senior living

'Endless service' describes pioneering educator

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson presented Mary Dreas of Assumption Parish in Mattese with an award at the 17th Annual Catholic Women’s Award Celebration in August. Parishes across the archdiocese nominated a woman who exemplified the category of teacher, with St. Rose Philippine Duchesne as the model.

Endless service is what Mary Dreas' former and current pastors at Assumption Parish in Mattese cited in nominating her for the Catholic Women's Award. Dreas was honored Aug. 10, along with women nominated by other parishes in the archdiocese at the 17th annual awards celebration.

Her motivation, she said this month, was her love for Christ.

Dreas earlier was a member of St. Ann Parish in Normandy, where her four children went to grade school. The children went to Catholic high school, as well as Catholic college.

Author finds God in everday happenings

Since she was editor of her high school newspaper, Bernadette McCarver Snyder dreamed of becoming a writer.

Thirty-seven books later, the 83-year-old's dream is still alive, with the recent publication of her newest book, "Senior Moments: Prayer-talks with God About Aging Grace-fully" ($12.95, Twenty Third Publications).

Snyder, a member of St. Monica Parish in Creve Coeur, took the everyday happenings of life -- from a senior's perspective -- as inspiration for the book, a collection of prayers that invite readers to slow down and connect with God.

Church offers answer to aging population

UNITED NATIONS — An intervention from the Holy See's Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations decried the low birth rates in 80 countries in the world, saying the statistics "should be a great cause for alarm."

Msgr. Janusz Urbanczyk, who is first counselor and charge d'affaires at the mission, delivered the intervention April 10 to the U.N.'s Commission on Population and Development.

Helpful phone numbers for senior services

AARP Work Search — Employment for St. Louis City and County residents 55 and older. Must meet Department of Labor poverty guidelines. Call (314) 333-5688 (city) or (314) 830-3600 (county).

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

Cardinal Ritter Adult Day Programs — Provides respite for caregivers of the elderly and care, supervision and socialization for adults who have mental or physical impairments. In Shrewsbury at Holy Infant Apartments on Cardinal Ritter campus. Call (314) 962-7501.

Our Lady of Life resident joins Church at age of 97

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."

New Marian Chapel functional and 'exquisite'

Residents attended Mass in the new Marian Chapel at Anna House in the Sarah Community in Bridgeton.

Reverent. Beautiful. Convenient. Sister Alcuin Rottjakob, a retired School Sister of Notre Dame, uses those adjectives to describe the new Marian Chapel at the Sarah Community in Bridgeton.

There's a big difference between it and the old chapel, she said, listing numerous features such as balconies that allow residents who need more oversight to participate.

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