Family Life Commission
Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is found on the path of righteousness.
US statistics show that:
Origin of Senior Ministry at St. Bart’s
As one Walgreens ads says, life is not perfect and that’s why we have Walgreens. American dream for seniors includes retirement parties, restaurant discounts, investment pay-offs, leisure time for grandchildren, travel, and rest. However, reality may be very different. Instead of financial freedom, many seniors are facing financial burden. Instead of places to go many are facing health limitations. Instead of marital bliss, there may be widowhood.
Purpose/Goals of the Ministry
As a parish, we want our seniors and indeed all seniors to truly know that:
Some General Activities Our Seniors are involved in
Often the older we get the more important religion becomes in our lives because time pressures and life responsibilities have lessened. Also life experiences help us understand Christ’s teachings on a deeper level.
There’s a myth that seniors are not interested in learning. Through formal and informal activities and programs our adults are involved in learning.
Mostly people think of this first when they think of senior ministry. The need for interaction with other people continues throughout our lives. St. Bart’s Senior Ministry strives to provide fulfilling and rewarding social activities.
Often we fail to tap the potentials of our older parishioners, playing into that frequent message of the society that says seniors have outlived their usefulness. Here at St. Bart’s we strive to provide our seniors with opportunities to serve as well as be served, to minister as well as be ministered to.
Some Specific Activities
Senior Ministry Coordinator Position Description
Reports to: Report to Commission Co-Chairs
General Responsibilities of Every Ministry and Committee Chairperson and Coordinator:
Specific Responsibilities of Senior Ministry Coordinator
Time of Commitment
Expected Length of Commitment
At least three years.
General Qualifications Required of Every Ministry and Committee Chairperson and Coordinator:
Specific Qualifications Required
Other Things The Coordinator Shall Keep In Mind
For the Success of the ministry, the Coordinator shall:
Inform parishioners of the achievements of our seniors.
Eliminate the errors and myths about old age.
Educate people about the changing needs of the aging.
Use our Sunday Masses to inform parishioners about our aging and senior adults.
Facts and Ideas that will enhance the ministry: