NOW:53219:USA00949
http://widgets.journalinteractive.com/cache/JIResponseCacher.ashx?duration=5&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdata.wp.myweather.net%2FeWxII%2F%3Fdata%3D*USA00949
21°
H 26° L 18°
Partly Cloudy | 7MPH

Catholic Charities Offers Five Ideas on How to Slow Down and Enjoy the Holidays

Nov. 26, 2013

Ready or not the holiday season has arrived, and for many of us it can be an overwhelming time of year filled with unwanted stress. How can you minimize the chaos and simply enjoy the little holiday moments filled with cheer?
According to Catholic Charities’ behavioral health counselors, there are five things you need to remember when it comes to surviving the holidays.

1. Find the balance.
Decorating, parties and gift-giving are all part of the fun; enjoy, but in moderation. Don’t celebrate yourself into debt!

2. Learn from Ebenezer.
Ebenezer Scrooge is a man for our times. Shake off the temptation of greed and use this special time of year to do some good for others.

3. Heal the wounds.
Family members sometimes hurt one another, whether intentionally or unintentionally. Recognize that the past is done. Don’t wait for others to come to you to heal a situation. Take the first step to dialogue, listen, admit mistakes and maybe even forgive. Write a new page, while there is
still time.

4. Be realistic.
Recognize that things outside of our control will happen during the holidays and therefore they won’t necessarily be the best days of the entire year. Set realistic expectations and let them be what they are. Focus on what you can control: your thinking about the holidays.

5. Dare to be counter-cultural.
Make a conscious decision to avoid some of the holiday chaos. Turn off the lights and cut the noise. Light a candle. Take a walk on a cold, crisp winter night. It is in the quiet stillness of our hearts that serenity is born.

These five tips are part of a new “That Moment When…” campaign being launched at
Catholic Charities this week. The purpose of the campaign is to show how Catholic Charities was there to help others during stressful, if not devastating, moments in their lives when pain and fear had them feeling like their world was falling apart.

Fr. Dave Bergner, the executive director of Catholic Charities, says, “In 2012 Catholic Charities delivered millions of moments of hope to 23,438 people of all faiths in the 10 counties of southeastern Wisconsin. Counseling services throughout this area added up to 1.3 million minutes or 22,880 hours in 2012.
“These are people needing crisis pregnancy counseling and adoption support, refugee families starting with nothing in America, people needing help finding new jobs and people in need of mental health counseling or case management. We bring hope to the poor, the frail and the vulnerable. That hope then ripples out to their families, co-workers and communities.”

As part of the “That Moment When…” campaign, Catholic Charities is encouraging people to visit a special Catholic Charities web page at www.thatmomentwhen.org to donate or share how they were positively impacted by Catholic Charities. Supporters can also text donations by dialing 85944 and texting “Moment” to make a $10 donation that is added to their cell
phone bill.

“There are many wonderful stories of hope because of what we do every single day,” adds Bergner. “We want people to be able to read firsthand about the good that we do.”
The “That Moment When…” campaign is an extension of last year’s “Make a Ripple” campaign which raised more than $200,000 to help those less fortunate. Catholic Charities’ Behavioral Health/Counseling Program recognizes the correlated challenges of poverty and mental health, so provides services on a sliding-fee scale to remove potential financial barriers and increase access to mental health services. Catholic Charities’ licensed therapists provided 1,372,800 minutes of counseling to people of all faiths throughout the 10 counties of southeastern Wisconsin in 2012. Catholic Charities has been serving people of all faiths in southeastern Wisconsin
since 1920.

This site uses Facebook comments to make it easier for you to contribute. If you see a comment you would like to flag for spam or abuse, click the "x" in the upper right of it. By posting, you agree to our Terms of Use.

Suburban News Roundup

E-mail Newsletter

Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.


Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter
Get the Newsletter!

Login or Register to manage all your newsletter preferences.

Community Watch

» Answers and winners of the Suburban Selfies contest revealed! 1/29

» West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board saves $1.7 million 1/28

» A West Allis-West Milwaukee District administrator might be laid off 1/27

» West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board approves selling Roosevelt 1/27

» Denny's coming to Highway 100 in Greenfield 1/21

» Suspected getaway driver in deadly robbery tells police being helpful 'in her nature' Updated:  1/19

» Whitnall heads to referendum on $29.4 million in facilities projects 1/19

» 2 arrested in fatal Waukesha Citgo robbery linked to violent spree Updated:  1/16

» Whitnall ready to go for $29.4 million facilities referendums 1/15

» Suburban Selfies contest extended through Jan. 25; two selfie solutions to get you started! 1/15

» Hotel, retail/office, residential project proposed at Greenfield former school 1/14

» West Allis man's gunshot death believed to be self-inflicted 1/12

» Whitnall School District closes because of cold 1/8

» Report: Nathan Hale High School again evacuated after copycat bomb threat 1/7

» Race for West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board only local matchup 1/7

» Whitnall School Board to be only local race in Greenfield next April 1/7

» Nathan Hale High School evacuated because of bomb threat 1/6

» Drunken driving suspected in West Allis crash that injured 3 12/27

» Man killed when struck by vehicle in West Milwaukee 12/26

» Suburban Selfies is back! Win a $200 dinner! 12/24

» Crash closes 2 left lanes of eastbound I-894 at S. 60th St. 12/22

» Westbound I-94 near Miller Park to close for 31 hours beginning Friday night 12/18

» Central wrestlers take control of GMC race with 29-27 win over Falls 12/17

» Whitnall School Board closer to facilities referendum decision 12/16

» Blocked sewer leads to sewage spill into Honey Creek 12/12

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss

Advertisement

Advertisement

Local Business Directory

CONNECT