blue ribbonThe Great Catholic SmokeOut!

Novena to Dorothy Day for the healing of a person addicted to tobacco
Portrait version  (8-1/2 x 11 paper)
Landscape version to make a small four-page booklet

Every year, thousands of Catholic smokers quit smoking on Ash Wednesday.  The day is miserable for them and so is the following week.  Maybe they make it to the end of Lent, many don't -- thus creating the spiritual anguish of failure which is involved with the failure to abide by a Lenten commitment.  Many of those who make it to the end of Lent, take the habit back up after Easter.

Clearly there is a need for compassion and support for people struggling with tobacco addiction.

The Great Catholic SmokeOut is dedicated to helping Catholics and others stop smoking by bringing the gifts of our Faith and Catholic religious practices to help those suffering from tobacco addiction.

This year, the Parish Nurses of the Church of the Epiphany of the Lord in Oklahoma City, where I serve as Director of Music, will sponsor a local Great Catholic SmokeOut program, and we invite others to join us.  Should you decide to offer a similar program in your area, let me know and I will publicize it.

Bob Waldrop, 405-200-8155, robert@justpeace.org

It Takes a Parish Village to Quit Smoking
A Lenten health and spiritual care initiative  of the Church of the Epiphany of the Lord in Oklahoma City.

Mission Statement:  To encourage Epiphany parishioners who are addicted to tobacco to quit smoking during Lent and to support them as a parish so that they grow their spiritual lives and develop their freedom from smoking so that at the end of Lent, they do not return to the active addiction. 

✙    In January, we will recruit former smokers to be sponsors for those who will quit smoking on Ash Wednesday. People who quit will be linked up with one or more sponsors, who will help them through the program.  As a sign of solidarity, former smokers in the parish will be asked to wear a blue ribbon during Lent. 

✙    We will invite smokers to attend two pre-Lenten events -- an orientation meeting, and a party on Fat Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday).  We will also invite the smokers to go through the online Smoking Cessation Email Course from the About.Com Smoking Cessation site.

✙    On February 10, nine days before Ash Wednesday, we will begin the Novena to Dorothy Day for the Healing of a Person addicted to Tobacco.

✙    Offer the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick after every Ash Wednesday Mass for everyone in the program.Have a short meeting after the Anointing Sacrament after each Mass on Ash Wednesday, then daily meetings for the first seven days starting on Thursday after Ash Wednesday. Healthy munchies at every meeting except for Ash Wednesday.

✙    Weekly meetings continue thereafter through Lent.  At that point, the group should decide what it wants to do.  Options could include continuing a weekly meeting through the seven weeks of Easter, and then going to a monthly meeting. We could also decide to start a Nicotine Anonymous group.

Smoking Cessation Resources

Novena to Dorothy Day for the healing of a person addicted to tobacco
Portrait version  (8-1/2 x 11 paper)
Landscape version to make a small four-page booklet


About.com Smoking Cessation
http://quitsmoking.about.com/

Catholic Smoking Cessation Support
http://www.chastitysf.com/stopsmoking.htm This site is operated by a Catholic psychiatrist in San Francisco.  He offers muscle relaxation techniques that are very helpful when quitting smoking.

Nicotine Anonymous
http://www.nicotine-anonymous.org/ 

12 Steps of Nicotine Anonymous
http://www.nicotine-anonymous.org/publications_content.php?pub_id=349

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