Senior Ministry


Assumption Senior Ministry Mission Statement

Assumption Senior Ministry (ASM) connects area seniors with God, with others, and with services that enhance their lives. ASM unites generations through encouraging volunteers of all ages to serve Christ in the elderly.

To learn more, please call our Senior Apostolate Coordinator, Laura Benson, at 314-487-7970, ext. 1221 or e-mail bensonl@assumptionstl.org. 

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ASM is the umbrella organization assisting or coordinating any program, ministry, or group that meets the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of any senior living in our Assumption boundaries. This ministry soon will open to our parishioners and all seniors in need within our boundaries regardless of their background.

Assumption has several ministries with many dedicated volunteers already serving seniors. After meeting with the volunteers and hearing their words of wisdom and advice, ASM will assist these ministries to develop new ones.

Laura Benson, who has served as our Adult Faith Formation Director, will now serve as the Senior Apostolate Coordinator. Laura’s hours and job description will be expanded and refocused to address the needs of area seniors.

In order to assist Laura in her transition to senior ministry, we established a “Core Team” consisting of parishioners with professional healthcare or eldercare experience; Peggy Bienfeld, Cindy Bander, Dan Reuter, Deacon Chuck Ryder, as well as Lu Westhoff, who is the former director of Nazareth Living Center. Judy Talleur, a retired Catholic educator, has committed to assist Laura as an office volunteer. 

This is just a beginning; we hope many parishioners, especially those who love seniors, will help make ASM a vibrant   ministry.

Three areas of concentration:

  1. Spiritual Growth
  2. Emotional Growth
  3. Physical Growth

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1. Spiritual Growth – To help seniors connect with God and the Church.

Examples include:

Spiritual Conferences for Seniors: Regular gatherings for religious inspiration, instruction and prayer.

*Homebound Ministry: clergy and lay ministers make spiritual visits to shut-ins and nursing facilities.

*Delmar Gardens Volunteers: Assumption serves the major nursing facility in our area by making a Wednesday,10:30 a.m. Mass and Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Communion Service possible.

2. Emotional Growth – To help seniors connect with others.

Examples include:

*50+ Club: Monthly social gatherings and local excursions.

*Living with Loss: Support for those grieving the loss of a deceased spouse, on the third Sunday of each at 10:15 a.m. in the Rectory Lower Level.

*Oasis Program: Opportunities for seniors to connect with Catholic school children in a tutorial role.

*Quilters: Weekly quilting circle Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m.-Noon in the Rectory Lower Level.

3. Physical Growth – To help seniors connect with services that enhance their omfmzd3odnwjxnicn3d7nzxz3sl.jpglives.

Examples include:

Resource Center: A place where volunteers connect seniors with services that enhance their lives. Contact can be by phone, electronically or in-person.

Educational Seminars: Professional advice for financial planning, assisted living options, end of life decisions, and living with chronic disease.

In-Home Assessments: To evaluate the needs of homebound and at-risk seniors.

Job Squads: Groups of handymen or groups of household chore helpers specializing in helping seniors age in place.

Transportation Committee: Volunteers who give seniors rides to Holy Mass, doctor’s appointments or senior events. If you need transportation, please call 314-487-7970, ext. 1228.

Health Fairs: Periodic gatherings that focus on healthy living and medical resources.

*Exercise Classes: Weekly gatherings to encourage activity.

To learn more, please call our Senior Apostolate Coordinator, Laura Benson, at 314-487-7970, ext. 1221 or e-mail bensonl@assumptionstl.org.