PORTLAND---Three Beliefs, a guide promulgated by Bishop Robert P. Deeley that offers valuable assistance and information regarding end-of-life issues, will be explained during a presentation open to all on Saturday, April 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The free gathering will be held in the Guild Hall of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland. Refreshments will be offered starting at 9 a.m.
The event will be led by Suzanne Lafreniere, the director of the Office of Public Policy for the Diocese of Portland, and Fr. Richard Senghas, MD. During the presentation, the two will discuss the three basic Catholic beliefs that are the foundation for making end-of-life care determinations and answer questions from attendees.
Three Beliefs is a 20-page document that includes an explanation of Catholic teaching on life-sustaining treatment and care, an introductory letter from Bishop Deeley, the Maine Advance Directive form modified to ensure consistency with both Catholic teaching and Maine law, and a helpful FAQ section.
“My hope is that all Catholics, not just the elderly and the infirm, will take the time to read Three Beliefs carefully and prayerfully and then use the Advanced Health Care Directive form to memorialize your wishes,” said the bishop. “Fill out the form in conversation with family members or friends who would be affected or authorized to make decisions on your behalf. Oftentimes, simply having the discussion ahead of time can avoid difficult deliberations by next of kin. Your own expressed wishes will be able to guide their decisions.”
To view a printer-friendly version of Three Beliefs or for additional resources and information on a variety of topics regarding Catholic teaching on the end of life, click here. Copies of Three Beliefs are also available by contacting your local parish or the diocese at (207) 773-6471.
The event on April 21 is sponsored by the Consoling Hearts Ministry, a group that provides prayerful support for the families of the deceased at the Portland Peninsula & Island Parishes. For more information about the presentation, call (207) 773-7746.