Senior Living

Devotion to Padre Pio began with a missed Mass

Frank Beletz, right, gathered with family members in 1942 on a leave from the U.S. Army. Here, he's with Katherine, Mary, Morisa and Syl. Frank became interested in St. Padre Pio after members of his squadron attended a Mass celebrated by the saint.

Al Beletz was 16 years old in August 1945, hanging out at a Standard Oil gas station across Big Bend Road from his home in the Old Orchard area of Webster Groves.

The war in Europe was over, and his older brother, Frank, was on his way home on a 30-day leave.

Al listened to Frank's stories, including one in which his squadron bombed his parents' place of birth, Maribor, Slovenia. He learned later that his cousin had been napping in the house once owned by their parents when one of the bombs exploded in the road in front of the house, causing cracks in the ceiling.

Couples call marriage ‘a great ride,’ value support

Thomas and Kathlee Doerr, celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary, joined Jerry and Mary Jane Miller, celebrating their 54th wedding anniversary, as gift bearers at the 2016 Golden and Silver Wedding Jubilee Mass Sept. 25 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

"... and the two of them became one body."

The last words of Genesis 2:18-24 have played out in the lives of countless married couples, including several hundred people who attended the Golden and Silver Wedding Jubilee Mass Sept. 25 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

For Ed and Laurel Leahy of St. Patrick Parish in Wentzville, their 50 years of marriage have been "a great ride so far," Laurel Leahy said after posing with her husband for a photo taken by her daughter-in-law.

Church-based nurse helps caregivers, older adults

SAJE Senior Ministry supports a Faith Community Nurse, Deb Goldfeder, who is available to members. Deb cares for physical, social, and spiritual needs. SAJE is an ecumenical ministry for the purpose of enriching the lives of seniors in the Crestwood/Sunset Hills area. SAJE activities are open to all regardless of religious or congregational affiliation, SAJE Senior Ministry is a partnership of four churches in the Crestwood/Sunset Hills area in southern metropolitan Saint Louis, Missouri. In the summer of 2010, these churches came together to develop an intentional senior ministry for the older adults in their community regardless of religious affiliation

For Deb Goldfeder, serving as a nurse for a unique church-based senior ministry means working with caregivers as well as older adults.

For example, Goldfeder receives calls from adult children who live out of town and want to get their parent in activities sponsored by SAJE Senior Ministry, an ecumenical program for seniors in the Crestwood/Sunset Hills area. Its activities are open to all regardless of religious or congregational affiliation.

Memory Care programs enrich residents’ days

Ophelia Sproling tapped her feet, clapped and swayed as Bridgette Kossar sang songs by Hank Williams, the Oak Ridge Boys, Elvis and other popular recording artists.

Sproling was joined by a couple dozen other residents from Cardinal Ritter Senior Services' Mary Queen and Mother Center in Shrewsbury. Sproling lived in the assisted living memory care for about a year at Mother of Perpetual Help before recently moving to the long-term nursing memory care at Mary Queen and Mother, and she has responded well.

Important phone numbers for senior services

AARP Work Search — Employment for St. Louis County residents 55 and older. Must meet Department of Labor poverty guidelines. Call (314) 830-3600 (county).

Alzheimer's and Dementia Resource Center — Alzheimer's Association listing of St. Louis area resources and other information for caregivers. Call (314) 432-3422 or (800) 272-3900

Better Business Bureau — Helps resolve consumer complaints and offers information on complaints about businesses. Call (314) 645-3300.

Aging brings intense prayer, awareness of judgment

This is the cover of “Last Testament,” an interview Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI did with German author Peter Seewald. In the book the pope talks about events surrounding his resignation and says that practical governance was not his forte.

VATICAN CITY — As he prays in his house in the Vatican Gardens and, especially, as he ages, retired Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said he finds many Scripture passages "more challenging in their greatness and gravity."

Retirement has given the 89-year-old Pope Benedict what he describes as the gift of silence to enter more deeply into prayer, especially with the Psalms and the writings of early Church theologians, but the inevitable approach of death also makes his failings and God's judgment a more pressing concern, he said.

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