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October 27, 2017

In "The Joy of the Gospel," Pope Francis urges people to reach out to the peripheries. Reflecting on his writings, Sister Constance Veit, director of communications for the Little Sisters of the Poor, stated that the elderly can hardly be a periphery in the Church since...

October 26, 2017

"Aging Matters," which is the title of a book by a Methodist minister, also is a conclusion reached by senior citizens gathering to discuss the book.

A couple dozen or so Catholic seniors met earlier this month in a discussion led by a retired Catholic priest to...

October 26, 2017

Spiritual agelessness, according to gerontologist Richard P. Johnson, is a faith-formed state of mind, heart and soul that renders people free from the more common psychological constraints of physical aging. "The primary driver of spiritual agelessness is the individual...

October 26, 2017

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...

October 26, 2017

All it took was an offer of free parking on the campus of St. Louis University for Donald Beimdiek to take on a volunteer job as a lawyer.

Nearly retired from his work as an attorney with Armstrong Teasdale, Beimdiek several years ago ran into Marie Kenyon, then-...

Russel Smith is the blood drive chairman for the Webster Groves Knights of Columbus and is passionate about his position and the Knights. He collected money outside of Dierbergs supermarket to help children.
October 26, 2017

Russel A. Smith stood outside the Dierbergs grocery store in Shrewsbury Oct. 9 collecting funds for the Knights of Columbus annual Tootsie Roll drive for people with developmental disabilities.

Smith enjoys helping with the Knights' causes such as this one, which...

Loretta “Hoppy” Hopgood, the first School Sisters of Notre Dame associate in North America, rolled an old tire out of a trash heap and into the back of her van to recycle it. She lives out the charism of the SSNDs by keeping the community clean.
October 26, 2017

Loretta Hopgood slowly drove down the alley behind a strip mall, looking for opportunities to clean up. She passed several overflowing dumpsters, several with old tires and debris scattered next to them.

"We had homeless people living up here," she said, pointing...

Joan Lawder held a picture of her graduating 1944 class from St. Stephen Protomartyr School in south St. Louis. She has been a parishioner at St. Stephen for almost all of her life, and lives in Holly Hills with her husband, Michael.
October 26, 2017

It's the 90th anniversary of St. Stephen Protomartyr School in south St. Louis, and Joan Lawder has a multi-layered connection that spans those years.

Her father, William Federer, was one of the developers of the Holly Hills neighborhood north of Carondelet Park,...

October 26, 2017

You won't find Arletta Williams' name in historical accounts of St. Louis or its Walk of Fame, but she was there behind the scenes with some significant figures in the city during the last century.

In the early 1980s, Williams worked with Sister Pat Kelley, a...

Dorothy Gipson, left, got a hug from Betsy Jones after they finished playing a game at Cardinal Ritter Senior Services Adult Day Center. The center provides respite for caregivers of the elderly and care, supervision and socialization for adults who have mental or physical impairments, and gives an opportunity for seniors to socialize.
October 26, 2017

Gloria Bono helped Clarence "Turk" Turley put together a puzzle Oct. 23 at the Cardinal Ritter Senior Services Adult Day Program. A few other friends who also attend the program pitched in as well.

Turley said he likes the people at the center and is unable to...

Josephine Insalaco received a hug from two-year-old Macoy Van Cleave who ran up to her after showing off his dance moves. Also pictured are Helen Schodroski, left, and Carole Brueggemann, right. Students at Assumption Early Learning Center performed songs, dances, shared prayer and read stories with members of the parish’s senior ministry on a recent visit.
October 26, 2017

Bob McHugh held the attention of the pre-kindergarten class with an animated and interactive reading of "If You Give a Mouse a Brownie" by Laura Numeroff. He drummed with his hand and asked the children about playing a guitar at the appropriate times in the book.

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