Our Aging Ministry seeks to provide sunshine into the lives of the elderly of the community, most notably in our own community at Little Sisters of the Poor St. Mary's Home on Lakewood, and Symphony on Fullerton & Southport. We welcome your help to put smiles on the faces of our senior neighbors! Our school and religious education students put thoughtful time into making crafts and cards for them throughout the year, parading by on Halloween and caroling for them at Christmas. Our lively Boomers Plus Club brings loads of fun by organizing a Christmas party with home baked goods and live music from our Music Director for our senior friends. Our Ministers of Care bring the eucharist each week to those at Symphony who may not be mobile enough to attend our Masses.
Volunteers like you are always appreciated to help brainstorm ways to serve this ministry. You can volunteer as much or as little as you like (even just once is helpful)! Every week we need a Minister of Care to deliver the eucharist to our friends at Symphony. Each month we need someone at Symphony to call the numbers at monthly Bingo, assist in bringing the residents treats and helping them find the numbers on their cards. On occasion we help Little Sisters to wheel their residents outside for BBQ. The more volunteers we have, the more we can plan be of service and enhance the lives of our aging friends.
6/29/22: Please be advised that currently (and subject to change), Little Sisters of the Poor requires in-person volunteers be at least 18 years of age, show proof of vaccination and wear masks. Symphony has no restrictions or requirements at this time.
Little Sisters of the Poor
Each year, the Little Sisters of the Poor will visit our Parish to share their vocation of hospitality to the elderly.
In our neighborhood at 2325 N. Lakewood, St. Mary’s Home in Chicago is one of 167 Homes for the elderly poor operated by the Little Sisters in 31 countries around the world.
Their need for financial support continues to be acute and considerable. Virtually all of the current Residents of St. Mary’s Home qualify for Medicaid, and a few receive meager pensions. But these modest funds cover, at best, about half of the annual expenses. The Little Sisters have ministered to thousands of elders in Chicago for 145 years. Your support will enable them to continue their mission of caring for the neediest seniors of every race and religion in a spirit of reverence and of humble service. God bless you!
Learn more about Little Sisters of the Poor here: www.littlesistersofthepoorchicago.org
Symphony Residences and Rehabilitation
You might recognize some familiar faces of residents from Symphony at our Masses. For those who have more difficulty getting around and those in rehabilitation - we take our services to them.
Eucharistic Ministers from our Liturgical Ministry visit Symphony weekly to offer communion services and Fr. Francis visits monthly to offer Mass onsite.
We organize activities for this lively group and don't know who has more fun at Bingo; the residents or our volunteers!
For more information about our Aging Ministry or to volunteer, please contact Mary Gallo at [email protected]