Resources for COVID-19 Quarantine

Free Mental Health Screening Resources

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc. is offering free mental health counseling services for adults, children and families. Counselors can help resolve a variety of issues. Visit the website at www.catholiccharitiesdov.org or call Joan at (941)-355-4680 ext. 311

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Why download the MyParish App?

Download our app today at myparishapp.com or search your phone’s app store for myparish. You can also text the word “APP” to 88202!

PLEASE NOTE: When you are using your phone at Church, you must use your own cell service.

SOME BENEFITS INCLUDE:

Readings: Daily Mass readings provided by the USCCB from the NAB(re) version of the bible.

Worship: Temporarily replaces the hymnals.

Giving: Easily access your parish’s online giving. https://osvhub.com/st-johnxxiii-parish/funds

Instructions to Install:

  • On your smart phone or tablet, go to your App Store and search on MyParish App.
  • Select the download button (cloud with down arrow).
  • Once downloaded, select Open,
  • Select Allow for Notifications.
  • You can go through the Intro to see the features or Skip Intro for now.
  • Select Next. You can allow the App to use your location this one time only and touch on St. John XXIII on 13060 Palomino.
  • Select Get Started at the bottom of the screen. You can Swipe Up or click on Okay to reveal more app features on the screen.

Spiritual Reflections

St. Martin de Porres

St. Martin de Porres Outreach is always in need of volunteers to assist in helping to serve the less fortunate. Now with so many people back up north for the summer and the virus limiting people, we can use your help. If you want to help, we can use the following individuals

  • Cook dinner (done Monday through Friday)
  • Serve dinner (done Monday through Friday)
  • Help with a food pantry on Fridays
  • Pick up donated food from Harry Chapin, Publix, Midwest, Ada’s
  • Help maintain the building
  • Help children do homework or learn English (when school is in session)

If you are interested in helping, please contact the office (239-693-4711) or visit our website www.smdpoutreach.org.

If you can make a difference in someone’s life, it all starts with just one helping hand.

Catholic Charities

Website: catholiccharitiesdov.org
They offer food, financial assistance, and telehealth mental health counseling. If assistance is needed, they may call the number based on their county below:
Lee County: 844-385-2423
Collier County: 844-385-2404

1. Food distribution will take place ONLY at the pantry locations listed below. Clients will receive a pre-packaged bag or box of food items for their families.

  • Bethesda House – 1670 4th Street, Sarasota, FL
  • EKG Pantry – 4235 Michigan Avenue Link, Fort Myers, FL
  • Bonita Springs – 28360 Beaumont Road, Bonita Springs, FL
  • Judy Sullivan Center – 3174 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, FL
  • Guadalupe Social Services – 211 South 9th Street, Immokalee, FL

2. Financial Assistance – Catholic Charities provide financial assistance for those in need. Financial assistance may include utility payments, prescription medication, or other critical needs.

3. Tele-Mental Health Counseling – will be available for existing clients on a limited basis using phone or video-conferencing. (Matthew Glass contact: 239-789-0363)

Harry Chapin of SWFL

Phone: 239-334-7007
Website: harrychapinfoodbank.org
*Click on Coronavirus-19 Update on Home Page
They will have links for the following:

  • Food Locator
  • Mobile Pantry Location

Additional Resources

  • April Donation Month: www.donatelife.net
  • LIVE-Streamed Mass: 8am Monday-Friday Daily Mass https://www.facebook.com/St-John-XXIII-Catholic-Church-314726987796/
  • Mass at Home: https://dioceseofvenice.org/offices/offices-departments/communications/tvmass/
  • Sunday Mass: WFTX-TV FOX 4 – Sundays at 10:30am
  • St. John XXIII Parish App: visit myparishapp.com or search your phone’s app store for myparish. You can also text the word “APP” to 88202
  • NAMI HelpLine Monday – Friday 10:00am to 6:00pm (800) 950-6264
  • Suicide Prevention: suicidepreventionlifeline.org (800) 273-8255

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Search for and select Saint John XXIII to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Our parish will be listed as Saint John XXIII Parish in Fort Myers, FL. Contact Jennifer Baumgardner for more information at: jennb@johnxxiii.net

FREE Rosary Repair

Send broken rosaries in a padded envelope to: Betty & Dick Holden, 7930 Estero Blvd., #502, Ft. Myers Beach, FL 33931. Rosaries will be returned within a week of receipt. Old or broken rosaries may also be donated, repaired and sent to the missions. For more information email: holdenbnd@gmail.com

Informational Websites

Stay current with what is happening in the Catholic Church: Whispers in the Loggia (whispersintheloggia.blogspot.com), Catholic News Service (www.catholicnews.com), CRUX (cruxnow.com), Bishop Barron (www.wordonfire.org), Fr. Richard Rohr (cac.org/category/daily-meditations)

Hurricane Season is Here!

If you live in an assisted living facility or nursing home, your staff will care for you during a storm. If you don’t and would like shelter during a hurricane, please complete a Special Needs Shelter.

The Lee County Special Needs Shelter Program will assist with transportation to a Special Needs Shelter before a hurricane and will provide shelter during the storm. You may bring your cat or dog, but you must bring your caregiver and register before the storm to receive this help.

Even if you registered for the Special Needs Shelter Program last year, you must register again for this year. Please register early because you will no be able to register within the 5-day forecast cone.

You may also receive a Special Needs Shelter Application by calling Debbie Quimby at Lee County Emergency Management (239) 533-0640 If Debbie is away from her desk, please leave a message and she or someone else from Emergency Management will send you an application and can provide information concerning the Special Needs Shelters and transportation to them.

FILL OUT THE APPLICATION HERE

How to Protect Yourself & Others

https://www.cdc.gov/ https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI LCH is here to help those with a brain disorder and their families find needed support. Zoom meetings have become the most used format for gathering remotely. NAMI LCH is now offering support groups in Zoom format! Please get the word out to your congregants about these and other listed resources:

NAMI Connection is a peer-led support group for any adult who lives with mental health challenges. Their meeting will be available on Zoom each Monday from 6 -7:30 pm. Click:

NAMI Connection Meeting Link Use Meeting ID 610 368 936 and Password 465920.

Mental Health Resources for African Americans https://www.nami.org/Mental-Health-Resources-for-African-Americans

NAMI Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for any adult with a loved one who lives with mental health challenges. Their meeting will be available on Zoom the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 6 -7:30 pm. Click: NAMI Family Support Group Meeting Link Use Meeting ID 736 116 355 and Password 293214.

To use Zoom:

  1. Download the Zoom Cloud Meetings app on your laptop or tablet at https://zoom.us or your smartphone using the Google Play or Apple Store.
  2. At your chosen meeting time, open the app, click “Join a Meeting” or use the link provided above
  3. Enter the Meeting ID and Password when prompted
  4. Enter your name
  5. Be sure to allow video and audio when prompted and you’re in!

We hope that those who need support, find understanding, guidance and support through these remote meetings. Be assured that the host has control over who can attend and what is shown/heard so that no disruptions will be allowed. For further help with attending NAMI meetings remotely, email us at info@namilee.org.

*SalusCare is offering Zoom format support groups as well. “The Road to Independence”, a group for adults focusing on self-sufficiency by addressing topics such as prevention, self-care, life skills, employment, housing, budgeting, healthy relationships, supports, relaxation, stress management and more. This group will be held every Wednesday (beginning April 15th) from 6:00 – 7:00 pm and is suitable for patients in recovery from both substance use and various mental health issues. If you believe you may be appropriate for this group, and you are an existing SalusCare patient, please contact Katina Combee at (239) 322-5482 to be scheduled for the appropriate group.

For other resources, check out these websites:

NAMI LCH is here to bring hope, inclusion, empowerment and compassion to individuals and families challenged by mental health issues.

Talking Books

Do you or a loved one have a visual difficulty or physical difficulty that prevents you from enjoying a book?

In these days when it seems safer to stay home, perhaps some of the time you may enjoy listening to a book!

The Lee County Talking Books Library provides recorded books and magazines to people who need to hear their reading. It is a division of the National Library Service. We have a division on Lee Street downtown Fort Myers.

There are over 2.5 million titles available in many languages. They have braille materials as well. These books are for people who need to “hear” their reading because of a visual disability or physical disability that prevents them from holding a book or turning a page. These books are played on special players provided free by the Library service, a division of the Library of Commerce.

The Parish Nurses at St. John XXIII can help get you or a loved one that service by filling out an application after answering a few questions.

It must be certified by a medical professional. The books and equipment are mailed postage free to eligible readers from a digital collection that appeals to readers of all ages.

Please call the parish office at (239) 561-2245 and leave your name and phone number and a Parish Nurse will get back to you.

More information to follow in another bulletin publication on Books by Mail for those who prefer large print.

Books by Mail

Can’t get to the library or store to get a good book to read? If you have a temporary or long-term condition physical or medical disability, the Books-by-Mail System through the Lee County Library System is a great solution.

You can receive books, CD books, DVDs and Blue Ray items at home. The rich collection of the Lee County Library System is as close as your mailbox. Your items will be sent to you through the mail in nylon zippered bags.

To return them, place them in the same bag in which they came, attach postage, and send them back. Call (239) 533-4444 to apply. Caregivers are also eligible for this service.

If you need large print or audio books because of a visual or physical impairment, you can be certified by one of our Parish Nurses and you will be qualified for postage free delivery. For more information, please all the parish office at (239) 561-2245 and a Parish Nurse will return your call.

You may request new materials by phone or by using the request cards enclosed when you receive your first shipment.

The Books by Mail office is located at: 1651 Lee Street in Fort Myers, FL