Catholic Charities to Recognize September as National Recovery Month With Mass for Recovery Hosted at St. John’s, Goshen, Monday, September 24

GOSHEN, NY – September as Recovery Month is a national observance sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), to raise awareness of mental health and/or substance use disorders, celebrate individuals in long-term recovery, and acknowledge the work of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services.

In recognition of Recovery Month, Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster invites community members to attend a Mass for Recovery at the Church of St. John the Evangelist,
71 Murray Avenue, Goshen, on Monday, September 24 at 7pm. The Mass for Recovery is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

“For many dealing with mental health and substance use disorders, the fight is a private one because of the fear of stigma and prejudice,” said Dr. Dean Scher, CEO, Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster. “But, there’s no need to go it alone, services and support are available in our communities for individuals and families. Prevention works, treatment is effective, and people do recover. I encourage those in need to seek support,” added Dr. Scher.

In 2016, an estimated 44.7 million adults, aged 18 or older (18.3 percent), had any mental illness, including substance use disorder, in the past year according to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an annual survey released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

“St. John’s is happy to host this Mass, at which we’ll pray in a particular way for and with those struggling with addiction, working to sustain recovery, coping with loss, and their families and loved ones.  The invitation is open to everyone, both Catholics and those of other faiths,” said
Fr. George Hafemann, St. John’s Parish Priest.

The Mass for Recovery is free and open to the public. People of all faiths are invited to attend.
No registration is necessary.

FAST FACTS

WHO: The Church of St. John the Evangelist, Goshen, and Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster

WHAT: Mass for Recovery

WHEN: Monday, September 24, 7 pm

WHERE: The Church of St. John the Evangelist, 71 Murray Avenue, Goshen

WHY: The Mass for Recovery will be held in recognition of September as National Recovery Month. Recovery Month is a national observance sponsored by SAMHSA, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The observance raises awareness of mental and substance use disorders, celebrates individuals in long-term recovery, and acknowledges the work of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services.

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Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster, as one of the human service agencies of Catholic Charities of The Archdiocese of New York, is committed to building a compassionate and just society. Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster serves the homeless, the hungry, the emotionally and physically handicapped, immigrants, and the marginalized and vulnerable of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster Counties. Catholic Charities collaborates with parishes, Catholic, and non-Catholic partners alike to help people of all religions who are in need. For more information, visit www.cccsos.org.

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