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.
It was a different time, more than 60 years ago, when the associate pastor drove the school bus. This is just one memory from two Our Lady of the Pillar parishioners who reflected on life in the school and parish as they celebrate the 75th anniversary of their parish.
"Pillar has been a huge part of my life," Syd Rodway said. "There are so many stories. I wouldn't know where to begin." Rodway's family has been a part of the parish for three generations. He began attending the school in 1947 and his family moved into the parish shortly after.
When the 76-year-old Pope Francis went to World Youth Day this summer, he had grandparents, or at least society's elders, on his mind, and he honored them in a special way July 26, the feast of Sts. Joachim and Anne and Grandparents Day in many countries.
In dozens of homilies and speeches since becoming pope in March, Pope Francis has referred with great affection to his grandmother, Rosa, and her role in teaching him the faith.