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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.


    • 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, Chair, Luncheon Programs

      Suanne Gettings, Chair, Finance, Pastoral Liaison

      Renee Ihle, Chair, Decorations

      Mary Immer, Chair, Prayerful Greetings, Resources

      Gail Kolda, Administrative Assistant

      John Lesosky, Culinary Coordinator

      Dale Maxwell, Chair, Breakfast Programs, Sports Venues

      Martha Smith, Young At Heart Welcome


      Deacon John DuPrey, Young At Heart Chaplain


    • Young at Heart Happenings

      You won't want to miss these events!

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      • AUGUST 21, 3RD ANNUAL YOUNG AT HEART PICNIC. Members who have signed up will enjoy the food, festivities, fun, at our traditional picnic.  FREE! EVERYTHING! Including hot dogs, brats, buns, condiments, pasta salad, baked beans, fruit bowl, home-baked cookies, utensils, plates, cups, iced tea and lemonade provided by YOUNG AT HEART! Catered by Carfagna’s. Chris Bare will again entertain. Held at HERITAGE PARK, WESTERVILLE.


      • SEPTEMBER 6, FIRST FRIDAY, 9 AM MASS, OLR CHAPEL AT CHURCH. Mass and birthday blessings for September.  Breakfast afterwards at Ministry Center. Please bring 8-10 servings of your favorite breakfast to share.


      • SEPTEMBER 18, WEDNESDAY, LUNCHEON, 12:00 Noon, MINISTRY CENTER.  Program: PARISH SURVEY SUMMARY SESSION.  Find out results of recent parish survey!  Luncheon provided by parish!


      • SEPTEMBER 30, MONDAY, EXEC. COMMITTEE MEETING. 1 PM. Ministry Center. Rm. 103.


      • OCTOBER 2, WEDNESDAY, NATIONAL VETERANS MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM. Columbus.  Tour, lunch on your own at Milestone 229, complete bus transportation from parish to facility, lunch, return. Non-Vets cost $32 for bus and admission; Vets cost $20 for bus. Admission free. Board bus at Ministry Center 9:15 AM, return at 2 PM.  Sign up at parish office, Ministry Center.