Help Save a Life with CPR

Do you know how to do CPR? If a family member, friend, or someone you know had a cardiac arrest in front of you, would you know what to do? Wonder if you were attending a church function or were working at the K of C Fish Fry and someone’s heart stopped or they started choking? What if you were babysitting one of your grandchildren and they started choking on their food? All of these situations require quick intervention from someone! Would you know what to do?  I know you probably think all of these scenarios are unlikely, but they are not!

A survey shows that only half of Americans would perform lifesaving CPR. That’s because the other half don’t know what to do, fear legal ramifications or hurting the victim, and think someone else will come to the rescue. But the benefits of performing CPR far outweigh the risk and can double or triple the chance of survival. So don’t wait for someone else to step up. Learn and do CPR. You might even save someone you love!

On Sunday, October 22, 2023 from 1:00pm-3:00pm, the St. Therese of Lisieux Health Ministry will host a Family and Friends CPR class on site. The Family and Friends CPR course being offered is different than the Basic Life Support CPR that is taught to healthcare providers. This course is designed for lay people and teaches the lifesaving skills of adult Hands-Only CPR, child CPR with breaths, adult and child AED use, infant CPR, and relief of chocking in an adult, child, or infant.

These life-saving skills will be taught by a Registered Nurse/AHA certified instructor at St. Therese of Lisieux and the number of participants will be limited. The techniques taught by the instructor will utilize the American Heart Association’s research-proven-while-watching technique, which allows people in the class to practice “hands-on” CPR practice time. The class will include a lecture by the instructor, shown a video, and “hands-on” practice. And, there will be NO TEST! Participating in a classroom format works well for learners who prefer group interaction and feedback while learning skills

This course is for people who want to learn CPR, but do not need a course completion card in CPR for their job. This course is ideal for schools and students, new parents, grandparents, and babysitters. This course is also ideal for our St. Therese of Lisieux ushers, staff, volunteers, and K of C members! If you attend mass or usher at our masses, work the Fish Fry or Pancake Breakfast, participate in any of our ministries, or volunteer at any of our numerous activities held at church, this course would be beneficial for you. Although most times at our church functions there are medical personnel available to help in crisis situations, there might be a time when someone is not around. Knowing how to perform CPR and use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) could save the life of someone, maybe even a family member.

Please register for the class with the Parish Office at 586-254-4433 or with Marilyn Cito, the Parish Nurse at 586-254-4433, Ext. 320 or via email at  Class size is limited.