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Young at Heart
  • Young at Heart Seniors Ministry

    • The Young at Heart mission encourages friendships, fellowship and involvement in senior activities that advance member enrichment, entertainment, social and religious fulfillment.

    • About Our Group

      Joining Young at Heart, if you are age 55 or older, is an enriching, educational and pro-active experience that is right for you.  Each month you are welcome to join with us at First Friday Mass and breakfast, also at a fun-filled luncheon or at an occasional off-campus event.

      • After Mass, the First Friday breakfasts (each month), provide an opportunity to chat with others, to eat home-cooked potluck food, and to experience a true sharing experience. 
      • The luncheons, on the third Wednesday of each month (September through May), are casual and engaging.  They are potluck style and always include delicious food and desserts. Joining with us you will experience senior togetherness in an easy friendly atmosphere. The luncheons programs also feature guest speakers, activities, or special holiday treats. 
      • Group outing events are designed for your enjoyment and can include excursions, day-long events, or attendance at a variety of entertainment venues.


    • Young at Heart Happenings

      • NOVEMBER 15. WEDNESDAY. MONTHLY LUNCHEON.  12:00 Noon, MINISTRY CENTER. THANKSGIVING TURKEY provided by YOUNG AT HEART!  We’ll be honoring our Vet members!  MARK GASKILL will perform a veterans program.

      Last names beginning with the following letters please bring 8-10 Thanksgiving dishes to serve/share: Bread or Desserts L-P; Vegetables Q-Z; Seasonal Casseroles A-D; and, Salads E-K.  Raffle follows.  $1 each ticket.


      • NOVEMBER 27, EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MONTHLY MEETING, 1 p.m., Rm 103, Ministry Center.

      • DECEMBER 1. FIRST FRIDAY, 9AM MASS, OLR CHAPEL AT CHURCH.  Fr. Jim will be celebrant for Mass and provide birthday blessings for December.  SPECIAL SHORT PROGRAM after brealfast by SUANNE GETTINGS, Pastoral Associate. EVERYONE, please bring 8-10 servings of your favorite Christmas season breakfast to share.

      • TRAVEL NOTE: ON Wednesday, December 6, we’re going to Sugarcreek for an Amish lunch, a musical show, some Christmas shopping!  Board bus at Ministry Center at 8:30 a.m., back by 7:00 p.m. Bus is full but if still interested in being on waiting list, sign up at Ministry Center before December 4.  $75 ea. will be the complete package for bus, show, lunch, if you are contacted.


      Last names beginning with the following letters please bring 8-10 Christmas dishes to serve/share: Bread or Desserts E-K; Vegetables L-P; Seasonal Casseroles Q-Z; and, Salads A-D. Yes, there will be a raffle following. $1 each ticket.

    • Frequently Asked Questions

      What benefit in belonging to Young at Heart is there for me?

      Associating with fellow seniors, sharing common social, community, religious experiences and values. 

      What is the cost and the time commitment?

      Costs? None.  There are no dues, fees or formal appeals.  The time? The Mass and breakfast on First Friday starts in the Chapel at 9 am with a free potluck breakfast available following in the Ministry Center.   The luncheons, also free of charge, start at Noon and last ‘till approximately 2:15 pm. 

      Joining Young at Heart demands a lot of my time, right?

      No.  Only as much as you personally want to give, to be involved in and wish to take part.

      Is Young at Heart an activity that runs all year?

      Each month all year First Friday Masses and breakfasts are available. Monthly luncheons are held from September through May. Other activities including local or area tours and day-long trips; some occasional events also take place during the summer months. 

    • Leadership Team

      Tom Kolda General Chair
      George Schneider Assistant General Chair
      Frank Barone Chair, Travel/Transport
      Toni Carozza Chair, Membership/Hospitality
      Marie Ditillio Emeritus Chair
      Barb Flanagan Co-Chair, Luncheon Programs
      Suanne Gettings Chair, Finance, Pastoral Liaison
      Renee Ihle Chair, Decorations
      Mary Immer Chair, Prayerful Greetings, Resources
      Gail Kolda Administrative Assistant
      Dale Maxwell Chair, Breakfast Programs, Sports Venues
      Martha Smith Co-Chair, Luncheon Programs