Dear Friends in Christ:
Last week I shared with you details on our upcoming Encountering Jesus series, which is a wonderful place for people who are inquiring into Catholicism to learn more about the Catholic faith in a spirit of personal encounter with the Risen Lord. This week I am happy to share with you a unique opportunity for adults ages 50 and over to grow in their faith and discipleship with others. Kathryn Curio, a fellow parishioner, has poured much love, prayer, and work into crafting a Living Agelessly series. Please see her description of the series below along with an invitation to learn more and register after Mass this weekend (and next)!
Keys to Spiritual Vitality as We Age
Can it be said that Aging is the opportunity of a lifetime? I’m not so sure. We take in the prevailing attitude toward age and the aged with the air we breathe, the food we eat, and of course the ads we see. So what does one call the 12-week course for persons over the age of 50 which the parish will be providing starting September 6? Richard P Johnson, PhD, who developed the course, calls it “Keys to Spiritual Vitality, Powerful Lessons on Living Agelessly.” He is a gerontological counselor, and he knows not to prejudice the reader unnecessarily, knows to frame the course in an upbeat way.
But really what we are talking about is aging and its gifts, and Professor Johnson begins with talking about attitude toward aging, and specifically our own aging. Aging is the opportunity of a lifetime, a master teacher, and a spiritual practice—all three. It is God’s gift of time to make sense of one’s life, to forgive and let go of anger, to realize ones connectedness with self, and others, and ultimately with the Divine. Dr. Johnson leads us through twelve different lessons (one per week) which need to be mastered to live agelessly. He identified these tasks through research and enlarges upon each through Scripture reflection and insight exercises. Examples of the ‘Keys’ Dr. Johnson has developed lessons around are “Transform your Attitudes about Maturation,” “Let go of Anger and Other Inner Turmoil,” “Celebrate your Faith.”
Living Agelessly Series begins at 2 p.m., September 6
Professor Johnson developed this series in the St. Louis Archdiocese, originally presenting for the priests and religious there. He later adapted his presentation for lay people. Each week’s video is about 20 minutes and is followed by discussion, an insight exercise and Scripture reflection. Our meetings will begin at 2 pm, September 6, the Tuesday after Labor Day and extend until Tuesday, November 22, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.
Kathryn will be in the Narthex at St. Patrick’s after 5 pm Mass on Saturday, August 13 and after the 11 AM Mass on Sunday, August 14 with a short video introduction by Dr. Johnson. The following Sunday, August 21, she will be at Holy Redeemer after the 9 am and 5 pm Masses. She will also be available for questions. You are invited to sign up for the program after Mass or by contacting Marc Laudonio at 257-5000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Evangelization