Parishes offer an array of senior clubs, activities

All Saints Church
➤ Trailblazers Senior Ministry
This ministry is designed to meet the needs of senior citizens with opportunities to socialize and obtain valuable information that affects their lives. Chairman: Alvin Griffin, 361-8835.

Ascension of Our Lord
➤ Silver Crusaders
Senior citizens, 55 years and older, meet, socialize and pursue mutual interests and activities. Volunteer opportunities for the church are available. Meetings are held on Wednesday afternoons and field trips scheduled accordingly. Contact: Thelma Kugler, (985) 652-3616.

Divine Mercy
➤ Divine Mercy Mature Adults (DMMA) is open to all seniors in Divine Mercy Parish. The goals of the group are three: spiritual, financial and social. The group meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Parish Community Center. Members enjoy field trips, a themed dinner fundraiser and participation in parish activities. The meetings are a mixture of information, playing Cardo and refreshments.

Most Holy Trinity
➤ Holy Mackerels Club
Seniors gather in friendship, faith and fun. Meetings are held on the first Saturday of the month after the 4 p.m. Mass. Contact: Vernon Sprawls, 615-6970.

Our Lady of Divine Providence
➤ Silver Wings Senior Group
Seniors, 55 years and older, pray together, share information, help others, go to lunch and local trips and have one major trip a year. Meeting the first Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. Annual membership dues. Contact: Janice Tassin, 467-3571.

Our Lady of Prompt Succor
➤ Golden Agers
Golden Agers play bingo and other games to stay active. Monthly meetings to socialize and keep the mind active. Contact: Sherri Malbrough, 279-7763, or Selena Rodriguez, 309-9555.

Our Lady of the Lake
➤ Faith and Fun
For the over-50 age group. The objective is to be a community of faith-sharing and fun, to help and care for senior members, and to contribute to the welfare of the parish. Members host crawfish boils, picnics, Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas dinner and other events. Meetings are every other month. Dues are $25 per year. Contact Leon Toups, (985) 624-3868.

People Program, Inc.
Provides creative and intellectual activities for people ages 50 and older. More than 100 classes are offered on the east bank (Lakeshore campus, 2240 Lakeshore Drive) and the West Bank (Holy Spirit Parish, 6201 Stratford Place, Algiers). People Program recognizes the need for creativity, learning, fitness and socialization in a caring environment. This unique community contributes to a sense of well-being and enjoyment for the seniors it serves. Summer classes (June 14-July 19) are held on Wednesdays at the Lakeshore campus only. Summer cost is $40 for one class, $60 for two or more classes. Registration is ongoing at this time for both the summer and fall sessions (Aug. 21 – Dec. 8), as space permits. Cost for the fall semester, which is 15 weeks long, is $150 for any number of classes. Contact: Jan Martino or Jane Dassey, 284-7678, if you have any questions. Registration forms can be downloaded from People Program’s website,, completed and mailed in with your check to the Lakeshore location.

St. Agnes
➤ Boomers and Beyond
Open to seniors ages 50 and over. Meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Marquette Activity Center (MAC), next to St. Agnes Church. Outings are planned to many Louisiana attractions, parks, plays, dinners and cultural events. Meetings also include a meal. Annual dues are $10. Parishioners from other churches are welcome. Contact the St. Agnes rectory, 833-3366.

St. Andrew the Apostle
➤ SAGES (St. Andrew’s
Gregarious Elders)
Parishioners, 50 years and over, meet on the third Monday of each month at 11 a.m. to hear a guest speaker. Entertainment, raffles, door prizes and refreshments are included. A SAGES Mass is celebrated on the second Saturday of each month at 4 p.m. Dues are $10 annually. Contact: Karen Niklaus, 392-4994.

St. Angela Merici
➤ Young at Heart
Promotes cultural, social and spiritual enrichment for its members. The group volunteers at the parish fair and participates in activities such as the May crowning and collecting food items for the poor. The group meets the first Thursday of the month at noon from September through May. Contact: Carol Gutelius, 833-2070.

St. Anselm
➤ SAGA (St. Anselm Golden Agers) is a social group for those 55+. SAGA enjoys eating out a few times a year and assists the church as needed. SAGA meets the first Wednesday of the month in St. Joseph Hall at 11 a.m. for a covered dish with an occasional speaker. This is a fun group that welcomes new members. For information, please call Iris, (985) 875-2649.

St. Benilde
➤ Cher Amis
A social group open to people 50 years and older. Meets on the second Tuesday of each month, except during the summer. Hospitality and activities both on- and off-campus are planned throughout the club year. Contact the parish office for more information at 834-4980.

St. Catherine of Siena
➤ Youthful Elders
Parishioners over the age of 55 meet regularly on the third Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. in the Melancon Center to participate in social and spiritual activities. Besides bingo at the monthly meetings, the club plans and organizes other monthly activities. Membership dues are $15 annually. Parishioners from other churches are welcome to join. Contact: Church office, 835-9343, or Brenda Smith, 838-6834.

St. Charles Borromeo
➤ Nifty Fifties
Provides social and spiritual activities for seniors over 50. Annual dues are $10. Monthly meetings are the first Tuesday of the month in the Borromeo Room. Activities include attending Mass as a group, bus trips, luncheons and celebrations of special occasions such as Christmas and Mardi Gras. Contact: Church office, (985) 764-6383.

➤ SCB Grandparents’ Club
Grandparents of St. Charles Borromeo School and other caring family members help with fundraising and social activities to benefit the school. Annual dues are $10. Contact: School office, (985) 764-9232.

St. Clement of Rome
➤ Young Elders
Seniors 50 and older meet the first Wednesday of every month at 2:30 p.m. in the Parish Center. Members enjoy spirituality, socializing, luncheons, refreshments and games at all meetings, and occasional bus trips and speakers. They also enjoy a potluck lunch special once a year. Dues are $10 per year. For further information, please contact Rose Alciatore, president, at 889-2660.

St. Dominic
➤ Lakeview Shepherd Center
St. Dominic supports the Lakeview Shepherd Center with financial donations and other help. Many parishioners participate in weekly activities.

St. Edward the Confessor
➤ Hilltoppers
Membership is open to all Catholics, 55 or older. There are monthly luncheon meetings and parish and community activities. Contact: Carol Hollier, 885-8692.

St. Francis of Assisi
➤ Senior Associates
The group addresses the spiritual, social and cultural needs of parishioners ages 55 and older. Members participate in monthly meetings, speakers, day trips, Oktoberfest and Christmas luncheon. For more information, call Teresa Miller, 891-4479.

St. Francis Xavier
➤ Seniors Sharing Program
The parish program has approximately 300 members enjoying comprehensive activities including one-day trips, luncheons, social activities and more. The program includes senior aerobics, exercise, dance classes, yoga, foreign languages, genealogy, a historical New Orleans lecture series and a book club. Games include barbu, bridge, canasta and Mah-jongg, and art activities including watercolor painting and drawing and creative art. Contact: Carol Pritchard, 835-6809.

St. Gabriel the Archangel
➤ Trumpeteers Bingo
The elders in the parish and community gather every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to play bingo with prizes, fellowship together with a light lunch and socialize, providing an opportunity for seniors to have a place to go and meet people with common interests. Contact: Mrs. Velez White, 282-0296.

St. Genevieve
➤ Golden Age Club
Meets on the first Monday of the month at 1 p.m. Bingo and snacks are provided during meetings. A monthly bus trip helps raise funds for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Contact: Claire Crawford, (985) 288-0504.

St. Jane de Chantal
➤ Widow/Widower Group
Provides an opportunity for those who have lost loved ones to share prayer, spiritual enrichment, encouragement and social activities. There are occasional guest speakers or a visit to local shrines, churches, museums and restaurants. Regular meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 9 a.m. in the Barre Center Library. Call the office at (985) 892-1439 or Mary S. Francis at (985) 290-9170 or (985) 276-4293.

St. Jerome
Seniors are very active, serving as extraordinary ministers of holy Communion, ushers, ministers to the sick and lectors. Also serve on the Unity and Hospitality Committee, Altar Servers and Altar Society.

St. John the Baptist Church
➤ Ministry of Care
The ministry sponsors the fellowship luncheon/bingo for seniors 65 years or older from St. John the Baptist, Paradis, and St. Gertrude, Des Allemands, once a month, except in November and December. Contact: Mary Picou, (985) 758-2668.

St. Mary of the Angels
➤ Young at Heart Bingo
Third Thursday of the month, play bingo with prizes, have lunch, giving seniors a place to go and meet new people. Peggy Lee Williams, 416-3071 and Vera Landry, (901) 653-8059.

St. Matthew the Apostle
➤ Joy Ministry
The JOY (Just Older Youth) Ministry offers monthly activities for those 50 and older: Socials, concerts, museum tours, luncheons, retreats, day trips, games, fitness and much more. Contact: Dianne Varisco, 737-4537.

St. Peter Parish
➤ Homebound Ministry
Elderly parishioners who are homebound and unable to attend Mass are brought holy Communion by extraordinary ministers of holy Communion. Contact: Anne Ensley, (985) 892-2422.

➤ Homebound Prayer Warriors
The homebound of the parish are asked to be committed prayer warriors for the parish with a special intention specified each month, one of which is to pray for all of the parish’s ill or homebound. Contact: Anne Ensley, (985) 892-2422.

➤ Eleventh Hour Ministry
When the coordinator of the ministry is informed of imminent or recent death, calls are made to three (or more) of the prayer ministries who are asked to pray for the dying or recently deceased person. The rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet are the most frequently used forms of prayers. Contact: Kathy Barre, (985) 892-2422.

The St. Peter Parish NAIM Ministry provides spiritual, emotional and social support to the elderly who have lost their spouse to death. Members meet once a month. Contact: Judith Barrow, (504)400-7888.

➤ Bereavement (food)
Members offer an outreach of care and support to the elderly who have lost a loved one by providing food for the bereaved family and friends following the funeral. Contact: Olivia Simoneaux, (985)892-2422.

➤ A Helping Meal
Members serve the elderly who need help on a short-term basis with meals. Their hope, as they offer a hot meal or several hot meals, is that the person will know that they are remembered by their faith family when going through a time of difficulty. Contact: Pat Huval, (985) 892-2422.

Sts. Peter and Paul
➤ Grand Adults of Sts. Peter and Paul (GASPP)
Objective and purpose of GASPP provide social and spiritual activities, such as a pot luck on the first Monday of the month.

➤ Widows
Group meets monthly to help support each other in any way that is needed. Meetings are held on the third Friday of the month.

St. Rita Parish
➤ Silver Trotters
A social and service organization for persons 50 and older. The group offers pot lucks, socials and bus trips throughout the year. Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the month in the school gym at 7 p.m. Contact: Church office, 737-2915.

➤ Grandparents’ Club
The Grandparents’ Club helps grandparents become involved in the lives of their grandchildren through school functions. The group takes field trips, makes baked goods and hosts a year-end luncheon for the mothers involved in the Home & School Association. Contact: Church office, 737-2915. 

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