St. Joseph Parish

Springfield, Illinois


Weekend Mass Schedule

Saturday: 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: 8:30 a.m.
Sunday: 10:30 a.m.

Upcoming Events

Thu, Jan 24th, @7:00am
Thu, Jan 24th, @5:15pm
Holy Hour of Adoration
Thu, Jan 24th, @6:30pm
Choir Rehearsal
Sat, Jan 26th, @3:15pm
Sat, Jan 26th, @4:30pm
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Parish Nurse Ministry Mission Statement:

We strive to fulfill the mission of St. Joseph Parish as we see each parishioner - their body, mind and soul - as a gift of God to be nurtured and strengthened for their journey here on Earth.

St. Joseph Parish Health Committee

Members of the Health Committee meet on a regular basis to advise the Parish Nurse Minister and collaborate on the health needs of the parish.

Lucinda Buescher, MD     Kathy Cory, RN     Lois Jirgal, RN     Beth Murphy, BA

Sister Trudy O'Connor, MSN     Doris Schaddel, RN     Mary Thoele, RN, PNM

Roles of the Parish Nurse

As each parish is unique, so are its health care needs.

As health educator: the Parish Nursehelps parishioners understand the connection between Catholic values, healthful attitudes, healthy lifestyle, spiritual faith and good health.

As health counselor:  the Parish Nursediscusses health concerns with individuals in home, hospital and nursing home visits as needed.

As health care advocate:  the Parish Nurseworks with parishioners, their families and primary health resources to provide what is in the best interest of the whole person.

As referral agent:  the Parish Nurseassists parishioners and their families to locate resources needed to meet their holistic needs.

Why Talk About Health Care At Church?

Throughout the centuries, church communities have promoted health and wholeness through worship, music, prayer, sharing and caring.   A specially trained registered  nurse can offer a ministry of education for health and wellness to each interested parishioner for a fuller sense of wholeness through physical, emotional and spiritual care.  With our aging parish population, a major focus of this ministry is support to parishioners and their families who have concerns about the varied medical and social issues facing our elders.

What's new and healthy?

 These tips were shared at one of our Health Promotion displays during a blood pressure screening.  We will update this section periodically.  Watch for more great tips on keeping healthy!

10 Essential Health Tips -  (The Basics to Practice Every Day)

 "He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything." -Arabian Proverb

1. Move More
Make it a daily challenge to find ways to move your body. Climb stairs if given a choice between that and escalators or elevators. Walk your dog; chase your kids; toss balls with friends, mow the lawn. Anything that moves your limbs is not only a fitness tool, it's a stress buster. Think 'move' in small increments of time. It doesn't have to be an hour in the gym or a 45-minute aerobic dance class or tai chi or kickboxing. But that's great when you're up to it. Meanwhile, move more. Thought for the day: Cha, Cha, Cha.... Then do it!

2. Cut Fat
Avoid the obvious such as fried foods, burgers and other fatty meats (i.e. pork, bacon, ham, salami, ribs and sausage). Dairy products such as cheese, cottage cheese, milk and cream should be eaten in low fat versions. Nuts and sandwich meats, mayonnaise, margarine, butter and sauces should be eaten in limited amounts. Most are available in lower fat versions such as substitute butter, fat free cheeses and mayonnaise. Thought for the day: Lean, mean, fat-burning machine.... Then be one!

3. Quit Smoking 
The jury is definitely in on this verdict. Ever since 1960 when the Surgeon General announced that smoking was harmful to your health, Americans have been reducing their use of tobacco products that kill. Just recently, we've seen a surge in smoking in adolescents and teens. Could it be the Hollywood influence? It seems the stars in every movie of late smoke cigarettes. Beware. Warn your children of the false romance or 'tough guy' stance of Hollywood smokers. Thought for the day: Give up just one cigarette.... the next one.

4. Reduce Stress 
Easier said than done, stress busters come in many forms. Some techniques recommended by experts are to think positive thoughts. Spend 30 minutes a day doing something you like. (i.e.,Soak in a hot tub; walk on the beach or in a park; read a good book; visit a friend; play with your dog; listen to soothing music; watch a funny movie. Get a massage, a facial or a haircut. Meditate. Count to ten before losing your temper or getting aggravated. Avoid difficult people when possible. Thought for the day: When seeing red, think pink clouds....then float on them. 

5. Protect Yourself from Pollution 
If you can't live in a smog-free environment, at least avoid smoke-filled rooms, high traffic areas, breathing in highway fumes and exercising near busy thoroughfares. Exercise outside when the smog rating is low. Exercise indoors in air conditioning when air quality is good. Plant lots of shrubbery in your yard. It's a good pollution and dirt from the street deterrent. Thought for the day: 'Smoke gets in your eyes'...and your mouth, and your nose and your lungs as do pollutants....hum the tune daily.

6. Wear Your Seat Belt
Statistics show that seat belts add to longevity and help alleviate potential injuries in car crashes. Thought for the day: Buckle down and buckle up.

7. Floss Your Teeth
Recent studies make a direct connection between longevity and teeth flossing. Nobody knows exactly why. Perhaps it's because people who floss tend to be more health conscious than people who don't? Thought for the day: Floss and be your body's boss.

8. Avoid Excessive Drinking 
While recent studies show a glass of wine or one drink a day (two for men) can help protect against heart disease, more than that can cause other health problems such as liver and kidney disease and cancer. Thought for the day: A jug of wine should last a long time.

9. Keep a Positive Mental Outlook 
There's a definitive connection between living well and healthfully and having a cheerful outlook on life. Thought for the day: You can't be unhappy when you're smiling or singing. 

10. Choose Your Parents Well 
The link between genetics and health is a powerful one. But just because one or both of your parents died young in ill health doesn't mean you cannot counteract the genetic pool handed you. Thought for the day: Follow these basic tips for healthy living and you can better control your own destiny.

Upcoming Events:  Blood Pressure Screenings after Sunday masses

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Last Updated on Monday, 26 September 2016 09:34
Diocese of Springfield