For 20 years, Rudy and Jeanette Kouba attended daily Mass at Immaculate Conception Parish in Arnold. Rudy was well known for his gregarious nature, but many were surprised to learn Rudy was not Catholic. That changed on Aug. 21. At the age of 97, Rudy joined the Catholic Church at the chapel in Our Lady of Life Apartments.
As the Communion procession passed Rudy, each person stopped to congratulate and welcome him into the Church. "Why I can't figure out, my life isn't like that," Rudy said. "I can't walk out that door without getting love."
We've all heard the expression that it takes a village to raise a child. But it also could be said that it takes a community -- staff, friends, relatives, neighbors, volunteers -- to help make a senior living residence a village.
More than 500 residents, employees and family members marked Community Appreciation Day at Friendship Village Sunset Hills earlier this month with mechanical and inflatable amusements, games, prizes, face painting and more.
Getting older does not necessarily mean slowing down.
St. Andrew's Resources for Senior System will honor 20 individuals as part of the 2013 class of Ageless-Remarkable St. Louisans. Ageless honors seniors over age 75 who are living vibrant and productive lives.
Sister of Christian Charity Mary Ann Eultgen will be among the honorees. Sister Mary Ann serves at St. Anthony's Medical Center in pastoral services.
While the fight to preserve life is often centered on abortion and capital punishment, the future Pope Francis also warned against a more subtle form of disregard for human dignity: what he called "covert euthanasia."
"In this consumerist, hedonist and narcissistic society, we are accustomed to the idea that there are people that are disposable," among them, the elderly, then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio said in a book published earlier this year.