Senior news briefs

| January 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

Catholic Senior Services of the Arch­diocese of St. Paul and Min­nea­po­lis will present a forum that ad­dresses the care that seniors need for their body and soul.

The “Caring for Seniors In Body and Soul — Our Catholic Response” forum is slated for 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, at Holy Name of Jesus in Medina.

Presenters include: Father Tim Moran, Holy Name pastor; Deacon Bill Heiman, CSS; Michael Scherer, CSS chair; and Barbara Rode, CEO of St. Therese in New Hope.

Parish priests, deacons, staff and lay leadership, pastoral ministers, family caregivers and seniors are encouraged to attend the free forum. It will include an opening prayer, a reflection on the mission to seniors in the archdiocese by CSS and Catholic senior care facilities, assessing a loved one, spiritual growth in aging and time for questions and answers.

A similar forum will be presented from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish in Hastings. Presentations in Hastings will be made by Bishop Lee Piché, archdiocesan auxiliary bishop; Deacon Dan Gannon, CSS director; Barbara Rode, St. Therese CEO; and Father James Perkl, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton pastor.

If you need more information on either forum or upcoming forums across the arch­diocese, contact Deacon Bill Heiman at (877) 420-6461 or e-mail wheiman@ .

No registration is required for the Medina forum. For the Hastings forum, contact Faith Siebenaler at (651) 437-4254, ext. 232 or .

Retired religious need your help

Winter weather hurt the annual Religious Retirement Collection in December. Just $62,000 was collected this past December, compared to the $485,000 collected a year ago.

“Less money means less grant money for the urgent care of retired religious,” said Sister Midge Breiter, the archdiocesan fund coordinator. If parishes were unable to take up the collection Dec.11-12, Sister Midge asked that they reschedule another date for the collection.

Donations can be sent to: Na­tion­al Religious Retirement Office, 3211 Fourth St. NE, Washington, D.C. 20017-1194, adding Archdiocese of St. Paul/Mpls. in the check memo.

RA transfers extended to Jan. 31

Congress reinstated the ability of those 70.5 years old and older to transfer IRA (not pension) funds directly to a non-profit of their choice without having to claim it as income. The bill was passed in late December and extended the 2010 donation window through Jan. 31.

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