing shingles increases with age. Disease, a weakened immune system or medications that depress the immune system, increase the chances of developing the disease.

A person typically only has shingles once in a lifetime, although in rare instances, it is possible to have the disease two or three times.

For readers interested in the PDF version, the document is available for downloading or viewing:

Statement on the Recommended Use of Herpes Zoster Vaccine (PDF document - 320 KB - 19 pages)Volume 36 • ACS-January 2010


shingles St. Philip Neri Parish Nurses Saskatoon Catholic Health

What a shingles rash looks like. (Photo courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Q. How can I protect myself from Shingles?

A. Quick Answer

The risk of getting Shingles increases with age. There is a vaccine called Zostavax which helps to prevent Shingles, and is offered after age 50. However, it is non-formulary drug which means a cost of $230.00 (as of November 14, 2016) to you in Saskatchewan.

You can call the Public Health Services International Travel Centre at 108-407 Ludlow St., Saskatoon for an appointment. Doctor’s prescription NOT needed. Call 306-655-4780.

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Organ & Tissue Donation

The need for organs and tissue for transplants is great. Demand exceeds supply and you can help. You can make a living donation or a donation after death.

One organ can save up to 8 lives. One tissue donor can improve the lives of more than 75 people.  Currently 90 people are waiting for a kidney transplant in Sask. Almost 70 people are waiting for a corneal transplant in Saskatchewan.

The oldest person to be an organ donor (kidney) in Canada was 93 YEARS OLD! Age doesn’t matter!!!

In 2015, there were 10 multi-organs and 45 corneal donors in Saskatchewan. One third of all Canadians who need a transplant will never receive one.

Note: In Saskatchewan, organ & tissue will NOT be donated without your family or next-of-kin’s consent, even if the organ and tissue donor sticker is on your health card. Talk to your family about your decision to donate.

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“Senior’s Health and Continuing Care” are committed to the delivery of resident-directed and family centred care throughout the long term care homes in the Saskatoon Health Region. As part of that commitment, residents and family members are being invited to participate in a survey. The surveys ask about experiences with communication, care provision, food and mealtime experience, and activities. Surveys will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. One survey is specific to residents and another is specific to family members.

Resident’s surveys are available in the long term care facilities and volunteers with specialized training will be available to assist those residents who wish to complete the survey.

If you would like a paper copy of the Family survey please contact the St. Philip Neri Parish office.

Both paper and electronic versions of the survey are available to both residents and family members. People with computer access are encouraged to complete the survey electronically at –

Paper versions of the Family Survey must be returned to the address on the survey by April 8th, 2016.

If you have questions about the survey, please contact Audra Remenda at 306-655-2312.

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The Parish Nursing Ministry held their 3rd Men’s Breakfast on Saturday March 5th 2016.

The event was successful and the feedback from all the 28 men in attendance was very positive.

Following a hearty breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage, oatmeal bake and fresh fruit, everyone listened to personal stories and informative accounts of receiving the diagnosis of Prostate Cancer. The presentations given by Ian Mitchell and Art Battiste covered the need for early diagnosis, some of the treatments options available and the importance of Spiritual Community.

Ian is a parishioner at St.Philip Neri Parish and a retired teacher who firmly believes in education and wants to educate as many people as possible about Prostate Cancer.

Art is a Prostate cancer survivor and speaks at various events about the disease and the Prostate Cancer support group.

Their advice is to not be afraid to talk about it, get checked out, it's not just an old man issue, it's not a death sentence, and to include a support system. For more info about this event or about contacting the speakers, contact Ethna or Deb (Parish Nurses).

Mens Breakfast 2016

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Join us on Saturday 5th March for Breakfast for Men of all ages.

Doors open at 08:30am and Breakfast is served at 0900am in the Welcome Area.

The food promises to be great, the discussion will be enlightening and hopefully you can make a few new friends.

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the Glory of God.”    1 Corinthians 10:31.






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Here we are – the Parish Nurses Blogging!!!!!

This is the first time either of us has ever blogged but it has been suggested to that we need to enter the new millineum.  Not knowing what we had to do or even really knowing what a blog was, it was thought we could start with “A day in the life of a Parish Nurse”.

We, Parish Nurses, may be in the office or out working in the community.  Part of the office duties include answering phone calls re: health issues, attending to the prayer chain, ensuring the chain is up to date and used as a World Day of Sickreference to follow the progress of the sick.  We follow through on the meals ministry and ensure contact with the volunteers providing the meals and the recipients of the meal ministry, whether it is at times of illness, surgery, trauma or birth of a new babe.   Another very important issue, required by law is that the parish nurse, who is also a Registered Nurse,  is obliged to chart on the people she is involved with in her PN role.  After office time, the Parish Nurse will visit people in hospital, in their homes, in nursing homes and even the carpark at Tim Horton’s!

We are a bridge between the medical community and the parish community.  We serve the whole person- body, mind and spirit.

We are here to advocate for you, to act as a referral source, counsel and to pray with you.  If available, we will accompany you to Doctors appointments and if unable to do so, we will try to find a volunteer to go with you.  We will bring you a prayer shawl which has been knit or crocheted by a member of the Parish Knitting group so you can wrap it around yourself and know that your fellow parishioners are praying for and supporting you in you time of need. We are also here to educate and hopefully this “blogging business” will be a “good tool”.  We are even learning all of the new lingo. Aren’t you proud of us?

 “The church is in a much better position than medicine to carry out a ministry of wellness,
because it has direct and frequent access to the lives of people.”    (Thomas Droege, The Healing Presence)


A.E.D. (Artificial External Defibrillator)

An A.E.D. (Artificial External Defibrillator) has been donated by a parishioner to St. Philip Neri Parish. An A.E.D. is used to treat victims of sudden cardiac arrest, who are not responsive and not breathing properly.  The defibrillator delivers a shock to the heart and can be used with CPR, as needed, until emergency professionals arrive.

The A.E.D. can be found in a red case displayed in the Welcome Area.

After all Masses on March 8/9, the parish nurses will show a 15 minute DVD in the Sun Room. This DVD explains what an A.E.D. machine is and how and when to use it. This is not a training session but is an attempt to familiarize parishioners with the A.E.D. Research has shown that a child of 10 years old can use an A.E.D. if needed. If you are interested in learning more about the A.E.D. we would encourage you to please take this opportunity to view the DVD or contact the parish nurses (306-343-0325) to arrange to view the DVD at a later date.



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Mass and Liturgy Schedule

Office Hours:

Monday thru Friday:  9:00 am – 12 noon & 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Office is closed for lunch from 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm) 

Phone: (306) 343-0325

Fax: (306) 343-0900


Regular Mass Times:

Saturday - 5:00 pm

Sunday - 9:30 am & 11:30 am

Summer Mass Times:

Saturday - 5:00 pm

Sunday - 10:00 am

Weekday Masses: Tuesday thru Friday - 8:30 am

(Rosary ½ before weekday Masses)


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