An Rx for the health care providers:
Mass of Thanksgiving Oct. 29
Rev. Stephan Kappler
You often walk out of the doctor's office with a piece of paper: an appointment card, perhaps, a prescription, an after-visit summary, or maybe even a bill.
Rev. Stephan Kappler suggests that if you're visiting your doctor soon, you should bring something to the doctor: an invitation to the Oakland Diocese's Mass of Thanksgiving for Health Care Providers.
"I'd like to encourage people to make that personal invitation" said Father Kappler, pastor of St. Jarlath Parish and licensed clinical psychologist at Kairos Psychology Group, both in Oakland.
Father Kappler, you might say, sees it from both sides of the desk.
He is coordinating the Mass, which will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Oct. 29 by Bishop Michael C, Barber, SJ. A reception will follow, giving the health care providers a chance to meet one another.
Father Kappler and the planning committee, which includes nurses and doctors, are inviting health care providers across the spectrum of health care, from nursing assistants in care homes, to workers in mental health, to hospice, to hospital workers.
Sponsors of the event include Catholic Management Services, Mercy Retirement & Care Center of Oakland, and Dignity Health.
"The idea is to create community and opportunity for conversation," Father Kappler said.
About that invitation to your doctor? You might also make one for the office staff, too.
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