Aging Ministry

The Office of Aging Ministry recognizes the gifts and needs of senior adults and responds with resources and programs to enhance these years of their lives. Through ongoing activities, we serve as a resource to parishes in the area of senior adult ministry.

The Catholic community of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is called to share the Christian belief in the value and importance of family life at each stage that it is lived. Each of us is called to minister according to the gifts, talents, and charisms given us by God throughout our life's journey.

Newsletter - Senior Chatter

Special Events 

Photo Gallery

 

Starting End-of-Life Conversations

End-of-Life Planning Checklist
End-of-Life Care Planning Guide: A Comprehensive Resource  

Creating an EOL Care Plan: Tools for Success – Mark Ciesielski
Learn the key elements for creating a master End-of-Life Care Plan

 

EOL Planning: More Than a Checklist – Mark Ciesielski
Learn how to select personal and professional support for your EOL Plan



How to Start Effective EOL Care Conversations – Mark Ciesielski
Acquire practical tips and approaches for developing effective EOL conversations

 

Pastoral Care of the Sick

Understand the Church’s pastoral guidelines for receiving the Sacrament of the Sick and End-of-Life spiritual care
Speaker:  Sandy Higgins, Director, Archdiocesan Office of Worship

Sacrament of the Sick Guidelines
End-of-Life Family Prayer Resources
Can I donate my body to science?

 

Funeral Rite

Know the Catholic communal ritual for planning and celebrating funeral rites
Speaker:  Sandy Higgins, Director, Archdiocesan Office of Worship

Funeral Planning Information
Scripture Readings for Funeral Masses
Songs for Funerals

 

Cremation

Learn the Catholic understanding and practices for final disposition of the body
Speaker: Sandy Higgins, Director, Archdiocesan Office of Worship

Chrisitan Funeral Rites and Cremation

 

Funeral Planning

End-of-Life Pastoral Care & Funeral Planning

 

Catholic Cemeteries

Know burial options at the Archdiocesan Catholic Cemeteries

Catholic Cemeteries Presentation

Caregiving Tips During COVID-19

Download a List of Caregiving Area Resources

 

Developing a Caregiver Plan
Understand the practical steps & spiritual/community resources in providing support as people age

 

Taking Care of the Caregiver
Learn how a caregiver can remain healthy through self-care 

 

 

Download the list of Community Partners

 

Managing Financial Assets

Understand the importance of a trusted financial advisor and the tools to help you find one
Speaker: Brenda Munoz
Download the presentation slides

 

Arranging Good Caregiver Matches
Learn how to ensure quality caregiving matches with a professional home care agency & how to pay for it
Speaker: Jim Vonderhaar
Download the presentation slides

 

Selecting Quality Home Care
Understand what to expect from a professional home care agency & how to select one
Speaker: Vernita Metoyer
Download the presentation slides

 

Finding a Trusty Care Manager
Learn how to find a qualified professional advocate who can help guide your family as you age
Speaker: Doug Reuschel

 

In-Home Modifications
Learn home modifications to help maintain your independence & reduce the risk of falls and injuries
Speaker: Nate Davis

 

 

  • Catholic Charities Senior Services strives to ensure that seniors in need can live independently as long as possible. For more information visit the Catholic Charities website or call them toll-free 1-866-649-5862.
  • Christus HomeCare– not for profit home care system in the CHRISTUS Health family–among the top 10 Catholic health systems in the U.S. Providing Home Health, Hospice, Private Duty and Personal Care Attendant services; call 713 630 5555 for additional information.
  • The Senior Senate of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston represents parish seniors through promoting unity, fellowship, coordination and representation in issues and concerns of seniors through a variety of programs and activities of spiritual, social, educational and recreational interests.
  • Parish clubs may designate representatives from their membership to serve as a representative to the Senior Senate. The Senior Senate coordinates activities throughout its membership to enhance parish senior adult activities. 
  • Offer training, leadership and support to parishes in the development of senior adult ministry programs that enhance the spiritual, social and physical well being of elders.
  • Serve as a resource to parishes and families in the area of aging.
  • Sponsor leadership training, days of prayer, workshops, conferences, and educational programs in the areas of aging ministry.
  • Promote and support the development of self-help groups within the parish setting.Serve as an advocate on behalf of elders in issues affecting their lives.
  • Provide information and referral services to elders and their families.
  • Support the activities of the Senior Senate of the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese.
  • Publish a quarterly newsletter related to aging ministry.
  • Represent the Archdiocese in community, government and professional organizations and activities for the benefit of older adults.