NOW:53208:USA01012
http://widgets.journalinteractive.com/cache/JIResponseCacher.ashx?duration=5&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdata.wp.myweather.net%2FeWxII%2F%3Fdata%3D*USA01012
46°
H 46° L 43°
Cloudy | 14MPH

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

Dec. 1, 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

» T.J. Maxx opening Oct. 30 in Wauwatosa 10/20

» Across Wisconsin, uneven property assessments fly in the face of fairness Updated:  10/19

» Preps football photos of the week: Week 9 10/17

» 500 free winter emergency kits given away at Mayfair tomorrow 10/17

» Camp Bar Tosa opens Saturday 10/17

» The Malt Shoppe grand opening party is Oct. 24-26 10/15

» JCPenney Furniture Outlet receives bomb threat 10/15

» Former Maharaja partner plans Indian restaurant for Wauwatosa 10/13

» New antique shop could replace Twirly Birds in Wauwatosa Village 10/13

» Preps football photos of the week: Week 8 10/10

» ID not required for voting 10/10

» Corner Bakery announces Oct. 20 opening 10/9

» Pizza Man to open second location at The Mayfair Collection 10/9

» Submit election letters now: deadline is Oct. 20 10/9

» No injuries in Wauwatosa house fire Sunday night 10/6

» Preps football photos of the week: Week 7 10/3

» Motorcyclist killed in East Tosa crash identified 10/3

» Police respond to two bomb threats at Kmart in Wauwatosa 10/3

» Man killed in Hwy. 45 crash identified, other driver arrested 10/1

» 'Rollover ejection crash' kills one, closes Hwy. 45 lanes for 5 hours Updated:  9/30

» East Tosa BID plan rejected 9/30

» Bankruptcy judge approves sale of YMCA properties 9/30

» Man killed in rollover crash on Highway 45 in Wauwatosa 9/30

» Enter Halloween contest to win tickets to Legends & Lore 9/30

» Motorcyclist dies after collision on North Avenue in East Tosa 9/29

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss
Deal Watch - Milwaukee

Milwaukee's Best Discounts & Deals

Advertisement

Hidden Tosa

 

"Hidden Tosa" is a semi-regular feature where reporter Rory Linnane explores the closed down and closed off parts of Wauwatosa.

Local Business Directory

CONNECT